Most Collected Vinyl Of All Time Revealed

7 March 2024 | 11:50 am | Mary Varvaris

What do you think is the most collected vinyl album of all time? Something by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Adele, Taylor Swift, or something left field?

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Vinyl records (Credit: Eric Krull on Unsplash)

What do you think is the most collected vinyl album of all time? You’re probably thinking about the albums you always see in stores, when you’re doing some online shopping, or the records you see in people’s collections all the time.

You’re probably imagining albums like Led Zeppelin IV, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon, 21 by Adele, or anything by Taylor Swift – world-conquering records and albums that have seen numerous represses due to their popularity (and sound quality).

You likely wouldn’t have guessed the most-collected album in people’s collection. According to new data gathered by the music database Discogs, where fans can catalogue their physical music collections, Daft Punk’s 2013 fourth and final album, Random Access Memories, is the website’s “most collected release”.

Random Access Memories has been collected by 68,000 Discogs users, according to a new report shared by the database. In addition to that number, The Dark Side Of The Moon is the “most collected master release”, with the album in 575,000 collections.

The version that’s become the “most collected release” of Random Access Memories is the original 2013 2xLP vinyl pressing.

Meanwhile, Discogs has revealed that The Beatles are the most collected artists, with 4,700,000 records collected, and Taylor Swift is the most dominant artist of the 2020s (so far), with her albums Folklore: The Long Pond Sessions, 1989 (Taylor’s Version), Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), and two editions of Midnights – the Jade Green pressing and Moonstone Blue pressing.

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And, for anyone who’s curious, Prince's The Black Album is the most expensive release in a collection, going for an average of $27,500 USD.

You can check out the complete report here.

Last month, Daft Punk’s session drummer, mononymously known as Quinn, discussed working on the duo’s – Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – Random Access Memories, and claimed that the pair were sitting on an unreleased album.

On the unreleased follow-up to Random Access Memories, Quinn said, “That unnamed record, I think, will be a lot of spontaneous things.”

On where the unnamed record is at now, Quinn explained, “I keep checking in. I’m told they’re working on it. It’s coming out of the locker. I asked Daft Punk permission to talk about it for another article ’cause they’re very secretive, as you know. And the greatest guys.”