So as a year in review we upped our traffic from last year’s 500,000 to just almost 1 million visits! (insert Dr. Evil voice). It’s insane to watch as the site and the love of vinyl continues to grow.

As with last year, great music is on limited vinyl and that’s very exciting., see our list below and the limited vinyl variants we posted about.

HOW MANY DID YOU BUY?

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#25 Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Limited to 1000, Castleface continues to kill it with great releases like Thee Oh Sees and many others.

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#24 The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

One of the most solid albums of the year, song after song it continues to deliver. Put out in a limited fashion by 2 of our fav labels Saddle Creek & Paper Bag. Some limited copies of the haze stillavailable at paper bag, all other limited versions are sold out.

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#23 Alvvays – Alvvays

A surprise album. We all were excited about the “archie” when we heard it and they delivered with an album that paid it off. Great albums. 300 is sold out but there is a blue version available now.

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#22 The Ghost of a Sabertooth Tiger – Midnight Sun

Psych’s return to the forefront has be extremely welcomed at SlyVinyl. I personally have loved Sean Lennon’s music and this is definitely no exception. Great album.

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#21 Meatbodies – Meatbodies

Limited to 200, David tried to tell you. Hope you got one!

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#20 Kishi Bashi – Lighght

Another great album from Kishi. The gold splattered records flew off the shelves as expected. Joyful Noise is really doing great stuff.

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#19 Temples – Sun Structured

The second I heard “Shelter Song” I knew I’d love this one. Great album front to back. The ltd to 400 orange version of this is well gone, but the restructured version is out in ltd now so get that one.

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#18 Real Estate – Atlas

The silky smooth jams of Real Estate ltd on 1000 maroon. Saw these guys a couple times this year and they are exceptional. Deluxe is gone, so hope you got one.

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#17 Jesus Sons – Jesus Sons

No idea how Sindre found this one so early, but you definitely should have bought one right away. Ltd to 50, these flew.

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#16 Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Oh No our first album with no limited version on vinyl. Lame. But it was recorded with Ryan Adams, so thats a win.

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#15 Swans – To Be Kind

Our second non-limited vinyl release. But still on a 3xLP release, snag one now. Definitely the experimental release of the year.

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#14 First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

Loved this album, limited variant has been in crazy demand, but it makes sense as the album is so good.

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#13 Strand of Oaks – Heal

I love the rugged authentic alt country sound of Strand of Oaks. Such a great album and such a different direction from their previous.

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#12 Odesza – In Return

As fans of electronic ( see BSBD ) we enjoy the bass here at Sly. We actually tried to contact Odesza more than a year ago and get a pressing of their last album, but they haven’t contact us… hey guys we still want in! They had a pre-order signed edition of this up, but no real limited variant.

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#11 Spoon – They Want My Soul

I’m always a fan of Spoon, they continue to make great albums, this year is no different.

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#10 Jack White – Lazaretto

Biggest selling record of the last 20 years! Vinyl is back! But was it just me or did this albums insane amount of tricks kinda get old when you were spinning it over and over? Still awesome album.

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#9 Röyksopp – The Inevitable End

Unfortunately no limited variant =( Amazing album and tons of variety.

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#8 Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

The sultry slow singer gave us a landmark album this year & gave it to us in limited vinyl fashion. Yay!

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#7 Mac Demarco – Salad Days

Ugh, this is my biggest miss of the year. Why didn’t I buy!! Ugh. Great album. “Let Her Go” was easily one of my top tracks of the year. Did you get one?

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#6 St Vincent – St Vincent

I think I never fully understood how badass Anne was at shredding guitar until I saw her this year. This album really shines and shows off all the best of what she’s done to date.

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#5 Morgan Delt – Morgan Delt

Sooo we actually posted about this record and Trouble in Mind asked us to take it down. Sad, but they really want their email subscribers to get the goods. Soooo please don’t miss this opportunity, go signup to their list!!

A killer psych album by Morgan Delt, a must have record.

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#4 Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

As a lover of Alt Country, I’ve been addicted to Ryan Adams for years. I keep thinking his albums will start to disappoint and they don’t. This album sadly didn’t have a limited variant, but he has put out many limited 7″s this year. Definitely grab 1984 on 7″ if you haven’t already.

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#3 Ty Segall – Manipulator

Ty seems to find a way into our top 10 every year. The man pumps out the hits. We didn’t post about the limited variants of this (a red and a yellow) because by the time we got to posting it they had already sold out. Ty has the demand for sure and we shall continue to gobble them up.

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#2 Beck – Morning Phase

It’s cool when an artist hears the cries of his fans and so perfectly delivers. We all wanted more Sea Change and finally we got it. Even though I didn’t vote this as my number 1, I think this record was spun the most of any this year for me. No limited variant of this one, just nab a black and wait for Newbury to press it in color in a few years.

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#1 The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Whoa huge surprise, oh wait, no you knew this would be #1. Never has an album been more of a lock than this year. It had more than double the points of #3 on the list. crazy. Love this album and the purple vinyl version of it I have in my stacks. Did you get a purple one or maybe even the sneaky blue one?

So to total it up, Our of our top 25 – 19 had limited vinyl versions. It’s a great time to be a vinyl collector.

See Each Writer’s List

1. Swans – To Be Kind
2. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
3. Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
4. Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean
5. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
6. L’Orange – The Orchid Days
7. St. Vincent – s/t
8. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
9. Spoon – They Want My Soul
10. The Juan MacLean – In A Dream

1. Amen Dunes – Love
2. Morgan Delt – Morgan Delt
3. Jenny Hval & Susanna – Meshes of Voice
4. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
5. Ty Segall – Manipulator
6. Spoon – They Want My Soul
7. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
8. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
9. Mac Demarco – Salad Days
10. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

1. Morgan Delt – Morgan Delt
2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
3. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
4. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
5. Ty Segall – Manipulator
6. Klaus Johann Grobe – Im Sinne Der Zeit
7. Goat – Commune
8. Jesus Sons – Jesus Sons
9. Alex G – DSU
10. Temples – Sun Structures

1. The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
2. Beck – Morning Phase
3. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
4. Strand Of Oaks – HEAL
5. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
6. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
7. Saintseneca – Dark Arc
8, St. Vincent – St. Vincent
9. Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant
10. Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers

1. Jack White – Lazaretto
2. Beck – Morning Phase
3. Jesus Sons – Jesus Sons
4. Kishi Bashi – Lighght
5. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
6. Ty Segall – The Manipulator
7. Meatbodies – Meatbodies
8. Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
9. Thee Oh Sees – Drop
10. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

1. Machester Orchestra – Cope / Hope
2. The Colourist – The Colourist
3. Sir Sly – You Haunt Me
4. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
5. Tigers Jaw – Charmer
6. SOHN – Artifice
7. Bayside – Time Has Come
8. Bear Hands – Distraction
9. Hoodie Allen – Movie
10. Son Lux – Alternate Worlds

1. Jack White – Lazaretto
2. FKA Twigs – LP1
3. New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
4. Real Estate – Atlas
5. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
6. Phantogram – Voices
7. Tame Impala – Live Versions
8. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
9. Alvvays – Alvvays
10. Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun

1. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
2. D”Angelo – Black Messiah
3. Meatbodies – Meatbodies
4. Morgan Delt – Morgan Delt
5. Ty Segall – Manipulator
6. Kishi Bashi – Lighght
7. Tycho – Awake
8. TOBACCO – Ultima II Massage
9. Thee Oh Sees – Drop
10. Electric Youth – Innerworld

1. Royksopp – The Inevitable End
2. The War on Drugs – Lost in a Dream
3. Strand of Oaks – HEAL
4. Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun
5. Beck – Morning Phase
6. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended with Gold
7. Odesza – In Return
8. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
9. Alvvays – Alvvays
10. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

1. Jakob – Sines
2. Beck – Morning Phase
3. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
4. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
5. Ty Segall – Manipulator
6. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
7. Mogwai – Rave Tapes
8. Damascus – When Last We Met
9. Swans – To Be Kind
10. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

1. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
2. Spoon – They Want My Soul
3. Temples – Sun Structured
4. The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream
5. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
6. Mac Demarco – Salad Days
7. The Antlers – Familiars
8. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
9. Johnny Marr – Playland
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run

1. Trust – Joyland
2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
3. Carl Hultgren – Tomorrow
4. White Rainbow – THRU.U
5. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos
6. The Hidden Cameras – AGE
7. Yagya – Sleepygirls
8. Mike Weis – Don’t Know, Just Walk
9. yyu – moomoo vol. 1
10. CASK – CASK

1. Royksopp – The Inevitable End
2. Beck – Morning Phase
3. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
4. Odesza – In Return
5. Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
6. Real Estate – Atlas
7. J Mascis – Tied to a Star
8. Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie
9. Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
10. Spoon – They Want My Soul

1. The War on Drugs – Lost in a Dream
2. Beck – Morning Phase
3. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
4. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
5. Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
6. Odesza – In Return
7. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended with Gold
8. Solids – Blame Confusion
9. Axxa/Abraxas – Axxa/Abraxas
10. Craft Spells – Nausea

The Details

** Ranking is based on the music, though we'd be lying if we said our scores weren't a little influenced by great looking wax **
This list was an aggregate of 14 of SlyVinyl's writers top 10 lists. 3 pts was given to #1, 2 pts for 2-5 and 1 point for 6-10.

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