Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Sellers of 2017

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Amoeba Hollywood's top 50 sellers of 2017

Without a doubt, our customers love Kendrick Lamar and Mac DeMarco. They both had three albums appear on our list of the best-selling albums of 2017. Among the classic best-sellers like Michael Jackson's Thriller and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon were debut albums from Khalid and SZA. New anniversary reissues were a hot ticket in 2017, with the 50th anniversary editions of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band selling especially well.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's Top 50 Sellers of 2017.

Khalid American Teen

50. Khalid - American Teen (Released March 2017)

Singer/songwriter Khalid's debut album features the hit single "Location," with its atmosphere of stoned partying, chill vibes, and romantic longing. Treading somewhere in the realm of neo-soul hip hop and unbridled sunshiny pop, American Teen rejects any notion of nihilism and bitterness to create an album that's pure happiness. Bay Area fans were treated to a very special acoustic performance by Khalid at Amoeba SF back when his album first dropped.

Fleetwood Mac Rumours

49. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (Originally Released 1977)

With such massive hits as “Go Your Own Way,” “Don't Stop,” and “Dreams,” 1977's Rumours was Fleetwood Mac's most successful album. With numerous Album of the Year awards in '77 and '78, the record settled into that sweet spot of both widespread commercial appeal and critical acclaim, selling well all the way through 2017.

Beach Boys Pet Sounds

48. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (Originally Released 1966)

When Pet Sounds was released in 1966 its reception was mixed. While it may be a little hard to imagine today, the radical arrangements, un-rock-like orchestrations, and wildly inventive production coupled with subject matter that was less cheery and more introspective than your average pop album, was a lot to take in. However Pet Sounds paved the way for the idea that a rock album could be more than a mere collection of singles, but a cohesive piece of art. 50+ years after its original release, Pet Sounds remains on our best-sellers list. This year, customers particularly wanted the 2016 stereo remaster on 180-gram vinyl.

Lana Del Rey Born to Die

47. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die (Released 2012)

Lana Del Rey's major label debut is still making waves six years after its initial release, proving that, despite the hullabaloo surrounding it at the time, the neo-chanteuse's melancholy observations on the nature of aspirations and romance in modern America have a staying power and lasting resonance.

Arcade Fire Everything Now

46. Arcade Fire - Everything Now (Released July 2017)

Everything Now found the band embarking on a fascinating sonic experiment, dipping into punk, electro, reggae, and indie to create something new and different. The result is a forward-thinking album that pushes their sound forward and thumbs its nose at the boundaries of indie rock.

Madvillain Madvillainy

45. Madvillain - Madvillainy (Released 2004)

MF Doom and Madlib's supergroup debut record - with its dirty, underground sound, unconventional structures, and surreal lyricism - keeps finding new ears and inspiring a new generation of DJs and MCs opting for a more scrappy, funky, and raw approach to their music.

Michael Jackson Thriller

44. Michael Jackson - Thriller (Originally Released 1982)

The 2016 reissue of Michael Jackson's landmark album, Thriller, was one of the most-wanted LPs of the year. That should be no surprise as Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. In fact, in February 2017, it was certified 33x platinum in the US alone.

Jay-Z 4:44

43. Jay-Z - 4:44 (Released July 2017)

JAY-Z tears down his own mythos to reveal an apologetic and self-aware core& on his most deeply personal songs on 4:44, the title track and “Family Feud” (featuring Beyonce). On them, JAY-Z reflects on his shortcomings and raps honestly about adulthood as something to strive for, whereas a previous iteration of the rapper might have bragged about his manhood or financial standing. As such, JAY-Z shows us new shades of both his talent and intellect on 4:44.

LCD Soundsystem American Dream

42. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream (Released September 2017)

After calling it quits in 2011, LCD Soundsystem returned with American Dream, their first new album in 7 years. Despite its title, this isn’t a political album, but there’s a certain creeping darkness beneath the band’s blend of indie rock and electronic music that gives the work a bit of an au courant edge. It’s a cohesive, smart, rhythm-driven album that ranks among James Murphy and co’s best.

Harry Styles

41. Harry Styles - Harry Styles (Released May 2017)

Former One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles is all grown up on this introspective, self-titled collection of tunes. Harry Styles features grandiose orchestral rock ballads alongside minimal, acoustic guitar-driven folk pop numbers, occasionally intermingled with Beatles-minded blues vamps.

Beck Colors

40. Beck - Colors (Released October 2017)

Beck's 13th album - and first since winning a Grammy for Album of the Year with 2014’s Morning Phase - is a collection largely made up of upbeat, party-minded pop music, produced with a 21st century sheen. Colors is a complete left turn from Morning Phase, sounding a little like previous releases while simultaneously sounding like nothing he’s ever put out before. In short, it’s the most Beck-like Beck album you could expect.

Father John Misty Pure Comedy

39. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy (Released April 2017)

On his third album, Pure Comedy, we find the troubadour musing about his life, society, and pop culture over downbeat folk rock melodies. Father John Misty provides the perfectly melancholy, dryly funny, and surprisingly moving soundtrack to our times.
Beyonce Lemonade

38. Beyonce - Lemonade (Released 2016)

Beyonce's critically-acclaimed heartfelt and intelligent sixth album, Lemonade, was released on CD in May 2016, but the LP came out nearly a year and half later in September 2017. Both formats sold very well this year, but the 180-gram yellow color vinyl was queen. As her previous, self-titled album was a vibrant ode to fidelity, Lemonade represents the other side of relationships. Even the title is kind of a sick joke — it’s what Beyonce makes when life gives her shit.

Mac Demarco 2

37. Mac DeMarco - 2 (Released 2012)

Slacker rocker Mac DeMarco's debut full-length album turned the DIY artist into a no-frills indie rockstar and is still captivating audiences with its shimmery, melt-y guitar hooks, country-funk rhythms, and expertly constructed pop songwriting.

Run the Jewels 3

36. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3 (Released January 2017)

El-P and Killer Mike returned with another gorgeous, hard-hitting RTJ album. The beats are cinematic and distinctive; the lyrics are bold, political, and timely. The genius of the LP is in its seamless blend of thought-provoking lyrics, whip-smart production, and seriously catchy songwriting. Run the Jewels 3 is top notch work and features an equally excellent crew of guest artists, including Danny Brown, Kamasi Washington, Trina, and Tunde Adebimpe.

Twin Peaks limited event series score

35. Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: Limited Series [Score] (Released September 2017)

On the score to the year's most anticipated cult TV return, Badalamenti is in as fine form as ever. His haunting compositions are a huge draw here, as are works by Chromatics, David Lynch, and a handful of other intriguing artists.

A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here

34. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service (Released 2016)

One of the best albums of last year, We Got It From Here... stayed on our best-sellers list in 2017. ATCQ seemed to pick up where they left off eighteen years ago without compromising their sound, as some other golden era artists have over the years, and brought us words of wisdom, bangers for our ears, and food for our souls.

Chicano Batman Freedom is Free

33. Chicano Batman - Freedom is Free (Released March 2017)

This great East L.A. tropicalia-soul band really hit their stride on Freedom is Free, a compelling set of tunes that combine inspiring messages and indomitable groove. Like Curtis Mayfield or War, they show that gentle, creative soul can pack a powerful punch. Music for our time and place.

kendrick lamar to pimp a butterfly

32. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (Released 2015)

Kendrick Lamar's densely layered To Pimp A Butterfly doubles down on the idiosyncrasies of his previous album, good kid, m.A.A.d city (which also appears on this list), eschewing club-friendly tracks in favor of those that cast a light on Lamar’s pure skills as a rapper and wordsmith. It was one of 2015's most critically acclaimed albums and remains one of our top-selling albums into 2017.

Amy Winehouse Back to Black

31. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (Released 2006)

Amy Winehouse's breakout album, Back to Black, remained one of our strongest sellers in 2017. Spearheaded by the massive hit, “Rehab,” it was the late singer's second and final album, scoring multiple wins at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards with its clever blend of the 1960s girl-group sound and contemporary R&B.

Twin Peaks limited event soundtrack

30. Various Artists - Twin Peaks: Limited Series OST (Released September 2017)

An unexpected treat for fans of the new Twin Peaks limited series event was the almost weekly appearance of a Lynch-approved musical act at the northwestern town's Roadhouse Bar. Collected here are all the songs performed in the series by a stellar roster of contemporary artists like Chromatics, Nine Inch Nails, and The Veils, as well as some older gems by Booker T. & The M.G.'s and Otis Redding. While each tune is sure to conjure memories of the show's now iconic, haunting imagery, this compilation also gives the listener a chance to fully appreciate the work of each artist on their own.

The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding

29. The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (Released August 2017)

Indie-heartland-rockers The War On Drugs use their first major label backing to its fullest extent, tastefully using massive, layered production to create a rich, fully realized take on the themes and attitudes of such songwriters as Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, but for modern ears and modern tastes.

Haim Something to tell you

28. HAIM - Something To Tell You (Released July 2017)

In the four years since their first album, HAIM has become one of the best pop groups of the last decade. There's something familiar and intimate in Something To Tell You that's uncharacteristic of today's Top 40. HAIM uses modern pop production of digital voices, slow build-ups, and ancient drum machines, but spins them in a way to make an album that still abstractly has roots in indie rock. HAIM visited Amoeba Hollywood for an album release event in mid-July.

Miles Davis Kind of Blue

27. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (Originally Released 1959)

What more could be written about one of the most revered and influential albums ever recorded? Not only did it set the tone for a new era of jazz music, it became a cultural blueprint for a new kind of cool that is still being imitated today. Listeners have found the 180-gram re-press from 2011 a great way to listen to this classic with new ears.

Tame Impala Currents

26. Tame Impala - Currents (Released 2015)

The third album from Australia's Tame Impala, Currents, marked songwriter Kevin Parker's shift from sweeping psychedelic rock towards an electro-pop sensibility. It was a move that highlighted his impressive range as a musician and broadened the group's fanbase, as is evidenced by the album's continuing excellent sales.

Anderson Paak Malibu

25. Anderson .Paak - Malibu (Released 2016)

Anderson .Paak has been the go-to guy to feature when artists have wanted their tracks to have a certain something special. His voice is a malleable instrument than can be gravelly or velvety smooth, able to deliver fast-paced raps and pour out soul syrup in equal measure. His sophomore album, Malibu, is a gorgeous psychedelic swirl of lush neo-soul backdrops and alternative hip-hop tracks, featuring a cadre of high-profile guest appearances (Talib Kweli, ScHoolboy Q, The Game).

David Bowie Ziggy Stardust

24. David Bowie - The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (Originally Released in 1972)

David Bowie first introduced his legendary alter ego Ziggy Stardust to the world in 1972, and the world has never fully recovered. The beloved album received a 2016 reissue on remastered 180-gram vinyl and a limited edition 2017 version on gold vinyl, both of which sold widely this past year.

AFI The Blood Album

23. AFI - AFI [The Blood Album] (Released January 2017)

AFI's 10th studio album, The Blood Album, mixes metal's energy, classic emo vocals (replete with introspective lyrics), and a sort of goth melancholy that will transport you back to your high school days. AFI kicked off our 2017 in-stores with a performance at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate the release of The Blood Album.

Solange A Seat at the Table

22. Solange - A Seat at the Table (Released 2016)

Solange's third album was named one of our best of 2016 and it's still selling strong. Stunningly articulate in her songwriting, she offers up not only her own personal elations and tribulations, but those of anybody and everybody living while black in America. Dreamy yet powerful, Solange delivers poignantly significant cultural commentary on the album.

Mac Demarco Salad Days

21. Mac Demarco - Salad Days (Released 2014)

Mac DeMarco's follow up to his breakthrough debut album didn't shock audiences with sparkly, new production or major directional changes, and it seems it certainly didn't disappoint either, as three years after its release it is still a top seller. While musically similar to its predecessor, DeMarco reveals more of himself lyrically, keeping his reliable sound and attitude fresh and forward moving.

Gorillaz Humanz

20. Gorillaz - Humanz (Released April 2017)

Gorillaz teamed up with some serious star power on Humanz yet, despite the distinctive voices of each of the performers - from legends like Mavis Staples to newer voices like Vince Staples - each track still manages to have that special Gorillaz sound. It’s hard to select just a few standout tracks on an album that’s so strong overall, but “Submission” (feat. Danny Brown and Kelela), “Carnival,” (feat. Anthony Hamilton), “Busted and Blue, and “We Got the Power” (feat. Savages’ Jehnny Beth) will definitely have you pressing rewind.

Kendrick Lamar Good Kid

19. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city (Released 2012)

Kendrick Lamar's major label debut is the sound of the independent rapper's extraordinary promise achieved. With its affecting tales of troubled youth and nods to the weary, head-spinning world of partying night after night, the album is remarkably relaxed and assured, and continues to fly off the shelves today.

SZA Ctrl

18. SZA - CTRL (Released June 2017)

Despite the big-name guests like Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott, SZA is the star of her own show on her long-awaited debut, which was a heavy hitter of the year. Serving up sultry melodies, impassioned lyrics, dreamy production, and confident, gorgeous vocals, the album feels like a soundtrack for late summer nights.

Childish Gambino Awaken My Love

17. Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! (Released 2016)

Childish Gambino unexpectedly channeled George Clinton and Prince for his third album, Awaken, My Love!, to the great delight of his fans. Kicking off with a three-part epic and including the hit song "Redbone," the top-selling album features classic psych funk by way of gospel and shows off his chops as an R&B singer. 2017 saw two vinyl releases: a limited edition 45 RPM vinyl box set came in May and the standard back vinyl version was finally available in November.

thundercat drunk

16. Thundercat - Drunk (Released February 2017)

LA-based producer and singer Thundercat brought some top-notch talent to this jazz/soul/funk fusion masterpiece. With friends like Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus, Wiz Khalifa, and Pharrell in the credits, you know you’re in for a treat. (There’s also the slightly weird addition of Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins to lead single “Show You the Way”…which believe it or not, totally works, in the best possible way.)

the xx i see you

15. The xx - I See You (Released January 2017)

The xx expands on their characteristic minimal cool on their third album, I See You. Their intimate, vulnerable lyrics and shimmering sound are still there, but these traits have been given an infusion of warmth and color with the introduction of some dancier elements, smart samples, and lush soundscapes. It's a welcome evolution. The album is a gem -- multi-faceted and vivid, revealing more of itself with every spin.

Queens of the stone age villains

14. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains (Released Aug 2017)

Villains, the seventh studio album by Queens of the Stone Age, was produced by Mark Ronson and is a testament to the myriad pleasures of the boogie, featuring a very dry, '70s-influenced production that the band wears well. Every song here sounds impeccably crisp: Guitars leap out with lean, red-hot fuzz. The bass rumbles neatly along. The drums are so air-tight they threaten all the oxygen in the room with funky tension. The atmosphere is of a hermetically sealed classic rock record.

Weezer Pacific Daydream

13. Weezer - Pacific Daydream (Released October 2017)

Weezer continues to reinvent themselves on Pacific Daydream. As poppy and upbeat as the emotion conveyed by the title, the LP finds Rivers and co. creating music that dances winkingly back and forth across the line between their earlier retro nerd rock and their later radio-friendly sing-alongs. Weezer also performed at Amoeba for the first time this year, playing a sold out show in LA to celebrate the new album.


12. Slowdive - Slowdive (Released May 2017)

Not only did Slowdive's first album in two decades make our list of the Best Albums of 2017, but it was one of our best-selling albums this year. Sharing a name with their self-titled 1990 debut LP, the band is as compelling as ever on this album. It feels like it was recorded back at the height of the shoegaze era. Expect swooning, hazy, mesmerizing, moody loud rock that sounds like it was channeled from outer space — or from a lovely daydream.

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

11. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (Originally Released 1973)

Pink Floyd's 1973 Dark Side of the Moon, with its iconic cover by Storm Thorgerson, continues to earn new fans and remains an important part of any serious rock lover's record collection. With a little help from a 2016 reissue on 180-gram vinyl, the album cracked our best selling list again in 2017.

Mac DeMarco This Old Dog

10. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog (Released May 2017)

The third Mac DeMarco album to appear on this list, This Old Dog is also one of his strongest releases yet. DeMarco may have a goofball persona but these songs are coming from a heartfelt, warmly intelligent, and emotional place. Sure, there are some sublime party tunes on here, but the highlights of the album are when DeMarco delves into dreamy, deeply romantic territory on tracks like “One More Love Song” and “Moonlight on the River.” This Old Dog has so many solid songs it's hard to single out even a few as essential listening. Instead, throw this record on and immerse yourself in Mac’s singular world.

Baby Driver soundtrack

9. Various Artists - Baby Driver OST (Released June 2017)

We were stoked to two visits from Edgar Wright this year - one in June for the release of the fantastic Baby Driver soundtrack and another in October when the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray. The soundtrack is packed with 30 carefully curated tracks drawn from the worlds of indie, punk, hip-hop, funk, power pop, soul, R&B, and jazz. Pretty much every track is a classic, ranging from the ubiquitous “Radar Love” to the (perhaps) lesser known “Egyptian Reggae.” The collection is upbeat and rhythm-driven, showcasing some of the strongest songwriters in recent musical history.

Prince Purple Rain

8. Prince - Purple Rain (Originally Released 1984)

Prince's iconic Purple Rain soundtrack was reissued in several formats, including expanded editions with previously unreleased material. The deluxe 3CD+DVD expanded edition and the 180-gram vinyl were particularly sought after. The audio for the 2017 reissues was taken from the 2015 Paisley Park remaster of the original soundtrack tapes (overseen by Prince himself) and the album sounds better than ever — more vibrant, more alive, more straight up sexy.

Radiohead OK Computer OKNOTOK

7. Radiohead - OK Computer (Originally Released 1997)

Radiohead's OK Computer was a clear departure from the guitar-based rock for which they had become known. Critics and fans alike were fascinated by its unsettling atmosphere and themes of alienation and consumerism, highlighted by electronic effects and strings. On the strength of its 2017 reissue as OKNOTOK - a triple LP featuring B-sides and unreleased tracks, an art book, and a cassette tape of demos – the album knocked it out of the park in sales.

Beatles Sgt Pepper's

6. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Originally Released 1967)

The Beatles' vastly innovative 1967 album was awarded special treatment for its 50th anniversary this past year, with four special remaster editions, including a picture disc and a new stereo mix version. Another must-have for music fans building their collections, the classic record in all its formats was snatched up again and again in 2017.

Ryan Adams Prisoner

5. Ryan Adams - Prisoner (Released February 2017)

Regardless of the gossipy context behind this "break-up album," Ryan Adams has constructed a heartfelt and entrancing record, full of subtle production nuances and an undeniable earnestness, which, rather than asking for your pity, paints differently toned vignettes of the aftermath of divorce. Wearing his influences on his sleeve, Adams references a wide range of musical styles and textures, evoking everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Stone Roses, to flesh out a vision that is all his own. Ryan visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special in-store performance on Feb 22nd and played tunes from the new album.

Lana Del Rey Lust for Life

4. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life (Released July 2017)

Lana Del Rey returned to Amoeba Hollywood this year for a sold out performance in honor of Lust For Life, her fourth studio LP. While in the past Lana has played with hip-hop influences, on “Summer Bummer” she delves headfirst into the genre, enlisting the services of Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky. Cameos are in abundance on this record, featuring the aforementioned A$AP Rocky twice among the likes of Stevie Nicks, Sean Lennon, and The Weeknd. In a way, this demonstrates the biggest accomplishment of Lust for Life: the ability to evolve and expand a previously rigidly defined musical style while still sounding like nothing else.

Tyler the Creator Flower Boy

3. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy (Released July 2017)

Widely considered to be Tyler's best album to date, Flower Boy was released on CD in July with 2 covers and on vinyl in early December, all of which sold gangbusters. The album features Jaden Smith, Estelle, Kali Uchis, A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean, and others that take you on a trip through various styles of music from smooth soul to boom bap. Standout tracks are "I Ain't Got Time," "Who Dat Boy," and "See You Again."

La La Land soundtrack

2. Justin Hurwitz - La La Land OST (Released 2016)

After enchanting audiences last winter with its romantically stylized vision of Hollywood, by way of the classic musicals of the '50s and '60s, La La Land continued to capture attention throughout 2017 with massive sales of the film's original soundtrack released both in standard CD and vinyl formats, as well as Justin Hurwitz's original score on CD and 2LP vinyl.

Kendrick Lamar Damn

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. (Released April 2017)

When Kendrick's DAMN. came out in April, we were wondering how anything else could top this in 2017. Nothing did. From the syncopated, rapid-fire delivery of "DNA." to the swaying, surreal "PRIDE.," it's a nonstop tour de force. No other artist, hip-hop or otherwise, is so deftly able to meld pure charisma, insightful and witty lyricism, and brilliant production into songs that are also just straight-up bangers. Couple that with both work ethic and quality control that puts every other rapper to shame, and you've got the premier MC of his generation, without question.

Check out all of our Best of 2017 lists.

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