The 50 Best Selling Albums of 2018

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The 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it's a good time to look back at what was hot at Amoeba Hollywood this year. Our top sellers are a diverse mix, as always, with rock, hip-hop, metal, soul, electronic, and soundtracks all showing up on the list. Take a look at the 50 new releases that flew off our shelves in 2018 -- some of these probably won't be a surprise while still others may have slipped past your radar.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's 50 Best-Selling Albums of 2018.

Drake Scorpion 50. Drake - Scorpion xxxTentacion ?

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Joyce Manor Million Dollars To Kill Me 48. Joyce Manor - A Million Dollars To Kill Me  Kanye West Ye 47. Kanye West - Ye
Prince Piano and a Microphone 1983 46. Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983 A Perfect Circle Eat the Elephant 45. A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant
Mitski Be the Cowboy 44. Mitski - Be The Cowboy
Guns n Roses Appetite for Destruction
43. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction [30th Anniversary Remaster]
Leon Bridges Good Thing 42. Leon Bridges - Good Thing Jack White Boarding House Reach 41. Jack White - Boarding House Reach
Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel 40. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel Ghost Prequelle 39. Ghost - Prequelle
Parquet Courts Wide Awake 38. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake Alice in Chains Rainier Fog 37. Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog
East Side Story Vol 1 36. Various Artists - East Side Story Vol. 1 [2018 LP reissue] The Internet Hive Mind 35. The Internet - Hive Mind 
Camila Cabello 34. Camila Cabello - Camila Mon Laferte Norma 33. Mon Laferte - Norma
father John Misty God's Favorite Customer 32. Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer Borns Blue Madonna 31. BØRNS - Blue Madonna
The Interrupters Fight the Good fight 30. The Interrupters - Fight the Good Fight
Kali Uchis Isolation
29. Kali Uchis - Isolation
Kamasi Washington Heaven & Earth 28. Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth Black Panther The Album 27. Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album Soundtrack
Beatles White Album 2018 Anniversary Edition 26. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) [Anniversary Edition] chicano batman 25. Chicano Batman - Chicano Batman [2018 Reissue]
Car Seat Headrest 24. Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
the story so far proper dose
23. The Story So Far - Proper Dose
Gorillaz Demon Days 22. Gorillaz - Demon Days LP [2018 Reissue] MGMT Little Dark Age 21. MGMT - Little Dark Age


A Star Is Born

20. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born (2018) Soundtrack
Release Date: CD and LP out 10/5/18

Bradley Cooper made his directorial debut with a remake of A Star Is Born starring himself and the one and only Lady Gaga. They opted to forego rehashing the songs of its previous iterations and instead provided an entirely new soundtrack, featuring contributions by Mark Ronson, Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell, and of course, Gaga.

Sleep The Sciences

19. Sleep - The Sciences
Release Date: CD and LP out 4/20/18

The Sciences was the doom metal band's first new album since 1998 and it was released via Third Man Records on CD, standard black vinyl, and a highly sought after limited edition green vinyl edition.

Macintosh Plus Floral Shoppe

18. Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe [2018 Reissue]
Release Date: LP out 6/1/18 and 9/21/18

The 2011 classic vaporwave album by Macintosh Plus was released in two limited edition color vinyl editions this year -- bubblegum pink and white -- and fans quickly snapped up both versions.

Gorillaz Now Now

17. Gorillaz - The Now Now
Release Date: CD and LP out 6/29/18

A return to form for Damon Albarn's smart, playful indie experimentalist project, and featuring some fun cameos like Snoop Dogg, their sixth album, The Now Now, may be Gorillaz' most mature and well-rounded effort since their early days.

Kendrick Lamar DAMN Collector's Edition

16. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN Collector's Edition
Release Date: CD out 12/8/17; LP out 2/16/18

Kendrick Lamar made an interesting decision to release a collector's edition of DAMN. with the tracks in reverse order and new artwork. Although technically the CD was a 2017 release, we're including it here because it was just a few weeks shy of the 2018 mark and because of how it continued to sell throughout the year. You can still get the CD version, but the limited edition clear vinyl version sold out in two short months.

J Cole KOD

15. J. Cole - KOD
Release Date: CD out 4/20/18, LP out 10/5/18

Rapper J. Cole's fifth album KOD, which alternately stands for Kids On Drugs, King Overdose or Kill Our Demons, is a cynical commentary on the current hip-hop landscape, delivered with sermonized ardor. The closest sonic comparison would be last year's DAMN., but KOD often strikes a dourer note than Kendrick’s moralizing tour de force. That’s not to say the album ain’t funky, though. KOD makes a catchy, convincing argument against the glitzy, glorified hedonisms of the modern world.

Khruangbin Con Todo El Mundo

14. Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
Release Date: CD, LP & Cassette out 1/26/18

The sophomore album from Texas trio Khruangbin is a thoroughly enchanting melange of genres from around the world. While their first LP saw the group delving into Southeast Asian melodies and rhythms, Con Todo El Mundo seeks inspiration in Iranian grooves, all layered over the band's envelope-pushing hybrid of soul, funk, rock, and dub. An initial limited pressing of off-white color vinyl helped push sales of this album onto our best-sellers list.

The Voidz Virtue

13. The Voidz - Virtue
Release Date: CD, LP & Cassette out 3/30/18

Julian Casablancas and co.'s sophomore album was a genre-bending, mixture of post-punk guitar and synth rock. The band's sold-out signing at Amoeba Hollywood illustrated just how hungry their fans were for their new album. 

Beach House 7

12. Beach House - 7
Release Date: CD, LP & Cassette out 5/11/18

Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House released their seventh studio album this year, the aptly titled 7. The pair have skillfully built on their signature sumptuous, drowsy ethereal sound, crafting slow, woozy melodies over which singer Victoria Legrand’s gauzy vocals blissfully drift. 7 proves that Beach House just keep getting better and better.

thom Yorke Suspiria soundtrack

11. Thom Yorke - Suspiria (2018) Soundtrack
Release Date: CD and LP out 10/16/18

The Radiohead frontman's first film score was one of our best sellers this year. Goblin's original Suspiria soundtrack has already staked its claim as an arty, darkly beautiful classic and Thom Yorke's compositions for the Luca Guadagnino remake pay effective tribute to the film’s history, its moody horror, and dark fairytale nature.

John Carpenter Halloween 2018 Soundtrack

10. John Carpenter - Halloween (2018) Soundtrack
Release Date: CD & LP out 10/19/18

The Horror Master himself returned to his Halloween roots with the soundtrack to the new Halloween film, this time working with his recent collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter (his son). The trio visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special soundtrack signing just a few days before Halloween and fans were especially excited about a limited edition pumpkin orange color LP.

Mac Miller Swimming

9. Mac Miller - Swimming
Release Date: CD out 8/3/18, LP out 11/23/18

Released just a month before his untimely death at age 26, Mac Miller's Swimming was a bittersweet success this year. Tragedy aside, the Pittsburgh rapper's fifth studio album is perhaps his best, sounding gorgeous and lush with help from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Thundercat, and DJ Dahi working their studio magic.

Wallows Spring EP

8. Wallows - Spring EP
Release Date: CD out 4/6/18, LP out 5/25/18

Los Angeles pop-rock trio Wallows, which features singers/guitarists and actors Braeden Lemasters (Men of a Certain Age), Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why), and drummer Cole Preston, celebrated the release of their debut EP at Amoeba Hollywood with an in-store performance for a very full house of excited young fans. Following the release of their CD a month or so later was a limited edition pink and green color vinyl edition that was quickly snatched up.

John Coltrane Both Directions at Once

7. John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
Release Date: CD and LP out 6/29/18

An unearthed recording session from the 1963 John Coltrane Quartet, featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrisons and Elvin Jones, this gem of a release includes untitled originals and a 12-bar blues-based vamp, among other delights.

Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic

6. Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic
Release Date: CD out 6/15/18, LP out 8/10/18

Mike Shinoda's packed in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood was an emotional experience, as Linkin Park fans came together to grieve for Chester Bennington and to support Shinoda's equally emotional first solo album. Watch this particularly special moment when Mike performed "In The End" with fans signing Chester's parts.

Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

5. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Release Date: CD and LP out 5/11/18

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino was the first new Arctic Monkeys album in 5 years and it was released without any advance singles. It was another reinvention of sorts for the English rock band and felt like a throwback to the '70s in style and substance. 

Panic at the Disco Pray for the Wicked

4. Panic! At The Disco - Pray For the Wicked
Release Date: CD, LP & Cassette out 6/22/18

Brendan Urie from Panic! At The Disco celebrated the new album Pray For the Wicked with a signing at Amoeba Hollywood on release day. It was the band's first new album since 2015's Death of A Bachelor and the first since Brendan made his Broadway debut in the musical Kinky Boots.

Twenty One Pilots Trench

3. Tweny One Pilots - Trench
Release Date: CD & LP out 10/5/18

Another big in-store event for Amoeba Hollywood was a special signing by Twenty One Pilots in early October. Trench was the duo's first new album since their 2015 breakthrough Blurryface and fans were eagerly awaiting its release, particularly the limited indie exclusive olive green vinyl edition.

Fall Out Boy Mania

2. Fall Out Boy - M A N I A
Release Date: CD & LP out 1/19/18

Amoeba Hollywood kicked off 2018 with a special acoustic in-store performance by Fall Out Boy to celebrate their new album and fans filled the house, scooping up M A N I A on CD and vinyl in the process.

Call Me By Your Name soundtrack

1. Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack
Release Date: CD out 11/17/17; 4 LP versions out Jan/Feb/March/August 2018

The Call Me By Your Name soundtrack was a juggernaut in 2018. Not only did the best-selling album of the year feature music by Sufjan Stevens, Giorgio Moroder, and The Psychedelic Furs, but fueling the excitement were multiple limited color vinyl pressings, including an Amoeba exclusive yellow LP and a peach scented edition.

Check out more of our Best of 2018 lists here.

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