The 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019

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Best Selling Albums of 2019

With just two weeks left in 2019, the time is right to take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the best selling albums of the year. (Fifty of 'em, in fact!) The albums flying off the Amoeba shelves are a varied group, ranging from forgotten Japanese pop music to classic reissues to new releases in rock, hip-hop, R&B, and soundtrack music. There's something for everyone here, so you may discover a new favorite or see how your personal picks fared among your fellow music fans.

Read on to see the full list of Amoeba Hollywood's 50 Best Selling Albums of 2019.

Pacific Breeze 50. Various Artists - Pacific Breeze
Hasta El Cielo
49. Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo
All Mirrors 48. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors Almost Free 47. Fidlar - Almost Free
Outer Peace 46. Toro y Moi - Outer Peace Western Stars 45. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
Bohemian Rhapsody OST 44. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody OST Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. 43. HUNNY - Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Atonement 42. Killswitch Engage - Atonement H.E.R. 41. H.E.R. - H.E.R.
Ventura 40. Anderson .Paak - Ventura Cuz I Love You 39. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
Titanic Rising 38. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising I, I 37. Bon Iver - I,I
House of Sugar 36. Alex G - House of Sugar American Love Call 35. Durand Jones & the Indications - American Love Call
Ghosteen 34. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen Widow's Weeds 33. Silversun Pickups - Widow's Weeds
Lux Prima 32. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima Some Rap Songs 31. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
Brutalism 30. The Drums - Brutalism Bandana 29. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Originals 28. Prince - Originals Without Fear 27. Dermot Kennedy - Without Fear
Madame X 26. Madonna - Madame X Everyday Life 25. Coldplay - Everyday Life
I Am Easy to Find 24. The National - I Am Easy To Find Better Oblivion Community Center 23. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
Unknown Pleasures 22. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (40th anniversary edition) Violet Street 21. Local Natives - Violet Street


Heard It in a Past Life

20. Maggie Rogers - Heard It in a Past Life
Release Date: CD and LP out on 1/18/19

Nearly three years after her song "Alaska" became a viral sensation, Maggie Rogers released her carefully-crafted debut album, Heard It in a Past Life. The young artist deftly fuses folk, electronica, and dance-pop in a collection of songs that fully delivers on her early promise.

Let's Rock

19. The Black Keys - Let's Rock
Release Date: CD and LP out on 6/28/19

After a five year break, The Black Keys are back and better than ever on this stripped down serving of rock 'n' roll goodness. The duo does it all with just drum and guitar, with a little extra sweetness in the form of backing vocals by Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson.

Amoeba Gig

18. Paul McCartney - Amoeba Gig
Release Date: CD and LP out on 7/12/19

A must-have for McCartney fans and Beatles completists. Amoeba Gig is the first-ever full-length concert recording of McCartney's incredible June 27, 2007 live performance at Amoeba Hollywood. This magical set features 21 career-spanning songs and is finally available in its entirety.


17. FKA twigs - Magdalene
Release Date: CD and LP out on 11/8/19

Never one to shy away from experimentation, FKA twigs strikes out into bold, new territory on her excellent new album, Magdalene. The vibe is cinematic, with sweeping soundscapes, lush strings, and soaring church choir vocals.

Father of the Bride

16. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
Release Date: CD and LP out on 5/3/19

Father of the Bride was a triumphant return for Vampire Weekend; prior to the album's release, the band hadn't recorded a new full-length since 2013. It's also one of their most ambitious albums, fusing indie, hip-hop, and even jam band influences into one eclectic, energizing record.

This Land

15. Gary Clark Jr. - This Land
Release Date: CD and LP out on 2/22/19

This Land is a battle call, an anthem for anyone eager to combat the forces of bigotry and political cynicism. The ever-impressive Gary Clark Jr. has created an album rife with hope, ferocity, and emotional power while experimenting with genres as disparate as dub and country-rock.


14. Orville Peck - Pony
Release Date: CD and LP out on 3/22/19

Who was that masked man who suddenly took the entire indie-sphere by storm? Why, it's the enigmatic Orville Peck, of course! Although his true identity's still a mystery, it should come as no surprise that so many people fell hard for his knowing fusion of classic country, shoegaze, and indie. We were lucky enough to chat with Orville Peck for a funny, entertaining, and educational What's In My Bag? episode this year too. Watch it here.

Abbey Road anniversary editions

13. The Beatles - Abbey Road Anniversary Editions
Release Date: CD and LP out on 9/27/19

Abbey Road got the fiftieth anniversary treatment with a slew of related reissues. No matter which format you choose, you can expect a vibrant 2019 stereo mix, captivating bonus tracks and alternate takes, and all kinds of goodies.


12. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
Release Date: CD out on 8/23/19 and LP out on 10/4/19

Tyler, the Creator had a late summer masterpiece on his hands in the form of the outsider soul wonder IGOR. The Creator wrote, produced, and arranged all the tracks himself, and the whole listening experience is imbued with the vulnerability, experimentation, and excellence of that process.

Fear Inoculum

11. Tool - Fear Inoculum
Release Date: CDs out on 8/30/19 and 12/13/19

Tool fans have waited thirteen impossibly long years for a new release from the alt metal gurus. Fortunately, Fear Inoculum delivered. Packed with trance-inducing, ultra-heavy, intelligent prog-metal jams, this one's meant to be turned up as loud as possible. Never satisfied with the expected, the band initially released the album only as a limited edition CD that included a 4" HD rechargeable screen, exclusive video footage, charging cable, and 36-page book. They've since released an expanded book edition without the screen and the video footage. No word yet on a vinyl release, however.


10. Flying Lotus - Flamagra
Release Date: CD and LP out on 5/24/19

Good things are worth waiting for, and after a five year hiatus, Flying Lotus fans should find much to enjoy in the 27-track Flamagra. Featuring contributions from a star-studded list of contributors that includes David Lynch, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Solange, and so many more. We were also proud to release an Amoeba Exclusive version on opaque white vinyl.
Sound & Fury

9. Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury
Release Date: CD and LP out on 9/27/19

An adrenaline-fueled ride into outlaw country and heady rock 'n' roll, Sturgill Simpson has created a suitably ferocious album in the form of Sound & Fury. Catchy as hell and steeped in Southern mood and lyricism, this is Simpson at his powerful.

On the Line

8. Jenny Lewis - On the Line
Release Date: CD and LP out on 3/22/19

On the Line might just be one of Jenny Lewis' best records to date. With a dazzling cast of collaborators -- including Beck and Ringo Starr -- Lewis churns out moody ballads, Fleetwood Mac-inspired rollickers, and wistful Americana. She also gave a fantastic performance at Amoeba Hollywood on release date to celebrate the new album.

Remind Me Tomorrow

7. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
Release Date: CD and LP out on 1/18/19

Sharon Van Etten spread her musical wings on the brilliant Remind Me Tomorrow, favoring rock 'n' roll ferocity and atmopsheric synths over her renowned folk-meets-Americana sound. The result was one of the year's most gripping, emotionally devastating releases. We were thrilled to have an Amoeba Excusive version of this standout album on limited edition translucent violet vinyl.


6. Thom Yorke - Anima
Release Date: CD and LP out on 7/19/19

One of our most relentlessly innovative artists, Thom Yorke somehow managed to find even more uncharted territory to explore on his intriguing Anima. Heavier on the electronics than usual, Yorke lets his haunting vocals linger over massive washes of sound and cinematic synths. An envelope-pushing evolution.

Para Mi

5. Cuco - Para Mi
Release Date: CD and LP out on 7/26/19

Twenty-one-year-old bedroom producer makes an assured debut on Para Mi. Eclectic and boundary-pushing the album somehow manages to blend the aesthetics of Toro y Moi and Mac DeMarco into one singular collection of songs. Cuco captivated a huge crowd at Amoeba Hollywood with a special in-store performance during release week.

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

4. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Release Date: CD and LP out on 3/29/19

Now a legitimate star, Billie Eilish made her insanely-assured debut with the dark electropop of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Angsty, fierce, and cool-as-hell, Eilish broke the teen pop star mold with this one.


3. Lana Del Rey - NFR!
Release Date: CD and LP out on 8/30/19

NFR! was another winner for the glamorously tortured singer and songwriter. Lana Del Rey teamed up with producer Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, Fun.) to record this sublimely cinematic chronicle of drama and despair, resilience and romance.

Help Us Stranger

2. The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger
Release Date: CD and LP out on 6/21/19

Can it really have been a decade since the last record by The Raconteurs? Help Us Stranger proves Jack White, Brendan Benson, and co. are still at the top of their game, combining swirling psychedelia, dirty blues, and sweaty rock 'n' roll. The band played a sold out show at Amoeba Hollywood during release week, cementing their excellence in all of our minds.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood OST

1. Various Artists - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Release Date: CD out on 8/2/19 and LP out on 10/25/19

It should come as no surprise to longtime Quentin Tarantino fans that the soundtrack to his much-loved Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is equally extraordinary. Recreating the experience of listening to a '60s era radio show, this gem of a soundtrack features era-appropriate radio ads and banter interspliced with essential tracks by the likes of The Box Tops, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Simon & Garfunkel.


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