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Other Music’s Top 100 Best-Selling LPs of All Time

(via @betaworldpeace)

Iconic NYC record store Other Music has only week left. They recently posted their Top 100 Best Sellers in their 21 year existence, with Belle & Sebastian‘s 1996 classic If You’re Feeling Sinister topping the list, followed closely by Air‘s debut album Moon Safari (1998), Boards of Canada‘s debut, Music Has a Right to Children (also 1998), Kruder & Dorfmeister‘s inescapable (at the time) double mix The K&D Sessions (yep, 1998) and Yo La Tengo‘s 2000 LP And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out rounding out the Top 5. At #100 it’s The Avalanches‘ debut, Since I Left You. A picture of their entire Top 100, written on their very familiar whiteboard, is above.

If the lack of Beastie Boys or the low placing of Radiohead (#70 for Kid A) seems surprising, you have to remember that Tower Records was right down the street and by 1995 both acts were more Tower territory. OM was more DJ Shadow or (conspicuously absent) J. Dilla than the Beasties. If you’re in NYC this week, do make an effort to stop by Other Music before they close. (They’ve put out a bunch of the Steve Keene paintings they used to have up back in the day which are all pretty great.) Their “Other Music Forever” farewell party at Bowery Ballroom on 6/28 is sold out.

UPDATE: Other music has revised their list, saying:

This is the final and official lifetime top sellers list. After posting the previous version in the shop, we realized that there had been a couple of small errors in computation. Our computer system is so antiquated that we had to manually combine the sales of different formats, and especially with records that we carried as imports originally, or that were reissued a couple of times, it can get complicated. This revised version has a slightly different order of a few titles near the bottom of the list, and more notably, J Dilla’s Donuts and Arthur Russell’s Calling Our of Context — two Other Music classics — both make an appearance at 85 and 97, respectively.

Other Music’s Top 100 All-Time Best Selling LPs.
1. Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
2. Air – Moon Safari
3. Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
4. Kruder and Dorfmeister – K&D Sessions
5. Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
6. Os Mutantes – Os Mutantes
7. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
8. Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun
9. Arcade Fire – Funeral
10. Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
11. Belle and Sebastian – Boy with the Arab Strap
12. Cat Power – Moon Pix
13. The Strokes – Is This It
14. Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
15. Talvin Singh Presents Anokha: Sounds of the Asian Underground
16. Joanna Newsom – Milk-Eyed Mender
17. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
18. Cat Power – Covers Record
19. Cornelius – Fantasma
20. Serge Gainsbourg – Comic Strip
21. Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk
22. Godspeed You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists
23. Amon Tobin – Permutation
24. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
25. Animal Collective – Sung Tongs
26. Dungen – Ta Det Lugnt
27. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
28. Belle and Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
29. Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah – S/T
30. ESG – South Bronx Story
31. Cat Power – You Are Free
32. Broadcast – Noise Made by People
33. The Notwist – Neon Golden
34. Animal Collective – Feels
35. Mum – Finally We Are No One
36. Elliott Smith – Either/Or
37. White Stripes – White Blood Cells
38. Bjorn Olsson – Instrumental Music
39. Boards of Canada – In a Beautiful Place
40. Tortoise – TNT
41. Handsome Boy Modeling School – So How’s Your Girl?
42. Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
43. Zero 7 – Simple Things
44. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People
45. Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin
46. Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands
47. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
48. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
49. Kiki and Herb – Do You Hear What I Hear?
50. Thievery Corporation – DJ Kicks
51. Boards of Canada – Geogaddi
52. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – S/T EP
53. TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth
54. Yo La Tengo – Sounds of the Sounds of Science
55. Sufjan Stevens – Greetings from Michigan
56. Stereolab – Dots and Loops
57. Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
58. Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island
59. Le Tigre – S/T
60. ADULT. – Resuscitation
61. Langley Schools Music Project – Innocence and Despair
62. The Shins – Oh Inverted World
63. Slint – Spiderland
64. Air – Premiers Symptomes
65. Roni Size – New Forms
66. Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
67. Nite Jewel – Good Evening
68. Fennesz – Endless Summer
69. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See a Darkness
70. Radiohead – Kid A
71. Stereolab – Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night
72. Franz Ferdinand – S/T
73. Amon Tobin – Supermodified
74. Fischerspooner – S/T
75. Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
76. Cat Power – What Would the Community Think?
77. Elliott Smith – XO
78. TV on the Radio – Young Liars
79. UNKLE – Psyence Fiction
80. The Clientele – Suburban Light
81. Clinic – Walking with Thee
82. The xx – xx
83. Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson
84. Vampire Weekend – S/T
85. J Dilla – Donuts
86. Massive Attack – Mezzanine
87. Joanna Newsom – Ys
88. Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
89. Portishead – S/T
90. Jim O’Rourke – Eureka
91. Pavement – Terror Twilight
92. Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West
93. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
94. Tortoise – Standards
95. Sam Prekop – S/T
96. Blonde Redhead – Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
97. Arthur Russell – Calling Out of Context
98. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2
99. Grizzly Bear – Yellow House
100. Avalanches – Since I Left You

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