The Most Expensive Vinyl Records of All Time

With vinyl records coming back to the “scene,” we are slowly foregoing the fast-paced life that technology has given us. Instead, most have surrendered keeping up with this to stopping and enjoying the highlights of the past. That includes listening to music through physical copies.

So it’s pretty apt that we go back in time and look at how some vinyl records have grown in market value, right? Let’s go!

*Please note these prices are only estimates.

The Beatles – Yesterday & Today

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Year Released: 1966
Record label: 
Capitol Records
Estimated Worth: 
$125,000

Let’s be honest, everything related to The Beatles can make you a buck. Yesterday & Today was an album by T=he Beatles, released in 1966 is one of the band’s biggest flex of talent!

Bruce Springsteen – Spirit in the Night

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Year Released: 1973
Record Label: 
Columbia
Estimated Worth: 
$5,000*

Contrary to popular belief, Bruce Springsteen did not find instant success with Born to Run. He had to grind and work on his craft like many others. His first single “Spirit in the Night” was released in 1973 but it was a flop.

The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man

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Year Released: 1968
Record label: 
London
Estimated Worth: 
$17,000*

For their first few albums, Rolling Stones did not have too many fans. The people around them thought that their band was “a phase” filled with dating gorgeous women, and that their music would soon dissipate. Boy, they were wrong.

Elvis Presley – Rock ‘N’ Roll

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Year Released: 1956
Record label: RCA Victor 
Estimated Worth: $1530.00*

Rock N Roll was Elvis Presley’s first album that made it to the UK. At the time of release, the genre was unchartered territory for artists and labels alike.

Queen – Queen Rocks

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Year Released: 1997
Record label: Parlophone, Hollywood 
Estimated Worth: $1413.00*

Queen Rocks is a compilation of the band’s deep tracks like “Sheer Heart Attack,” “Tear It Up,” and “Put Out the Fire.”

Prince – The Black Album (aka “The Funk Bible”)

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Year Released: 1986-1987
Record label: Warner Records
Estimated Worth: $42,300*

Prince released The Black Album in 1987. The album stood out from his other albums because there was no title, credits or even the artist’s name. The only thing seen there were the numbers “25677.”

Wu-Tang Clan – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

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Year Released: 2015
Record label: 
RZA
Estimated Worth: 
$2 million*

The thing that made the Wu-Tang Clan famous was their talent in spitting rhymes which is why when they come up with something big, the group’s fans can make it bigger! The hip-hop group recorded Once Upon A Time in Shaolin in secret for over five years but they never mass-produced it. Instead, they only made one copy and it sold for $2,000,000.

Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen/No Feeling

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Year Released: 1977
Record label: Virgin/A&M
Estimated Worth: $17,000*

The Sex Pistols always made headlines because of their controversial lyrics, but when they released their B-side vinyl God Save the Queen and had No Feeling on the A-side, the crowd went nuts!

Elton John – I’ve Been Loving You

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Year Released: 1968
Record label: 
Philips
Estimated Worth: 
$5,000*

Elton John is one of the few artists who is the epitome of being multi-talented. He plays piano like it’s an extension of his body, sings, and writes legendary songs. His single “I’ve Been Loving You” was his first-ever one that was released and it’s a testament to Sir Elton John’s immense talent.

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

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Year Released: 1969
Record label: 
RCA
Estimated Worth: 
$1,000*

Led Zeppelin is a legendary rock band, but when they released their self-titled album in 1969, it wasn’t much of a hit. Today, though, most fans think otherwise.

Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu

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Year Released: 1980
Record label: 
Jet/MCA
Estimated Worth: 
$9,100*

Olivia Newton-John found success when she played Sandy in Grease. Everyone thought that was the fire that needed to launch Newton-John’s career, but she also found talent in the music industry.

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

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Year Released: 1963
Record label: 
Columbia
Estimated Worth: 
$35,000*

When The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was made in 1963, someone put the wrong songs on it. Imagine the hard work you put in to get this album out only for it to be ruined by someone’s carelessness. Good thing the mistake was caught before it was released to the public, but even then there were already a few copies made with “Rocks and Gravel” and “Talkin’ John Birch Blues” for some of its tracks.

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

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Year Released: 1967
Record label: 
Verve Records
Estimated Worth: 
$25,200*

The Velvet Underground is known for its mellow tunes and captivating lyrics, but there was a time when they were just some obscure band. During the release of The Velvet Underground and Nico in 1967, radio stations did not want to play it. The content was “too controversial.”

Nirvana – Bleach

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Year Released: 1989
Record label: 
Sub Pop
Estimated Worth: 
$2,500*

Before Nevermind, there was Nirvana’s first album titled Bleach. It was just Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, no Dave Grohl yet. It was rumored that the band would practice for two to three weeks straight in preparation to record the album.

Elvis Presley – That’s All Right

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Year Released: 1954
Record label: 
Sun
Estimated Worth: 
$4,000*

The King of Rock Elvis Presley did not mind covering other people’s songs, which led him to cover Arthur Crudup’s That’s All Right. Legend has it that it happened during one of the late musician’s other songs. His producer at the time thought it sounded amazing so they started to record it.

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (signed by all four Beatles)

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Year Released: 1967
Record label: Parlophone
Estimated Worth: $290,000*

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of The Beatles’ more famous albums. One that is in mint condition is worth nearly $300,000, so imagine the price of one that is signed by all four members!

The White Stripes – Lafayette Blues

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Year Released: 1998
Record label: 
Italy Records
Estimated Worth: 
$12,700*

Although The White Stripes are pretty new to the scene, the impact that they left can never be underestimated. Lafayette Blues, which was their 1998 single, had a cover that was hand-painted by Dave Buick. Just in case you didn’t know, Buick is the founder of Italy Records.

Madonna – Erotica

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Year Released: 1992
Record label: Warner Bros. Records
Estimated Worth: $4,000*

The Material Girl has stirred controversy back in the day for multiple things but her sucking on supermodel Naomi Campbell’s toes pretty much tops it all. It was not in a party but it was put as an album cover. Of course, Warner Bros. Records wanted to protect their company’s reputation and evidently pulled it out from the market. Their reason, they did not want to monetize on “foot-fetishes.”

Misfits – Legacy of Brutality

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Year Released: 1986
Record label: Glenn Danzig
Estimated Worth: $5,000*

Horror punk rock fans only know this limited-edition pink vinyl as an urban legend of sorts. However, it is true and the Misfits compilation album is so rare that only 16 copies were sold.

The Who – The Who Sell Out

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Year Released: 1967
Record label: Track Label
Estimated Worth: $1,100*

“The Who Sell Out” album only had 1,000 pressings initially – 500 in mono and another 500 in stereo. The album also included a “psychedelic poster” of a butterfly.

David Bowie and Dana Gillespie – Bowpromo

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Year Released: 1971
Record label: RCA Records
Estimated Worth: $6,000*

Bowpromo was made exclusively for industry higher-ups with different reasons depending on the source. It came with a white label and encased in a plain sleeve. To recognize if your copy is legitimate, check its matrix number. It should have “BOWPROMO 1A-1/1B-1” stamped on the record.

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

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Year Released: 1959
Record label: Columbia Records
Estimated Worth: $1,000*

Expensive? Not as much as the others on the list. Coolness? Probably tops most of the records in here. Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue included the most notable musicians in the industry like John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Some music experts say that this is Davis’ greatest record of all time.

ABBA – Hova’s Vittne

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Year Released: 1981
Record label: Polar Music
Estimated Worth: $3,500*

Hova’s Vittne was a promotional record and was only given to those within the company. There were only 200 copies printed in red vinyl, making it one of the most rare albums ABBA ever produced.

U2 – Pride (In the Name of Love)

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Year Released: 1981
Record label: CBS Ireland
Estimated Worth: $9,000*

The Australian edition of U2’s Pride (In the Name of Love) is printed on translucent vinyl and is rumored to only have 50 of its kind. Perhaps this is why the album’s worth is frequently estimated at around $9,000!

The Supremes – Meet The Supremes

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Year Released: 1964
Record label:
 Motown Records 
Estimated Worth: 
$100.00*

Meet the Supremes was the all-female singing group’s debut album. The group comprised of Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, and Mary Wilson.

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of The Moon

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Year: 1973
Record label: Harvest Records 
Worth Today: $3,242.31*

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is one of the band’s most popular albums ever produced. It was recorded in the Abbey Road Studios in January of 1973. If you come across a first-pressing vinyl in mint condition, you can cash it in for thousands of dollars!

John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy

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Year: 1980
Record label: Geffen Records
Worth Today: $150,000*

Before John Lennon’s assassination, he and partner Yoko Ono made the Double Fantasy album. It was released in mid-November in 1980 under Geffen Records. Not even a month after the album’s release, Lennon was killed walking out of a New York building.

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