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Pre-2000s Artists with the Highest-Priced Vinyl Records

The hobby of vinyl collecting has taken a major pause ever since the rise of digital music streaming services. Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, and more had been able to give an avenue for many current and upcoming artists who wanted to share their music with other people.

However, many people are starting to deviate back to analog music and the soothing sight of watching a record spin around rather than just clicking onto a playlist online. In all actuality, sales for vinyl records had quite a spike last year compared to the last few decades.

Although not exactly vintage yet, many of the highest-priced vinyl records belonged to many musicians that had boomed and entered stardom before the 2000s. Here are the bands and artists that were able to make it to the cut.

The Beatles

The Beatles was an English rock band that took the world by storm, having countless titles that reached worldwide stardom. They were the epitome of musical success as their songs are considered timeless and still a part of plenty of playlists today. If every high-priced vinyl record would be counted, the amount may just skyrocket to more than $4 million.

Their most expensive vinyl record from The Beatles was their white album. Titled with their very own band name, the record had donned the serial number that proved that it was the first-ever copy of that album. It garnered almost $800 million after being sold from Ringo Starr’s collection.

To provide you with a bit more information about just how big the Beatles were and are is that a vinyl record between John Lennon and Yoko Ono had sold for $150,000. That Double Fantasy record was specifically coveted because it had Lennon’s last signature before passing away.

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan was a hit and pioneer in the rap and hip-hop genre. Although they may not have had that big of a name internationally, they still had many influences in many movies and the American culture itself.

The solely legitimate copy of Once Upon A Time in Shaolin was hyped up and bidded on, sold for a whopping $2 million. That very story had captured so many headlines, primarily because of the controversy regarding buyer and former Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, also known as the King of Rock and Roll, had become an inspiration for so many and was a massive proponent of vinyl record sales. Almost all his titles are now being sold for a hefty price if they’re on the market at all. The most expensive record would probably be Presley’s My Happiness, sold for $300,000.

Frank Wilson

Frank Wilson had so much soul poured into his music. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) was gone when Wilson decided to stick as a writer-producer rather than a musician, having the batch of records destroyed. Or so they thought. The sole survivors from that group had eventually made their way to a few lucky souls, one amounting to about $36,000.

Tommy Johnson

Tommy Johnson was a tried and true lyricist and guitarist back in the 1920s, making strides in Mississippi for the blues. With most of his master tapes destroyed, many had been scrounging for a decent copy, which can be evident considering that a good condition of Alcohol and Jake Blues had sold for more than $35,000.


Bringing back the love to the good old days of having a turntable and record can be a tad expensive, but nothing can beat the nostalgia of it all. With so many classics and rarities, vinyl collectors will have the time of their life on their hands to forge a noteworthy collection in this day and age.

Want to find the best rock records from before the 2000s? Music Connection is a premier independent record store in Manchester, NH, that sells new and pre-loved vinyl records and many more for analog music enthusiasts. Get in touch with us today!

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