The soaring popularity of LP records has prompted the Australian Recording Industry Association to publish its first-ever vinyl music chart.
The "top 10" list, based on album sales, was launched in conjunction with last weekend's (April 13's) Record Store Day.
Vinyl is back in style, and sales have increased year on year since at least 2011.
Record Store Day (RSD) is an annual, worldwide celebration of music businesses. It motivates collectors to queue for hours, in some cases in their hundreds, for a chance to snag an exclusive release.
Some Sydney stores, like the iconic Lawson's Records on Pitt Street, have been crushed by the pressure of rising overheads. Yet, they say they've stayed afloat thanks to a passionate and growing customer base.
"The rents never get cheaper, the electricity never gets cheaper," Adam Fischer, co-owner of Red Eye Records, explains. "All of that stuff makes running a business in a central city location tricky."
... there might be just enough dedicated fans of this medium for at least a couple of stores to eke out a living.
Mr Fischer said that a couple of years ago, he imagined the popularity of vinyl to be a bubble that would soon burst. Now he believes that despite the "fad aspect", people are becoming dedicated collectors again.
The growth in sales has been largely attributed to a surprisingly youthful demographic.
Having young people in store "makes the shop a lot more fun", he said.
This social experience of music has been an enormous drawcard. "Gen Z'ers" crowd the aisles, often motivated by older family members to buy vinyl - or by their desire to participate in the music experience.
"People do want that tactile experience of looking at things before they buy them, and discussing those things with the people in the shop.
"[Record Store Day] is a great example of that; people you know independently as customers, come in together - and they meet up and have a chat."
Mr Fischer said he's seen many cases where sons and daughters have inspired a "reawakening" of their parents' love of vinyl, making collecting a family experience.
16-year-old Red Eye Records customer Ford Atkins, started buying his own vinyl to good-naturedly stir his dad.
"My mum used to have heaps [of vinyl], but then dad got rid of them all," he said. "So, I inherited the collecting habit from her."
The success of RSD is usually defined by the quality of the exclusives, and many store owners remarked that the 2019 list featured some strong local artists.
Nic Warnock is the owner and manager of Repressed Records in Newtown. He said the list was appealing because it was "less commercialised" than in previous years.
Some customers missed out on their RSD wishlist items, but took time to enjoy the atmosphere.
Lachlan Thorburn, 16, was hunting for "Fetti" by Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs, and after two attempts settled on Outkast's "Aquemini".
Hip-hop artists were hugely popular among the younger clientele. Adam Fischer says that even though the classics still sell as well as ever, the growth of the hip-hop genre section has been one of the biggest changes they've made as a business.
Next year's Record Store Day is expected to be held on April 18. - Eilidh Mellis @Eilidh_Mellis