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We asked a handful of local independent stores to provide us with their lists of their best-selling albums for 2007. (Most are 2007 releases. Those that aren’t are marked with an asterisk.)

Crooked Beat Records
2318 18th St. NW, crookedbeat.com

  1. Neon Bible, Arcade Fire (Merge)
  2. The Psychic Soviet (book), Ian Svenonius (Drag City)
  3. Living With the Living, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Touch and Go)
  4. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon (Merge)
  5. Get Evens, Evens (Dischord)*
  6. 23, Blonde Redhead (4AD)
  7. New Moon, Elliott Smith (Kill Rock Stars)
  8. Places, Georgie James (Saddle Creek)
  9. Boxer, the National (Beggars Banquet)
  10. Person Pitch, Panda Bear (Paw Tracks)

Melody Record Shop
1623 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 232-4002, melodyrecords.com

  1. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse (Universal Republic)
  2. Lifeline, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (Virgin)
  3. The Confessions Tour, Madonna (Warner Bros.)
  4. The Reminder, Feist (Cherrytree/Interscope)
  5. Neon Bible, Arcade Fire (Merge)
  6. Not Too Late, Norah Jones (Blue Note)
  7. Icky Thump, White Stripes (Warner Bros.)
  8. Hey Eugene!, Pink Martini (Heinz)
  9. Wincing the Night Away, he Shins (Sub Pop)
  10. Graduation, Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

Olsson’s Books & Records
Multiple locations, olssons.com

  1. Magic, Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
  2. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse (Universal Republic)
  3. Icky Thump, White Stripes (Warner Bros.)
  4. The Reminder, Feist (Cherrytree/Interscope)
  5. Challengers, New Pornographers (Matador)
  6. Under the Blacklight, Rilo Kiley (Warner Bros.)
  7. Easy Tiger, Ryan Adams (Lost Highway)
  8. Raising Sand, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (Rounder)
  9. The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, Josh Ritter (Sony)
  10. The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf (Capitol)*
  11. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon (Merge)
  12. La Radiolina, Manu Chao (Nacional)

Orpheus Records
3173 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, (703) 294-6774, orpheusrecords.com

The list below is based on sales of new vinyl at the shop.

  1. Sky Blue Sky, Wilco (Nonesuch)
  2. Magic, Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
  3. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (Capitol)*
  4. Modern Times, Bob Dylan (Columbia)*
  5. A Treasury, Nick Drake (Island/Universal)*
  6. The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve)*
  7. Rather Ripped, Sonic Youth (Geffen)*
  8. Icky Thump, White Stripes (Warner Bros.)
  9. The Crane Wife, the Decemberists (Capitol)*
  10. The Shepherd’s Dog, Iron and Wine (Sub Pop)

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 364-1919, politics-prose.com

  1. The Calling, Mary Chapin Carpenter (Zoe)
  2. Appassionato, Yo-Yo Ma (Sony Classics)
  3. Once: Music From the Motion Picture (Columbia)
  4. (tie) Hey Eugene!, Pink Martini (Heinz) West, Lucinda Williams (Lost Highway)
  5. Raising Sand, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (Rounder)
  6. A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, Alison Krauss (Rounder)
  7. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse (Universal Republic)
  8. Magic, Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)
  9. The Best (Farewell Tour), Luciano Pavarotti (Decca)*
  10. (tie) We’ll Never Turn Back, Mavis Staples (Anti-) The Reminder, Feist (Cherrytree/Interscope) Ray Sings, Basie Swings, Ray Charles & the Count Basie Orchestra (Concord)* It’s Not Big It’s Large, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (Mercury Nashville)

Smash Records
2314 18th St. NW, 202-387-6274, smashrecords.com

“We really don’t have a Top 10 list,” says a clerk who hasn’t yet given up on the hoary punk pseudonym “Dale Nixon.” “The things we sell out the most are just Dischord backstock and local.…I can run you a short list off the top of my head.”

  1. Discography, Minor Threat (Dischord)*
  2. 13 Songs, Fugazi (Dischord)*
  3. Bad Brains (ROIR)*
  4. Time to Escape 7-inch, Time to Escape (Grave Mistake)
  5. Final Exit 7-inch, 86 Mentality (Deranged Youth)
  6. Here Come the Waterworks, Big Business (Hydra Head)