For reel? Film soundtracks dominate ARIA’s end-of-year charts

The album is dead, long live the film soundtrack.

So seems to be the odd catch-cry of local music buyers, according to surprising end-of-year sales figures released by ARIA on Thursday.

Hugh Jackman as Phineas Taylor Barnum in The Greatest Showman.Credit:Fox

Also landing prominent spots on the list were the soundtracks to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born (3), Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (5), the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther (20), and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (22).

Only three artist albums actually released in 2018 finished among the year's top ten, and all by male rappers: Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys (4), Eminem's Kamikaze (6), and Drake's Scorpion (7). ? by controversial rapper XXXTentacion finished at #12, after interest piqued following his June murder.

Amy Shark was the highest-selling local artist on the albums list, with her ARIA-winning Love Monster finishing at #14. Vance Joy's Nation of Two (18) and Keith Urban's Graffiti U (19) were the only other Australian works among the top 20.

The list marks the second consecutive year three soundtracks have featured among the end of year top ten, with Moana (5), Trolls (6) and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (9) featured last year.

5 Seconds of Summer accepting the ARIA for Best Australian Live Act in November.Credit:AAP

In a more hopeful sign, Sydney pop-rockers 5 Seconds of Summer had the top-selling single of 2018 with Youngblood, becoming the first local act to top the end-of-year singles charts since Anthony Callea with The Prayer in 2005.

"We've always said to be recognised in our home country is more special than anything. To have the number one song of 2018 is a very proud moment for this band," 5SOS said in a statement.

Sydney crooner Dean Lewis also placed highly, with his torch-burner Be Alright the fourth-highest-selling single behind Drake's God's Plan and Ed Sheeran's Perfect. Amy Shark's I Said Hi, the next placed Aussie single, finished at #31.

ARIA's end-of-year lists covered the period from January 8 2018 to January 7 2019.

Top 10 singles of 2018:

Top 10 albums of 2018:

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