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Black Sabbath Had The Best Selling VIntage T-Shirt In 2012

January 3, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

The Independent reports that Black Sabbath had the best-selling vintage T-shirt of 2012 with their US tour shirt from 1978. This was helped by a sales increase after it was worn by Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers.

Retail store HMV put together a list of the best-selling shirts, which also features Led Zeppelin and The Beatles.

HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: “More often than not, rock T-shirts used to be something you’d wear to gigs to see your favorite bands, but over time demand has broadened and they’ve since become a bit of a fashion-statement in their own right. Some performers can quickly come and go with the trends, but one genre that has an enduring appeal and seems to remain eternally popular with fans is classic rock and metal.

One Direction have the highest-selling shirt, but vintage bands made up a large percentage of the overall best-sellers.

Castaldo added: “This year over half the top 30 best-selling T-shirts at HMV were made up of vintage artists and, even though many of them have not been active with new material, they continue to sell in large quantities as many of these acts are revered, and with that comes a level of cool-ness and style that money or promotion can’t always buy. Along with the baby-boomers who grew up with their music, a new generation of fans are increasingly into them as well, in part out of a recognition that many of the featured T-shirt images now rank as design classics that not only look great but have a real authenticity about them.

Here are the top ten:

1. Black Sabbath – US Tour 78
2. Led Zeppelin – USA 77
3. Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
4. David Bowie – Smoking
5. Bruce Springsteen – Sand Tour
5. Foo Fighters – Gold logo
6. AC/DC – Angus And Brian
7. Metallica – Skull Explosion
8. Rolling Stones – Union Jack Tongue
9. Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
10. Guns N’Roses – Appetite For Destruction

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