Ultimate Collection of Vinyl Records [100+ Best Albums to Own] (2023)

Looking for a solid album collection? If so, here is a list of over 100 of the best vinyl records that every record collector or music lover should own.

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I just bought an old-school (style) record player for my nephew for Christmas. He's recently gotten into classic vinyl (through some friends and family) and I thought this would be a great way to build up a good album library of some of the best vinyl LPs one should own.

But of course that got me thinking about what album he should start with. There are so many that I remember from my childhood, but I ended up down a serious rabbit hole trying to figure out which albums to get him to start his own collection.

Perhaps you are struggling with the same dilemma? Looking for a solid album collection? If so, then you need some vinyl records. Vinyl LPs are the best way to listen to music and build an album library for yourself.

So I decided to put together a list of the 100 best vinyl records that every record collector or music lover should own...in no particular order!

100+ best vinyl records to own

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AC DCFull speed to hellAC/DC was my first favorite band, so I think it's only fitting that I start this list with one of their albums! This is probably most people's introduction as well.
Bob Dylangreater successesBob Dylan's incredible composition and rich voice combine to create the kind of music you just can't get enough of. Remember his legacy with this album.
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of MarsBold, experimental and decadent, David Bowie's 1972 album speaks to the opulence of the era in which it was recorded.
Janis Joplingreater successesThis album is an ode to Janis' iconic voice. "Piece of My Heart" captures the emotional desperation in every scream. "Cry Baby" exemplifies her rebellious, bluesy style. and "Summertime Blues" showcases her hard rock side. Guaranteed to make you cringe.
Louis Armstrong to Ella FitzgeraldElla to LouisThis album has a timeless quality and feels like a New Orleans jazz club. The musicianship is so fantastic and is complemented by Ella's voice and Armstrong himself
Patti SmithHorsesPatti's wild heart and poetic soul caught the attention of many with her first album Horses. Her voice is as enchanting as the owner herself, the album is known for describing modern America, exploring issues such as success, the freedom to explore life on your own terms, the freedom of religion or love .
QueenAn evening at the operaQueen's album A Night At The Opera, one of the greatest albums of all time, includes iconic songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "You're My Best Friend". If you need a little epic in your life, this is the album for you.
Stevie WonderSongs in the key of lifeStevie Wonder's definitive album Songs In The Key Of Life was released in 1976 and is considered one of the greatest albums ever recorded. With every song written by Stevie himself and every note played by the great man himself (plus a few others), it has been called "his gift to humanity."
The crashcalling LondonRepeatedly hailed as the loudest rock album ever made, The Clash scream guitars and drums that are thunderously chaotic rather than quieter than their reggae-inspired predecessors.
De WHOWho is nextWho's Next Album struck the perfect balance between raw fury and experimental rock. It can be played at a party to get everyone moving, or you can listen to it in solitude while you contemplate life. What is your next move?
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Pink Floyd – The Wall

Released in 1979, this album is the band's only UK number one studio album, topping both the US Billboard 200 and their own UK Albums Chart. It includes some of Pink Floyd's most famous songs, such as "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Comfortably Numb".

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AerosmidAerosmith's greatest hitsThey wrote some of the most iconic rock songs of all time. And now you can own them all! This album has sold over 44 million copies worldwide and contains 15 songs including "Dream On", "Toys in the Attic" and "Love in an Elevator".
Bob MarleyLegendPractically a self-titled album (Bob Marley is a legend after all!), this LP contains some of the best music Bob Marley was known for performing live on stage in front of enthusiastic crowds around the world.
Definitely LeppardHysteriaYou can't be born in the 80s and 90s without humming all your friends with some Def Leppard lyrics after hearing their first album 'Hysteria'. then you could have totally told one of them that it was "so easy" and they'd go crazy together.
Jethro TullAqualongThe album Aqualung is a progressive rock album by Jethro Tull, originally released in 1971. The album cemented the band's worldwide success to this day and became their commercial breakthrough in North America, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard charts for seven weeks and achieved RIAA-certified platinum award status. This hit prog rock classic is filled with songs about heavy subjects such as human pain, depression, death and subsequent illnesses. proving that we all need music to help us through life's challenges, strengthening and celebrating our humanity and mortality.
Marvin GayeWhat happensThe stories on Marvin Gaye's What's Going On Album range from sweet and solemn to energetic and triumphant, offering a beautiful array of harmony that brings out the best in even the darkest moments.
Paul Kantner a Spaceship JeffersonBattle against the EmpireA great collection for fans of Jefferson Airplane and other great rock classics. Blows Against The Empire is a metaphor for how fighting against our oppressive government can set us all free again. Some left too soon, but not forgotten, this persistent electronic marvel from 1978 remains as relevant as ever, despite recent border clashes and debates over immigration at home.
Rage against the machineDark EmpireSlam your way to some serious beats with Rage Against The Machine. This album really packs a punch, so grab some earplugs for you and your friends before you play! If you like rocking to guitars, throbbing bass, soulful drums, this is the album for you.
StyxPieces of eightA life jacket is a must as you sail the seas of your imagination with this extended double LP. You'll find all those great band favorites: 'Lorelei', 'Renegade' and more on tunes that lean towards progressive rock with an accessible twist. If these waves are not to your liking, trust yourself and dive right in!
the doorsthe doorsAn iconic album with the band's most famous songs. Originally released in 1967, the remastered version contains two versions of Break on Through to the Other Side and their first recording of Light My Fire.
Tom is waitingheart attack and vineA live recording from 1978, when the singer-songwriter was at his peak. It captures iconic performances from one of his most underrated periods and has been re-released for your listening pleasure.
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The Beatles - The White Album

This is the Beatles album. Released in 1968, it features one of the most famous songs of all time, "Hey Jude".

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Aretha FranklinThe 30 greatest hitsYou can't have an entire album collection without some of the best songs from the Queen of Soul herself.
Bruce SpringsteenBorn to runThis is the boss here. Its release in 1975 cemented its status as an icon of American rock.
Depeche ModeGreat rewardThey are still some of the most important synthpo artists. With 11 albums, Depeche Mode have taken the world by storm.
Johnny CashJohnny Cash at San QuentinThis iconic rock 'n' roll album was recorded live at San Quentin State Prison on February 24, 1969. Johnny Cash performed three shows of approximately 30 songs per show for the inmates over two days of headlining concerts. The event would be one of his last major concerts before his death.
Meat rollBat from hellOne of the boldest albums in music history, this one zooms in with full gusto.
Paul McCartney and WingsBand on the runPaul McCartney's album Band On The Run was released in 1973. Known for his charming love ballads, the highly individual McCartney always had a knack for composing catchy melodies, not to mention catchy lyrics. This is a release where he decided to break away from the pop styles of the Beatles and record an album heavily influenced by rock and roll music.
Robert FlackChapter twoKnown for her distinctive vocal style and improvisational performances, Roberta Flack brings a timeless sound to the world of jazz. Dip your toes into the groovy sounds of this album - you definitely won't regret it!
Talking headsStop making senseEssentially, this is the sound of a big concert. Without leaving home you can listen to all their best songs in one go. It takes you back to a simpler time when music was about expression without technology.
The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceElectric LadylandLong before his death, the eccentric guitar stylist was on a self-destructive path. However, this album is about the sheer power of Hendrix's abilities to create unique music with an earth-shattering sound that no one else could duplicate.
trafficThe low spunk of men in high heelsAfter years of ups and downs, the band is back where it started: on the ground floor. They broke out with their breakthrough album The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys in 1968, but in 1971 they were stranded on a side street when their producer was arrested for possession of heroin.
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The Eagles – Hotel California

This album was released in December 1976 and became the best-selling album of all time by an American band, selling over 26 million copies by 2006.

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Animal typesCheck your headThis album would become one of the band's most popular efforts in their extensive catalog. It has since sold over two million copies worldwide thanks to singles such as "So What'cha Want" and "Pass The Mic".
Bruce SpringsteenNebraskaTravel the breadth of this vast land with the Boss, sparking rebellion and arresting redemption everywhere.
Serious difficultiesComradesHailed as one of the greatest albums in rock history, this album features lyrically clever songs that will make you want to cruise like Hollywood royalty!
Joni MitchellBlueYou thought you knew her as the "Queen of Folk" and were content to waste your days driving around in your Birkenstocks, but now that you've had a good listen to this album, Joni Mitchell doesn't seem so sweet.
Michael JacksonImpressive workMichael Jackson's Thriller Album is one of the most iconic tracks in all of music history. It makes you feel like no one can touch you unless they dance to… the thriller.
Peter FramptonFrampton comes alive!Originally released in 1976, this live album combines the best of Frampton's most powerful performances with sound effects and monologues about his life and career taken from a live performance at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom.
Sam CookeThe best of Sam CookeThis is! Your chance to hear Sam Cooke songs like 'You Send Me', 'Wonderful World' and 'Chain Gang' all in one place. Get ready to change your life forever with this amazing album cover, timeless music and classic voice that will soothe your soul. Who else can ask?
De Allman Brothers BandEat a peachClassic rock from a band that took Southern rock to new heights. The album contains classic songs such as 'Statesboro Blues', 'The Shape I'm In' and the famous 'Whipping Post'. This is a must have for any lover of good music. Experience a classic American phenomenon with this unique album!
The kinksLow budgetThis is timeless rock 'n' roll recorded so brilliantly that it will make your chest heave every time you hear one of The Kinks' classic songs.
UB40Log outThe UB40 Signing Off Album is filled with a variety of classic rock and country music that fans can't stop listening to.
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Frank Sinatra - Ultimate Sinatra

Shot live, The King of Cool is packaged as a package of unmatched entertainment to share with all who appreciate the finer things in life.

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Bee GeesTrafalgarYou've been crazy about the Bee Gees since 1989. This combination of masculine harmonies and a little Travolta-esque disco dancing is perfect for relaxing in a bubble bath on a cool spring afternoon or a freezing October afternoon.
Bruce SpringsteenThe riverFew albums retain their iconic status as strongly as Bruce Springsteen's 1980 release The River. an album of honest introspection along with radio-ready songs like "Hungry Heart" and "Hungry Eyes" changed the game in rock n roll
Elton JohnGoodbye Drome with the Yellow BricksThe Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Album features some of Elton John's most famous pop songs including Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Crocodile Rock and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. It contains 20 award-winning songs that are not only worth listening to - they're also worth remembering.
Kate BushDogs of loveKate Bush Hounds Of Love Album is the ninth album from this iconic singer, released on November 3, 1985. This infectious pop-rock record transports listeners to a place where they are surrounded by their happiest childhood memories and acts as intense nostalgia trip and an evening of pure enjoyment.
Miles DavisSomething blueSearching for words to describe Miles Davis' output is like trying to catch a fog. It's hard to see right away, but the first time you feel it, you're hooked.
Peter GabrielSoPeter Gabriel's album So was released in 1982, to mixed reviews from critics. Fortunately for Peter, that didn't stop people from buying it or his other works. The album is considered a testament to the growing influence of African-American music at the time and an expression of rebellion against rock and roll culture.
SantanaYou snortYears after its release, Santana's Abraxas album continues to impress new listeners. With the beautiful Latin flavor that Santana is known for, this album seamlessly blends jazz, blues, funk and rock into a complete masterpiece.
the bandthe bandThe Band's sounds date back to when musicians still played their instruments and sang live. Fans loved these guys because you never knew what the improvised jamming was going to bring. One moment it's folk rock, the next it's blues and sometimes even band music.
The moody bluesThe days of the future are overThe Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed album became critically acclaimed around the world after its release in 1967 and is considered an undisputed masterpiece. Produced by legends Tony Clarke and Brian Ambrose King, on these 12
Van HalenVan HalenAs Van Halen's fourth album, it is their least successful album commercially and is considered by the band members to be the weakest link in their catalog. The group may have ramped up production to tour again before singer David Lee Roth leaves, but we don't care. This classic Van Halen release is every rocker's nerd award for "albums I love."
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U2 - War

The perfect gift for anyone who wants to make their best friend feel like they have no one else in this album.

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Billy JoelThe strangerThe Stranger Album was Billy Joel's sixth studio album, released in 1977. It topped the charts and went platinum. The title track still reigns as one of his most popular songs. appeared on this album along with other contemporary hits such as "Just the Way You Are" and "She's Always a Woman".
Cheap trickCheap trick at BudokanNobody does classic rock like Cheap Trick. Long before anyone heard Nirvana or Pearl Jam, this band gave people around the world the hard rock sound that made them feel alive and free to rebel against authority.
Elvis PresleyElvis Presley (credits)Immerse yourself in history with Elvis' self-titled debut album! The first rock and roll record to top the charts helped usher in a new musical era.
WhereLike it!It is the self-proclaimed "best live album of all time" for its raw energy and soulful melodies. It seems that all twenty-four tracks have been recorded so loud that your speakers will pick up radio waves if you listen too close (which is exactly what I did).
Neil YoungHarvestOne of music's most iconic voices is in top form for his second solo album. Neil Young never lost sight of the importance of living every moment to the fullest. Blending traditional American folk idioms with volume-bending electric guitars, Harvest is both warmly familiar and surprisingly new.
Peter GabrielPeter GabrielPeter Gabriel, one of the most influential artists in the history of popular music, needed a self-titled album. And so he made one.
Six the gunNever mind the bolts, here are the Sex PistolsThe Sex Pistols are the only punk rock band to have a number one album on both sides of The Pond. Heavily censored but incredibly influential, their record sold over 3 million copies worldwide and took the umpire out of every hymn book in Christendom with its blasphemous title and unruly musical assault.
The Beach BoysAnimal soundsBritish music magazine NME has it number one on their list of "50 Albums That Changed Music". It's probably one of my all-time favorites.
Rolling stonesGoat head soupAfter a hiatus in the late '60s, it took a personal tragedy for the Rolling Stones to return to their roots and give us another album. This time, Mick Jagger was less of a genius songwriter and leader with Keith Richards as the clear frontman.
Van MorrisonAstral WeeksIt may not be the most prolific album in terms of individual song count (with only 10 tracks), but over the course of the all-star's long run, there are enough indelible melodies and adventurous sonic delights to believe that this was nothing less than a divine visitation.
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Carole King - Tapestry

This is not the genretapestrywe usually talk about, but if you want classics from the 60s and 70s to be in every playlist, look no further than this classic album.

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BlondieParallel linesReleased by Blondie on September 3, 1978, Parallel Lines became a seminal punk and new wave album that cemented the band's place as one of the biggest bands in those respective genres.
Creedence Clearwater RevivalGreen riverIt has "Fortunate Son" and other Creedence hits like "Down on the Corner". What else do you want?
Fleetwood MacRumorsIn 1977, Fleetwood Mac released an album that chronicled broken hearts and ended friendships for good. The songs turned from longing to pain as they mourned their losses against a backdrop of southern comfort food.
Led ZeppelinIVOften referred to simply as "IV", this is the fourth studio album by English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in November 1971.
Neil Young and Crazy HorseLive RustThe 1979 live album Rust helped shape Neil Young's career.
Phil CollinsNominal valueReleased in 1981, this album still sounds as fresh and relevant as it did over 40 years ago produced by the Godfather of Soul James Brown!
Simon to GarfunkelUse it above water with beamsTalk about the beautiful sound this album has that touches your soul. This three album set is a display of acoustic folk rock genius. The songs are timeless and deep.
The beetlesA well-earned restWith influences from rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, gospel and soul music, such as with Chapel Of Love or I'll Cry Instead., A Hard Day's Night is recognized as an influential pop-rock landmark for generations of fans today!
Rolling stonesSticky fingersThe Rolling Stones achieved the perfect blend of funk, punk and rock on their classic 1971 album.
ABASGoldYou love ABBA. We know, so do we! Now is your chance to experience what it would be like to travel back in time and see them on stage with this collection of their greatest hits from 1973-76.
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Supertramp - Breakfast in America

This is one of the coolest rock bands in history and their transatlantic tunes take you back to the 1970s. The tunes will leave you breathless and pondering life's many mysteries. Its incredible musicality can give you chills and is a must for any pop or rock fan.

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Bob DylanBlonde to BlondeHalf a century after its original release, this album still holds up, Dylan's harmonica bringing bluesy sadness to "One Too Many Mornings" and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues."
Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungHe has already seenIf you want a classic Americana sound, the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu album is right up your alley. These timeless classics will have you craving songs from this generation of artists.
Grace JonesIsland lifeThe vibrancy in each piece is electric and pulses excitingly through space... wherever you are or if your environment changes! It's a piece of heaven you can take with you anytime, anywhere.
Led ZeppelinHouses of the SaintsA breakthrough in the music industry that defined our generation was Led Zeppelin's Houses of The Holy, another milestone for one of rock 'n' roll's most revered bands. Filled with epic masterpieces like 'The Song Remains The Same', 'No Quarter' and 'Dancing Days'.
NirvanaForget itKurt Cobain described this 1991 release as an attempt to capture the intensity of their live shows.
The Pink FloydThe dark side of the moonThis album is probably most people's introduction to Pink Floyd.
Sinead O'ConnorThe lion and the cobraSinéad O'Connor's powerful voice and fearless spirit was the voice of a generation. Fresh and groundbreaking, this album, her fourth solo release, defies expectations - bringing fans tense energy and timeless truths about unexpected places.
The beetlesAbbey RoadAbbey Road, released on September 26, 1969, is widely regarded as one of the Beatles' most tightly constructed albums.
Rolling stonesRequest from their Satanic MajestiesIt's raw, bare-bones rock infused with soulful blues, jazzy horns and a string ensemble. It was recorded over the course of a few days in 1967 at London's famed Olympic Sound Studios, after the Stones had unleashed a track on Stone Brian Jones' grand piano 'pendulum' at an early morning rave-up.
Ο Tom Petty and the Heartbreakersgreater successesPlay the music of your heroes with this best-selling album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. With hit songs like "Don't Do Me Like That" and "I Won't Back Down," you can sing along to some classics. There is something for everyone in this album!
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The doors - Strange days

Released in September 1967, this classic album features some of their most famous songs, including "Love Me Two Times" and "People Are Strange."

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David Bowiediamond dogsDavid Bowie's Diamond Dogs album is a benchmark for 70s rock. A glam rock masterpiece that everyone should have in their collection!
Iron MaidenPowerslaveThis is an album that will give listeners the perfect soundtrack to prepare them for life's next big challenge!
Linda RonstadtHeart like a wheelLinda Ronstadt created a masterpiece on this 1974 album with a catalog of her most beloved hits including 'Blue Bayou', 'Different Drum', 'Heatwave' and more. Its versatility in all genres has never sounded so good!
Original castJesus Christ SuperstarMore than 50 years ago, the director and creator of the 1971 live rock opera version of TS Eliot's seminal poem became a masterpiece that has become an anthem for freedom and rebellion everywhere.
HypocritesHypocritesThe Pretenders are one of the most popular British rock bands to emerge in the post-punk era. They are considered the first new wave/punk rock band to create a record without synthetic bass, drums or rhythm guitar.
Bob DylanHighway 61 revisitedThey said it was washed up, but Dylan came up with this album of original tunes. He still has it, honey.
Steely DanAjaThis 1979 release is often regarded as their best work for its conceptual consistency and undeniable commercial appeal.
The beetlesSergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe most iconic record in the history of Western society, with works of art that still challenge today. The Beatles had created their swan song and started a revolution - in pop/rock music, graphic design, studio engineering, fashion design. Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band not only became an instant best seller for the Beatles, but also one of the most influential albums of all time, with its sound shaping genres such as psychedelic rock and alternative music
The SmithsThe SmithsThe Smiths are four faces for all seasons. they create music that is dynamically different yet complementary. This album captures the group at their most vulnerable, singing about love and heartbreak.
Creedence Clearwater RevivalChronicleCreedence Clearwater Revival is an American psychedelic rock band that pioneered the "twang" sound on Del-Fi Records in 1967. They are considered major influences on later popular music, particularly country and southern rock musicians.
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De Wie - Tommy

This 1971 record was the rock opera's first big hit. It told the story of a deaf, dumb and blind child who becomes a famous pinball player and a hero to outsiders and outcasts.

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David BowieWonderfulBetween time-defining singles like "All The Young Dudes" and classic songs that epitomize '70s glamour, Hunky Dory is an album that can truly be called Bowie's best. From the quasi-country of 'The Cooks' to the heavy metal feel of backing singers Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter on 'Oh! You Pretty Things,” Hunky Dory demonstrated a range he hadn't seen before until he teamed up with Nile Rodgers on 1983's Let's Dance.
Isaac HayesHot buttered soulFrom the opening bass on "Walk On By," Isaac Hayes is changing the course of soul music. This album combines his usual dramatic style with pop sensibilities to invent a new sound in music, now called "Southern Soul".
Louis ArmstrongWhat a wonderful worldLouis Armstrong sings his most famous tunes on this album. It has been a bestseller for over 50 years and is one of Rolling Stone's top 100 albums of all time.
Otis ReddingOtis Blue / Otis Redding sings soulThis timeless work will forever change your understanding of music as art, as well as the interpretation of life through song. As Frank Sinatra said of Otis Redding, "He can make you laugh, he can make you cry."
Bob Dylannashville skylineHe's Bob Dylan, but not as you know him. With no guitar to accompany him and only a piano behind the legendary voice, Nashville Skyline shows that his songs could flourish without folk instruments. Nashville Skyline is one of those albums that can't go wrong - it has well-written songs, great orchestration by some of the best players in Nashville at the time, and an intimate feel that made this record one of his most personal albums. date.
The Prince and the RevolutionPurple rainFall in love with a legend. Prince And The Revolution's one and only album is Purple Rain, don't settle for anything else.
Stevie Ray VaughanTexan FloodThis album is a great piece of nostalgia for American culture. If you are a fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan, this album should be in your collection. The fact that it's an album full of timeless tunes makes the purchase even more special.
The beetlesThe beetlesConsidered one of the greatest albums ever recorded, The Beatles' self-titled album is the first recording by this legendary English rock group. With iconic songs like "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "A Day in the Life," it's no wonder so many people are tweeting about this album. Whether you're a big fan or not, you're going to love this collection!
De WHOLive in LeedsThis is the perfect audio companion for your daily grind or workout. It's like you were there and we swear when you turn it back they will come for you!
WeezerBlueThe Blue Album was released in 1994 and included memorable hits such as "Undone" and "My Name is Jonas". Rolling Stone called the album "fueled by teenage angst", while Pitchfork praised the production style.
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Elton John - Greatest Hits

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Surfing the charts since 1973, Elton John's Greatest Hits album never disappoints. With songs that are timelessly catchy and intensely emotional, people have been flocking to this landmark album for decades. Meticulous craftsmanship from one of music's greatest composers.

The nostalgia of vinyl records

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It might seem cliché, but there's a reason so many people miss their old albums. When was the last time you read all your CDs or flipped through your entire MP3 collection? No matter how many digital copies they've conquered, nothing ever matches the nostalgia you feel when you listen to real vinyl. And these days, finding used or collectible vinyl is easier than ever (and often cheaper, too)!

The nostalgia of vinyl records is a big part of what makes them so special. Vinyl has an old vibe that can't be found anywhere else and is often the only way to hear some albums.

That's why it's worth building your own disc collection if you haven't already - or adding new titles to the ones you already have.

And while some people want to go to the trouble of tracking down (and pay a premium for) rare LP compilations from their favorite artists, everyone should also try to listen to at least 100 modern classics in their original form! That means getting some solid albums for your vinyl LP library if you haven't already built one.

The sound quality of vinyl albums

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Vinyl records sound better than digital albums - and any self-respecting album collector knows that. Digital copies of songs don't offer the same warmth or tone found on an LP and simply can't create the classic vinyl experience we all know and love (or hate). Listen to these songs andlisten to your heart, and you will know that what I say is true!

If you want to listen to music without the strain on your ears caused by compressed files, a real vinyl record is the best choice! And even if it's not the preferred method of listening to new releases, there are still plenty of reasons why it makes sense to own hundreds of LPs.

Every album should be heard at least once on vinyl

There's just something about listening to old fashioned analog albums that really changes your perception of music. Vinyl LPs are the closest thing to an actual album sound - so at some point every new release has to be heard on vinyl records!

Finding new music through old releases

There is also an added benefit of being able to find new music through old vinyl. Since they've never gone out of style, LPs are still an incredibly popular format for casual and veteran listeners alike. If you're looking to discover some true classics without breaking the bank for brand new releases, then a used search might be your best bet!

Every album has a story

Even if you're not into nostalgia or finding hidden gems in previously released albums, there's just something about listening to classic records that makes it all worthwhile. Every album tells its own story - and sometimes we can learn things from those stories that we might otherwise miss (and this is especially true when we're tracking vintage releases). So while 100 modern classics might seem like a lot, there are plenty more titles to choose from if you're looking to expand your vinyl collection!

The best place to buy vinyl records

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If you're looking for new vinyl, there are some great places to shop. Many retailers and shops sell albums from time to time (especially around Record Store Day!), while Amazon is also another popular option if you don't mind waiting a few weeks for your LP to arrive in the mail.

And of course – shameless affiliate plug pending – there's Amazon. This is probably one of the easiest ways to get started with your collection. You can buy used or collectible LPs without doing any work! But be prepared, because these albums will probably cost you a bit more than if you find them at your local thrift store.

New or used, it's up to you. But every true music lover should have at least the basics in their album library.

Did I miss your favorite vinyl record? Let me know the artists and album title in the comments below so we can consider adding it to the list!


Ultimate Collection of Vinyl Records [100+ Best Albums to Own]? ›

The average eBay selling price for vinyl records is around $15, though values can range from 50 cents to $50 or more. Some vinyl records command spectacular fees. An original copy of Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You" can be worth up to $40,000, for example, while Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" can net up to $20,000.

Are any vinyl albums worth money? ›

The average eBay selling price for vinyl records is around $15, though values can range from 50 cents to $50 or more. Some vinyl records command spectacular fees. An original copy of Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You" can be worth up to $40,000, for example, while Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" can net up to $20,000.

What is the most popular vinyl of all time? ›

Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with sales of 66 million copies worldwide. Regarding the importance of Thriller, Rolling Stone wrote; "It's hard to imagine the present-day musical landscape without Thriller, which changed the game both sonically and marketwise."

How many vinyls is a good collection? ›

Most people will ring with a collection of 100 records as a general average and I have also received calls from people with a collection of over 10,000 records (generally from a person within the industry or a radio station looking to get rid of old stock).

What is the best album on vinyl? ›

Vinyl records are timeless and every man should have a solid collections. Here are the best albums to have.
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John. ...
  • A Night in Tunisia by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. ...
  • Zombie by Fela Kuti. ...
  • Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers. ...
  • The White Album by The Beatles. ...
  • The Yes Album by Yes.
Mar 7, 2023

What vinyl record sold for $2 million dollars? ›

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was originally sold to Shkreli for $2 million back in 2015, after he rose to infamy for hiking the price of a critical Aids drug that same year.

What is the rarest vinyl record? ›

The Black Album — Prince

Today, original copies of The Black Album are the rarest vinyl records you can find. It's not even known how many copies are still out there, though almost all that have been sold were promo copies that had already been sent to journalists and radio stations.

What is the best-selling 12-inch vinyl of all time? ›

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Blue Monday, a landmark release by New Order that's widely acknowledged as the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time. New Order - and this particular song - do attract certain myths.

Are albums from the 60's and 70's worth anything? ›

Yes, vinyl record albums from the 60's and 70's era can be worth a lot of money. This depends on the recording artist, record rarity, record grading and condition. Typically albums from the 60's and 70's in excellent condition can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

What is the most sold vinyl single? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

What age group buys the most vinyl records? ›

Teenagers from the '80s and '90s represent the largest demographic for vinyl record purchases since the record-breaking resurgence.

Should I get rid of my vinyl records? ›

If you don't really listen to a record anymore, what's the point in keeping it? Yes, you might have some records that are worth holding onto because of monetary value, but at the end of the day, if all it's doing is sitting there not being used, then it's probably time to get rid of it.

How much should I spend on vinyl? ›

Well-known or slightly better quality used vinyl often sits between $5 and $15, while rare used vinyl can go for hundreds of dollars.

What is the most sought after record album? ›

The Beatles – The Beatles (the "White Album") (Parlophone UK album, 1968) – Ringo Starr's personal copy (No. 0000001) was sold for $790,000 in December 2015, according to Rolling Stone. This is the highest price ever paid for an album that has been commercially released.

What is the rarest 45 record? ›

The Beatles' "Ask Me Why/Anna (Go to Him)"

Unsurprisingly, one of the most valuable 45 RPM records in all of music history is a Beatles' single.

What is the best selling year of vinyl? ›

17 YEARS OF VINYL GROWTH: 43.46 million vinyl albums were sold in 2022 (up 4.2% from 41.72 million in 2021). 2022 was the 17th consecutive year vinyl album sales grew in the U.S., and the largest year for vinyl album sales since Luminate began tracking data in 1991.

What are the most wanted vinyl records? ›

Those Were the Days: 25+ Best Vinyl Records Worth a Fortune Today
  • Elvis Presley, 'That's All Right' (1954) ...
  • The Beatles, 'Please Please Me' (1963) ...
  • Miles Davis, 'Kind of Blue' (1959) ...
  • The Who, 'The Who Sell Out' (1967) ...
  • Nirvana, 'Bleach' (1989) ...
  • XTC, 'Science Friction' (1977) ...
  • David Bowie, 'The Prettiest Star' (1973)
Nov 17, 2022

What is the most valuable 7 inch record? ›

There are many valuable vinyl records out there, including perhaps the most expensive Motown/northern soul 7 Inch ever, Do I Love You (Indeed I Do), recorded by Frank Wilson in 1965, and which sold for over £25,000/$31,000 at auction in 2009 (opens in new tab).

Who sold over 100 million records? ›

Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and Phil Collins are the only musicians to have sold over 100 million albums as a solo artist and member of a group.

What 80s records are worth money? ›

The most valuable 80s vinyl records today include hits you'd never expect and pressings you just might have in your old record stash.
  • Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. ...
  • Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction. ...
  • Prince's Let's Go Crazy Single. ...
  • Queen's The Game Signed Album. ...
  • Metallica's Master of Puppets.
Feb 23, 2023

Why is 90s vinyl rare? ›

Due to the introduction of CDs in 1983, by the end of the 90s most UK pressing plants had closed, though LPs were still being pressed in Europe. Ultimately, this means 90s vinyl is harder to find.

Who buys rare vinyl? ›

Why it's easier & you earn more money by selling to us. Established in 1985, for over 38 years Vinyl-Wanted.com (also known as eil.com & Esprit) has been the world's largest buyer of premium quality and top condition rare and vintage vinyl records, rare CD's and music memorabilia. And we are proud of it.

Who owns the most vinyl? ›

Over 100,000 items
  • Julián Ruiz (born 1950): 623,202 items, mostly vinyl LPs and singles.
  • Phil Swern (born 1948): at least 200,000 vinyl singles, 80,000 vinyl albums, and 300,000 CDs. ...
  • Bob Altshuler (1923–2007): 250,000 items, donated to the Library of Congress, largest private collection of jazz and blues.

What was the best selling vinyl in a week? ›

Most recently, Harry Styles' Harry's House sold 182,000 copies on vinyl in its first week in the U.S. — breaking the record for the largest single-week sales of an album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991.

Which artist sells the most vinyl? ›

Taylor Swift was the queen of vinyl albums in 2022, as the superstar sold more vinyl LPs in the U.S. than any other act by far last year: 1.695 million across her entire catalog of releases, according to the U.S. 2022 Luminate Year-End Music Report.

How do I know if my album is worth money? ›

If you're not sure how much a particular record is worth, the quickest way to find out is often to look online. Someone else is likely selling the same album on an online vinyl marketplace like Discogs or Reverb LP.

What LPs from the 70s are worth money? ›

6 Most Valuable & Rare Records From the 70s
  • Check Your Closets for the Most Valuable Records From the '70s. ...
  • Electric Light Orchestra Test Pressing. ...
  • Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Album. ...
  • Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody/I'm in Love With My Car Single. ...
  • David Bowie's Diamond Dogs Album. ...
  • Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen Album.
Jan 3, 2023

Are old Victrola records worth anything? ›

Hundreds of millions were sold in the 1900-1930 timeframe. Many have survived. It is a fact that the vast majority of "old 78 RPM" records we come across are worth between 50 cents and $2.00 each (and often far less, depending on condition).

What is the best selling 12 inch single of all time? ›

"Blue Monday" is the best-selling 12-inch single of all time. In the United Kingdom, it has sold 1.16 million copies in all formats, including the 1988 and 1995 re-releases. Sales of the original 1983 12-inch release account for the bulk of the total, at over 700,000 copies.

What was the biggest selling vinyl of the decade? ›

Top 10 Selling Vinyl Records of the Decade
  • The Beatles – Abbey Road (558,000)
  • Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (376,00)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. ...
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend (364,000)
  • Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (351,000)
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller (334,000)
  • The Beatles – Sgt.
Jan 9, 2020

What is the most common vinyl album? ›

Based on the number of people who own and want the album, they established a popularity score for each album. Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here LP took out the spot when it comes to the most popular vinyl album of all time with a popularity score of 9.06 out of 10.

Are vinyl records still in demand? ›

Vinyl records are back and more popular than ever. A new report found that vinyl record sales continued their more than decade-long growth in 2022, and for the first time in more than three decades, outsold CDs in the number of units.

What gender buys more vinyl records? ›

Gender Distribution

Generally our sample (n=172) revealed a greater distribution of male buyers (n=97, 68.3%), compared to female buyers (n=44, 31%). Moreover, results from a Chi-Square test revealed a significant association between gender and vinyl purchase (p= 0.000).

What to look for when buying old vinyl records? ›

Make sure you look at the vinyl in good lighting to see minor scratches on the surface. If a scratch is deep enough to feel with your fingertip, you are likely to hear it during playback. Also, make sure to check on the quality level of the lead-in grooves and the dead wax.

What ruins a vinyl record? ›

Vinyl records have a melting point of around 200 degrees Fahrenheit — but if left in a hot car for too long, it will start to warp and lose its shape which could even render them unplayable.

Do cheap vinyl players ruin records? ›

To put it simply – yes, cheap turntables can ruin your vinyl records. While this won't be the case for every model out there, the risk certainly does increase if the turntable has been made with cheap materials.

What destroys vinyl records? ›

  • Touching the record surface. ...
  • Stacking your records. ...
  • Leaving your records out. ...
  • Carelessly returning the record to its sleeve. ...
  • Bad cleaning practice. ...
  • Cueing up records with your hand. ...
  • Not waiting for the record platter to STOP. ...
  • Not Changing Your Stylus Regularly.
Apr 26, 2022

Is collecting vinyl an expensive hobby? ›

Since it's hard to maintain, it can get to be really expensive, and it will never sound as good as digital music. But it's a great hobby if you're obsessed with music.

What is a fair price for vinyl records? ›

Though this depends on the release in question, most new releases tend to sell for at least $20, though often more (at least upon first release). If this is a double album, then you can expect this price to increase to at least $30, much as a double LP compilation record by, say, Soul Jazz Records.

Why are vinyls so expensive now? ›

At the heart of the issue is simple supply and demand. Consumer demand for vinyl records continues to rise, and quite simply, the current production capacity is struggling to keep up with the thirst for records.

What is the biggest selling album in US history? ›

The top selling album of all time in the United States based on certified unit sales is currently the Eagles' Greatest Hits, with 38 million copies sold.

Are vinyl albums making a comeback? ›

Over the past decade, vinyl records have made a major comeback. People purchased US$1.2 billion of records in 2022, a 20% jump from the previous year. Not only did sales rise, but they also surpassed CD sales for the first time since 1988, according to a new report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Why are 90s records so expensive? ›

It's probably because in the early 90's most sales were on CD with only a very small number of albums by the same artist pressed. By the end of the 90's, they couldn't give records aways in the UK really. Records that are worth big money now, I remember them being sold for like £3.99 in the Christmas sales in HMV.

What record has never been broken? ›

There is one sports record, however, that will never be beaten: Uwe Hohn's javelin throw of 104.80 meters. Hohn changed the sport with that throw back in 1984, and experts believe it's a record that will never be broken. There is a reason why, but I don't want to spoil that here.

What record sold 45 million copies? ›

The Dark Side of the Moon” spent an astonishing 14 years on the “Billboard” album charts, and sold an estimated 45 million copies. It is a work of outstanding artistry, skill, and craftsmanship that is popular in its reach and experimental in its grasp.

Are old vinyl 45s worth anything? ›

Rock and roll and R&B 45s with picture sleeves that were pressed in the 1950's have a value of at least $10, with many being valued at more than $100. EPs were only made in the 50's and 60's. Rock and roll and R&B 45s with the cardboard sleeves are worth at least $20, with many being worth more than $200.

How many years does vinyl last? ›

The lifespan of linoleum flooring is what makes it so appealing to homeowners. With proper care, a linoleum floor can last between 20 to 40 years or more. However, unlike other flooring types, linoleum will age with time, looking older until it needs to be replaced.

How long should vinyl last? ›

Maintenance and Longevity

In general, you can rely on vinyl flooring to last anywhere between 10 and 25 years. A lot of it comes down to how well you look after the flooring, but there are some other factors. How in-use the floor is, for example, and who - or what - is walking all over it day by day.

What is the oldest vinyl record? ›

Sometime in 1889, Emile Berliner recorded the first album in the history of the world. Then, that record by the father of the gramophone was destroyed. Today, Patrick Feaster, a sound historian at Indiana University, recreated the album using just a printed photograph of the album.

How do you know if a vinyl is worth it? ›

Ultimately, there are four key factors to consider: how rare the record is, what condition it's in, how old it is, and the current price of similar copies. In the sections below, we'll walk you through all of these factors to help you get a sense of how to evaluate the albums in your collection.

How do I sell my old vinyl records? ›

The best places to sell vinyl records online are eBay and Discogs. These are the two big 'go-to' platforms. The eBay vs Discogs debate is a big one amongst record collectors, with pros and cons to each.

Are vinyl records from the 60s worth anything? ›

Rock n' roll, blues, and jazz records produced from 1960 to 1970 are the most valuable. A “valuable record” can range anywhere from $500 to $3000.

Does the color of vinyl matter? ›

As with many things in life, it all comes down to individual preference. Some people won't be able to tell the difference in sound quality between a colored edition and a black edition record. Many people would be perfectly happy to have the cool-looking colored vinyl over the black version.

What is the average lifespan of a vinyl? ›

Vinyl is not only easy on the eye, but also incredibly hardwearing, making it a sound selection for those looking for a floor that lasts. A vinyl floor can last, on average, from 10 to 20 years, or even longer in some cases.

Which 45 records are most valuable? ›

Most Valuable 45 RPM Records You Might Have
Most Valuable 45 RPM RecordsRecent Sales Price
Frank Wilson "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)/Sweeter as the Days Go By"~$30,000
Robert Plant & The Band of Joy "Memory Lane"$4,000
Elvis Presley "That's All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky"$1,314.50
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Apr 14, 2023

Are 1970s records worth anything? ›

Yes, vinyl record albums from the 60's and 70's era can be worth a lot of money. This depends on the recording artist, record rarity, record grading and condition. Typically albums from the 60's and 70's in excellent condition can be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

What records are worth money from the 70s? ›

Check Your Closets for the Most Valuable Records From the '70s
Most Valuable 1970s RecordsRecent Sales Price
Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen$15,691.21
David Bowie's Diamond Dogs$8,037
Electric Light Orchestra's Eldorado Test Pressing$7,500
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody/I'm in Love With My Car"$4,927.38
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Jan 3, 2023

Who is buying old vinyl records? ›

Cash For Records is an experienced, trusted vinyl buyer of old 33s, 45s and 78s. You'll get the best price for your vinyl albums from a pro like Paul at Cash For Records. Remember, we come to you to review your record collection!

What is a good price for used vinyl records? ›

Well-known or slightly better quality used vinyl often sits between $5 and $15, while rare used vinyl can go for hundreds of dollars. If you feel unsure about the pricing on an album while out at a shop, you can always check online to see what it's sold for previously.

Where can I sell my records for the most money? ›

Discogs is one of the most popular sites for buying and selling records online.
Online record stores that deal nationwide include:
  • Used Kids Records.
  • Starry Night Records.
  • Dusty Groove.
  • Amoeba Music.
  • Hard To Find Records.
  • Sell My Records, which also offers consignment sales and appraisal services.
  • Shake It Records.
  • Sell Vinyl.

Are 1950's records worth anything? ›

Rock and roll and R&B 45s with picture sleeves that were pressed in the 1950's have a value of at least $10, with many being valued at more than $100. EPs were only made in the 50's and 60's. Rock and roll and R&B 45s with the cardboard sleeves are worth at least $20, with many being worth more than $200.


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