As aesthetically pleasing as they are, vinyl collections can be pretty expensive to keep up with, so you want to make sure you pick the right ones to add to your shelf. We’ve got you covered with our top 5 recommendations of must-have records that we believe to be staples of any collection.
1) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
This legendary album is a golden oldie that will add a 70s twist to your collection. It’s well-known for an experimental psychedelic rock sound with tracks that explore the concept of greed, conflict and time. As an album that makes you think, “Have I really gone this long without knowing this kind of music exists?”, there’s always something intriguing about discovering music well before our time, and The Dark Side of the Moon is a great way to start this revelation.
2) Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Relating back to adding a 70s twist to your collection, Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker is a much more modern way to do this. The band have been praised for their ability to put a modern spin on elements of 60s and 70s music whilst having the outcome sound amazing and unique. If you want an assortment of songs that will help you to loosen up and forget about the world for 50 minutes, this Australian band is one to add to your list.
3) Best Coast – Crazy for You
With summer coming up, there’s no better vinyl to be listening to than Crazy for You. If California had a soundtrack, this duo from the US have captured it perfectly, as you can’t help but imagine you’re sat on a hot beach in Los Angeles watching the waves whilst listening to it. It’s an instantly likeable and carefree album that screams ‘indie pop’ and will add more variety in terms of genre to your collection.
4) Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
Of course, no vinyl collection would be complete without the queen of alternative music. Born to Die is a sentimental album full of meaningful tracks and a unique sound, which is difficult to achieve in the modern day. The best way to describe the album as a whole would be ‘dark, yet beautiful’, and it may even take the award for deserving a lot more recognition in the world of music.
5) Haim – Days are Gone
Haim is a band made up of three musical sisters in their twenties, who are described by critics to have captured ‘the lusciousness of 70s and 80s soft rock with the rhythmic toughness of 90s R&B’. It’s definitely a vinyl that’s another summer addition, as the sound on most tracks tends to be up-beat and happy. The songs on the album that sound the opposite of this tend to carry a sense of nostalgia, which is just as great of an experience.
Hopefully, this list has helped with your decision on which vinyls will be entering your collection. You’ll be happy to know that most of these vinyls can be found at any HMV. For those that can’t, Amazon or your local second-hand vinyl shop are the places to go.