With the age of digital music making huge waves, more and more people are turning back to vinyl. Vinyl records have a warm, tangible quality that is impossible online. Here are some albums that you should definitely have on vinyl.
1. Handwritten by The Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem’s Handwritten is one of the best albums to come out in recent years, but it’s made a comeback recently with the rise in popularity of vinyl. With lyrics that will touch your heart and bring you to your knees, this is an album meant for vinyl.
2. Back in Black by AC/DC
This is one of those albums you can put on at a party and everyone will know every word. It’s a classic that you can’t go wrong with, and it has a sound that is impossible to replicate digitally.
3. American Idiot by Green Day
Green Day’s American Idiot album was a huge hit when it came out in 2004, and has remained popular ever since. It is the perfect example of a great punk rock album that should be listened to on vinyl. Green Day is known for their energetic performances, so this really will make you want to get out of your chair and start dancing!
4. Ramones by The Ramones
The Ramones’ self-titled album is the perfect example of a true punk rock band. Not only does it show off their music, but it also shows how much they loved their fans. Every album buyer received a free 7-inch vinyl single from the band. While it may be an older recording, this is one classic that should never go out of style and should never be replaced by digital music.
5. Fleetwood Mac – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac was put out in 1967 but still sounds as fresh today as when it was released. The bluesy rock sound that the band employs gives it a timeless quality that is hard to create digitally.
6. Abbey Road by The Beatles
It is nearly impossible to do anything but dance and sing along to any Beatles album, and Abbey Road is no exception. It may be a little more classical than some of The Beatles’ other albums, but it is still amazing and perfect for vinyl.
7. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
David Bowie’s Hunky Dory has been a benchmark for the rest of his music- from the experimental sound to the story-telling lyrics. It is one album that is best listened to in one sitting and should definitely be on vinyl.
8. Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band was released in 1970, and is the perfect example of a true rock album. Whether you check it out on vinyl or not, you will definitely want to find out what this album is all about. It also includes the hit single “God”.
9. The Who – Tommy
The Who’s album Tommy is an example of why you should always listen to albums on vinyl. It contains some of the best rock songs by The Who, and is a great album for people who want to listen to great instrumentals as well.
10. Run Like Hell by Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd’s darker album is one that you do not want to miss. It’s great for listening to in the car, and it contains some of the best classic Latin-inspired guitar solos.
11. E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen’s album is one of his best. It includes classics like “Born to Run”, “Dancing in the Dark”, and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”. It also has one of his biggest hits with the song “Streets of Philadelphia”.
12. Afrodisiac by Prince
This is an album that everyone has enjoyed and still enjoys today. It is pretty much the album that everyone wanted Prince to make after he had been working on it for many years. It also features a song that Prince made with Stevie Wonder called “What the Fuss.”
13. The Joshua Tree by U2
U2’s The Joshua Tree is a great example of classic rock. It tells the tale of two lovers on the run from an oppressive government, and is U2’s most political album. What makes this album so great on vinyl is that it contains a beautiful gatefold cover with pictures of trees from around the world. The pictures truly bring the album to life and allow listeners to feel as if they are traveling through these different landscapes.
14. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run album has one of his biggest hits with the song, “Born to Run”. It also contains other classics such as “Backstreets”, “Meeting Across the River” and “Jungleland”. This album is a great example of true rock music that will have listeners dancing and singing along
15. Quadrophenia by The Who
The Who’s Quadrophenia album is one of the band’s best albums. It contains classics like “The Real Me”, “5.15” and “Love, Reign O’er Me”. It also contains one of the Who’s best instrumentals with the song “Love, Reign O’er Me”
16. Le Chemin by Artistes de l’Olympia
Le Chemin is a great example of French rock music. It is a classic album with songs that focus on life and social issues such as education and equality. This album is a great gift for anyone who loves rock music, but also loves music from other countries.
17. Time Out of Mind by Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind is one of Bob Dylan’s best albums. It contains classics like “Love Sick”, “Not Dark Yet” and “Tryin’ to Get to Heaven”. This album showcases the darker side of Dylan, which we rarely see in his other albums. It contains heart breaking lyrics that are haunting, especially in this old age when Dylan is struggling with his health.
18. Let It Be by The Beatles
The Beatles’ Let It Be album contains classics such as “Come Together”, “Across the Universe” and “I’ve Got a Feeling”. This album shows the band’s struggle with recording the album, as they had a hard time coming to terms with its production. They felt it did not match up to their previous albums, and that was why it was not their best work. However, it is still an amazing album that contains great tracks and one of their best instrumentals “The Long and Winding Road”.
19. Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde is an album that includes “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”, which is a great song that showcases Bob Dylan’s amazing vocals and his unique way of writing songs. This album is one of the best in Dylan’s collection, as it was released during a period where he was having trouble with drugs yet still managed to come out with amazing tracks.
20. Late Registration by Kanye West
Late Registration is the fourth studio album from Kanye West, he worked with a large number of artists such as DJ Khaled, John Legend, Common and Busta Rhymes. This album was released in 2006 and contains “Gold Digger”, which highlights the downside of individuals who try to attain wealth by robbing other people.
To play vinyl records you need to have a turntable. A turntable does the job of playing the vinyl record by turning the little grooves in the surface of the record back and forth so it sounds like music. The records have grooves that are moved back and forth to produce sound and they use a stylus or needle to create these grooves.
To put on a vintage record, place it on your turntable and press start on it. Turn the volume up and enjoy the sound of your favorite vinyl record. You will probably have to turn on your speakers or put them on a table close to the turntable so you can hear it play.
Vinyl records are highly collectible. Many people like to collect them because they are nostalgic, but they have come back into fashion recently and you can get a lot of money for vintage records if they are in good condition. So be sure that when you buy a vintage record player that it is in good shape and working correctly.