With the coming of modern age, one would think that vinyl records are dead – they’re all but. Of course that playing your favourite tracks on iPhone or your favourite mixtape on PC/laptop is convenient, but most audiophiles can agree on one thing – playing your music on record players is the real deal.

We’re here today to discuss ten albums that you absolutely need to own on vinyl – it would be a sacrilege to play these tunes on any other platform, so if you’re ready, let’s begin.

10 Best Albums You Should Own on Vinyl

1. Beatles – Revolver

Revolver [Mono LP]
The Beatles, Revolver [Mono LP] - Capitol - Vinyl
$23.86

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We’re starting off with a classy one. Beatles were and are, by far, the single most popular band on the whole planet. If you have the opportunity and cash, it would be best if you owned all of their work on vinyl, but if not, Revolver shouldn’t be skipped, even if you never liked Beatles in the first place.

This album was (among other things) the reason why the Beatles earned so much fame – even though it features only about 35 minutes of playtime, there are 14 groundbreaking tracks, such as the Taxman, She Said She Said, and the ever so famous Doctor Robert which will melt you down.

2. Black Keys – Thickfreakness

Thickfreakness [Vinyl]
THE BLACK KEYS, Thickfreakness [Vinyl] - Fat Possum - Vinyl
$16.49

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People who like mellow rock combined with groovy piano backs should check Black Keys out. These guys aren’t as young as the Beatles, but they’ve done an amazing job with this one. In fact, it’s their second release which lasts approximately 39 minutes and 12 tracks, including the Jap Bonus Track called “Evil”.

3. Black Sabbath –  Master of Reality

Master Of Reality (180 Gram Vinyl)
Black Sabbath, Master Of Reality (180 Gram Vinyl) - Rhino/Warner Bros. - Vinyl
$17.49

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Master of reality is easily the most favourite album of nearly all Black Sabbath fans. Every single song is a masterpiece, and things like Solitude and Into the Void shouldn’t be played on anything but vinyl.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget the “Children of the Grave” – a song that cemented Black Sabbath’s reputation as one of the most innovative bands ever. If you have the chance, stock up on every BS vinyl you can – these guys have dozens of albums, and picking “the best one” is a very tricky job.

4. The White Stripes – Get Behind me Satan

Get Behind Me Satan
WHITE STRIPES, Get Behind Me Satan - Third Man Records - Vinyl
$28.33

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Although the title of this album is a bit controversial, the White Stripes gained a lot of fame from it. This is a fifth album by this amazing American rock band, and you’ll be able to enjoy some 44 minutes of pure groove with Red Rain, Instinct Blues, and White Moon.

5. Prince – Purple Rain

Purple Rain
WARNER BROS - Vinyl
$54.95

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Prince’s passing was a shock to every little soul who knew how big of an impact he made on the music scene. That’s all the more reason why it would be a great way to honour his memory by getting one of his finest works – the Purple Rain. With 43 minutes of new wave r&B, The Beautiful Ones, Purple Rain, and Father’s Song will rock your turntable.

6. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon - Legacy - Vinyl
$26.84

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A classic, if there’s one, The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most memorable and important albums ever written, even if we’re to discount the fact that it was made by the masters of music themselves. Every note, every track on this album sounds differently when you play it on a turntable, so if you want to see this pure masterpiece from the right angle, make sure to get it on vinyl.

7. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin III (Remastered Original Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin III (Remastered Original Vinyl) - Atlantic - Vinyl
$21.42

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Zeppelin’s have made history with every album they’ve released. For some, it’s the I, others like II, but we think that Led Zeppelin III is the thing you don’t want to miss out on. Friends, Out on the Tiles, Since I’ve Been Loving You – these are the moments turntables pay off.

8. Johnny Cash – Unchained

American Recordings
JOHNNY CASH, American Recordings - Universal - Vinyl
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Johnny isn’t just a relic of the past. With the “Unchained” he proved that he can still do rock and blues, even though he’s gotten a bit older. This album is very interesting because it features guest appearances, including RHCP’s Flea, Mick Fleetwood, and Lindsay Buckingham. Lasts for 41 minutes, and we guarantee that a record player’s reproduction will make them worth the memory.

9. Bob Dylan – Desire

Bob Dylan: Desire
BOB DYLAN, Bob Dylan: Desire - Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs - Vinyl
$58.99

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Bob’s “Desire” was, perhaps, to share his mellow rock with the world, and ours is to advise you to try out his albums on vinyl players. This album is universally good, and it’s safe to say that you’ll like it regardless of what music genres you prefer.

10. Iron Maiden – Killers

Killers [LP]
Iron Maiden, Killers [LP] - Sanctuary - Vinyl
$19.88

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We’ve saved something heavy for the end. Iron Maiden’s Killers is an old release from this British heavy metal band, and it’s albums like these that show us how differently the music sounds when played on a CD and when played on a record player. Even if you don’t like metal or rock, the “Killers” are worth checking out.

6 COMMENTS

  1. You have put together quite the list! I have most of the Beatles tracks on vinyl. Glad to see Revolver at the top of your list. Do you find Amazon is usually the best place to find these? I am looking to pick up a few more records soon – perhaps one or two from this list.

    • Thanks for your comment! Amazon is definitely one of the best places to buy vinyl records but there’s a lot of other good stores as well like VinylMePlease.

  2. Exactly, playing your music on record players is the real deal! I just can’t get that unique sound effects on iPhone or something. Vinyl records still rocks for me! How much I remember the old good days… Lol

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