Last month, I bought a very cheap, second-hand record player, and it has since become my entire personality. Every person who enters my house will get an in-depth tour of my “vinyl station” and get to see all my latest LP purchases. If they’re lucky enough, I may just put one on for them to listen to as we sit and chat.
If it isn’t obvious, I’m obsessed with my new record player. I can just sit and watch the records spin on the turntable for hours and listen to some of my favourite albums on repeat as I clean other vinyls using my recently purchased cleaning kit. However, when I first collected my record player from a very lovely lady in Falmouth, I was overwhelmed at the thought of starting my record collection. So many albums and so much choice, I had no idea where to start! In this list are some of my favourite albums that I think everyone should own on vinyl as they will make great staples in any collection. Some of these I am still trying to obtain for myself, and I am hoping that maybe one or two on this list are bought for me for Christmas (this is a hint for if my mum reads this – which she most likely will).
To put it simply, if you do not like ABBA, I do not trust you and we can’t be friends
Taylor Swift – folklore or evermore
I am a huge fan of Taylor Swift as anyone who knows me knows, and so of course I believe everyone should own at least one of her exquisite albums on vinyl. However, the most vinyl-appropriate albums she has released are the beautiful folklore and evermore. I love both of these albums so much, which is why they are both on this list, I couldn’t choose just one to recommend. Whilst one day I hope to have Taylor’s whole discography in my collection, these are the albums that will sound most beautiful on vinyl and are appropriate for everyone, regardless of whether you have liked her previous music or not.
Any album by Queen
It is hard to just pick one album by Queen to recommend for this list, since each album they have produced is a masterpiece. A mere 20 minutes after collecting my record player, I stumbled upon a market stall and decided to buy myself Live Magic by Queen to start my collection. This album featured live versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “A Kind of Magic”, and many more well-known songs. If you can’t decide on a specific album to buy as you love a handful of songs from each, just purchase Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection (which is actually the best-selling album of all time in the UK!) to have all of your favourites in one place.
ABBA – Gold
To put it simply, if you do not like ABBA, I do not trust you and we can’t be friends. Each and every one of their songs are incredible, including those on their most recent album, Voyage. But you cannot go wrong with the classics such as “Dancing Queen”, “Waterloo”, and “Take a Chance on Me”, all of which are featured on this compilation album. Honestly, thank God for compilation albums or my collection would be twice as big!
At least one album by The Beatles
While I don’t listen to The Beatles on the regular, I would love to have one of their albums on vinyl to add to my collection and to encourage me to listen to them more. I would personally opt for either Abbey Road or the compilation album 1 (what a shock! Another compilation album!) which contains their most iconic tracks.
David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars
Finally, a recommendation from my uncle that he is unaware I am including in this article. In his words: “No vinyl collection is complete without it!” While this would not be at the top of my list, since I cannot listen to any Bowie song without getting emotional (due to personal reasons), it would make a valuable contribution to any vinyl collection.
Hopefully these choices cater for most people’s music tastes, but obviously they are tailored a lot towards my own! Currently the only albums I own on vinyl from this list are a single album from Queen, as mentioned, and folklore, which sit proudly next to Sour by Olivia Rodrigo, a limited edition of Between Us by Little Mix and a few others that I love and listen to frequently. However, I hope to continue growing my collection even further and have a dedicated vinyl room in my future house – a girl can only dream.