Top 10 Vinyls You Should Own

Top 10 Vinyls You Should Own

Welcome to a melodic voyage through the timeless allure of vinyl records... one in which we delve into my personal list of must-have titles. In this digital age, there's something undeniably alluring about the warm pop and static, the tangible experience of vinyl.

Everyone has opinions about the artists and albums that have changed the face of music. This is mine - a specially curated selection that celebrates the very heart and soul of vinyl culture. Let me know what you think.

10.  Terry Reid - Terry Reid (1969)
The ONLY reason this is at #10 is because you may not of heard of Terry (aka "Superlungs"), the man who was asked by Jimmy Page to be the lead vocals for Led Zeppelin. His music is amazing... if you can find it! Unleashing a sound that captivates and moves listeners, Terry's eponymous album is a hidden gem that should not be ignored. This album effortlessly showcases Reid's emotive vocals and impressive vocal range. Each track, from the spirited blues of "Tinker Tailor" to the tender balladry of "To Be Treated Rite," exudes Reid's undeniable musical talent and solidifies this self-titled album as a timeless masterpiece that every music collector should uncover.

9.  Steely Dan - Aja (1977)
A true masterpiece in every sense, this album effortlessly fuses jazz, rock, and eloquent lyrics. From the opening note to the final measure, Steely Dan takes listeners on a rich and captivating audio adventure. Instantly recognizable tracks, like "Peg" and the title track, "Aja," showcase the band's unparalleled musicianship, making it a must-have for any fan of 70s studio perfection.

8.  Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Can you believe it? Back in 1995, I heard my neighbors in college blaring Alanis Morissette's iconic album "Jagged Little Pill," and it completely blew my mind. From the raw emotions of "You Oughta Know" to the unexepected twists of "Ironic," this album spoke to me (although I would not admit it then). It's not just a blast from the past, it's a timeless companion that will be there for you through life's highs and lows. It's like your own personal story set to the most incredible and unforgettable tunes.

7.  The Cranberries - Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can't We (1993)
You most likely have this CD or cassette sitting around from this Irish alternative rock band. Each track, from the hauntingly beautiful "Linger" to the infectious rhythms of "Dreams," takes listeners on a journey that continues to resonate with audiences. For any fan of melodic and introspective '90s rock, The Cranberries' debut album is an absolute must-listen.

6.  Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)
"Nevermind" shattered the music world with its rough and unapologetic sound, elevating grunge to mainstream success. This game-changing album not only defined a generation, but also epitomized the raw emotions felt during adolescence. Each track, from the explosive "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to the haunting "Come as You Are," captures the essence of the '90s alternative rock movement and solidifies "Nevermind" as a cultural cornerstone. I Love Grunge!

5.  Rush - Moving Pictures (1981)
This album takes listeners on a sonic journey that highlights the band's incredible skill and expertise in progressive rock. It's impossible not to be captivated by each track, from the legendary "Tom Sawyer" (perhaps the best rock intro ever) to the dynamic "YYZ." With boundless musical creativity, Rush has created a must-have addition to any rock lover's collection.

4.  Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill (1986)
"License to Ill" became a game-changer in the world of hip-hop. From its pulsating beats to its unapologetic lyrics, this record encapsulates the rebellious spirit of the band. With iconic tracks like "Fight for Your Right" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," the Beastie Boys cemented their signature sound while leaving a lasting impression on the entire hip-hop scene. 

3.  Grateful Dead - Steal Your Face (1976)
"Steal Your Face" is an exceptional live double album that fully captures the band's masterful improvisation and signature blend of rock, folk, and psychedelia. From the mesmerizing riffs of "Eyes of the World" to the heartfelt allure of "Stella Blue," "Steal Your Face" takes listeners on a musical odyssey that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the Grateful Dead. It's a must-listen for any fan of dynamic, spontaneous rock performances.

2.  Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977)
One cannot deny the everlasting relevance of "Rumours," a true masterpiece that blends elements of rock, pop, and poignant storytelling. This timeless album takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the complexities of relationships, heartache, and the strength of the human spirit. From the hauntingly exquisite "Go Your Own Way" to the soul-baring "Dreams," "Rumours" is a profound musical voyage that keeps capturing hearts.

1.  Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
This incredible album delves into timeless themes such as life, death, and the human condition, enveloped in truly mesmerizing soundscapes. From the pulsating heartbeat in "Speak to Me" to the cosmic odyssey in "Time" and "Money," each track flawlessly transitions into the next, practically hypnotizing its listeners. The album's ingenious incorporation of sound effects, intricate arrangements, and profound lyrics makes it my #1 pick (and I know I'm not alone).

As the needle glides tenderly off the final groove, our voyage through my Top 10 must-have vinyls draws to a close. Which ones do you agree with? Which ones would be replaced on your own list? Do you have each of these albums in your personal library? Let's discuss!

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