Top 5 Must Own Vinyl Albums

Some albums are just flat out essential to own on vinyl, so forget about the housework and turn on your record player. Sound, mastering and album artwork are just a few factors that make vinyl music so special. Below is a list of the top five albums you must own on vinyl. They have the specific qualities and characteristics that just make them great!

#1: Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

This was the Beastie Boys second album and was produced by the Dust Brothers. This is arguably one of the best hip hop albums ever made. The remastering of it truly improves the sound and only with the vinyl version would you be able to admire the album work.

#2: The Beatles – Revolver

All Beatles albums should be had on vinyl but Revolver is in a league of its own. This album took over 300 hours of studio time to finish and was made at the peak of the Beatles’ career. Revolver was ahead of its time regarding vocals and musical production. To own it on vinyl is an absolute must.

#3: Beck – Sea Change

Coined as one of the best breakup albums of all time, it was Beck’s seventh studio album. It was inspired by the ending of his nine year relationship just before his 30th birthday. It was produced by Nigel Godrich and is considered to be Beck’s best work.

#4: Beirut – The Flying Club Cup

Beirut has been known to create incredible sounds without the use of electrical instruments. Hearing this music on vinyl is nothing short of amazing. Zach Condon was able to use a variety of instruments, such as a trumpet, flugelhorn, ukelele and other strong instruments without the music sounding like a joke. This album was truly a musical work of art that stood the test of time.

#5: Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to the Children

Boards of Canada was simply made to make music for vinyl format. Their complex music was made with several machines and instruments and listening to it in vinyl format is nothing short of incredible. Although it was made 16 years ago, it remains a vital addition to any devoted vinyl keepers collection.

And There You Have It…

The Top 5 Must Own Vinyl Albums. This list is certainly not inclusive but the music listed here certainly one of a kind.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email:

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