So I know that this is nothing new, but I’ve really been into vinyl lately. I’ve had a record player for about three years now, and I’ve always enjoyed it, but I really only had a small handful of records because, well, they’re expensive. But over the past couple years, my modest collection has grown quite a bit.
I know my collection certainly isn’t the most impressive (I know someone who has an entire room filled with vinyl records) but I still love it. While I’ll be the first to admit that my taste in music certainly isn’t critically acclaimed or well-varied, music means so much to me, and I realized going through my collection how many of these records have great memories attached to them in one way or another.
So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite records in my collection:
1. The Beatles 1967-1970
I’ve really got into the Beatles in a shamefully casual fashion over the past few years. I’m not super deep into their discography, I will admit that, but I adore a handful of their songs. Here Comes the Sun is one of my all-time favorite songs. I picked this collection up because it had a ton of my favorite tracks.
2. The Lumineers
This was the first record I bought after I got my record player, because I was absolutely obsessed with Ho Hey and Stubborn Love, which were both on the radio at the time. I hadn’t so much as listened to the rest of the album when I bought it, but the Lumineers have become one of my favorite bands since. I really want to get Cleopatra on vinyl now.
3. Florence + the Machine
Florence is one of my top 5 favorite artists. I was so so so happy to get the chance to see her in concert last summer, it was one of the most incredible shows I’ve been to. I mean, she came out with a bouquet of wildflowers which she handed out to the audience before she started singing. She’s perfect. I have both Lungs and How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful on vinyl – now I just need Ceremonials.
4. Badlands, Halsey
I just got this record a couple weeks ago, and I was so excited. I do really love the album, but I will also admit that 65% of the reason I bought it was because it was pink vinyl, and that’s like the third coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
5. Stevie Nicks
I picked up two of Stevie’s records from before she joined Fleetwood Mac. They’re vintage, original pressings, and I got them from this incredible antique store in town. It was one of the kinds with different booths from various vendors, and tucked into the back corner was a mini vinyl shop that had all vintage records from the 50s through the 80s. Tragically, it got torn down this past fall to build some luxury condos. I’m beyond salty.
6. Plans, Death Cab for Cutie
Plans by Death Cab was one of the albums that basically got me through high school, and I still love it so much. Plus I picked it up on a really awesome weekend trip with my best friend a few years ago, so it has happy memories attached.
7. Volume One, She and Him
This was the first vinyl album I got, before I ever even got a record player. My best friend Daina gave it to me as a gift when I was going to write a senior thesis about the manic pixie dream girl trope in young adult literature (yeah, that’s a mouthful). Sadly, that thesis never got formally written (not yet anyways!) but I still adore this album.
8. Rocky Horror Picture Show
I’ve definitely talked on here before about how much I love Rocky Horror. My friends and I have gone to the midnight shadowcast showing on Halloween every year that I was in college. It’s one of my favorite traditions, and a couple years ago Daina got me the soundtrack on vinyl for Christmas. Plus it’s translucent red vinyl, which is so rad.
9. Maggie May, Rod Stewart
I have a handful of 45s as well, and my favorite one by far is Maggie May. This is one of my favorite songs, and to this day, I’m not 100% why. I also don’t know if this memory is real or not, but when I was really little, my dad would work late on Monday nights and my mom and I would listen to 70s songs and dance in the living room. This song always reminds me of sunny days and roadtrips and kitchen dancing and it has a weird sort of half-true nostalgia to it.