As a music lover and vinyl record collector, I am always on the lookout for new albums to add to my collection. Whether you're a seasoned collector or just starting out, choosing which records to invest in can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, how do you know which albums are worth your time and money?
In this article, I have compiled a list of the top 15 best records to buy in 2022. From classic rock to indie to jazz, there's something on this list for every music lover.
1. "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac
Let's start with a classic. "Rumours" is an iconic album from 1977 that has sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Featuring hits like "Dreams" and "Go Your Own Way," this album is a must-have for any vinyl collector. The inter-band drama that inspired the album only adds to its legendary status.
2. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
Another record that needs no introduction, "Thriller" is the best-selling album of all time, with over 110 million copies sold worldwide. Featuring hits like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It," this album is a pop culture phenomenon. Its iconic music video for the title track is still hailed as a masterpiece.
3. "Abbey Road" by The Beatles
Released in 1969, "Abbey Road" is the final album from one of the most influential bands in music history. Featuring classics like "Come Together" and "Something," this album is a must-have for any Beatles fan. The iconic album cover featuring the band crossing the street is just the icing on the cake.
4. "Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys
Considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time, "Pet Sounds" was released in 1966 and features hits like "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows." This innovative album is a must-have for any fan of 60s music. Its influence can be heard in countless albums that followed.
5. "The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd
Released in 1973, "The Dark Side of the Moon" is a concept album that explores themes of life, death, and the human condition. With hits like "Money" and "Time," this album is a masterpiece of psychedelic rock and a must-have for any vinyl collection. Its iconic prism cover is instantly recognizable.
6. "Purple Rain" by Prince
Released in 1984, "Purple Rain" is the sixth studio album by the late, great Prince. Featuring hits like "When Doves Cry" and the title track, this album is a landmark in 80s music and a must-have for any Prince fan. Its accompanying film of the same name is also a must-see.
7. "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
Released in 1975, "Born to Run" is the third studio album by Bruce Springsteen. Featuring hits like the title track and "Thunder Road," this album is a classic of American rock and roll. Its themes of working-class struggles and dreams of escape resonated with a generation.
8. "Nevermind" by Nirvana
Released in 1991, "Nevermind" is the second studio album by Nirvana and a landmark in the history of grunge music. Featuring hits like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Come As You Are," this album is a must-have for any fan of 90s alternative music. Its raw energy and emotional lyrics still hold up today.
9. "Back in Black" by AC/DC
Released in 1980, "Back in Black" is the seventh studio album by AC/DC and a classic of hard rock. Featuring hits like the title track and "You Shook Me All Night Long," this album is a must-have for any fan of classic rock. Its driving riffs and catchy hooks make it a timeless classic.
10. "Purple Mountains" by Purple Mountains
Released in 2019, "Purple Mountains" is the only album released under the moniker of the late David Berman's new project. This album is considered a masterpiece of modern indie rock and features deeply personal lyrics that explore themes of depression and mortality. Its release was bittersweet, as Berman tragically passed away shortly after its release.
11. "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" by David Bowie
Released in 1972, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" is a concept album that tells the story of an androgynous rock star named Ziggy Stardust. Featuring hits like "Starman" and "Suffragette City," this album is a must-have for any fan of Bowie's iconic career. Its glam rock sound and theatricality were groundbreaking.
12. "Led Zeppelin IV" by Led Zeppelin
Released in 1971, "Led Zeppelin IV" is the fourth studio album by Led Zeppelin and a classic of hard rock. Featuring hits like "Stairway to Heaven" and "Black Dog," this album is a must-have for any fan of classic rock. Its iconic album cover featuring no title or band name was a bold move that paid off.
13. "Blue" by Joni Mitchell
Released in 1971, "Blue" is a landmark album in the history of folk music. Featuring deeply personal and introspective lyrics, this album is a must-have for any fan of singer-songwriters. Its emotional honesty and vulnerability make it a timeless classic.
14. "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis
Released in 1959, "Kind of Blue" is a landmark album in the history of jazz music. Featuring legendary musicians like John Coltrane and Bill Evans, this album is a must-have for any jazz enthusiast. Its influence can be heard in countless jazz albums that followed.
15. "Court and Spark" by Joni Mitchell
Released in 1974, "Court and Spark" is another classic album from Joni Mitchell. Featuring hits like "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris," this album is a must-have for any fan of 70s folk and rock music. Its jazzy arrangements and Mitchell's soaring vocals make it a standout in her discography.
In conclusion, these 15 records are must-haves for any vinyl collector looking to expand their collection in 2022. From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, there's something on this list for everyone. Whether you're a fan of classic rock, jazz, or indie music, these albums will stand the test of time and bring you joy for years to come. Start building your collection today!