I Got A Record Player And Here Are The Essential Albums I Need To Play On It

The Audio Technica AT-LP60BT Wireless Turntable.

This Christmas, I was kindly gifted a record player. I was over the moon; I’ve wanted a record player for the past couple of years but its always felt like an unnecessary purchase when I have Spotify and Apple Music at the tip of my cursor. For a recent graduate, it felt like an indulgence. However, times are a-changing around here and now I have one, I’m using it every day. I love having physical copies of the albums I love, listening to them chronologically instead of pressing shuffle for a bit of variety. I love the format of the album, and while streaming services are encouraging their slow demise with single-orientated releases, the humble record keeps them alive.

Whilst I already had a couple of records here and there, in frames as decoration or borrowed from my boyfriend, I am still in need of expanding my personal collection. I’m so excited to create a roster of my favourite projects and albums that I feel are not only worth listening to over and over, but also best listened to in the order of the tracklist. Here’s a short list of the records I cant wait to get hold of, that I feel are worthy of becoming my bedroom ambience for as long as they last.

Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

Would I be a proper British city-dwelling woman if I didn’t want to listen to Back To Black every other week for the rest of my life? It’s such a beautiful album, full of soulful pop songs that are perfect listened to as background music or as the main event for recovery post-breakup. Not even just a breakup album! It’s an everything album. In addition, I adore Amy’s songwriting. It’s so frank and understated and avoids falling into pretentious waters like singer-songwriters sometimes do. Basically, I adore this album and I would like a forever copy, please and thank you.

Cerulean – Baths

I listened to this album every week at least in my A Level art class. Someone would connect their iPod to the the interactive whiteboard speakers (don’t tell me you never did this) and we’d work in relative silence as it played. This, Bonobo’s Black Sands and AM by Arctic Monkeys were on repeat in that classroom, and as a result I find all three especially soothing to listen to out loud. Cerulean is a beautiful piece of electronic music and I’m so excited to get hold of it in a physical form.

Good Kid M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar

I probably should have warned you that this selection was going to be full of predictable classics, and here’s another album so timeless I couldn’t afford to leave it off the list. I love this Kendrick project so so much, he captures a mood so well and this album balances poignancy, anger and nostalgia so carefully… gahh I sound like such a knobend when I try and analyse hip-hop so just. listen. to. it. It’s magical.

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

I want to listen to Pyramids in all it’s vinyl glory and if that’s not reason enough then I don’t know what is.

Those are the albums on my list so far – I’m starting small, but I can’t wait to have a proper collection. Let me know if you think of any other albums I should invest in! I’m so damn excited to have a record player, I can’t wait to fill it with lovely bedroom sounds for my ears to enjoy.


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  1. January 11, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Yes! Amy Winehouse is such a good pick x

  2. January 11, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    I don’t know if this would be your style of music, but I have the Black Bear record by Andrew Belle and it is absolutely amazing

    • K
      March 3, 2018 / 9:18 am

      TO A T !!!

  3. January 11, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I root around in charity shops for vinyl and have found some gems for very little money- I even found a copy of Carole King’s Tapestry for 50p last year! One of my favourite new vinyl purchases is the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack (from Amazon, I think)

  4. Ava Norton
    January 11, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Great list! these are some solid pics. Unfortunately channel orange and quite a few albums haven’t been pressed on vinyl (like CO) or albums like blonde that were extremely limited and now go for hundreds of pounds on ebay, it’s all part of the fun of records, kind of annoying and inconvenient at times, but great fun too 🙂

  5. chloé
    January 11, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    anything BROCKHAMPTON

  6. January 11, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    V great picks! The next record I’ll definitely purchase is the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman ❤❤❤ it’s soooo amazing!!

    Btw I’ll soon upload a post over on my blog as why I love this film this much😏(lil bit of self-promo here) https://ariabadger.blogspot.de/?m=1

  7. Chris
    January 12, 2018 / 7:54 am

    you can only get channel orange on a bootleg, I personally don’t own any, you’d have to decide yourself if you think ‘bootleg’ is a dirty word

  8. January 13, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    I can’t believe how much my record player has been introduced into my daily routine, I use mine everyday, along with Spotify as well. One of my favourite, modern albums I own on vinyl is The Alter | Banks, it was my break up album and every time I play it, it just makes me feel invincible. I would recommend investing in that album for your collection because I know you’re already a fan!

  9. Joyce
    January 13, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Such a wonderful gift!!
    I’m also thinking about getting one recently but feel totally the same as you do.
    BTW Amy Winehouse album is also on the top of my list if I get a record player someday

  10. January 13, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    It might sound reallllly cliche, but my dad got me Bob Marley Legend and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. It was such a great addition to my collection!

  11. Iza
    January 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    I also have my vinyl record player – I got it as a gift from my best friends for my 18th birthday! My favourite records in my collection? Definately I see you – The xx, Cigarettes after sex, Daughter and Ceremonials – Florence and the Machine.

  12. January 16, 2018 / 10:21 am

    I definitely need to listen to more Amy Winehouse songs! My favourite album to listen to on my record player is Chaos and the Calm by James Bay.

  13. Nat the Rat 🐀💞
    January 18, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Channel Orange!!! I would definitely recommend Brockhampton to you. My favourite song is Face and it’s such a warm song.

  14. April 11, 2018 / 9:26 am

    My first choice would be Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, because it’s the first album I ever bought.

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