Vinyl collecting has been in style for what seems like forever. I remember the day I got my record player like it was yesterday- my boyfriend gifted it to me for Christmas our first year together and I cried when I opened it. I took it home, set it up, and had my Dad explain the ins and outs of how to work it. He explained to me always to be gentle with the player, and then he handed me my very first record on vinyl–a 45 of Manic Monday (and Different Light as the B-side) from The Bangles. From then on I’ve known that I needed to expand my collection, and I have. Here are some suggestions from 10 categories of vinyl for your ever-growing collection:

1. From your Grandma’s closet:

  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Billie Holliday
  • “Cabaret”
  • Bing Crosby
  • Frank Sinatra

2. From your Dad’s attic:

  • Led Zeppelin
  • Pink Floyd
  • Metallica
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Guns N Roses

3. From under Mom’s bed:

  • Whitney Houston
  • The Bangles
  • Elton John
  • “Meatloaf”
  • Queen

4. From Grandpa’s new favorites:

  • Adele
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Train
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Shawn Mendes

5. Trying your best to be indie:

  • The Black Keys
  • Arctic Monkeys 
  • The Strokes 
  • The Killers
  • Coldplay

6. Actually being indie:

  • Cage the Elephant
  • Tame Impala
  • Imagine Dragons 
  • Kings of Leon 
  • The White Stripes

7. Essential throwbacks:

  • The All-American Rejects
  • Paramore
  • Fall Out Boy
  • My Chemical Romance (RIP)
  • All Time Low

8. Soundtracks you love:

  • Awesome Mix Volume 1 (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Scott Pilgrim v. the World
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

9. New artists to fall in love with:

  • Halfnoise
  • The 1975
  • Lil Yachty
  • The Regrettes
  • Sigrid

10. Recommendations to the novices:

  • Florence and the Machine
  • Janis Joplin
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Lana Del Ray
  • The Beatles

I hope you enjoyed my list of vinyl must-haves. Happy crate digging (or Urban Outfitters online ordering, if that’s what you’re into)!