For any avid music enthusiast, building a carefully curated collection of LPs is often a labor of love. While personal music tastes and preferences vary widely, there are a few standout records that most record collectors could agree make for a significant addition to any collection. Below, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe to be the 11 most important LPs a record collector should own.
- The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: Released in 1967, this album remains a landmark in music history and is widely viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time.
- Pink Floyd – The Wall: Released in 1979, this concept album is a tour de force of psychedelic rock and remains one of Pink Floyd’s most iconic works.
- Miles Davis – Kind of Blue: Released in 1959, this jazz masterpiece is widely considered one of the most important albums in the canon of American music.
- Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited: Released in 1965, this album marked a turning point for Dylan and helped establish him as one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.
- The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.: Released in 1972, this double album is a sprawling epic that showcases the Stones at their most raw and authentic.
- The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico: Released in 1967, this album is often cited as one of the most influential and groundbreaking works of art rock.
- David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: Released in 1972, this album introduced Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust and marked a turning point in his career.
- Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV: Released in 1971, this album contains some of Led Zeppelin’s most iconic songs and is widely regarded as one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
- Joni Mitchell – Blue: Released in 1971, this album is a deeply personal and introspective work that has been hailed as one of the greatest singer-songwriter albums ever recorded.
- Fleetwood Mac – Rumours: Released in 1977, this album remains one of the most popular and enduring pop albums of all time.
- Michael Jackson – Thriller: Released in 1982, this album is an undisputed classic and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, we believe these 11 albums represent some of the most important and significant works in the history of recorded music. Any record collector looking to build a well-rounded collection would do well to consider adding these titles to their shelves.
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