Saturday was Record Store Day. It’s a day when people wait in lines outside of record shops to purchase brand new vinyl. And if you told us any of that 10 years ago, we would have laughed right in your stupid face. Vinyl is back. And with the best year in terms of sales since 1988, it doesn’t seem like vinyl is going anywhere. If you’ve dropped the cash on a turntable and have started to amass your collection, there are a few records you need to drop in your milk crate. Here are 25 albums every record collector must own.


Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

That warm vinyl sound plays right into jazz’s hands. And when you talk great jazz albums, you start with Miles Davis’s masterpiece. Kind of Blue is the best-selling jazz album of all time for good reason. Originally released in 1959, the album is full of cool, melodic tracks that can elevate any dinner party. Even if you aren’t a jazz fan, this one should be in your library.


Discovery - Daft Punk

When Daft Punk released Homework, an album filled with gems like “Around the World” and “Da Funk,” in 1997, it put the world on notice. While many were fearful a sophomore slump was coming, Daft Punk followed up Homework with Discovery, a brilliant album that some (we) would argue is the group’s best. Outside of the chart-topping “One More Time” and Kanye-fueling “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” are lesser-known tracks that are damn near perfect. You can drop the needle and let the whole thing play.


The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

If you’re going to display a record sleeve, the sleeve for “The Dark Side of the Moon” is not a bad choice. The iconic album, featuring some iconic art, is as pleasant for the eyes as it is the ears. From the clinking coins during “Money” to the harmonized voices, all the little nuances shine when you listen to the classic album on a turntable.


Revolver - The Beatles

Purists will probably choose Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but we still lean toward making Revolver your Beatles album of choice. That said, you can’t go wrong with either (or both). Revolver is when the drugs kicked in. The tracks are so unique, experimental, and different from the songs that came before them, that the LP is a beautiful oddity. Besides, when you want to go psychedelic, you want to go vinyl.


Live in Europe - Rory Gallagher

Often championed as one of the finest live recordings ever, Rory Gallagher’s Live in Europe drops you right in the crowd when you drop the needle. What made the album so unique, outside of the quality of the performances and the recordings, is the fact that almost every track on the record was new. Instead of giving fans live versions of songs they were already familiar with, Gallagher treated listeners to new music the way it was meant to be experienced.


Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan

Dylan claims that the tracks on Blonde on Blonde were the closest he got to the sound he heard in his head. To experience it the right way, make sure to have a copy of the 12″. From the distinct voice to the iconic harmonica, everything sounds perfect when you put this on the platter.


Kid A - Radiohead

Kid A marked a stylistic departure for Radiohead. In place of the strumming guitars that filled The Bends and OK Computer were snyths and drum machines. The result was an album (really two, if you count the tracks that went on Amnesiac) that blipped, beeped, and floated effortlessly in the background when you played it.


The Chronic - Dr. Dre

Hip hop, with its thick, pounding bass, isn’t always the genre best suited for vinyl. Assuming your setup won’t let the needle skip every time this record thumps, you should really own a copy of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, as it’s one of the most legendary rap albums of all time. The instruments on the tracks really shine, and as you’ll quickly find out, almost every track is as good as when you first heard it.


Blue - Joni Mitchell

Brutally honest and perfectly stripped down, Joni Mitchell’s epic remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded. With the assistance of a piano or guitar, Mitchell simply opens her mouth and lets the feels pour out. If you want a collection of all-time classics, Blue needs to find its way into your milk crate.


Body and Soul - Joe Jackson

If you’re looking for an artist who pays attention to the tiny aspects that make an album shine on vinyl, look no further than Joe Jackson. And if you want Jackson’s best, go with Body and Soul. This is an album that will show you the power vinyl.


Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

If you want to get the Led out, get the Led out right, and place Led Zeppelin IV on your turntable. The fourth studio album from the legendary English rock bank was released in 1971, after being recorded for three months in a Victorian home. The album includes some of the most famous songs ever recorded—”Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Going to California,” among others.


What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

This is the quintessential ’70s soul album, and any record collection of all-time greats would be incomplete without it. Both politically and socially important, and damn pleasant to the ears, Marvin Gaye’s multi-layered epic is one of the most famous albums ever recorded. The laid back vibe, which can seem odd for a record so focused on the effects of the Vietnam War, makes the record ideal for weekend lounging.


Thriller - Michael Jackson

It’s the best-selling album of all time. What else is there to say? Well, how about this: there are aspects of Thriller that you haven’t noticed or appreciated until you’ve heard it on vinyl. While Jackson spits out his catchy hooks, there are some amazing jazz and funk notes underneath that shine when you drop the needle.


Lazaretto - Jack White

Lazaretto isn’t the best album to ever come from Jack White, but it is a fun treat for vinyl fans. Instead of calling it a vinyl record, White called his release an “Ultra LP,” as it included so many things to be discovered. There are two hidden tracks beneath the center label, alternating song intros based on where the needle is dropped, a hand-etched hologram, and more. The music ain’t half bad either.


At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash

The Man in Black’s legendary performance at Folsom Prison is captured in all its raw glory in this recording. Cash had to wait over a decade to pull this off, as he wanted to perform and record at a prison after the release of his hit “Folsom Prison Blues.” In 1967, he finally got the chance to do so, and the rest is history.


The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground

There’s just something about the gentle, music box-like start to “Sunday Morning,” the first track off The Velvet Underground & Nico, that perfectly sets the stage for the hazy, druggy album. The record that announced The Velvet Underground to the world moves gracefully from dreamy rock to a raw garage sound. Oh, and the album cover is pretty famous, so go ahead and frame it on your wall.


The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie

The world lost a true genius when David Bowie passed away earlier this year. He pushed boundaries, did things his way, and never shied away from the experimental. Need proof? Plop that needle down on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that somehow makes you forget it’s a bizarre apocalyptic space saga about a character named Ziggy Stardust.


MTV Live Unplugged in New York - Nirvana

Nirvana’s iconic unplugged performance in New York is one of the most legendary performances of all time. Recorded at Sony Music Studios in 1993, the album became the first to be released after the death of Kurt Cobain. And while that emotional component played into its success, the raw beauty of the performance is why its so great. Eschewing their hits in favor of less popular tracks and covers, the 14 song performance further established Nirvana as a grunge band who didn’t give a fuck.


Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Beauty can be created from chaos. Such is the case with Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh studio album, Rumours, which was born after a shitshow of relationships among the band before its recording. What emerged was a Grammy award-winning album that’s damn near perfect. Combining acoustic and electric instruments with incredible harmonies, the music soars on vinyl.


Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys

Completely composed of samples, Paul’s Boutique ushered in a new era of hip hop. The brilliant sound owes as much to the Beastie Boys as it does the Dust Brothers, who produced the album. While often overlooked because of the success of Licensed to IllPaul’s Boutique is an auditory pleasure when played on a turntable.


In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra

You want to revel in the quality of a supreme vocal performance? Pick up a 12″ (or the two 10″ releases) of Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours. This is lazy Sunday music at its finest, and Sinatra’s voice sounds even better when you’re listening to it off a record player.


Live Rust - Neil Young

You probably weren’t there when Neil Young recorded the tracks that compose Live Rust, but owning the vinyl is the next best thing. The CD version of the album loses so much of its brilliance, and when it comes to one of the greatest live performers of all time, that’s important. The guitars soar, the vocals come through crisp and haunting, and the album is easily one of the ones you’ll turn to when you don’t know what to listen to.


Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones

Exile on Main Street would ultimately become one of the greatest rock records ever recorded. Keith Richards led the charge, helping craft an album that feels raw and polished at the same time. It’s sex, drugs, and rock and roll at its finest.


Is This It - The Strokes

Is This It brought New York rock to the masses. It wasn’t significantly enhanced in a studio; it wasn’t tinkered with and jazzed up. Is This It is simple garage rock that paid homage to a sound from decades ago, and it did it will getting radio play. Even better if you can’t find a copy with the original artwork.


Love Over Gold - Dire Straits

Many consider this album one of the greatest examples of the power of vinyl. The fourth studio album from Dire Straits is filled with guitars that sound incredible when played on a turntable. It’s not the kind of catchy pop-rock you’ll go humming for days, but it is a treat for your ears.