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The Best Vinyl Records of 2022

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The Weeknd - Highlights

This career-spanning compilation offers two LPs of killer R&B, pop, and alt-rock tracks—including collaborations with Daft Punk and Ariana Grande. Read More

Pros

  • 2 LPs featuring a decade’s worth of killer hits

Cons

  • References to drug use and harsh language
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Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits

“Born to Run,” “Hungry Heart,” “Atlantic City,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Brilliant Disguise”—this is a top-shelf showcase for one of rock’s best poets. Read More

Pros

  • A fantastic compilation from one of rock’s great poets

Cons

  • Doesn’t include his post-1995 work
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Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

This is the sophomore album from late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, known for bringing jazz and soul music back to the pop charts in the mid-2000s. Read More

Pros

  • Timeless sounds and universal themes

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Pearl Jam - Ten

Pearl Jam’s debut is a towering monument to the grunge movement’s enduring legacy, as vital as Nevermind or Dirt or Superunknown. Read More

Pros

  • One of the best grunge-rock albums of the 1990s

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate

Simon & Garfunkel are one of history’s great rock duos, and their hauntingly beautiful songwriting continues to resonate with new generations. Read More

Pros

  • Ageless folk-rock songs and angelic vocals

Cons

  • None that we could find

Maybe you just got a new record player as a gift; maybe you’re a longtime music lover making the jump to vinyl. Maybe you’re just shopping around to fill some essential gaps in your library. Whatever the case may be, you can’t really go wrong with the artists on this list. Consider this a starting point for a great vinyl collection—though only you know your tastes and your favorite artists.

If our top picks seem a little old-school, or a little mainstream, we won’t be offended. But if you want our recommendations, these are some of the best vinyl records you can get online right now. (For the best listening experience, consider a turntable with an anti-skate feature to avoid skipping, which can be annoying and risks damaging your records.)

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Product image of The Weeknd - Highlights
The Weeknd - Highlights

The Highlights is the most recent addition to my personal vinyl collection at home, and it does not disappoint. This career-spanning compilation from one of my favorite artists offers two LPs of killer R&B, pop, and alt-rock tracks—including collaborations with Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, and Ariana Grande. It’s truly a sonic feast, and all your favorite Weeknd tracks should be here: “Blinding Lights,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” “I Feel It Coming,” “Starboy,” “Call Out My Name,” “Love Me Harder,” and plenty more.

Pros

  • 2 LPs featuring a decade’s worth of killer hits

Cons

  • References to drug use and harsh language

Product image of Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits
Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits

If you’re not already a Springsteen devotee with some of his records, then this Greatest Hits album is a near-perfect sampler platter, collecting songs from his early career alongside a few originals recorded in ’95. “Born to Run,” “Hungry Heart,” “Atlantic City,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Brilliant Disguise”—this is a top-shelf showcase for one of rock’s finest American poets.

Pros

  • A fantastic compilation from one of rock’s great poets

Cons

  • Doesn’t include his post-1995 work

Product image of Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Back to Black is the sophomore album from late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, known for bringing jazz and soul music back to the pop charts in the mid-aughts. Conceived as a breakup album with the sounds of the ’60s, it features “Rehab,” “You Know I’m No Good,” “Back to Black,” “Love Is a Losing Game,” and “Tears Dry on Their Own.” Rolling Stone declared it one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in 2020.

Pros

  • Timeless sounds and universal themes

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Pearl Jam - Ten
Pearl Jam - Ten

Ten is a contender—one among many—for greatest album of the 1990s. Vocalist Eddie Vedder and one-time drummer Dave Krusen brought incredible chops to the Seattle group just as it was about to record its debut, and the rest is history. So many of the great Pearl Jam tracks emerged right at the beginning, like perfect seashells washed up on the beach: “Once,” “Even Flow,” “Alive,” “Black,” “Jeremy,” “Release.” It’s a towering monument to the grunge movement’s enduring legacy, as vital as Nevermind or Dirt or Superunknown.

Pros

  • One of the best grunge-rock albums of the 1990s

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate
Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate

On one hand, the soundtrack to The Graduate is emblematic of 1968. But as an album, freed of much of the movie’s context, the songs themselves are an ageless, inextricable part of pop culture. “April Come She Will” can be heard on an episode of the beloved NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation; Quentin Tarantino put “Mrs. Robinson” in his most recent film. Simon & Garfunkel are one of history’s great rock duos, and their hauntingly beautiful songwriting continues to resonate with listeners discovering it anew.

Pros

  • Ageless folk-rock songs and angelic vocals

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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