The Top 1000 LPs of All Time


Wondering where to buy vinyl LP records in Ottawa or Toronto? We've got you covered! We've been selling LPs for 10 years and some of our staff have worked in record stores before for much longer. Long story short, we love records and we're constantly digging up gems from the past as well as listening to all the new stuff to find the future classics.

One of the problems with the vinyl resurgence is that it's no longer possible to get used records of popular titles, especially in good shape. So often you'll go into a used record store now and it's just row after row of junk. You'll find Bob Dylan's lesser albums but no Highway 61. They'll have David Bowie Let's Dance 12" but no Changes One greatest hits. It's incredibly frustrating. Thousands upon thousands of records to sift through! When you do find one of the classics, it's usually more expensive than a brand new pressing!


How have we solved this problem at Planet of Sound? We've set out to stock only the creme de la creme - the Top 1000 LPs of All Time. This way, no matter what genre you feel like, you can pull out literally any record and be guaranteed a great experience. We've been working on this list for a long time- reading best of lists, checking ratings on various discography sites and tabulating our past 10 years sales data to see what people actually love. With a lot of work, we came up with a great selection for our record racks. But we didn't stop there.

How many times do you go to a store and ask someone whether this or that is good and they don't have any idea what you're talking about? We made sure to actually listen to all the records on the list to make sure they're good!

Because someone here has listened to the record and vetted it, we can assuredly recommend it to you. When you keep it to the very best 1000 records, you really have to think about your choices. Is John Coltrane's Africa Brass essential or will Crescent do it because we already have 5 other more popular Coltrane records on the list? These are the same laborious questions you might ask yourself if you were looking through 10,000 LPs. Who wants to go through the work? Like with hi-fi we put in the time for you so you can just enjoy the purchase and not think about it.

When it comes to giving gifts, our top 1000 makes it even easier. Maybe you don't know about hip hop, but that's your girlfriend's favourite. So we've got the top 20 hip hop albums of all time in that section plus maybe the current best record. You can't lose.

Or maybe you mostly listen to Classic Rock but you want to brush up on what the kids are doing now. We've got the top 100 Alternative/Indie LPs there. Which Arcade Fire record is the first to buy? Like the Kinks or the Animals and wonder who's the spiritual successor? We've got it - Tame Impala.

Here's a smattering of the Top 1000. Come in to browse the rest!

Arcade Fire - Funeral
Beach House - Teen Dream
Breeders - Last Splash
Cat Power - Covers
Daniel Johnston - Hi, How Are You
Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been
Pavement - Greatest Hits

Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Portishead - Dummy
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen

Hip Hop
Beastie Boys - Paul's boutique
Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
Kanye West - College Dropout
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid m.A.A.d City
Outkast - Southernplayalisticalillacmuzik
Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91
Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory

13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere
Alan Parsons - I Robot
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Beck - Mellow Gold
Black Keys - Rubber Factory
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Genesis - Foxtrot
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmillson
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Kinks - Lola vs. The Powerman
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
Led Zeppelin - 2
Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Elton John - Goodbye Yellowbrick Road
Radiohead - OK Computer
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
Stooges - S/T
Tom Waits - Blue Valentine
U2 - Joshua Tree
White Stripes - White Blood Cells

Al Green - Call Me
Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
James Brown - Love Power Peace
Marvin Gaye - What's Goin On
Sly & the Family Stone - Fresh
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

Cécile McLorin Salvant - Woman Child
Diana Krall - Live in Paris
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstong - S/T
Harry Belafonte - Live at Carnegie Hall
Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

Bob Marley - Babylon by Bus
Buena Vista Social Club - S/T
Soundtrack - The Harder they Come
Toots & Maytalls - Funky Kingston

Chet Atkins - Neck and Neck w/ Mark Knopfler
Johnny Cash - American Recordings 3
Patsy Cline - Walking After Midnight
Willie Nelson - Stardust

Albert King - Born under a bad sign
BB King - Singin the Blues
Bonnie Raitt - S/T
John Lee Hooker - Burnin
Lightnin Hopkins - Last Night Blues
Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn't Stand the Weather

Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda
Art Blakey - Moanin
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin Else
Chet Baker - Sings
Dave Brubeck - Time Out
Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Oscar Peterson - Night Train
Sam Rivers - Fuchsia Swing Song
Thelonious Monk - Monk's Music

Fritz Reiner - Spain
Glenn Gould - Goldberg Variations 1956
Beethoven - Symphony No.5

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