The 10 Best Record Stores in Massachusetts!

Records afford us a taste of nostalgia while enjoying music, both new and old. Record stores are enjoying a resurgence of sales, as former devotees to CDs and digital music are flocking to record stores to invest in vinyl. The following stores are the best in Massachusetts. Stop in and pick up a 33, a 45—or even a 78—the next time you’re nearby.

1. In Your Ear Records, Boston, MA

Selling a massive number of records, In Your Ear Records features both new and used LPs. They buy entire collections, too, but call ahead to make an appointment.

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2. Planet Records, Cambridge, MA

Planet Records is known throughout New England as carrying an excellent variety of records. People travel from miles away to check out their collection. The store is small, but their racks of vinyl are mighty.

3. Instant Karma Records, Orleans, MA

Featuring a nostalgic play on the Beatles tune, Instant Karma Records features an impressive record collection. Some fairly recent, most vintage—the owners know music and love to talk about it, too. You’ll have fun just visiting the shop.

4. Cheapo Records, Cambridge, MA

You’ll have a blast flipping through the vinyl at Cheapo Records. The collection is huge and includes fairly recent and vintage records. Give them a call before your visit and they’ll locate the record you’re seeking. If not, they’ll work on getting it for you.

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5. Déjà Vu Records, Natick, MA

Déjà Vu Records sells records, and they’ll buy your collection, too. Make an appointment to sell, or simply drop by to peruse their impressive array.

6. Mystery Train Records, Gloucester, MA

Selling new, used and even rare records, Mystery Train Records is a fun record store with a definite nod to the past. You’ll feel like a kid again, ready to spend your weekly allowance on that new release you already love. You can literally spend hours here checking out the collection.

7. Vinyl Destination, Lowell, MA

For a truly fun place to thumb through records, check out Vinyl Destination. Their collection is massive and includes mostly vintage. You will occasionally find fairly recent music as well.

8. Joe’s Albums, Worcester, MA

Joe’s Albums sells both new and used vinyl, and has a very impressive collection. Striking up a conversation while there will no doubt result in widening your taste in music.

9. Somerville Grooves, Somerville, MA

Whether you’re looking for LPs or singles, you stand a really good chance of finding it at Somerville Grooves. The shop is a throwback to yesteryear, and the prices are excellent.

10. Stereo Jack’s Records, Cambridge, MA

In business since 1982, Stereo Jack’s Records buys and sells records. Buy 33s and even 78s, or sell them a collection. It needn’t be large for the owners to be interested. Call for an appointment first, however.

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