Kick Start Your Vinyl Collection: One Essential Album For Each Month Of The Year

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Last year, my husband bought me a vinyl record player for my birthday. I didn't realize then, how awesome it was. That thing has become a staple to our family. In fact, it replaced the television in our living room. There's something special about listening to music on vinyl that digital can't replicate. I'm not sure if it's just nostalgia or if the music actually sounds better as the record turns under the needle.

There's nothing like thumbing through album after album, admiring the enlarged cover art that doesn't come on iTunes. Pulling a record from its sleeve and placing it onto the player has become one of my favorite daily rituals. Nightly while the records spin, we enjoy a family dance party as dinner simmers on the stove. We're slowly building up our record collection. We have a good mix of old and new, thrifted and collectible. Here I've put together a list of twelve albums you should own on vinyl -- one for each month of the year!

January: The Great Twenty-Eight by Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

There's nothing like dancing to old favorites like "Johnny Be Good" and "Maybellene." This is a favorite at our house.

February: The Sound of Music Soundtrack

Sound of Music

This soundtrack is a must. It's fun for kiddos and adults. It's loaded with all the music from the movie.

March: Abbey Road by The Beatles

Abbey Road

Here's another must-have. Music lovers of all genres can appreciate the goodness that is the Beatles.

April: Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

Barton Hollow

I have this both on CD and vinyl. It's one that just sounds better with the twangs of the record player. It makes perfect background music for the rainy month of April.

May: Infinite Arms by Band of Horses

Infinite Arms

This record is fabulous. It's fairly slow, but has beautiful melodies. It's perfect for a springtime nap.

June: The Self-Titled Album by The Lumineers

Lumineers

This folky/Americana record has a good mix of slow and upbeat songs. They are reminiscent of the Avett Brothers or Mumford and Sons. If you like music you can sing along with and maybe even clap to -- this is the album to have.

July: Legend by Bob Marley

Bob Marley

July is a hot month, smack-dab in the middle of summer. This record is perfect for a nice vacation, as it has nearly all of Bob Marley's greatest hits.

August: The Self-Titled Album by The Head & The Heart

Head Heart

This one does not disappoint. It's folky and fun. Complete with male and female vocals, this up and coming band is perfect for the end of summer.

September: Boys and Girls by Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes

This debut album is fantastic. It's Southern rock with bits of blues and lots of soul. It's perfect for a long drive.

October: Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

This is beautiful music about the space between who you are and who you want to be. This record is a great soundtrack for autumn.

November: Rhythm and Repose by Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard

This man makes you want to cuddle by a fireplace. It's the perfect record for colder temperatures.

December: A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him

She & Him

Zooey Deschanel and her bandmate M. Ward perfect holiday classics like "Sleigh Ride" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside." This is one of the few holiday albums you can find on vinyl.

Here's to a very musical 2013!

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