The first CDs became available in the 80s, and these days you're more likely to listen to your music on a streaming service like Spotify, but there are still plenty of people who stay loyal to vinyl records. In fact, despite a drop in popularity since the 90s, in more recent years record sales have risen. Whether you're more interested in hard-to-find classics to build your vintage collection, or you just think your favourite bands sound better in analogue, finding the right record store can be the key to any record collection.
We're looking for Southampton's best record stores, and we need your recommendations. You might know a charity shop that somehow always has a steady stream of quality records coming in, or you might know another place that has great deals on all the new releases. Wherever you like to shop, let us know your favourites and what makes them so great.
Boo Hoo Records is one of the longest running record stores in town. They sell a lot of second hand vinyl and you'll likely find someone with a fair bit of knowledge when you go for a browse.
Perhaps you've made some good finds at the Oxfam Shop, or prefer the large range and ease of HMV. There's also the record fair that you can catch at the Guildhall or a few other spots around Southampton.
Some people travel a bit further for their music, and skip Southampton in favour of Portsmouth's offerings. There Sweet Memories and Pie & Vinyl are two popular choices. At Pie & Vinyl you can even grab a cup of tea and a cake while you browse.
So where's your top recommendation? Do you prefer a dedicated record store or the thrill of an unexpected find at your local charity shop. Share your best tips and tricks for record shopping in and around Southampton.