Here are a few facts about the history of the record: In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. In 1948, the 12" Long Play (LP)>"/>
Here are a few facts about the history of the record: In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. In 1948, the 12" Long Play (LP) 33? rpm microgroove record was introduced by Columbia. This led to rival RCA Victor's introduction of a competing format, the 7" / 45 rpm Extended Play (EP), sparking what is now known as the "War of the Speeds." For the next four decades, vinyl reigned supreme as the dominant music-delivery format, withstanding challenges from reel-to-reel, 8-track, and cassette. But in 1988, the CD overtook the record in popularity, and the rise of digital formats continued to the present.
However, that may not be the end of the story. Nearly 2.9 million records shipped in 2008, the most in any year since 1998. Figures have been on the rise since then. And with a 60-year history (depending on how you're counting), it's only natural that the medium has been celebrated many times in song. Read on for the 10 best songs about vinyl records.
10. Dead or Alive: "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
The quintessential record song. And although today it would probably be something like "You make me press repeat on my Spotify playlist," the sentiment remains the same. Aside: Man, '80s videos are the best.
9. Aerosmith: "Big Ten Inch Record"
It's all about the inflection in this song, a cover of a blues tune by Bull Moose Jackson. (And, lest your ears deceive you, it's "'cept for my big ten inch.")
8. Jeffrey Lewis: "Part-Time Punks"
"They play their records very loud/and pogo in the bedroom, in front of the mirror, but only when their mom's gone out." This song is originally by the Television Personalities, but I love Jeffrey Lewis's version, recorded for the Rough Trade compilation Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. Plus, there's a bonus Rough Trade reference-- meta!
7. Pearl Jam: "Spin the Black Circle"
Normally, you would never find me including Pearl Jam in an article, but this song is too perfect to pass up. Plus, it's more punk than most PJ. Quoth Wiki: "Jon Pareles of The New York Times referred to 'Spin the Black Circle' as 'one of the few songs from Seattle in which a needle has nothing to do with heroin.'"
6. Van Halen: "Jump"
Sure, it's corny, but the line "Can't you see me standing here, I've got my back against the record machine" is one of my favorites of all time, as it conjures a perfect image in just a few words.
5. Nada Surf: "Blonde on Blonde"
A mash note to a favorite album, in the form of a tale about walking around in the rain in New York with Dylan in your headphones.
4. The Alarm: "45 RPM"
About the cuter, smaller side of vinyl mania. Now who's going to flip the record?
3. Tullycraft: "Twee"
In true Tullycraft fashion, this song manages to name-check every element of the twee genre in less than three and a half minutes.
2. Ben Lee: "My Turntable"
An ode to the record player that ranges from inarticulate-- "cool"-- to oddly specific ("The Stooges sound like they're in my room").
1. Marah: "Why Independent Record Stores Fail"
A song about a record-store clerk in love with a customer, packed with music references from the opening line to the knockout "How am I to let you know that I'm kinda T. Rex meets The Jam?"
Did I miss your favorite song about the medium? Add it in the comments!