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The resurgence of vinyl records: why are they still so popular?

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

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Vinyl record?

Today is Friday, and I know the previous article should have been lighter. But, I felt the need to write about insurance contracted in different companies.

But, as usual, the weekend is approaching and of course, I will write about Vinyl records or known as LP's. (Long Play). A type of media that I much prefer for listening to music.

I wrote a little about LP's in the article about the singer Phil Collins:

The last few years have seen an amazing resurgence in vinyl records. Many music fans now prefer to buy their favorite albums on vinyl rather than digital formats like MP3 or streaming. But why are vinyl records still so popular? In this article, let's explore some of the reasons behind the resurgence of vinyl records.


The vinyl record, also known as LP (Long Play), is an audio recording format that became very popular from the 1950s onwards. The vinyl record is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is played on a record player, which uses a needle to read the grooves in the record and produce sound. But where did the idea to create vinyl records come from?

The history of the vinyl record dates back to the late 19th century, when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, a device that could record and reproduce sound. However, the first recording discs were made of wax and were very fragile. They were also very short in length, with only a few minutes of sound recorded on each side.

In the 1930s, RCA Victor developed a new type of recording disc made from a material called vinylite. This material was more durable than wax and allowed the discs to last up to 15 minutes per side. However, vinylite was still very fragile and did not produce high quality sound.

It wasn't until 1948 that Columbia Records released the first 12-inch vinyl record, which lasted up to 22 minutes per side and produced high-quality sound. This new vinyl record format was called LP (Long Play) and quickly became popular with music consumers.

The vinyl record became the main music format during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Artists recorded their albums on vinyl records and music fans bought these records to listen to at home or at parties. However, with the emergence of CDs in the 1980s and MP3s in the 1990s, the vinyl record began to lose popularity.

Sound Quality

One of the main reasons why vinyl records are so popular is the sound quality. Many audiophiles argue that vinyl records offer superior sound quality than digital formats. This is because the vinyl pressing process creates a warmer, more detailed sound with a wider dynamic range. Also, most vinyl records are mastered differently than digital formats, which can result in a completely different listening experience.

Physical experience

Another reason why vinyl records are so popular is the physical experience they provide. Vinyl records are big and heavy, and many music fans enjoy the feeling of holding an album in their hands. Additionally, many vinyl albums come with creative and artistic album covers that can be displayed as art on a wall.

Me with vinyl record of Phil Collins


For many music fans, vinyl records are a symbol of nostalgia. Vinyl records were the main music format for decades, and many people have happy memories of listening to vinyl records with friends and family. With the resurgence of vinyl records, many people are rediscovering those memories and creating new ones.


Finally, many people collect vinyl records as a hobby. Vinyl records are collectibles and many music fans love to look for rare and exclusive albums to add to their collection. Additionally, many artists now release their albums on vinyl as a way to meet collector demand.

In summary, vinyl records are still popular for a variety of reasons. Superior sound quality, physical experience, nostalgia and collecting are just some of the reasons why music fans continue to buy vinyl records. If you haven't tried listening to a vinyl album yet, maybe it's time to try this unique experience and see why vinyl records are still so popular.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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