Top 5 Record Stores in Dallas

While streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal rule the world of music sales, the resurgence of vinyl can no longer be brushed under the rug. In 2015 with over 12 million records sold, vinyl saw a 30 percent increase over the previous year, while CD sales decreased by over 27 percent. Most bands no longer even carry CD’s at their concert merch tables, opting for vinyl and another older music technology, cassette tapes. With that being said, there are a lot of great places to purchase vinyl in Dallas that don’t involve ever having to step foot in an Urban Outfitters. If you are looking to grow your collection or are one of the few people who have yet to hop on the vinyl bandwagon, be sure check out these great stores.

5)  Off The Record
Deep Ellum
This Deep Ellum bar that opened a little over a year ago offers around 2,000 of mostly new records curated by Good Records. While their selection is limited and prices are on the high end, you can grab a drink at their bar with over 20 taps of craft beer and craft cocktails while you browse. OTR also has some great local DJ’s spinning throwback hip hop jams on a regular basis that are worth checking out even if you are not in the mood to dig through their vinyl.

4) B4
Deep Ellum
If you’ve never heard of this mom-and-pop shop in Deep Ellum, you are likely in the majority, but anyone who has ever stumbled across this store knows it is a true gem. B4 operates primarily as an antique store, carrying the best items from your childhood like action figures and comic books. Their record collection, however, is a tucked-away treasure, featuring extensive classic rock staples and rare albums you would only find in your grandma’s basement. Some of their albums are pricey, but their bargain bins can hold some great finds as well.

3)  Half-Price Books
Northeast Dallas
Not only is this a great place to find Harry Potter and the chamber of whatever or cheap old lady romance novels, Half-Price Books also offers over 15 locations in the DFW metroplex and one of the largest collections of used vinyl. The Flagship store off Northwest Hwy has the best selection, in our opinion—you can find a random assortment or rock, pop, jazz, and R&B albums mostly for under $5. You do have to make sure you examine every record you purchase as it’s common to find one scratched beyond a listenable doubt. If you’re looking for a place to grow your record collection and have time to dig through the randomness, then this store is your best bet.

2) Good Records
Lower Greenville
This record shop has been a staple on Greenville Ave for quite some time now and when you step inside you’ll know why. Good Records has a refreshing feel that takes you back to the days before MP3’s with wall-to-wall vinyl of just about any artist you can imagine. Although most of the albums they carry are new, they do have a small section of used vinyl and rest assured, everything is reasonably priced. Besides vinyl, they have an unmistakable astro turf stage where they hold regular in-store performances from artists like Sylvan Esso, TV on the Radio, and Waxahatchee.

1) Josey Records
Farmers Branch
Without a doubt, there’s no place to purchase records in Dallas that compares to Josey Records. They offer a great selection of new vinyl and an even larger selection of used records from all genres at varying price points. What makes Josey rank top of our list is their effort to extend beyond your typical record store. They fully embrace the vinyl resurgence and feature a live DJ booth, art gallery, and even multiple listening stations. This store takes what was special about vinyl the first go-round and brings it into the 21st century, creating what they are calling “music mecca.” And if that's not enough to make them number one, Josey Records recently rescued Texas’ last remaining vinyl record pressing plant and has started releasing their own EP’s.

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