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I’ve been a rock DJ in Boston for over 25 years. So you can trust my cred when it comes to choosing the best Boston record stores.


I grew up in the suburbs: Greenwood, in Wakefield. North Shore, baby. So the first record stores I frequented were at Strawberries on Rt. 1 in Saugus and Coconuts at Redstone Plaza in Reading.


Wait, scratch that. I forgot. My first-ever record buying experience was at Lechemere. The one they named the Green Line stop after. My mom let me buy a Human League 7″ there when I was 6.



Flash-forward to college. It’s the mid-’90s. I’m an undergrad at Northeastern University, blocks away from Newbury St., where there are three of the best Boston records stores crammed into the first block alone.


The legendary Tower Records on the corner of Mass Ave. and Newbury St. The OG Newbury Comics just a few doors down. And used-music mecca CD Spins right before the corner of Hereford St.


I spent countless hours and untold dollars ping-ponging between those three. I bought CDs, used and new. 45s to fuel my radio show on WRBB. And all the Smashing Pumpkins imports I could find (and afford).


Best Boston Record Stores: A Quick Definition

Two of those three go-to shops are now gone. And the last one standing is in a new space. Of course that one makes my list, as it continues to be a Boston mecca for record collectors.


Before we dive in, though, that quick definition. When I use the term “Boston,” it means “Boston-area” with regards to this list. Boston, Allston, Cambridge, Somerville, Jamaica Plain. Represent.


Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot to mention Looney Tunes at the corner of Mass Ave. and Boylston St.! Another ’90s staple. Good news, though. They reopened! New location. It’s on my list of best Boston record stores below.

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