Many big name record stores, such as Tower Records, Blockbuster Music, and J&R, are no longer in business, but the small mom-and-pop record stores are still thriving. Even with MP3s and music streaming, people still love their old record and CD players. Cassette tapes are even making a comeback. Philadelphia has strong music roots and it also has a good selection of record stores. We devised a list of the best Philly has to offer to narrow down your search for the perfect record store in the city.
Philadelphia Record Exchange
1524 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-4389
www.philarecx.com

The self-proclaimed ‘premier used record shop’ offers CD’s Records and, believe it or not, cassette tapes. This is for sure a one-stop shop for all your recorded music needs. Philadelphia Record Exchange has a huge selection of many genres, including blues, R&B, jazz, and rock. The knowledgeable staff will help you with any questions you may have about their selection and any music questions, in general.

Repo Records
538 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-3775
www.reporecords.com

Repo Records has been in existence since 1986. With over 25 years in the record business, you can be sure that Repo knows music. Repo Records can be found on South Street, the hippest street in Philly. Repo offers a wide variety of music offering everything from pop to jazz, old to new. The small shop on South Street also sells used vinyls and CD’s. Best of all, everything is reasonably priced.

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AKA Music
27 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 08101
(215) 922-3855
www.akamusicphilly.com

As the biggest independent record store in Philly, you are sure to find what you are looking for at AKA Music. Their wide selection of genres covers everyone’s music needs. AKA is home to one the largest box set collections around. The staff at AKA will be happy to pre-order releases for you. Concert tickets for shows produced by R5 productions can be purchased here with no surcharge.

Creep Records
1050 N. Hancock St.
Suite 76
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 239-2037
www.CreepRecords.com

Creep Records has a dual purpose as record store and an independent record label. Creep has a wide selection of hip-hop, punk, 80’s and indie rock. Creep has a large selection of vinyl both new and used. Creep also will trade or buy used vinyl records. The prices are reasonable at Creep Records as well.

Gold Million Records
851 W. Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-4500
www.goldmillionrecords.com

Originally Plastic Fantastic in the 70’s, Gold Million Records still exists under its new name. The store was reopened in 2005. Gold Million only sells vinyl at their Bryn Mawr shop. If you love music and are an avid vinyl fan this is the place for you. You will find things you never knew existed at Gold Million. The staff knows everything there is to know about vinyl and will not steer you wrong.

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Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. She reports on various topics such as; Social Media, Local Events, Entertainment, Food and Drink and more. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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