10 Best Record Stores in Wisconsin

It’s time to venture into the attic and unearth that old record player. Vinyl is alive and well. And it’s not just those old Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin records. Many of your favorite new artists press vinyl for their albums. It’s a collector’s item, a unique nostalgic sound of decades’ past. These record stores in Wisconsin have anything you’d be looking for. Here are our favorites. 

The Exclusive Company, Oshkosh, WI

Not only does the Exclusive Company sell records, but they also sell home and car audio equipment as well as DJ turntables, headphones, and televisions. The company keeps track of today’s new music on its website, while also stocking used records—the oldies but goodies. With a history as colorful as its record selection the Exclusive Company definitely gives music lovers an exclusive experience.

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Revival Records, Eau Claire, WI

Revival Records’ website does admit it specializes in rock-and-roll records, but never fear, also in stock are blues records, jazz records, reggae, country, and hip hop. Its website also claims the store is No. 1 in Eau Claire; the company hopes its customers “dig through our records to discover something new or something treasured.”

Starship Records and Collectibles, Waukesha, WI

Located in small-town USA, Waukesha, Wisconsin, Starship Records and Collectibles provides the community with tunes to groove to. Selling LP vinyl, 45s, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, video games, and collectibles, this record store is one-stop-shop for entertainment.

Bull’s Eye, Milwaukee, WI

Hitting a “bull’s eye” often denotes winning in some way. Well exploring Bull’s Eye record store counts as a win in my book. Selling records since 1996, according to the website, Bull’s Eye has always stayed loyal to the vinyl industry. Visit this record store and travel back in time, led by music from the ages.

Rock N’ Roll Land, Green Bay, WI

The staff at Rock N’ Roll Land prefers to listen to music first and ask questions later. Carrying music from unique independent artists instead of just mainstream ones, this record store aims to musically satisfy its customers. Bring in some of your collection for some trade-in value, then buy some new favorites.

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Appleton Import Records, Appleton, WI

This little record shop is music heaven. It’s located in a quaint building, but step inside and it’s down the music rabbit hole you go. Be sure you have a few hours to spare! 

Deaf Ear Records, La Crosse, WI

Deaf Ear Records is more than meets the eye. Go upstairs to visit a smoke shop or peruse colorful wall tapestries, collectibles, and comic books on the main floor. DVDs, CDs, and vinyl are all organized in alphabetical order, making everything oh-so-easy to find. 

Tin Dog Records, Beloit, WI

Kind of new to the record-selling business, it’s worth giving Tin Dog Records a chance. Whether it’s to find that final record that will complete your collection or to browse until a vibrant cover catches the eye, Tin Dog Records is a must-stop.

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Inner Sleeve, Wausau, WI

What’s better than a record store? How about a record store with knowledgeable staff? The reviews on the company’s Facebook indicate the staff is helpful and cares about music as well as the customers they are serving. Keep your eyes peeled, the storefront is rather small and easy to miss.

Record Head, West Allis, WI

Forget any other store that claims to “have it all.” Record Head really does. According to its website they carry records and CDs, movies, computers, video games and game systems, TVs and electronics, musical instruments, sound systems, and DJ and studio gear. Whew, that’s a mouthful. Enter at your own risk, Record Head’s inventory is captivating even for the musically challenged.

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