Best of Philly

Best Store for Music Lovers

2017 BEST Music Store

Russo Music

This iconic 57-year-old music company—which started in Hamilton but expanded with this sprawling outpost in Asbury Park—recently went through a hip rebrand. It stocks the same matchless selection (walls lined with Gibsons; stacks of colorful amps), but now the post-industrial space looks a little more refined and a lot cooler and worthier of a trip.

619 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ | 732-455-8397 | Website

2016 BEST Record Store

Long in the Tooth

2027 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

This no-frills shop is old-school in the best sense, with tunes cranking and a music-geek staff that’s cool with you giving that obscure ’70s Mexican hard-rock album a spin. Even cooler: If you’ve got cash, you can buy tickets for concerts at Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle here with no service fees. Read more »

2010 BEST Store for Music Lovers

Gold Million Records

851 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA

This nifty shop is an homage to vinyl, and a must-stop for diehard collectors, come-lately hipsters, and anyone looking for a present (bowls and clocks made from old albums) for a record fan. Or just a place to show the kids what the world was like before iTunes. Read more »