Label: Verve

Don't let audiophiles tell you otherwise-listening to the Velvet Underground's debut on Spotify makes sense. This record continues to inspire new music, and today new music happens via the Internet. That said, you should probably cop this noisy, beautiful classic on vinyl and give it a spin at 33 1/3 RPMs. Nico's expressive but flat voice, John Cale's droning viola, and Lou Reed's effortless cool sound best in mono.