The Best Trance Albums To Get On CD Or Vinyl

The digital world may be at the heart of most new developments within the music industry, but physical albums are making a ferocious comeback. CDs and vinyl have become the perfect collector’s items as well as nostalgic getaways from the digital space, so we’re listing six incredible trance albums (or album series) to get on CD or vinyl.

Armada Music – Trance Legacy (Vinyl)

Immediately zeroing in on that feeling of nostalgia we talked about in the article intro, ‘Armada Music – Trance Legacy’ is practically paradise for those who love classic trance. It’s chock-full of timeless favorites, such as ‘Communication’ and ‘Shivers’ by Armin van Buuren, ‘Drifting Away’ by Lange, ‘Beautiful’ by Matt Darey, ‘Seven Cities’ by Solarstone, ‘Out Of The Blue’ by Ferry Corsten (as System F) and ‘Carte Blanche’ by Veracocha. And the best thing is that you can grab this 24-track album straight from the Armada Music shop.


The A State Of Trance mix albums (CD)

Almost every year since the start of Armin van Buuren’s globally syndicated radio show, the A State Of Trance mix albums have been among the most popular within trance and progressive. Starting from 2003 up until the latest editions (‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2021' on vinyl, and ‘A State Of Trance 2022’ and ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2022’ on CD), the series are annual highlights for countless of the genre’s fans and a great reason to fire up vinyl or CD player rather than a streaming app.


Armin van Buuren – ‘76’ / ‘Shivers’ / ‘Imagine’ / ‘Mirage’ (Vinyl)

76’, ‘Shivers’, ‘Imagine’ and ‘Mirage’ are the first four studio albums from five-time #1 DJ in the world Armin van Buuren and contain lots of his globally acclaimed earlier works. Released in respectively 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010, the albums have fifty tracks between and would serve as very welcome additions to any trance-tinged vinyl collection.


A State Of Trance 1000 – Celebration Mix (Mixed by Armin van Buuren) (CD)

Released when Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance radio show hit the milestone number of one thousand episodes, the ’A State Of Trance 1000 – Celebration Mix’ reflects on the biggest tracks, highlights and precious memories from the past twenty years. The tracklist, which is based solely on the votes from the radio show’s millions of listeners, features tracks from artists such as Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Chicane, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, John O’Callaghan, Paul van Dyk and Push, and makes for a two-hour mix any trance fan would happily raise a glass to.


Chicane – Sun:Sets 2019 (CD)

Whilst we could’ve easily picked Chicane’s ‘Sun:Sets 2018’ or his soul-searching 2018 album ‘The Place You Can’t Remember, The Place You Can’t Forget’, our thoughts immediately went out to ‘Sun:Sets 2019’. A 41-track selection carefully procured by Nick Bracegirdle (Chicane) himself, the album evokes an amazing progressive atmosphere that instantly transports listeners to a stunning Ibiza beach scenery to enjoy the rosy glow on the horizon as the day turns to night. Without exaggerating, it's two discs of pure bliss.


A State Of Trance FOREVER – By Armin van Buuren (Vinyl)

Only just released on vinyl after becoming available on CD one year earlier, Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance FOREVER’ album serves as a testament to the legacy and longevity of trance as a music genre. For the twelve-track album (excluding the bonus track: Armin van Buuren & Susana - Home With You (Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star Remix), the five-time #1 DJ in the world collaborated with various acclaimed artists, including genre flag-bearers such as Sander van Doorn, Rank 1, Paul Oakenfold, Aly & Fila, Push, Jorn van Deynhoven and Giuseppe Ottaviani. The album swiftly became a favorite amongst fans, so we reckon its vinyl edition would perfectly complement their album collection.