As much as I think albums are a sacred institution that shouldn’t be upset, and individual songs are best when understood in the greater context of the album on which they appear, I also love greatest hits compilations. I’m kind a Dr. Frankenstein in that regard; taking individual parts of different bodies, stitching them all together, and trying to make them walk and talk.

Artists that make an appearance on this list will also get a Best Of compilation, so long as they have a discography big enough to fill (or nearly fill) an 80 minute CD. These compilations represent the best songs an artist has to offer, as greatest hits albums should. For the sake of consistency, each artist just has ONE album, with songs that equal no more than 80 minutes. Some artists that make this list don’t have enough stellar songs out of which to make an entire CD. I hope you take these proposed compilations and burn them to CD and play them in your car (the only place left where we actually play CDs…). Also, I’ll add to this list as more artist get added to my list of great albums. Enjoy!

The Beatles, Best Of…

  1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. A Hard Day’s Night
  3. Norwegian Wood
  4. Eleanor Rigby
  5. I Am the Walrus
  6. Paperback Writer
  7. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  8. Across the Universe
  9. Getting Better
  10. Let It Be
  11. Tomorrow Never Knows
  12. Birthday
  13. Come Together
  14. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  15. Boys
  16. Here Comes the Sun
  17. One After 909
  18. Within You Without You
  19. Revolution
  20. The Ballad of John and Yoko
  21. Hey Jude
  22. All You Need is Love
  23. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  24. A Day In the Life

The Velvet Underground

  1. I’m Waiting For the Man
  2. What Goes On
  3. The Gift
  4. All Tomorrow’s Parties
  5. Foggy Notion
  6. Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
  7. White Light/White Heat
  8. Venus In Furs
  9. I Can’t Stand It
  10. Heroin
  11. I’m Sticking With You
  12. Sister Ray

Simon & Garfunkel, Best Of…

  1. The Sound of Silence (Sounds of Silence version)
  2. Mrs. Robinson
  3. Bleecker Street
  4. The Boxer
  5. A Simple Desultory Philippic
  6. Blessed
  7. At the Zoo
  8. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  9. America
  10. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
  11. Punky’s Dilemma
  12. A Most Peculiar Man
  13. The Only Living Boy in New York
  14. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

The Rolling Stones, Best Of…

  1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  2. Street Fighting Man
  3. Tumbling Dice
  4. Mother’s Little Helper
  5. Honky Tonk Women
  6. Stop Breaking Down
  7. Sympathy For the Devil
  8. Respectable
  9. Loving Cup
  10. Salt of the Earth
  11. Gimme Shelter
  12. Paint It, Black
  13. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  14. Shine a Light
  15. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  16. Brown Sugar
  17. Under My Thumb
  18. Stray Cat Blues
  19. You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Led Zeppelin, Best Of…

  1. Immigrant Song
  2. Traveling Riverside Blues
  3. Over the Hills and Far Away
  4. Rock and Roll
  5. The Lemon Song
  6. The Ocean
  7. When the Levee Breaks
  8. Whole Lotta Love
  9. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
  10. The Battle of Evermore
  11. Since I’ve Been Loving You
  12. Trampled Under Foot
  13. Stairway the Heaven
  14. Bring It On Home

Black Sabbath, Best Of…

  1. Black Sabbath
  2. Iron Man
  3. Supernaut
  4. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  5. Sweet Leaf
  6. Paranoid
  7. Into the Void
  8. War Pigs
  9. N.I.B.
  10. Sabbra Cadabra
  11. Hole In the Sky
  12. Children of the Grave
  13. Fairies Wear Boots

David Bowie, Best Of…

  1. Ziggy Stardust
  2. Space Oddity
  3. The Man Who Sold the World
  4. Be My Wife
  5. Moonage Daydream
  6. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
  7. Hang On to Yourself
  8. Andy Warhol
  9. After All
  10. Watch That Man
  11. Five Years
  12. Life On Mars?
  13. Warszawa
  14. Suffragette City
  15. The Width of a Circle
  16. Breaking Glass
  17. Queen Bitch
  18. Rock and Roll Suicide

Genesis, Best Of…

  1. No Son of Mine
  2. In the Cage
  3. The Cinema Show
  4. Carpet Crawlers
  5. Second Home By the Sea
  6. Land of Confusion
  7. Turn It On Again
  8. Duke’s Travels
  9. Supper’s Ready

Pink Floyd, Best Of…

  1. In the Flesh?
  2. Welcome to the Machine
  3. Take It Back
  4. Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2)
  5. Time
  6. Have a Cigar
  7. Comfortably Numb
  8. Hey You
  9. Us and Them
  10. Goodbye Blue Sky
  11. Money
  12. Run Like Hell
  13. Keep Talking
  14. Wish You Were Here

Aerosmith, Best Of…

  1. Love In an Elevator
  2. Toys In the Attic
  3. Livin’ On the Edge
  4. Last Child
  5. Mama Kin
  6. Taste of India
  7. Fever
  8. What It Takes
  9. Walk This Way
  10. Rag Doll
  11. Same Old Song and Dance
  12. Hangman Jury
  13. Young Lust
  14. Sweet Emotion
  15. Nobody’s Fault
  16. Amazing
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