Thursday, October 11, 2012

Top 6 Best Of Albums of All Time

To me, the key to making a successful compilation, or best of, album of a band is to truly pick the best songs from the band's catalog. To gather the songs that are truly representative of that band or artist. A good compilation album gives an otherwise unfamiliar listener a taste of what a band sounds like and gives them a place to start if they have never heard the band before. Compilation albums should suck people into a band's music and entice people to want to hear even more of their stuff and ultimately to buy more of their work. Point blank, a compilation album should make you want to hear more.

Without further ado, here is my list of the Top 6 Best Of Albums ever released, listed in chronological order by date of release:

Ramones Mania - Ramones
Released by Sire Records in May 1988
Tracks:  30
I Wanna Be Sedated. Teenage Lobotomy. Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio? Sheena is a Punk Rocker. I Wanna Live. Blitzkrieg Bop. Rockaway Beach. Bonzo Goes to Bitburg. Psycho Therapy. Somebody Put Something in My Drink. We Want the Airwaves. The KKK Took My Baby Away. Rock n Roll High School.

Somery - The Descendents
Released by SST in July 1991.
Tracks:  28
Suburban Home.  Silly Girl.  Clean Sheets. Sour Grapes. Weinerschnitzel.  Good Good Things. Coolidge. I Don't Want To Grow Up. Cheer. Pervert. Hope. Get the Time.

One - The Beatles
Released by Apple Records in November 2000
Tracks:  27
Love Me Do. From Me to You. She Loves You. Cant Buy Me Love. Help. Yesterday. We Can Work it Out. Paperback Writer. Eleanor Rigby. All You Need is Love. Hey Jude. Something. Let It Be. The Long and Winding Road.

Sounds of Summer - The Beach Boys
Released by Capitol Records in June 2003.
Tracks:  30
California Girls. I Get Around. Surfin USA. Fun Fun Fun. Little Deuce Coupe. Help Me Rhonda. When I Grow Up. In My Room. God Only Knows. Wouldn't It Be Nice. Barbara Ann. Good Vibrations.

Rearviewmirror - Pearl Jam
Released by Epic Records in November 2004
Tracks:  33
Once. Alive. Even Flow. Jeremy. State of Love and Trust. Rearviewmirror. Spin the Black Circle. Corduroy. Black. Daughter. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town. Better Man. Last Kiss. Yellow Ledbetter.

Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? - The Replacements
Released by Rhino Records in June 2006.
Tracks:  20
Color Me Impressed. Within Your Reach. Answering Machine. Unsatisfied. Here Comes a Regular. Bastards of Young. Left of the Dial. Alex Chilton. Can't Hardly Wait. Merry Go Round.

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