Looking for clues: the best greatest hits

Below are the greatest hits and compilations that have most shaped my listening. By no means is it complete. Several of the Essential and Gold entries supersede much fêted predecessors in breadth and, less often, cohesion.

Stevie Wonder – Stevie Wonder’s Original Musicquarium Vol. 1
De La Soul – Timeless: The Collection
Psychedelic Furs – All of This and Nothing
Merle Haggard – Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
King Sunny Ade – King of Juju
Roxy Music – Street Life: 20 Great Hits
Sly & The Family Stone – The Essential Sly & The Family Stone
Tears For Fears – Tears Roll Down: (Greatest Hits 82–92)
Pet Shop Boys – Discography
Youssou N’Dour – Rough Guide to Youssou N’Dour & Etoile De Dakar
Al Green – Greatest Hits
Donna Summer – Gold
Gang of Four – A Brief History of the Twentieth Century
Funkadelic – Music For Your Mother
Dolly Parton – The Essential Dolly Parton
The Velvet Underground – VU
Luther Vandross – The Essential Luther Vandross
George Jones – Cup of Loneliness
Kate Bush – The Whole Story
Aaliyah – Ultimate Aaliyah
The Cure – Standing on the Beach: The Singles
Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight
Morrissey – Bona Drag
LL Cool J – All World: The Greatest Hits
George Michael – Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Rosanne Cash – The Very Best of Rosanne Cash
The Stylistics – The Best of The Stylistics
The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs
Robert Palmer – Addictions, Vol. 1
Elvis Costello – Girls Girls Girls
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
ABBA – Gold
Talking Heads – Sand in the Vaseline
Earth Wind & Fire – Greatest Hits
Janet Jackson – Design of a Decade: 1986-1996
Various Artists – MTV Party To Go Volume 3
Gap Band – The 12″ Collection and More
Loretta Lynn – Gold
Duran Duran – Greatest Hits
The Go-Betweens – 1978-1990
Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend: 1951–1964
The Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady
New Order – Substance
David Bowie – Changesbowie
XTC – Fossil Fuel
Aretha Franklin – 30 Greatest Hits

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