The Best of the Best Ofs

And the greatest of the greatest hits collections.
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When an artist has been putting out work for a certain number of years, it only makes sense to compile their most popular music into one handy "best of" album. But a lot of artists — like Dolly Parton, Elvis, and Bob Dylan — have multiple best of albums, which makes it hard to choose which one to pick. We took some of the research off your hands by putting together a short list of our favorite best ofs, so you'll be fully equipped to listen to some greatest hits without combing through 25 albums.

1) The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
This covers their sweet spot years (1975 to 1997) and includes staple tracks like "Rhiannon," "Silver Springs," and "Landslide." Shawl sold separately.

2) Best of Bowie
Having easy access to twenty of Bowie's best has never seemed quite as desperately important as it does now.

3) I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston
Whitney's life took a tragic turn towards the end but this collection of her most impressive songs demands the respect that this powerhouse diva truly deserves. 

4) The Best of Pink Floyd: A Foot In The Door
This collection of their biggest, best, and strangest is a no brainer. 

5) The Very Best of Prince
Put on some purple pants and dance around your house licking the furniture to this. Go crazy.

6) Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
Singles and life-changing live performances from a guitar god who truly broke the mold.

7) The Best of Bob Marley
Whether you claim to, or deny liking reggae — chances are you like Bob Marley. Here's everything you'll need to keep that up. 

8) The Best Of The Grateful Dead: 1967-1977
If you listen to this stone cold sober (which you won't) or tripping balls, it'll take you somewhere. That's for sure. 

9) The Very Best of the Doors
The perfect thing to listen to while doing coke off of a witch's butt.

10) The Best of James Taylor
I don't care what anyone says, if you don't know all the words to "You've Got a Friend" then you're an a-hole.

11) The Very Best of Cat Stevens
Do yourself a favor and order this album along with a Harold and Maude DVD at the same time. It will turn your life right around. 

12) The Very Best of Kiss
A one stop shop for exercising your shouting abilities, and your tongue extensions.

13) Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1
If you own an old Camaro or Mustang and DON'T own this album then you're doing something wrong. 

14) Very Best of Dolly Parton
This album could be 192 tracks long and still barely break the surface of this woman's amazing career, but this will get you started.

15) The Best of Bob Dylan 
This is a pretty big statement to make but regardless of what genre of music you're personally into, if you only owned one album, this would be an okay album to stop at.