On Wednesday the National Association of Record Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a retail campaign designed to get you to buy more CDs. The rollout was couched in more polite terms -- NARM president Jim Donio said the announcement is "to highlight music that has enduring popularity among fans. This is to celebrate the album" -- but it's also a push against single-song downloads.
The new campaign is the Definitive 200, a list of "albums every music lover should own." Retailers compiled the list, so you know it's sales-friendly.
The top five "definitive" albums:
1) "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles (1967)
2) "Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd (1973)
3) "Thriller," Michael Jackson (1982)
4) "IV," Led Zeppelin (1971)
5) "The Joshua Tree," U2 (1987)
Nirvana's "Nevermind" comes in at No. 10. Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" is No. 15. The Beatles' "White Album" comes in at No. 39, two slots behind the soundtrack from "Grease," a movie that never led to the intentional death of anyone.
Check out the list and tell us what's missing, what's puzzling, what you'd jettison. Besides Matchbox Twenty.