For the most part, a lot of people who think like me often dismiss Greatest Hit packages as stupid for numerous reasons, but I thought I might highlight some Greatest Hit compilations that I think are very good and which would serve as a brilliant introduction to the band, and all together would form a great introduction to Metal for a prospective new listener.
1. Diamonds The Best Of Dio : Great one-disc affair with good track listing, covers the era most people want, has a rare track too, good artwork.
2. The Essential Ozzy Osbourne : Two discs, contains about every non-filler track in his career.
3. Somewhere Back In Time The Best of 1980-1989 (Iron Maiden) : Everything a new fan should take in, and the Diano era stuff is live with Bruce.
4. Judas Priest – The Chosen Few : Good order, covers the 70s and 80s well. A smart introduction.
5. Megadeth – Greatest Hits Back To The Start : A few odd choices, but everything a new fan should hear.
6. Reinventing Hell – The Best Of Pantera : Simple 1 Disc set. Covers everything a new fans needs or wants. Plus two bonus rarities.
7. Black Sabbath The Dio Years : Everything you’d want and three excellent new songs.
8. Greatest Hits 1970-78 (Black Sabbath) : Simple and non-overwhelming coverage of important Ozzy era songs.
9. Greatest Kiss : Would be better than buying their albums. Exactly what new fans need.
10. Ace Up Our Sleeves (Motorhead) : Simple collection, many important tracks that fans want.
11. Deepest Purple (Deep Purple) : What a new fan needs to hear.
12. Led Zeppelin – The Remasters : Probably a substitute for the actual albums
13. Queen Rocks : A collection concentrating on Queens heavier moments.
14. Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection : One almost perfect disc that really shows what his albums were about.
15. Lynyrd Skynyrd The Collection : Almost every important track they did. A great introduction.
Slayer, Metallica and a few other notable bands do not have a greatest hits package at all, and some do not have one good enough for inclusion. Otherwise I think that all of these should be given to a new fan and that a specific beginner’s radio station/tv channel should be on in permanence consisting primarily of tracks from these collections.