The Great Twenty-Eight
Label: Universal Music Group
For years this was the definitive collection of Chuck Berry's incalculably influential music. Featuring 28 songs that are at least familiar to even the most casual rock fan, this list (without a single No. 1!) now and forever is the blueprint for rock 'n' roll. Not only did Berry's guitar style touch everybody, but his genius-level talent for rhymes; sniper-rifle accuracy of the dreams, feelings and daily life of the American teenager; and showmanship onstage all pointed the way for anyone interested in rock 'n' roll. There are no bad songs here.