There are tonnes of bands out there which deserve to be heard by everyone. I have this book, “1001 Albums You Must Listen To Before You Die”. While I think it is a little harsh to make giant assumptions, the book has absolutely relevant entries:

* Just about anything Dylan touched (which in most cases) turned to Gold
* Led Zepplin - Drummer Dead
* Rolling Stones - Lead Guitarist Dead
* Elvis - Died on the Toilet
* Neil Young (who will still be going on strong when he’s 100 - and managing to rock out better than every one else even with a walking frame and colostomy bag)
The list goes on.

I use it as my bible in the sense that it has more accuracy than the real bible. But even my book has flaws in it. And some albums that not only do I completely discount as shit but take the piss on a regular basis. These include (but are not limited to):

* Linkin Park (Two hit wonders)
* Britney Spears (Supposedly hotter than the sun but fucked if I can see her appeal)
* Limp Bizkit (must have been short of albums to give a good review)
* Ms Dynamite
* Jay-Z
* Eminem
* Kanye West
* Mylo

Or overrated bands:

* White Stripes (4 entries? Really?)
* Madonna (Somewhat of a sex symbol but that is where it stops)
* Beck (Self-proclaimed loser)
* Mars Volta (Good album but overly hyped)
* Bjork
* Amy Winehouse (Ms. Coke herself)

And they missed some albums:

* Wall of Voodoo - Call of the West
* Helium - The Dirt of Luck
* Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica (Or Lonesome Crowded West)
* Kid Loco - A Grand Love Story (Although they have Kid Rock’s a Devil Without A Cause)
* BMX Bandits - C86 Plus
* Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
* Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill
* Beat Happening - You Turn Me On OR Jamboree
* The Action - Action Packed
* Grateful Dead - Anthem of the Sun OR Workingman’s Dead
* Dukes of Stratosphear - Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
* The Creation - We Are Paintermen
* The Sorrows - Take a Heart
* John’s Children - Smashed Blocked!
* July - July
* The Move - Shazam
* Tomorrow - Tomorrow
* Family - Bandstand
* Donovan - A Gift from a Flower to a Garden OR Wear Your Love Like Heaven
* Procol Harum - A Salty Dog OR Exotic Birds and Fruit

Just to name a few. I’m aware this is all very much open to opinion and more people will tell than Britney’s album is worth listening to but just because something is popular does not permeate into good taste. I bring this up every time but Crazy Frog was popular. You look at what is popular today. Just dreadful.
The whole thought of this music industry used to be driven on what was popular but over the years, the credibility has died off along with the talent and now it is a never ending race to find the next person who can make the #1 hit, just to make money. People don’t know what they want.

Are these albums worth listening to before you die? Fuck yeah. And if their importance is not as commercially accepted or critical, the education of lesser known bands have formed and made great music in their own right to influence bands who had made a much bigger splash commercially is just as crucial to know and understand.