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Re: I basically cheated and just posted my favorite albums from that time period
I was mostly joking with the avant garde thing (although I think it would be too much for someone legitimately trying to make this list). I disagree on compilations - if you're trying to reduce decades worth of music to under 100 albums, I think it's a reasonable thing to do. If somebody wants to be introduced to the Foo Fighters (or Queen, or the Buzzcocks, or Mariah Carey, or the Eagles, or Underworld), a compilation is going to be the most effective way to do that.
Really, if you wanted to actually provide a ~100-hour overview of pop music, the best thing to do would be to intersperse singles with albums. Tabs and I both had nu-metal albums on our lists, but it would be much better to give them "Nookie" and then let them move on.