As part of that project mentioned below, I'm trying to come up with 20-25 essential power pop albums.
Big Star-#1 Record
Big Star-Radio City
dB's-Stands for Decibels
dB's-Repercussion (I like this one a little better)
The Knack-Get the Knack (haven't heard yet, but probably?)
Matthew Sweet-Girlfriend (this counts?)
The Records-The Records (US version with the far superior single version of "Starry Eyes" on it)
20/20-20/20 (this rules)
Chris Bell-I Am the Cosmos
Flamin' Groovies-Shake Some Action (just this one?)
and then you guys have to rank the albums by:
Cheap Trick (I think Heaven Tonight is my fav?)
Badfinger (I think Wish You Were Here is my fav?)
Fountains of Wayne (really don't remember)
The Posies (never heard!)
The Smithereens (first two albums count?)
Who else is good in this genre?
Bands from this century? Should New Pornos albums go here?
Note that if they're kinda power pop and famous, I've likely got them in another category (The Cars, etc.)