4. Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle

(Fantasy, 1976)

Some greatest hits albums become classics themselves, so well do they encapsulate an artist’s career. Bob Marley’s Legend is one example. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle is surely another.

The first compilation of the roots-rock legends’ sublime back catalogue contains 20 of their finest cuts. From the swamp rock stomp of ‘Susie Q’ to the nostalgic and funky ‘Green River’  through to the irresistible ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Proud Mary’, there is strictly no filler here.

John Fogerty’s growling, impassioned vocals and the band’s often pounding assault lend songs like the thrilling anti-war tirade ‘Fortunate Son’ and the fiery cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkin’s ‘I Put A Spell On You’ their weight.

Chronicle is so crammed full of the band’s best songs there is no way you will need to skip a track.

Try also: Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River (Fantasy, 1969). Willy & The Poor Boys (Fantasy, 1969). Cosmo’s Factory (Fantasy, 1970).