aka: 'The Greatest Greatest Hits Thread'.
In the "where to start with The Beatles" thread, my answer was basically this: "There's no accepted 'best Beatles album', so with that many albums and that much variation, it's probably best you just get a greatest hits album and decide for yourself from there if you wanna dig deeper."
You may or may not agree with my Beatles findings, but I've found this thinking also works for:
*The Rolling Stones - '40 Greatest Licks' (although it seems 'Rolled Gold' might have edged it out)
*Prince - 'The Hits/The B-Sides'
*Queen - 'Greatest Hits I, II & III'
*The Cure - 'Greatest Hits'
There's surely no shame in getting a great overview album but there are some lame cash-ins out there. So what are the greatest Greatest Hits albums that actually serve as a great intro when a band has released more than a couple of great studio albums and it's a bit difficult trying to decide where to start?