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If you have the desire to be a music critic, this playlist could be your first lesson. It contains some of the most respected and influential bands that never sold in meaningful numbers.

Truly great music usually finds consensus among critics and musicians and is ignored by the masses. There are many other bands that fall into this category, these are just the first 19 that popped into my head.

Please feel free to add more to the comments and help make this a definitive list.

If you're a commercial pop music addict who has traditionally found your music on television and radio, but are looking to expand your musical tastes. Or if you're just looking to understand what constitutes "critically acclaimed". This playlist is a good start.

If you don't get it after the first listen, listen until you do. You're musical salvation depends on it.

The Playlist:

1. Maybe Partying Will Help - The Minutemen

2. See No Evil - Television

3. Heroin - The Velvet Underground

4. Baby's On Fire - Brian Eno 

5. T.V. Eye (Remastered LP Version) - The Stooges

6. Place To Be - Nick Drake

7. Maggot Brain (Live) - Funkadelic

8. Ooh Las Vegas - Gram Parsons

9. Feel - Big Star 

10. Swimming Ground - Meat Puppets

11. I Am The Resurrection - John Fahey

12. Silver Rocket - Sonic Youth

13. Disorder - Joy Division 

14. The Man-Machine - Kraftwerk

15. Roadrunner - The Modern Lovers

16. A Real Mother For Ya - Johnny "Guitar" Watson

17. Gimmie Gimmie Shock Treatment - The Ramones

18. Kick Out The Jams - MC5 

19. Titties 'N Beer - Frank Zappa 

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