Whenever an artist --- any artist --- puts out a "best-of" set, there are always people who lash out at the concept of a "best-of," and it's always the same old stuff: The "best-of" is unnecessary because the songs are available on their albums (and on other "best-ofs"), so the "best-of" is purely for money. Well, I don't "buy" that (at least not in all cases)! A "best-of" can have several positive points. Sure, every artist has their die-hard fans who have all of their albums and singles, but they also have their more "casual" fans who like and have some of their stuff but not a lot of it (they might prefer a "best-of" over an album), and other die-hard fans who have most if not all of their songs but still like a good "best-of," even if they already have at least one. Having a lot if not all of an artist's best songs in one set is pretty handy, especially if the set has as many songs as this one does. And, when someone doesn't have and hasn't heard any of an artist's songs but wants to give them a try, a "best-of" can be a good place to start. Also, some "best-ofs" are more up to date and/or better than others. If someone only has one or two "best-ofs" by a particular artist (or none at all), and there are several of them out, then there is a good selection of them for the person to decide between (if they want any of them at all). I'm not much into country music, but I consider myself a "casual" Alan Jackson fan. I had the 20-song Greatest Hits Collection that came out in '95, but no other Alan Jackson CDs. Sure, 34 Number 1s has the songs that Greatest Hits has, but it also has 17 others, which are later songs than the ones on Greatest Hits. I don't mind getting songs I already have if I think that a "best-of" is as good as this one; I think it's even better than Greatest Hits. Alan Jackson is one of the very, very few country artists who have done even one or two songs that I really like, and he's done many (comparatively, anyway). All of them are on 34 Number 1s. Alan doesn't deserve criticism for this collection; he deserves thanks. THANKS, ALAN!!