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The mid 2000s saw the process of listmaking coming to the fore with titles such as 1001 Movies (2004), 1001 Paintings (2007), 1001 Books (2006) and 1001 Albums (2006) [you must] see, read and hear [before you die].
These kind of lists are the equivalent of a canon in academic curricula. Defining the boundaries of the canon is endless but attempts to make them are fun and conductive of the discussion regarding what constitutes cultural significance.
My own criteria frequently include the cult qualifier as in cult movies, cult fiction and for music cult is not used; so: underground music.
Alternatively these lists could be called "a bluffer's guide" to the best films, novels and albums, since they allow you to pretend you've experienced the real thing while you have not.
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