FontShop Germany created a special web site, www.100besteschriften.de, which lists the 100 best typefaces of all time. An international jury assembled the overview based on sales numbers, historical relevance and aesthetic qualities. The nice looking site and matching PDF-file provide many interesting details about the choices that were made.
I have taken the liberty of listing their 33 first entries below. Even if you cannot read German, it is worth to look at the full overview.
Quite surprisingly some classics such as Avenir, Palatino, Caslon or Benguiat don’t show up at the top of the list, even though they make it to the Top 100. The last font to make it to the list at place 100 is Mistral. Obviously others may have another opinion about these fonts, so it also pays to look at the list of most hated fonts.