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Ranking: Now That’s What I Call Music! ‘s Greatest Hits

Nostalgia Hits Hard

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It is hard to believe that it’s been 19 years since the first Now That’s What I Call Music! (at the time it was only titled NOW) album was released in the United States. That first album had some truly epic pop gems like “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground and “As Long As You Love Me” by The Backstreet Boys. With other triumphs like KC & Jojo and The Spice Girls included, NOW was everything that was right in the 90’s.

Fast forward to 2017 and Now That’s What I Call Music! still reigns as a collaborative album with all of the radio’s best hits. Volume 63 was released on August 4. It features The Chainsmokers, Selena Gomez, Calvin Harris, Linkin Park, Kendrick Lamar and so many other huge names.

The nostalgia factor alone makes these productions still worth checking out. In a world where people have more things to worry about than get excited about, there’s a nice comfort knowing that Sony and Universal Music Group are still releasing these awesome, and at times corny CDs.

Over the years the NOW albums have soared and at times they have faltered. After strengious research and serious soul-searching the list is complete. Here are the 10 best Now That’s What I Call Music! CDs.

10. Now 49 –  The true standouts are Pitbull Featuring Ke$ha “Timber”,  Lorde “Royals”,  A Great Big World Featuring Christina Aguilera “Say Something” and Drake “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

9. Now 8Destiny’s Child “Bootylicious”,  Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood”, Usher “U Got it Bad”, Smash Mouth “I’m a Believer” and Ja Rule Featuring J.Lo “I’m Real”

8. Now 21 – The All American Rejects “Dirty Little Secret”, Nelly “Grillz”, The Black Eyed Peas “My Humps”, Three 6 Mafia “Stay Fly”, Fall Out Boy “Dance Dance” and Cascada “Everytime We Touch”

7. Now 14Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z “Crazy In Love”, The Black Eyed Peas “Where is the Love”, Chingy “Right Thurr”, Fountains of Wayne “Stacy’s Mom” and Baby Bash “Suga Suga”

6. Now 38Lady Gaga “Born This Way”, Rihanna “S&M”, Adele “Rolling in the Deep”, Katy Perry “E.T.”,  Diddy Featuring Skylar Grey “Coming Home” and Cee Lo Green “Forget You”

5. Now 55Tove Lo “Talking Body”, Fifth Harmony “Worth It”, David Guetta Featuring Nicki Minaj “Hey Mama”, Skrillex Featuring Diplo & Justin Bieber “Where Are Ü Now” and Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”

4. Now 6NSYNC “Bye Bye Bye”, Shaggy “It Wasn’t Me”, U2 “Beautiful Day”, Creed “With Arms Wide Open” and Destiny’s Child “Independent Woman”

3. Now 2Britney Spears “Baby One More Time”, Sublime “What I Got”, Backstreet Boys Featuring Mya “Take Me There” (Rugrats Movie) and Jay-Z “Hard Knock Life”

2. Now 33Ke$ha “Tik Tok”, Lady Gaga “Bad Romance”, Jason DeRulo “In My Head”, Young Money “BedRock”, Owl City “Fireflies” and Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”

1. Now 5Bon Jovi “It’s My Life”, NSYNC “It’s Gonna Be Me”, Aaron Carter “Aaron’s Party” and Nine Days “Story of a Girl”

Despite the fact it may not be considered cool anymore to buy these CDs, the majority of the songs are top listeners on Spotify. They also have millions and millions of views on YouTube. The NOW CDs are staples of the 90’s and early 2000’s children’s upbringings.

From the kids forcing their parents to blast it in the car or if they were the soundtrack of every girl’s slumber parties; the Now That’s What I Call Music! CD’s were a necessary Christmas gift every year.

Cheers to 19 years of pop, rock and rap hits. And here’s to 19 more.

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