Now, Vol. 25

Since 1998, NOW That’s What I Call Music has been putting out 2 or 3 albums a year showcasing the most “popular” music of the short period each disc represents. And now, less than a decade after their first release, they’ve hit a landmark: number 25. Not that the 25th volume is seperated from the previous 24 in any way, it’s just a nice round number. Once again, the producers of NOW have simply included 20 hits from popular artists that received the most radio play and set it out for the masses to enjoy.

Most of the songs presented on this compiliation received so much radio play that listeners will recognize them whether or not they ever listened to pop, R&B, or hip-hop stations. You know them; they play in the mall, at theme parks, in commercials, on tv shows, insistently putting themselves out there for everyone’s listening pleasure. And if you’ve honestly never heard any of these songs, then you’re probably not reading this review because you’re not at all interested in pop music, shopping, or television.

Volume 25 includes a good mixture of pop, hip-hop, and poppy rap… if that’s a genre. There’s also a few country songs thrown in for good measure. Each song is a little more saccharine than the last, and the entire collection of 20 songs has about as much substance as a pound of cotton candy. But of course, substance isn’t what’s important here. What’s important is if these songs and artists are recognizable. And with names like Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, and Keith Urban, it’s hard to deny that this is a high profile compilation. And for inoffensive and popular background music at a party, there’s probably not a better collection out there. It’s even better if it’s a junior high party.

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