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Each release is issued as a limited edition mini-hardback book, with the CDs in sleeves forming the pages of the ' yearbook' which contains an introductory overview of the year, original 7" single artwork, trivia, chart positions and a quiz. Some of them have unique track listings and are not related to similarly themed collections already issued on compact disc, however, more recent releases have been 'selections' taken from a larger CD collection (Rock, for example). The inaugural album graced the United Kingdom's music scene in 1983, with the United States following suit in 1998.

In all, 10 solo efforts from former members of One Direction appear on Now albums, though none of those are songs by Harry Styles. Turn Down for What” is Lil Jon’s revenge on the Now god after it somehow determined that both “Get Low” and “Yeah! As far as I can tell, Now is FAR BETTER at selecting the best pop songs, and when they miss on the back half of the albums, they really miss. Each album is meticulously curated to encompass a dynamic blend of chart-topping hits and hidden gems, offering listeners a diverse musical experience. Towards the end of the series, 3-CD digipak sets were issued, but in 2010, the long-running title was retired, and all subsequent dance-themed Now collections have been issued under the Special Editions series.The tradition continued on Now 62, which features “Down” by Marian Hill, otherwise known as “that song in that iPhone commercial with the dancing guy. I'm not into country music, so it appears only the Taylor Swift track is what is considered country music. They all vary from one to five disc compilations (occasionally six disc), starting in 1986 and continuing to the present day (Jan 2023). It was very difficult choosing the most essential song off Now 6, which tells you why it’s ranked so high.

Another strand of the Now Yearbook series, in August 2022, is the somewhat experimental release of a limited edition, extended play, 7" vinyl single, containing 2 tracks each from the 1983 and 1984 Yearbooks. The Special Editions series includes a wide range of Now anniversary collections, different music genres, eras, and decades, as well as commercial tie-ins with Smash Hits, Disney, Eurovision, HMV and the Official Chart Company. Having lost lots of downloaded music once, I prefer CDs that I load myself and can reload if the computer or ipod crashes.Believe-era Bieber was defined by speeding arrests in Miami, neighborhood vandalism, the Conner4Real hair cut, and songs that were way too sexual to be sung by an 18-year-old. The Yearbook series are 4-CD and 3-LP vinyl sets, each representing a year of music, which launched in June 2021. From “We Can’t Stop” to “Blurred Lines,” from “Get Lucky” to “Summertime Sadness”—even on down to “Sail” by AWOLNATION— Now 48 is a magical listen. I picked “Cups” as the most essential song over Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” because I need us all to never forget the odd state pop music has been in this decade.

has sold more than 200 million albums since launching in 1998, and music lovers have catapulted every numbered album in the series onto the Billboard Top 10 chart. The thesis of “Chanté’s Got a Man” is “Oh dang, it’s really too bad your boyfriend is cheating on you, but guess what: I’m in a very stable, rewarding relationship. Have you ever listened to the lyrics of “Something Just Like This,” the Chainsmokers/Coldplay song that’s on Now 63?The first Now is a glorious, clear mission statement, perfectly encapsulating what music was in 1998. In the next corner there’s Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open,” and may I just say WELCOME TOOOO THIS PLACE, I’LL SHOW YOU EVERYYYYTHANG. It’s strange: People are pretty rude about mumblerap, but I don’t remember anyone throwing their hands up about Mystikal yelling “Danger! Also, on LMFAO’s 2011 album Sorry for Party Rocking—look at this cover art—the song “Sorry for Party Rocking” appears before “Party Rock Anthem.

Considering Now’s shaky track record with hip-hop (see: Now 65), that they were able to foresee Rae Sremmurd’s breakout is absolutely stunning. Sample lyrics from “BareNaked”: “Sometimes I think I’m the only one/Whose day turned out unlike it had begun.A further release, The Final Chapter, a deluxe 4-CD and 3-LP set, was issued in December 2022, rounding off the Yearbook years 1980 to 1984. The words "Mighty Ape" and the Ape device are registered trademarks of Mighty Ape Limited in New Zealand and Australia. These compilations are very similar to the anniversary series, however, they contain a lower amount of tracks and retailed much cheaper than the former series. Twenty years ago, a brave soul decided to define music for a generation—by releasing bizarre and wildly popular compilation albums.

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