But wait, there's more! In celebration of hitting the big 60th milestone with this release, the music masterminds at NOW ran an online contest allowing fans of the series to vote for their favorite tracks from NOWs 50-59 with the 14 songs getting the most votes showing up on an exclusive second disc of the NOW! 60 Deluxe Edition. Of the fourteen chosen throwback tracks, I like half of them but the music videos below represent my three favorites of the lot:
In case you're curious, the UK got their NOW! 60 back in March 2005. The double-disc set has 43 tracks including 7 UK chart toppers. In fact, the album contains five of the Top 10 singles on the UK chart from the week of its release including both Number One and Number Two songs taht week. Listen to the official NOW! 60 UK playlist HERE.
Speaking of throwback tracks, another NOW! release here in the US on November 4th is Now That's What I Call Country #1's featuring eighteen Number One country songs from 2005-2015. The best thing about this release is the saturated sunset colors used in the artwork. Out of the 250 chart-topping country hits from 2005 to 2015, somehow these 18 songs made the cut. None of Taylor Swift's seven Number Ones, none of Florida Georgia Line's three Number Ones and none of Blake Shelton's ten Number One Hot Country Songs during that time made the album. But as you can see in the chart below, the very first song on Now That's What I Call Country #1's failed to go to Number One in the United States.
|year||trk||song||artist||Country Airplay||Hot Country Songs||Hot 100||Canada Country|
|2015||1||John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16||Keith Urban||2||2||40||1|
|2013||2||Drink A Beer||Luke Bryan||1||1||31||1|
|2014||3||Burnin' It Down||Jason Aldean||1||1||12||2|
|2005||4||Jesus Take The Wheel||Carrie Underwood||1||20|
|2009||5||I Run To You||Lady Antebellum||1||27|
|2014||7||Take Your Time||Sam Hunt||1||1||20||2|
|2006||8||What Hurts The Most||Rascal Flatts||1||6|
|2010||9||The House That Built Me||Miranda Lambert||1||28|
|2006||10||She's Everything||Brad Paisley||1||35|
|2014||11||Mean To Me||Brett Eldredge||1||4||53||3|
|2012||12||Come Over||Kenny Chesney||1||23|
|2013||13||I Hold On||Dierks Bentley||1||3||40||2|
|2014||14||Ain't Worth The Whiskey||Cole Swindell||1||3||43||10|
|2011||15||Barefoot Blue Jean Night||Jake Owen||1||21|
|2014||16||A Guy Walks Into A Bar||Tyler Farr||1||7||51||9|
|2013||17||Wagon Wheel||Darius Rucker||1||1||15||1|
|2012||18||Pontoon||Little Big Town||1||22|
Some of my favorite artists - Urban, Paisley, and Little Big Town - are represented by some of my least favorite songs of theirs but there are two songs on the album I like:
For a different take, my eighteen favorite Hot Country Songs Number Ones from 2006-2016 can be heard here. (Yeah, I cheated and had to go to 2016 to find my eighteenth track.)
While all of the above compilations are United States releases, there has been some activity over deep in the subterranean levels of NOW! UK HQ as well. Just over two years after the triple disc set Now That's What I Call 21st Century was the October 21st release of Now That's What I Call 20th Century. Other than the tracklist, no other information had been released about this set at the time of writing. Maybe the Eighties-laden compilation is a partnership with The Official Charts Company like NOW! 21st Century was.
COMING LATER THIS MONTH!
Be on the lookout for a full post and playlist for
Now That's What I Call Music! 95
as well as triple-disc sets
Now That's What I Call No. 1 Hits and
Now That's What I Call Love
sometime before November 18th!