Now That's What I Call Driving Rock [UK] + Now That's What I Call Country Vol. 10 [US]

There have been at least two other "drive" themed albums released by the UK division of Now That's What I Call Music: 2014's Now That's What I Call Drive spent 100 weeks on the Official Compilation Chart before dropping off and 2016's Now That's What I Call Drivetime currently sits at number 27 on the latest Official Compilation Chart after 36 weeks.
Now That's What I Call Driving Rock will be joining the race on June 2nd and like the previous models, it will be a triple disc collection featuring fifty-nine songs you're probably familiar with. Let's break it down disc by disc:
Now That's What I Call Driving
Pop Charts
disc one
1980Another One Bites the Dust - Queen71
1982Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash1745
2003Mr. Brightside - The Killers1010
2006How to Save a Life - The Fray43
2006America - Razorlight1
1995Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something15
1976More Than a Feeling - Boston225
1976(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult1612
1984Run to You - Bryan Adams116
1985Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds71
1986Walk This Way - RUN-DMC feat. Aerosmith84
1977Black Betty - Ram Jam718
2001Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm323
1989Poison - Alice Cooper27
1968Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf302
1970All Right Now - Free24
1993Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz4
1982White Wedding - Billy Idol636
1980Turn It on Again - Genesis858
1986The Final Countdown - Europe18
Funny that a song called "America" hit Number One in the UK but couldn't find a spot on even one of Billboard's dozens of charts. I take my driving music very seriously (too seriously, perhaps) and while listening to this playlist, I skipped six of these tracks including "Walk This Way" - would much rather have had the song in its original Toys In The Attic version in the context of the rest of the songs included here. I've always had mad love for the loud and hyper cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal"; it's a great driving song. Also gotta single out "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "White Wedding" as top gear driving tracks though, on my souped-up version of this playlist, I included the turbo-charged, full-length 8:25 version of the latter track instead.
Now That's What I Call Driving
Pop Charts
disc two
1974Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd448
1987Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac414
1982Africa - Toto31
1973Stuck in the Middle with You - Stealers Wheel86
2012Drive By - Train610
1986You're the Voice - John Farnham682
1989We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel71
2001Have a Nice Day - Stereophonics5
1996A Design for Life - Manic Street Preachers2
1991More Than Words - Extreme21
1984I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner11
1987Here I Go Again '87 - Whitesnake91
1986(I Just) Died in Your Arms - Cutting Crew41
1987Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship11
1989If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher63
1987Alone - Heart31
1987Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle11
1984Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon161
1979Since You Been Gone - Rainbow657
From where I sit in the driver's seat of The Blueberry, the second disc is a mess from the start with the Skynyrd to Fleetwood Mac segue. The next four tracks are pretty good but I skipped Joel's history lesson as I just wasn't feeling it that day. Love, love, love the Stereophonics "Have A Nice Day" though. Skipped the soft rockin' block of Extreme and Foreigner. Also, skipped the Starship, Heart, Belinda Carlisle and REO Speedwagon tracks as just not the driving rock I wanted to hear. Though the Cher tune fit the bill and the Rainbow track nearly redeemed disc two for me. Of course, your mileage may vary.
Now That's What I Call Driving
Pop Charts
disc three
2000Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus2
2000All the Small Things - blink-18226
2005Dakota - Stereophonics1
2001How You Remind Me - Nickelback41
2001Buck Rogers - Feeder5
1969Pinball Wizard - The Who419
1976The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy812
1991Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn2213
1986The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range151
1988Cuddly Toy - Roachford425
1981You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates5
1995Over My Shoulder - Mike & The Mechanics12
1979Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra34
1986Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins452
1981Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield431
1985The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News91
1989Black Velvet - Alannah Myles21
1977You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) - Meat Loaf3339
1982Edge of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks11
1964No Particular Place to Go - Chuck Berry310
The block beginning with blink-182 and ending with the much-maligned Nickelback made for some good driving tuneage as did the six-pack from "Pinball Wizard" down through "You Make My Dreams". The rest of the third disc went fairly well and I actually didn't skip any tracks at all through the whole disc. If I had to pick a weak link, it would be the Meat Loaf track which is not one of my favorites. Nice inspired tribute to Chuck Berry with the closing track, too. Probably my favorite of the three discs.

Country music remains a highly popular and super-competitive singles-driven radio format though you wouldn't know it by looking at this week's Hot Country Songs chart where Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Back Road" sits at Number One for the 15th consecutive week. Is it country? Saving Country Music's Trigger definitely doesn't think so. Does it matter? Sounds like an Uncle Kracker joint to me. Since 2008, the US division of Now That's What I Call Music has pumped out nearly twenty country music compilations and on June 9th, two more join the herd as Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 is released in two configurations: single disc and Special 2CD Deluxe Edition.
Featuring eighteen hits and a nineteenth Now's What's Next track, the single disc kicks off with one of Mom's most favorite songs: Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color". This one's for you, Mom, though we both know yellow is YOUR color.
All total, I like four out of the nineteen songs which is odd because I'm like the average country music listener demographic, according to this 2016 data:
  • ✅between 18 and 54 years old (just barely under the wire)
  • ✅household income above $75K (I think)
  • ✅married (for more than 30 years)
  • ✅have blue eyes (both of them)
  • ✅born in Texas (made up these last two requisites)
Press releases for the album claim "over 15 #1 Songs" though it isn't specified which charts they used or if they counted a song more than once if it topped more than one chart. It should be noted that before "Body Like A Back Road", there had been only two other Number Ones on the Hot Country Songs chart this year and both of them (the Urban and Little Big Town tracks) can be found on Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10.
Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10Billboard
dateHot Country SongsCountry AirplayHot 100
Aug 8, 2016Keith Urban - "Blue Ain't Your Color"1124
Sep 19, 2016Jon Pardi - "Dirt On My Boots"2137
May 31, 2016Josh Turner - "Hometown Girl"5256
Dec 5, 2016Jason Aldean - "Any Ol' Barstool"5152
Nov 28, 2016Luke Bryan - "Fast"5158
Nov 14, 2016Dierks Bentley - "Black"4457
Jan 2, 2017Kenny Chesney - "Bar At The End Of The World"171092
Jul 11, 2016Dustin Lynch - "Seein' Red"5155
Jul 11, 2016Lauren Alaina - "Road Less Traveled"8167
Jun 20, 2016Old Dominion - "Song For Another Time"4159
Aug 29, 2016Eric Church - "Kill A Word"9671
Oct 20, 2016Little Big Town - "Better Man"1134
Jun 6, 2016Chris Young feat. Vince Gill -"Sober Saturday Night"4147
Oct 6, 2016Brad Paisley - "Today"7367
Apr 25, 2016Michael Ray - "Think A Little Less"3254
Jun 27, 2016Maren Morris - "80s Mercedes"111274
Oct 10, 2016Kelsea Ballerini - "Yeah Boy"9365
Jul 18, 2016Miranda Lambert - "Vice"21147
Canaan Smith - "Like You That Way"
SPOILER ALERT: The cover art (above) features nearly the exact color scheme HERC has been working towards implementing here on The Hideaway though the weathered wood background will not be joining the blue and copper. Stay tuned!
In addition to different artwork and somehow being $2 cheaper than the single disc on Amazon right now, Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 - Special 2CD Deluxe Edition features a second disc with fourteen tracks from the past ten years, ranging from Carrie Underwood's 2005 hit "Jesus Take The Wheel" up to Eric Church's 2015 smash "Like A Wrecking Ball". I like exactly three of those fourteen and I never miss a chance to share Miranda Lambert's touching "The House That Built Me" as it strikes a chord deep inside each and every time I hear it:

Now That's What I Call Country Volume 10 (disc two)Billboard
dateHot Country SongsCountry AirplayHot 100
Mar 14, 2011Luke Bryan - "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)"422
Apr 4, 2011Jason Aldean - "Dirt Road Anthem"17
Nov 24, 2014Sam Hunt - "Take Your Time"1120
Oct 3, 2005Carrie Underwood - "Jesus Take The Wheel"120
Mar 9, 2015Eric Church - "Like A Wrecking Ball"61151
Aug 11, 2009Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"12
Mar 8, 2010Miranda Lambert - "The House That Built Me"128
Mar 5, 2012Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"116
Aug 28, 2006Brad Paisley - "She's Everything"135
Nov 8, 2010Kenny Chesney - "Somewhere With You"131
Jan 24, 2006Josh Turner - "Your Man"138
Apr 18, 2011Jake Owen - "Barefoot Blue Jean Night"121
Jan 7, 2013Darius Rucker - "Wagon Wheel"1115
Jun 16, 2015Cam - "Burning House"2229

(I know, I know. Why in tarnation weren't these two releases included in last week's Now That's What I Call Classic Soul post? That I don't know.)

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