Now That's What I Call Music! 56 [UK]
The U.K.'s Now series features timely selections of pop hits and provides a convenient way for casual pop fans to stay on top of the most popular singles. The sets are almost always naturally well-rounded, encompassing dance music, R&B, hip-hop, teen pop, and rock. And though they might expire, in a sense, since they're based on trends in pop music, they work as more than adequate snapshots of specific points in time. Now 56, released in 2003, includes Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love," Atomic Kitten's "If You Come to Me," Daniel Bedingfield's "Never Gonna Leave Your Side," Jamelia's "Superstar," Sophie Ellis-Bextor's "Mixed Up World," and Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body."