Now That's What I Call Music! 59 [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. The 59th volume of the series, released in November of 2004, includes Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved," Eric Prydz's "Call on Me" (yes, the one that samples Steve Winwood), the Libertines' "Can't Stand Me Now," R. Kelly's "Happy People," Rachel Stevens' "More, More, More," and Duncan James' "I Believe in My Heart."