Seemingly on a never-ending mission to compile hit music in every conceivable combination, the Now series delivers a dose of good ol' classic rock with Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits. Skewing more to the popular side of classic rock than the previous Now That's What I Call Classic Rock collection, this set gathers some of rock's most enduring crossover hits. Featuring pop chart heavy-hitters like Styx's "Come Sail Away," Journey's "Any Way You Want It," and Meat Loaf's theatrical epic "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights," the compilation hits on some of the most memorable quasi-rock gems to burst onto the airwaves in the '70s and '80s. With entries from Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Thin Lizzy, Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits does actually hit some of the more down-and-dirty classic rock touchstones, making it an album that achieves its primary goal of being able to please most of the people most of the time with a wide-ranging selection of hits that should fit into most anyone's definition of classic rock.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney