Various Artists

World Wide Number Ones 1987-2002

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BMG Music Publishing celebrates its 15th anniversary with this promotional collection compiling 16 of the company's global blockbusters. As a showcase for the commercial jewels of their library it's impressive, but as a listening experience it's tough going. The problem is that there's simply no ebb and flow to the songs -- the back-to-back-to-back sequencing of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," Rammstein's "Du Hast," and Coldplay's "Yellow" is singularly jarring, and too much of the material is overplayed pop fluff that you could live the rest of your life without ever hearing again, like Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" and Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This." For American listeners at least, this disc is most notable for its inclusion of international hits like Só Pra Contrariar's "Sai de Minha ABA (Bicão)," and Gigi D'Alessio's "Non Dirgli Mai," which made few ripples on these shores and accordingly sound far fresher than the rest.