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Now That's What I Call Music! 45

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Now That's What I Call Music! 45 Review

by Andy Kellman

Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is the lone Hot 100 number one single featured on the 45th volume of the U.S. Now series, released in February 2013. Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," the singles that held the top position during the two previous months, are not featured. Beyond "Never Ever," five other songs here, including Ke$ha's "Die Young," One Direction's "Live While We're Young," and Flo Rida's "I Cry," reached the Top Ten of the Hot 100. Once again, the lone R&B artist appears with a dance-pop single that wasn't aired on rap/R&B stations; this time, it's Ne-Yo with the Stargate-produced "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)." Dance-pop indeed remains dominant, though the likes of Phillip Phillips ("Home"), Imagine Dragons ("It's Time"), and Florida Georgia Line ("Cruise") break it up a bit. When the compilation was released, all 16 of the principal songs were still on the Hot 100. Most of them were on the way down, but the series remains timely and an accurate reflection of the chart.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 One Direction 03:18 Amazon
2 Flo Rida 03:38 Amazon
3 Kesha 03:31 Amazon
4 Ne-Yo 04:10 Amazon
5 Pitbull 03:25 Amazon
6 Calvin Harris / Florence Welch 03:28 Amazon
7 The Script 03:20 Amazon
8 Maroon 5 03:41 Amazon
9 Phillip Phillips 03:28 Amazon
10 Ed Sheeran 04:18 Amazon
11 Taylor Swift 03:11 Amazon
12 Kelly Clarkson 04:07 Amazon
P!nk 04:05 Amazon
14 OneRepublic 02:56 Amazon
15 Imagine Dragons 03:57 Amazon
16 Florida Georgia Line 03:38 Amazon
17 Born Cages 04:28 Amazon
18 Black Veil Brides 03:45 Amazon
19 Walk the Moon 03:37 Amazon
20 Capital Cities 03:12 Amazon
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