Various Artists

Now That's What I Call Music! 51 [UK]

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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 51st volume, released in 2002, includes Sophie Ellis Bextor's "Murder on the Dancefloor," X-Press 2's "Lazy," the Chemical Brothers' "Star Guitar," Ja Rule's "Always on Time," Aaliyah's "More Than a Woman," Nickelback's "How You Remind Me," and Princess Superstar's "Bad Babysitter."

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