How's this for a blast from the past: Now That's What I Call Music! is flying off the shelves.
And no, you didn't just find yourself back in the year 2001. This is 2016 news. Most readers are probably looking for proof, in which case we cite the recent release of the latest edition (that would be Now That's What I Call Music! 93, for inquiring minds), which just became the fastest selling album of the year in the UK.
According to Forbes, the compilation CD has sold a whopping 247,000 copies across the pond just in the last week. That blew past the record held by David Bowie's Blackstar, and analysts are saying that its proof that these types of albums are still kicking after all these decades. Universal Music Group, which puts out these musical time capsules, even called Now the world's best-selling multi-artist albums. Phew!
But enough with this groundbreaking news. Since we got such a kick out of the fact that not only is this album still breaking sales records, but there have been almost one hundred different versions made, that we decided to take a look back at where it all started: The very first Now That's What I Call Music.
The album was released in 1998 and reads like a who's who of your middle school dance memories. K-Ci & JoJo! Brian McKnight! If you weren't awkwardly slow dancing to at least several of these jams, then you seriously missed out. Let's take a look at the full track list, complete with the original late '90s music videos.
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1. "Together Again" by Janet Jackson
2. "As Long As You Love Me" by The Backstreet Boys
3. "The Way" by Fastball
4. "Flag Pole Sitta" by Harvey Danger
5. "Say You'll Be There" by The Spice Girls
6. "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo
7. "Never Ever" by All Saints
8. "If Only You Could See" by Tonic
9. "MMM Bop" by Hanson
10. "Zoot Suit Riot" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
11. "Shorty" by Imajin
12. "Anytime" by Brian McKnight
13. "Barbie Girl" by Aqua
14. "Karma Police" by Radiohead
15. "I Will Buy You a New Life" by Everclear
16. "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz
"Sex & Candy" by Marcy Playground