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A lot of people here in the U.S. don’t realize it, but the NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! series of compilations began overseas in the early 1980s and didn’t surface here until 1998 with Volume 1 of the U.S. editions. It’s actually one of my “I feel old” moments, but I was actually peddling music for much of the time between ’98-2004, and personally set displays for many NOW! titles up to Volume 16. Tonight comes news that NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! Volume 53 is on the way, alongside a new title, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MOVIES! Both will be available as physical CDs and digital downloads on February 3, 2015 as part of a joint venture between Universal and Sony.  Check out the tracklistings for both albums, right here on THE ROCK FATHER…


NOW Movies [CD; Digital]


1. Queen

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (from Wayne’s World)

2. Bruno Mars

“It Will Rain” (from Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1)

3. Whitney Houston 

“I Will Always Love You” (from The Bodyguard)

4. Celine Dion

“My Heart Will Go On” (from Titanic)

5. Bruce Springsteen

“Streets of Philadelphia” (from Philadelphia)

6. Phil Collins

“Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” (from Against All Odds)

7. Seal

“Kiss From A Rose” (from Batman Forever)

8. Mike Reno & Ann Wilson

“Almost Paradise” (from Footloose)

9. Elton John

“Tiny Dancer” (from Almost Famous)

10. The Beach Boys

“God Only Knows” (from Love Actually)

11. Bee Gees

“How Deep Is Your Love” (from Saturday Night Fever)

12. Van Morrison

“Brown Eyed Girl” (from Born on the Fourth of July)

13. Anna Kendrick

“Cups (Movie Version)” (from Pitch Perfect)

14. The Soggy Bottom Boys

“I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” (from O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

15. Survivor

“Eye of the Tiger” (from Rocky III)

16. Kenny Loggins

 “Danger Zone” (from Top Gun)

17. Blue Swede

“Hooked on a Feeling” (from Guardians of the Galaxy)

18. Pharrell Williams

“Happy” (from Despicable Me 2)


NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 53 [CD; Digital]


1. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

“Uptown Funk”

2. Meghan Trainor

“Lips Are Movin'”

3. Maroon 5


4. Ed Sheeran 


5. Tove Lo

“Habits (Stay High)”

6. Ariana Grande & The Weeknd

“Love Me Harder”

7. Sam Smith

“I’m Not The Only One”

8. One Direction

“Steal My Girl”

9. Selena Gomez

“The Heart Wants What It Wants”

10. Jason Derulo


11. Iggy Azalea feat. MO

“Beg For It”

12. Usher feat. Juicy J

“I Don’t Mind”

13. Charli XCX

“Boom Clap”

14. Mr. Probz

“Waves (Robin Schultz Radio Edit)”

15. Calvin Harris feat. John Newman


16. Coldplay

“A Sky Full Of Stars”

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17. Walk The Moon

“Shut Up And Dance”

18. Fancy Reagan

“Knock Me Out”

19. Zara Larsson


20. Danny Mercer

“Who Are You Loving Now?”

21. Jack + Eliza

“Hold The Line”

For those that are curious, the original NOW! series in Europe is up to 90 main releases, with another hundred or so spin-off collections. In the U.S., there’s been an equally-large number of spin-offs covering everything from Disney to Slow Jams.

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