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Released: 3rd August 1998
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Polygram
Format: Double CD & Double Cassette
Duration: 2:36:42 (156 minutes 42 seconds)
Tracks: 40
#1’s: 8
Chart Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Sales: 565,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – The Grease Megamix (You're The One That I Want/Greased Lightning/Summer Nights) 4:49 {4}
2. Spice Girls – Viva Forever 4:12 {1}
3. Karen Ramirez – Looking For Love 3:52 {8}
4. Billie – Because We Want To 3:44 {1}
5. All Saints – Lady Marmalade 4:00 {1}
6. Mousse T. vs Hot 'N' Juicy – Horny 3:39 {2}
7. The Tamperer feat. Maya – Feel It 3:13 {1}
8. Aqua – Doctor Jones 3:21 {1}
9. Steps – Last Thing On My Mind 3:03 {6}
10. The Groove Generation feat. Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing 3:53 {32}
11. Bus Stop feat. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting 3:48 {8}
12. Ultra Natι – A New Kind Of Medicine 3:41 {14}
13. Lutricia McNeal – Stranded 3:26 {3}
14. Lighthouse Family – Lost In Space 5:20 {6}
15. Boyzone – All That I Need 3:38 {1}
16. All Saints – Under The Bridge 4:58 {1}
17. K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life 3:41 {8}
18. Janet Jackson (feat. BLACKstreet) – I Get Lonely (TNT Remix Edit) 4:15 {5}
19. Sparkle feat. R. Kelly – Be Careful 5:12 {7}
20. Peter Andre – Kiss The Girl 2:52 {9}
21. Don Henley – The Boys Of Summer 4:46 {12}
22. The Mavericks – Dance The Night Away 4:20 {4}
23. Eagle-Eyed Cherry – Save Tonight 3:50 {6}
24. Catatonia – Road Rage 3:44 {5}
25. Natalie Imbruglia – Big Mistake 4:33 {2}
26. Embrace – Come Back To What You Know 4:08 {6}
27. The Verve – Sonnet 4:22 {74}
28. Massive Attack – Teardrop 4:38 {10}
29. Mansun – Legacy 4:39 {7}
30. Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds – Three Lions 98 3:56 {1}
31. Fat Les – Vin-Da-Loo 3:39 {2}
32. Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank 3:59 {6}
33. David Morales presents The Face – Needin' U 3:32 {8}
34. Lucid – I Can't Help Myself 3:03 {7}
35. Perpetual Motion – Keep On Dancin' (Let's Go) 3:21 {12}
36. Barbara Tucker – Everybody Dance (The Horn Song) 3:46 {28}
37. Imaani – Where Are You 3:17 {15}
38. Adam Garcia – Night Fever 3:35 {15}
39. Kerri-Ann – Do You Love Me Boy? 3:21 {58}
40. Los Umbrellos – No Tengo Dinero 3:35 {33}

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Tracks highlighted red were official UK #1’s.
Tracks with an asterisk (*) next to their title have also been included in special releases from the series.
The track duration has been highlighted cyan.
Bracketed numbers refer to highest chart position reached.
    Miscellaneous Facts
Track Most Weeks At #1: Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds – Three Lions 98 (3 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: The Verve – Sonnet {74}
Longest Song: Lighthouse Family – Lost In Space 5:20
Shortest Song: Peter Andre – Kiss The Girl 2:52
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
No music news to report for 3rd August 1998.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
Everyhit
Brandt Animation Archive
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post May 8 2017, 09:53 PM
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Favourites:

The Grease Megamix
Looking For Love
Horny '98 (Fun Fact: Keith David was one of the writers of this song)
Feel It (She gonna look like with a chimney on her WHAT!)
Doctor Jones (guilty pleasure)
You Make Me Feel Dancing
Kung Fu Fighting
New Kind Of Medicine
Stranded
All My Life
I Get Lonely
The Boys Of Summer ("Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach" Classic!)
Dance The Night Away
Save Tonight
Road Rage
Big Mistake
Come Back To What You Know
Sonnet (Fun Fact: This only made it to the UK Singles Chart as an import release, peaking at 74)
Teardrop (a.k.a. the House theme tune)
Legacy
Three Lions '98 (Football's coming home)
Vindaloo ("May I introduce you please to a lump of cheddar cheese. KNIT ONE PEARL ONE DROP ONE CURL ONE!")
The Rockafeller Skank ("Right about now, the funk soul brother! Check it out now, the funk soul brother!")
Needin' U (I remember hearing this song on KISSTORY back in July '13.)
I Can't Help Myself
Keep On Dancing (Let's Go)
Everybody Dance (The Horn Song)
Where Are You

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post May 10 2017, 01:31 PM
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Favourites from this one:
Looking For Love
Feel It
The Boys Of Summer
Teardrop
Vin-Da-Loo
I Can't Help Myself
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post May 13 2017, 11:24 AM
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Cover: 7/10
Disc One: The Tamperer feat. Maya - Feel It dance.gif
Disc Two: Massive Attack - Teardrop heart.gif
Overall: 6/10
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post May 13 2017, 11:26 AM
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Also, if you're not already aware of the Now tracklist series, this is another good resource. It goes from Now 38 up to present.

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post May 13 2017, 11:29 AM
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Disc 1: Grease Megamix wub.gif
Disc 2: Teardrop
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post May 15 2017, 11:33 AM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 40 also known as Now 40 was the summer offering of 1998. Packed with 8 UK #1 singles, it was certainly full of the best music at the time. Making their first appearance in the series were artists like Billie, Mousse T, The Tamperer, Eagle-Eye Cherry and Fatboy Slim.

A few missing #1 singles from this era which were Aqua – Turn Back Time (though this was included on the next instalment), the debut single from B*Witched – C'Est La Vie, Another Level – Freak Me and finally Jamiroquai – Deeper Underground. Other noteworthy omissions were Busta Rhymes' highest charting UK single Turn It Up/Fire It Up peaking at #2. Gone Til November by Wyclef Jean was also overlooked, as was Brandy & Monica's popular duet The Boy Is Mine (later sampled by 99 Souls). Dario G was overlooked on this occasion was his festival inspired #5 hit Carnaval De Paris. But perhaps the biggest omission was a song which stayed in the UK Top 10 singles chart for 10 weeks, peaking at #2, was Pras Michel feat. ODB & Mya – Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are).

Almost half the artists contained within the tracklisting for Now 40 were never seen again, and they were John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, Karen Ramirez, The Groove Generation, Bus Stop, K-Ci & JoJo, Sparkle, Don Henley, The Mavericks, Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds, Fat Les, David Morales, Lucid, Perpetual Motion, Barbara Tucker, Imaani, Adam Garcia, Kerri-Ann and Los Umbrellos.

Artwork Rating: 8/10 Extremely Good
It's hard to put into words why this is so good, but perhaps the colour scheme has a lot to do with it. Bright and shiny. The theme is not too dissimilar to the previous volume but from a different angle.

Disc 1 Favourite: Mousse T. vs Hot 'N' Juicy – Horny
This was a very popular song Summer 1998 and I remember hearing it played everywhere as a youngster. Unfortunately the version on this volume was not the single version. A few years later it was mashed up with Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols.

Disc 2 Favourite: Lucid – I Can't Help Myself
Always loved this track, just sounds so flawless and raw. Trance music would never sounds quite like this again.

Overall Rating: 7/10 Very Good
Lots to choose from on here, and I loved so much music from 1998 as it was the first year I actually started paying attention to the charts and I got into loads of new genres. Certainly a highlight from the series for me.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of May 2017)
1. Mousse T. vs Hot 'N' Juicy – Horny
2. Lucid – I Can't Help Myself
3. Bus Stop feat. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
4. The Tamperer feat. Maya – Feel It
5. Karen Ramirez – Looking For Love

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of May 2017)
1. Barbara Tucker – Everybody Dance (The Horn Song)
2. Kerri-Ann – Do You Love Me Boy?
3. Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
4. Adam Garcia – Night Fever
5. Janet Jackson (feat. BLACKstreet) – I Get Lonely (TNT Remix Edit)
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post May 15 2017, 04:16 PM
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Artwork: looks a bit tacky to me. 5/10.

Disc 1: Feel It - absolute stomper of a track.

Disc 2: I Can't Help Myself - largely forgotten superb 90s tune.

Overall: Not a great edition at all, recall this being one of the weakest when I did the rates too. 5/10.
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Disc 1 faves :

1. Steps – Last Thing On My Mind w00t.gif
2. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – The Grease Megamix
3. Spice Girls – Viva Forever
4. Lighthouse Family - Lost In Space

Disc 2 faves :

1. Imaani - Where Are You ( cheer.gif my fav UK ESC entry, tied with Sonia cheer.gif )
2. Kerri Ann - Do You Love Me Boy ( ohmy.gif at this being on a compilation !)
3. Don Henley - The Boys of Summer
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