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Released: 17th April 2000
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Universal
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette & Mini Disc
Duration: 2:37:38 (157 minutes 38 seconds)
Tracks: 45
#1’s: 9
Chart Peak: #1 (6 weeks)
Sales: 675,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Gabrielle – Rise 3:39 {1}
2. Melanie C feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes – Never Be The Same Again 4:15 {1}
3. Craig David – Fill Me In 3:51 {1}
4. Britney Spears – Born To Make You Happy 4:04 {1}
5. Backstreet Boys – Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely 3:55 {3}
6. Lene Marlin – Sitting Down Here 3:53 {5}
7. Tom Jones & The Stereophonics – Mama Told Me Not To Come 2:59 {4}
8. Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman! 3:54 {3}
9. Geri Halliwell – Bag It Up 3:45 {1}
10. S Club 7 – You're My Number One 3:23 {2}
11. Aqua – Cartoon Heroes 3:39 {7}
12. Vengaboys – Shalala Lala 3:34 {5}
13. Daphne & Celeste – Ooh Stick You 3:26 {8}
14. Atomic Kitten – See Ya 2:54 {6}
15. Madison Avenue – Don't Call Me Baby 3:44 {1}
16. Martine McCutcheon – Love Me 3:36 {6}
17. Steps – Say You'll Be Mine 3:32 {4}
18. Honeyz – Won't Take It Lying Down 3:31 {7}
19. Precious – Rewind 3:38 {11}
20. Montell Jordan – Get It On Tonite 3:28 {15}
21. Fierce – Sweet Love 2K 3:26 {3}
22. Boyzone – Every Day I Love You More 3:30 {3}
23. Chicane feat. Bryan Adams – Don't Give Up 3:33 {1}
24. Fragma – Toca's Miracle 3:22 {1}
25. Moloko – The Time Is Now 4:27 {2}
26. Artful Dodger feat. Craig David – Re-Rewind When The Crowd Say Bo Selecta 4:01 {2}
27. DJ Luck & MC Neat – A Little Bit Of Luck 3:40 {9}
28. Sisqσ – Thong Song 3:27 {3}
29. Jamelia feat. Beenie Man – Money 3:59 {5}
30. Kelis – Caught Out There 3:37 {4}
31. Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson – Movin' Too Fast 3:57 {2}
32. Nu Generation – In Your Arms (Rescue Me) 2:23 {8}
33. Basement Jaxx – Bingo Bango 3:45 {13}
34. ATB – Killer 2000 3:25 {4}
35. Sash! – Adelante 3:34 {2}
36. Watergate – Heart Of Asia 3:06 {3}
37. Progress Presents The Boy Wunda – Everybody 3:39 {7}
38. Lock 'N' Load – Blow Ya Mind 2:47 {6}
39. Precocious Brats feat. Kevin & Perry – Big Girl 2:53 {16}
40. The Tamperer feat. Maya – Hammer To The Heart 3:31 {6}
41. Cuban Boys – C vs I 3:13 {4}
42. Robbie Williams – It's Only Us 2:51 {1}
43. Blink 182 – All The Small Things 2:48 {2}
44. Moby – Natural Blues 3:01 {11}
45. John Lennon – Imagine 3:03 {3}

Key
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: Gabrielle – Rise / Fragma – Toca's Miracle (2 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Precocious Brats feat. Kevin & Perry – Big Girl {16}
Longest Song: Moloko – The Time Is Now 4:27
Shortest Song: Nu Generation – In Your Arms (Rescue Me) 2:23
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: None
    On This Day In History
No music news to report for 17th April 2000.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
Everyhit
Brandt Animation Archive
Now 45 Rate
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 45 or Now 45 was the first volume to be released in the 21st century. By this point in the series there had been well over 1,500 songs featured since 1983. Now 45 featured 45 tracks — the most any volume had featured until then. 9 UK #1 singles were chosen. Series debuts were given to Craig David, Atomic Kitten, Madison Avenue, Fragma, Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Sisqσ, Jamelia, Kelis and Blink 182.

A possible 7 further #1 singles could have been included. They were Cliff Richard – The Millennium Prayer, Westlife – I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun, Manic Street Preachers – The Masses Against The Classes, Oasis – Go Let It Out, All Saints – Pure Shores (although this would feature on a later volume), Madonna – American Pie and another #1 from Westlife – Fool Again. Other hits omitted included the double A side track Two In A Million by S Club 7, What A Girl Wants from Christina Aguilera, Vengaboys – Kiss (When The Sun Don't Shine), Donell Jones feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes – U Know What's Up, Eiffel 65 – Move Your Body along with some other noteworthy hits too.

One hit wonders this time were Lene Marlin, Daphne & Celeste, Nu Generation, Watergate, Progress Presents The Boy Wunda, Cuban Boys and ex-Beatle John Lennon.

Artwork Rating: 7/10 Very Good
A bright sparkling cover. I've always thought it to be a goal net and the logo has scored a goal! There are also what seems to resemble fireworks in the background too. Certainly a very good cover with a nice use of colour.

Disc 1 Favourite: Melanie C feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes – Never Be The Same Again
I think this was the song which put Melanie C on the radar as the best solo Spice Girl. Sure, Geri had bagged some hits already, but Melanie C had now distinguished herself as a force to be reckoned with. Lisa Lopes (aka Left Eye from TLC) provides some good lyrical content too before sadly passing away prematurely a couple of years later at the age of just 30.

Disc 2 Favourite: Fragma – Toca's Miracle
Kind of an obvious choice really, Fragma were electric during the first couple of years of the millennium. This #1 single was the result of mixing two singles together; Fragma's #11 single Toca Me with Coco Star's #39 flop I Need A Miracle. Merging these together created one of the best dance anthems of all time.

Disc 3 Tracklist:
(A concept of what a third disc might look like if other hits from the era were used)

1. Oasis – Go Let It Out 4:39 {1}
2. Andreas Johnson – Glorious 3:29 {4}
3. Travis – Turn 4:24 {8}
4. Len – Steal My Sunshine 4:01 {8}
5. Christina Aguilera – What A Girl Wants 3:13 {3}
6. S Club 7 – Two In A Million 3:31 {2}
7. Scooch – More Than I Needed To Know 3:54 {5}
8. Steps – Better The Devil You Know 3:49 {4}
9. Atomic Kitten – Right Now 3:30 {10}
10. Vengaboys – Kiss (When The Sun Don't Shine) 3:31 {3}
11. Eiffel 65 – Move Your Body 3:31 {3}
12. Scanty Sandwich – Because Of You 2:59 {3}
13. Hi-Gate – Pitchin' (In Every Direction) 3:17 {6}
14. Mario Piω – Communication (Somebody Answer The Phone) 2:40 {5}
15. Des Mitchell – Welcome To The Dance 3:47 {5}
16. William Orbit – Barber's Adagio For Strings [Ferry Corston Remix] 3:38 {4}
17. Bob Marley vs. Funkstarr De Luxe – Rainbow Country 3:33 {11}
18. Mint Royale feat. Lauren Laverne – Don't Falter 4:13 {15}
19. Madasun – Don't You Worry 4:02 {14}
20. Destiny's Child – Bug A Boo 3:32 {9}
21. Sisqσ – Got To Get It 2:43 {14}
22. Donell Jones feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes – U Know What's Up 4:03 {2}
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Total time: 1:19:59

Overall Rating: 8/10 Extremely Good
I'm quite impressed with this volume, especially considering the very high standard set by its predecessor. There are many big hits, and they all charted within the Top 20. With 45 hits across the two discs, this was certainly an indication of quality as well as quantity, and the result was extremely good.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of June 2017)
1. Fragma – Toca's Miracle
2. Chicane feat. Bryan Adams – Don't Give Up
3. Sash! – Adelante
4. Melanie C feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes – Never Be The Same Again
5. Artful Dodger feat. Craig David – Re-Rewind When The Crowd Say Bo Selecta

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of June 2017)
1. Daphne & Celeste – Ooh Stick You
2. Cuban Boys – C vs I
3. Precocious Brats feat. Kevin & Perry – Big Girl
4. Boyzone – Every Day I Love You More
5. Precious – Rewind


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A fine follow up to Now 44 indeed this one! Whilst I love "You're My Number One" I agree that I'm baffled why "Two in a Million" wasn't on there when that was the more pushed and promoted of the two tracks from S Club's double-a-side.

Likewise why they went with "Say You'll Be Mine" and not "Better the Devil You Know" for Steps. Annoyingly they also used the album version and not the single mix of You're My Number One (or the 'Miami 7 Version' as it was dubbed).

Still...S Club quibbles aside, an awesome edition indeed. My top 5 from both discs:

CD1
1. Gabrielle (I don't know why but I really loved her during this period of her career. A well deserved number one this)
2. Melanie C (the high watermark of her solo ventures. Lisa Left Eye Lopes' rap was stunning too)
3. Honeyz (AMAZING single, their last top 10 but if Whitney Houston or Toni Braxton had recorded this it would be hailed a classic)
4. Craig David (I was all over his debut album in 2000)
5. Britney Spears (probably the least remembered of her number ones, but my personal favourite after the debut. She sounded awesome on this)

CD2
1. Moloko (classic to this day, lost none of its charm)
2. Fragma (I had 'I Need a Miracle' on a free CD from Smash Hits for a good year and a half before it became a hit in this form. Sounded like a number one then and I was happily proved right)
3. Watergate (loved this largely for the "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" sample)
4. Artful Dodger and Craig David (the classic that started my love affair with UK garage for a brief but beautiful 18 months)
5. Cuban Boys (bit of a guilty pleasure this. Loved all the mad snatches of dialogue on it. One of the more unusual Christmas number one contenders!)

Great disc 3 choices, awardinary. Some others from this time that I reckon could have gone on there:

- B*Witched - I Shall Be There / Jump Down
- True Steppers and Dane Bowers - Buggin'
- Five - Don't Wanna Let You Go
- A1 - Like a Rose
- Lolly - Rockin' Robin
- Destiny's Child - Say My Name
- Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough


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QUOTE(ThePensmith @ Jun 12 2017, 12:38 AM) *
Great disc 3 choices, awardinary. Some others from this time that I reckon could have gone on there:

- B*Witched - I Shall Be There / Jump Down
- True Steppers and Dane Bowers - Buggin'
- Five - Don't Wanna Let You Go
- A1 - Like a Rose
- Lolly - Rockin' Robin
- Destiny's Child - Say My Name
- Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
Thanks Pensmith!

A couple of those songs were released after Now 45 was, so they may be suited to the next volumes omissions! smile.gif
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Jun 12 2017, 12:45 AM) *
Thanks Pensmith!

A couple of those songs were released after Now 45 was, so they may be suited to the next volumes omissions! smile.gif


I've just consulted my copy of the release schedules from 2000 and you're absolutely right re: True Steppers and Toni Braxton! They would indeed be Now 46 inclusions. Having said that, Madison Avenue's "Don't Call Me Baby" wasn't a number one until a whole month after this Now came out. Nor was Watergate a top 3 hit until that time either!
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Not a classic Now, but not bad.

I went for Melanie C feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes – Never Be The Same Again (by far the best Solo Spice song) and the rather fab Moloko - The Time Is Now.
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disc 1: Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
disc 2: Fragma - Toca's Miracle

other faves:
Chicane - Don't Give Up
Moloko - The Time Is Now
Artful Dodger & Craig David - Re-Rewind
Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson - Movin Too Fast
Sash! - Adelante
Watergate - Heart of Asia
Lock N Load - Blow Ya Mind
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Has anybody noticed that a number of artists on this volume have made a resurgence in the last year or so?

Craig David, Steps, Geri Halliwell, Martine McCutcheon, Vengaboys, Sisqσ and soon Shania Twain are all trying to be current in 2027! ohmy.gif

The Now 45 Effect!
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Jun 12 2017, 08:59 PM) *
Has anybody noticed that a number of artists on this volume have made a resurgence in the last year or so?

Craig David, Steps, Geri Halliwell, Martine McCutcheon, Vengaboys, Sisqσ and soon Shania Twain are all trying to be current in 2027! ohmy.gif

The Now 45 Effect!


Sisqo is making a comeback? I take it someone has done a tropical house mix of Thong Song rolleyes.gif
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QUOTE(ThePensmith @ Jun 12 2017, 09:36 PM) *
Sisqo is making a comeback? I take it someone has done a tropical house mix of Thong Song rolleyes.gif

You couldn't have predicted it better.

http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=201622
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Jun 12 2017, 10:36 PM) *
You couldn't have predicted it better.

http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=201622


Oh but of course biggrin.gif Now a line has been crossed!
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Artwork 6/10 - not bad but not amazing either
Disc 1 - Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby - What a Jam was so hard picking from this disc so many jams I loved
Disc 2 - Blink 182 - All The Small Things - Punk rock classic music.gif

Overall - Ill give it a 9/10
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Disc 1 faves :
Precious - their album is one of my all time faves. Gone too soon ! cry.gif
Honeyz - totally what ThePensmith said !!
Fierce - Gone too soon ! cry.gif
Vengaboyz - sha lalalala *slap*slap*slap ! Must do the slaps, you just have to.
Geri - bonkers lyrics, but fab.

Disc 2 faves :
Kelis - aaaaaargh !
And then a lot of songs I don't like or don't even know on disc 2. mellow.gif

Fantasy Disc 3 faves :
1 Atomic Kitten cheer.gif shoulda been a number one. For months. music.gif
2 Scooch w00t.gif Steps clones, only this is better than a lot of Steps singles.
3 Madasun - gone too soon ! cry.gif
4 Vengaboyz
5 Andreas Johnson
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Artwork: Amazing again, very spectacular design. 9/10.

Disc 1 Fave: Not a very great side actually, a bit TOO much on the cheesy pop side. That said, my fave certainly fits that bill, it's Shania Twain! I can't deny loving it as soon as that first riff plays. Edit: just noticed Madison Avenue, could be that but nah I'll go with my first instinct!

Disc 2 Fave: SO much better. Absolute fave is Fragma but shout out to these as well: Re-Rewind, A Little Bit Of Luck, Thong Song, Movin' Too Fast, Bingo Bango, Adelante, Heart Of Asia and the AMAZING vs I w00t.gif

Overall: Disc 1 is about a 6 but Disc 2 is a clear 9 so I'll give an 8/10 overall.
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