Wow! This is a really amazing compilation. The tracklisting just strings perfectly from hit to hit. It also features 6 number ones, which is more than we've had in ages.
CD 1 starts out with smash hits from TATU, Justin Timberlake, Nelly & Kelly and Liberty X, then we get some nice dance pop from Room 5 (from the Lynx advert) and Junior Senior, and then a huge collection of pop hits including Girls Aloud, Busted, Sinead Quinn, Atomic Kitten and Blue. Next up is a bit of R&B/Dance from Jay-Z & Beyonce and Jaimeson, then the disc finishes up with some more pop from S Club, One True Voice and more.
CD 2 is largely indie and ballads, starting off with Daniel Bedingfield, David Sneddon, Robbie Williams and Oasis. Then some more indie (Turin Brakes, Coldplay...). Then for the R&B, with Cam'ron, Nelly & Justin Timberlake etc. Halfway throught the disc we get some lovely dance (one of the biggest highlights of the album for me)with Panjabi MC, Scooter, DJ Sammy and Divine Inspiration. The album concludes with more indie from the likes of Mock Turtles, Counting Crows and Massive Attack.
Overall the CD is excellent, with few bad tracks, but there are still so many more awesome ones it missed:
Eminem, Blue & Elton John, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Jurgen Vries and CMC, Love Inc, Pink, Gareth Gates, Will Young etc. etc.
However quite a lot of these can be found on Hits 55 - a great accompaniment to Now 54.
So, despite all the ones it missed, I still give it 5 stars simply because there are so few bad tracks, and so many good ones.
To finish up with, a couple of general observations:
1. This album features both Popstars: The Rivals bands, and the biggest two from Fame Academy.
2. It seems to be a new idea to put an old band's new song on Disc 2 - on here it's Queen, on Now 53 it was Status Quo!!
Thank you for reading my review!