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Now That's What I Call Music! 56

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The endnote is Daniel Bedingfield's Never Gonna Leave Your Side, which is a heartfelt ballad and that Mad World remake. Let’s see what would have been played at the club I went out to later that night (spoiler: none of the following, ’cause I’m pretty sure I went to Opium rock club, which didn’t play a lot of chart music). Though I didn't think it at the time, mid-late 2003 was actually a fairly vintage time for pop despite the very low sales climate.

It has pretty much every song you've heard in the past 4 months or so (except Will Young, Gareth and the Darkness). His song I Can't Stop Loving You, has been recorded by over 700 artists, most notably by Ray Charles in 1962. It's not unfair to say both this and the next volume really bought the series back up to the level of quality and consistency we saw on Now 44. It was just a couple of weeks after the release of this volume that we reached the 20th anniversary of the series since the very first volume back in 1983. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love (the song that got me into Beyonce as a solo artist full I would say I mean Work It Out was good and all but this was the OMG moment for sure.The only other performer to get a Hollywood star at her age was Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert. So here we have stinkers (Sophie Ellis-Bextor, DSide, Phixx) and some pretty good stompers (S Club 8, Emma, Ultrabeat, Louise) and then the OK crowd (Girls Aloud, Atomic Kitten).

Slow, melancholy cover of the Tears For Fears classic, and the Christmas number one for 2003 (BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE DARKNESS AND I’M STILL ANGRY ABOUT THAT ahem).Quite like the carnival-music-themed intro, but then it just launches into boring soft rock with misplaced rapping over the top. There are a few filler tracks which was to be expected, but even these aren't really that bad to listen to. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

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