Now That's What I Call Music! 15

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A few interesting songs, but not much fun.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some of the songs celebrate sexism, others are very socially conscious.


Nothing much.


A lot of innuendo on some of the songs.


It's REALLY obvious which words have been edited out.


Commercialism is the whole point of these CDs, isn't it?

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking and drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that because we've all heard these songs so many times, it might be easy not to notice the sexism that abounds in some of them. But it's still worth pointing out to your teens.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byMacintyre April 9, 2008


Ok, let me get this straight...the Swear words are edited out, so that younger kids who don't know them won't learn them, and older kids who know them... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byElmoRock3113 April 9, 2008


This CD isn't that great. It includes some hit songs that some parents wouldn't want their kids to hear. There is some rap on this CD which I don... Continue reading

What's the story?

Greatest-hits compilations are usually terrific fun because, well, the songs are usually hugely popular for a reason. NOW! 15 includes 20 recent mega-hits by artists as diverse as Chingy and Norah Jones, yet manages to achieve a level of tedium that is extraordinary for a \"greatest hits\" CD.

Is it any good?

Part of the problem is the sequencing, which seems haphazard and thoughtless. Part of it is the sameness of over-processed R&B hits, and part of it is an ethos of blatant and tiresome sexism that appears, over and over again, dressed up in different outfits. Low points are "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "With You" by Jessica Simpson, two very pretty women who simply can't sing.

High points are "Feeling This" by blink-182, "Sunrise" by Norah Jones, and "Everything" by Fefe Dobson, with slightly more interesting vocal and musical arrangements. Ludacris, Chingy, and Snoop Dogg provide the usual dose of potty-mouthed humor to keep us all from falling completely asleep. Overall, this is one of the weaker offerings in the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why so many popular songs contain such derogatory portrayals of women.

Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: March 23, 2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Compilation
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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