Now That's What I Call Music 16

Common Sense Media says

Unimpressive collection with a few great songs.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Now That's What I Call Misogyny" on several of the songs.


A couple of unsettling images.


There's a lot of innuendo, some explicit sexuality.


Edited songs allow omitted words to be very obvious.


"As Seen On TV" sticker on shrink-wrap; a brand name or two.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references to specific drugs, drinking, and getting high.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the 16th in the series of compilations of recent hits geared to younger teens, and it continues the grand tradition of cheerfully danceable misogyny.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 16 contains a couple of terrific songs that happen to be huge hits, but we've all heard \"Hey Ya!\" so many times by now that its only purpose in this context is to make the others sound weak by comparison.

Is it any good?


The song order is as thoughtless as ever: Dreary ballads by Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson, the two least capable singers on the album, are next to each other, a terrible setup for Hoobastank's "The Reason," also a ballad. Dead center in the mix, this sequence alone will send all but the most diehard fans either to snoozeland or the "skip" button.

The predictable hip-hop and pop tracks that follow are familiar and unremarkable, cheerfully misogynistic and mostly danceable. Things pick up somewhat at the end with a couple of interesting choices: "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys boasts a wonderfully bluesy lead vocal, and "Redneck Women" by Gretchen Wilson is catchy and fun, one of the few country hits to be included in this series. Despite a couple of gems, all of which would be easy to find elsewhere, this compilation is pretty weak. It might be more fun to find some more interesting dance tunes and make your own compilation.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good dance mix. Come up with a list of your favorite dance tracks and arrange your own mix.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:August 3, 2004
Label:Utv Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of Now That's What I Call Music 16 was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byMacintyre April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?
Thanks – we appreciate your feedback!

Essential Apps Guide