Now That's What I Call Music! #1's

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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How many times do we have to buy the same songs?

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Positive Messages

Nothing obvious.


Nelly wants us all to take our clothes off. A bit of other less playful sexual innuendo.


Pretty clean -- these compilations are always edited.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these songs contain some sexual innuendo, even though they are edited like crazy.

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What's the story?

Okay, there's a reason these songs all made it to #1 on the pop music charts. Most of them are great songs -- catchy, fun, well-performed, attentively produced, sometimes even transcendently brilliant. But it's hard to imagine any true Outkast fan not already owning \"Hey Ya!\" or a Destiny's Child fan having somehow missed \"Survivor,\" and there is something less-than-appealing about the constant repackaging of the same hit songs, over and over again. The songs on NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! #1's range from the ridiculous (Britney Spears' \"Baby One More Time\" and Creed's \"With Arms Wide Open\") to the sublime (Outkast's amazing \"Hey Ya!\" and Nine Days' \"Absolutely: Story of a Girl\") -- and from G-rated to R, or at least PG-13.

Is it any good?

So yeah, these are good songs, but with no surprises. How about, instead, going into the record store and walking right past where Now! #1's is displayed, back to the dusty bin where hopeful local bands have their CDs displayed, probably sold to the store manager on consignment by the drummer's girlfriend. Buy something. Listen to it. If you like it, tell your friends -- this small revolutionary act could be the start of something really good.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the same hits are released over and over again in different combinations, at the expense of interesting new artists being heard.

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