I’m a big fan of the Now That’s What I Call Music (often referred to as just Now) compilation albums. These records collate the best tunes pop music has to offer, providing listeners with a steady array of addictive songs. I recently bought Now 93; here are five tracks from the album that you just have to check out.
Hymn For The Weekend – Coldplay ft. Beyonce
Coldplay’s aptly titled ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ utilises hedonistic imagery in order to chronicle the heady highs of blissful love and glorious sex. I want to give a shout out to Queen Bey here. Like she did on Runnin’ (Lose It All), featured on Now 92, Beyonce forsakes her hallmark vocal theatrics to strike a softer tone. This combines beautifully with the tune’s exotic instrumentation and visceral lyrics, resulting in something that’s effortlessly ethereal.
Stitches – Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes’ ‘Stitches’ eschews the bells and whistles typical of modern music production in favour of claps, acoustic guitar plucks and light percussion. What makes this track so listenable is it’s lyrical content. Boasting phrases like “needle in the thread/gotta get you out of my head,” and “you watch me bleeding ’til I can’t breathe,” ‘Stitches’ conjures up painfully vivid images in the listener’s mind, allowing them to get lost in the rhythm of the track.
The Girl is Mine – 99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child, Brandy & Monica
What do you get if you take two R&B classics and splice them together? ‘The Girl is Mine,’ a 2015 song from British electro duo 99 Souls. They created an entirely new song out of Destiny’s Child’s ‘Girl’ and Brandy & Monica’s ‘The Boy is Mine,’ throwing in a few synths and house beats to update these tracks for modern music lovers. Amazingly, 99 Souls managed to blend these two unique songs together seamlessly, creating one of the most danceable tunes pop has seen in years!
The Sound – The 1975
Infectious is the only word I can use to accurately describe ‘The Sound’ by English alternative rock band The 1975. The song’s clever hook, “Well I know when you’re around, cause I know the sound, I know the sound, of your heart” was practically made to get stuck in peoples heads. Paired with jaunty synths, cool house piano beats and an epic electric guitar solo towards the end of the track, this lyrical gem makes ‘The Sound’ truly anthemic!
Sweet Lovin – Sigala
No song more expertly reflects the pure euphoria of love than ‘Sweet Lovin,’ by Sigala. Lyrically-light (variations on the phrase ‘Sweet Lovin’ form a significant portion of its spoken content), this tune is all about the production. ‘Sweet Lovin’ has enough whirring synths and heavy piano strains to lift even the darkest of souls up into the sweet embrace of love! Toss some powerhouse vocals into the mix and ‘Sweet Lovin’ easily becomes one of Now 93‘s most memorable moments!