Day 52 equals Now! #52, which came out on 22nd July 2002.
Let’s see what dodgy trance and other chart hits we would have been dancing to in the clubs of Kardamena.
Track 1: Ronan Keating – If Tomorrow Never Comes
Super saccharine, irritating ballad. Not my kind of thing.
Track 2: Liberty X – Just A Little
I always quite liked this one. I’m not sure why, ’cause it’s not the kind of style I’d normally be into at all.
Track 3: George Michael – Freeek!
The song’s great, but the video‘s even better!
Track 4: Sugababes – Freak Like Me
Wonderful use of the Are Friends Electric? sample. Great track.
Track 5: Kylie Minogue – Love At First Sight
Good danceable tune, nodding along quite happily here.
Track 6: Enrique Iglesias – Escape
It’s a great tune, but the theme is super creepy!
Track 7: Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Get Over You
Great pop tune, quite like this one.
Track 8: S Club Juniors – One Step Closer
Urgh, it’s S Club Juniors. Even more irritating than their adult counterparts. Two of them would grow up to be Rochelle Humes and Frankie Bridge from the Saturdays, fact fans.
The track is as cheesy and irritating as you might expect from eight singing twelve-year-olds.
Track 9: Nigel & Marvin – Follow Da Leader
Daft chant-along song. I actually quite like it.
Track 10: Scooter – The Logical Song
Hilariously random dance cover of the Supertramp classic. Always had a soft spot for this.
Track 11: Dee Dee – Forever
Uninspired, irritating dance track with super annoying vocals.
Incidentally, my friend Sarah calls me Dee Dee, but I’d rather not be associated with this lot (who are a Belgian group of dance producers, apparently).
Track 12: Flip & Fill – Shooting Star
More irritating vocals, and the tune’s very grating too. Not keen on this one.
Track 13: Paffendorf – Be Cool
The hook’s okay, but it’s pretty repetitive.
Track 14: Kelly Llorenna – Tell It To My Heart
Super irritating chorus – not a fan of this one.
Track 15: Shy FX, T-Power and Di – Shake Ur Body
Good upbeat track with interesting instrumentals – quite like it.
Track 16: Tim Deluxe and Sam Obernik – It Just Won’t Do
Highly irritating vocals, repetitive tune. Not my thing.
Track 17: Shakedown – At Night
Oh, it’s this one. Annoying tune, dull beat.
Track 18: Moony – Dove (I’ll Be Loving You)
Another boring tune.
Track 19: Intenso Project – Luv Da Sunshine
‘Not on Spotify’ Type 2: YouTube Pause (TM).
Repetitive and dull. This is becoming a bit of a theme.
Track 20: 4 Strings – (Take Me Away) Into The Night
Can I have an interesting tune soon, please? And preferably not a dance track as well. The bassline’s okay, though.
Track 21: Mad’house – Like A Prayer
Pointless Madonna tribute act doing a pointless cover of Like A Prayer. I have no idea why bands like this were actually in the charts in the early ’00s. Why not just listen to the original?
Track 22: S Club 7 – You
Another awful cheesy track from S Club 7. Nothing redeeming about this at all.
Track 23: Atomic Kitten – It’s OK!
The vocal is at least interesting, but it’s still very cheesy and annoying.
Track 24: Britney Spears – I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman
Awful cheesy song released to tie in with Spears’ awful movie, Crossroads.
Track 25: Ashanti – Foolish
Some interesting lines on the backing track, but it’s otherwise pretty dull.
Track 26: Mary J Blige – No More Drama
The tune’s quite nice, but the atmosphere’s a little depressing.
Track 27: NSYNC – Girlfriend
I’ve always quite liked this tune – it’s got a good atmosphere too.
Track 28: Christina Milian – When You Look At Me
Another good tune – things are picking up!
Track 29: Nelly – Hot In Herre
Stupid theme, but the tune’s a classic! It was played at pretty much every nightclub in 2002.
Track 30: Ms Dynamite – It Takes More
Great tune, great atmosphere. Really good track.
Track 31: Omero Mumba – Lil’ Big Man
‘Not on Spotify’ Type 3: Can’t Find It Anywhere!
It looks like the Now! compilers have finally exhausted the stock of poorer-quality Samantha Mumba tunes, ’cause they’ve resorted to including this appalling offering from her little brother. This song is so awful that neither Spotify, YouTube or DailyMotion have it available for listening, so we’ll have to move on!
Track 32: Aaliyah – Rock The Boat
Boring tune, not keen on this one.
Track 33: The Reelists – Freak Mode
‘Not on Spotify’ Type 2: YouTube Pause (TM).
Nice tune, but I don’t like the vocals.
Track 34: Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz – My Culture
Great track, really like this one – there’s some awesome chant-along bits.
Track 35: Amy Studt – Just A Little Girl
Highly irritating vocals from the off. Everything about this track is horrifically grating.
Track 36: Sheryl Crow – Soak Up The Sun
Nice guitar line, but it’s a bit boring otherwise.
Track 37: Doves – Pounding
Good head-nodder if you ignore the drone-y vocals.
Track 38: Space Cowboy – I Would Die For You
It’s quite an interesting track, if a bit messy.
Track 39: Idlewild – American English
Nice tune from my fellow Edinburghers here. Good singalong chorus.
Track 40: Puddle Of Mudd – Blurry
The tune’s pretty uninspired, but it’s nice to hear some rock among a world of bad dance tracks.
Track 41: Moby – We Are All Made Of Stars
Good beat, interesting guitar line – it’s just the vocals that are a bit dull.
Track 42: Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
I know there was at least one track off Oasis’ Heathen Chemistry album that I actually liked, but this was not it. Dull and drone-y track, not keen.