The mass-marketed pop music compilation has come a long way since the days of 12-track K-Tel vinyl collections like Dimensions
and Hit Express
. Once a useful tool for listeners who just wanted to rock out to Styx
's "Mr. Roboto" without committing to all of Kilroy Was Here
, the modern comp has become a sort of disposable iPod for the MP3 generation, providing hours of music for a very reasonable amount of money. The Now That's What I Call a No. 1
installment of the hugely successful Now That's What I Call Music!
series is the perfect example. Discs one and two are stocked with the usual suspects (Adele
, Katy Perry
, All Saints
, Robbie Williams
), while disc three is relegated to the "oldies."