If you were a big music fan in the late 90s and early 2000s, then you most likely remember the Now That’s What I Call Music CDs. These CDs were essentially the “here’s what hot” Spotify playlist that we all know now, but decades before Spotify was a thing.
Each volume included around 16 tracks from the biggest artists out at the time. Everyone from Britney Spears and Radiohead to Keith Urban had songs on these compilation albums. And they were quite successful for years, selling millions of copies with each new edition.
The only thing more iconic than the “Now” CDs were their over-the-top commercials. These commercials, which often aired at 2 AM and woke up anyone who fell asleep with their TV on, are beautiful time capsules.
And this commercial for the Now That’s What I Call Christmas CD is no different.
‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas’ Was A Massive Success
Now That’s What I Call Christmas was released on October 23rd, 2001. It was the 8th entry in the “Now” series and the first of multiple Christmas editions. The two-disc album went on to sell over 6 million copies in the United States alone. It was one of the best-selling albums released that year.
Featuring 36 tracks, Now That’s What I Call Christmas’ first disc included songs from legendary acts like Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra. The second disc has a slightly more modern lineup, with songs from Britney Spears, *NSYNC, and Celine Dion. The total run time for both discs was around 2 hours—perfect for your holiday party.
The second Now That’s What I Call Christmas album was released in 2003. It didn’t find the same level of success as the first edition, although it still sold over one million copies. More Christmas editions were released, with the last hitting store shelves in 2010.
Now all we have left to remember these albums by are videos of their incredible commercials.
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