Now That's What I Call Music! 42 (U.S. series)

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This article describes the 42nd album in the U.S. Now! series. It should not be confused with identically-numbered albums from other Now! series. For more information, see Now That's What I Call Music! 42 and Now That's What I Call Music! discography.
Now That's What I Call Music! 42
Compilation album by Various artists
Released May 1, 2012
Genre Pop
Length 74:18
Label EMI
Series chronology
Now That's What I Call Music! 41
Now That's What I Call Music! 42
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock Hits

Now That's What I Call Music! 42 was released on May 1, 2012. It is the 42nd edition of the Now! series in the United States and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[1] The album has sold 422,000 copies as of August 2012.[2]

Now! 42 features two number-one Billboard Hot 100 hits, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Somebody That I Used to Know".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"   Kelly Clarkson 3:39
2. "Good Feeling"   Flo Rida 4:05
3. "Brokenhearted"   Karmin 3:45
4. "What Makes You Beautiful"   One Direction 3:17
5. "Turn Me On"   David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj 3:19
6. "Feel So Close"   Calvin Harris 3:22
7. "Turn Up the Music"   Chris Brown 3:44
8. "We Run the Night"   Havana Brown featuring Pitbull 3:47
9. "Sorry for Party Rocking"   LMFAO 3:23
10. "Give Me All Your Luvin'"   Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. 3:21
11. "Get Yourself Back Home"   Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch 3:40
12. "It Will Rain"   Bruno Mars 4:13
13. "Somebody That I Used to Know"   Gotye featuring Kimbra 4:03
14. "Drive By"   Train 3:10
15. "Springsteen"   Eric Church 4:20
16. "Ours"   Taylor Swift 4:07
17. "All the Right Places"   Zach Heckendorf 3:21
18. "Free"   Graffiti6 3:47
19. "Run Dat Back"   Jadagrace 3:36
20. "Earthquake"   Labrinth featuring Busta Rhymes 4:19


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic notes that when Now! 42 was released in May 2012, two songs from the collection had topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, several others had reached the Top Ten, "a few selections came close to the Top Ten while a couple stalled nowhere near it." With the final fours tracks once again occupied by songs from potentially upcoming artists, "the time when each volume compiled 20 charting singles is increasingly distant."[3]


  1. ^ "Billboard 200". 2012-05-19. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2012-08-29). "'Idol' album sales: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry". Idol Chatter (USA Today). Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. Now, Vol. 42 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 3, 2012.

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