Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Now That's What I Call Music! 36 was released on November 9, 2010. The album is the 36th edition of the (U.S.) Now! >series. With first week sales of 89,000, Now! 36 debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album includes the number-one Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Teenage Dream". "Suspicious Minds", a number-one hit in 1969 by Elvis Presley, is presented here as a flashback bonus track in a remixed Viva Elvis arrangement.
"This set is another solid entrant in the long-running franchise of NOW! collections. The songs here range from Katy Perry's #1 smash hit "Teenage Dream" to Neon Trees' multi-format breakthrough "Animal." However, if you really want to know what American pop fans are listening today, there are some key artists that seem to be missing here.
There are a few tracks here that are true gems in current pop. Despite its relative lack of success on the pop charts, Maroon 5's single "Misery" is one of their very best. The 80's new wave influenced "Animal" by Neon Trees is deservedly successful across a wide range of radio formats. Nelly's "Just a Dream" gets better each time through and sounds effortless in its timeless pop-R&B sound, and Sara Bareilles shows off her formidable songwriting chops once again on "King of Anything."" -About.com
Four editions of the Now series were released in 2010, with Vol. 36 capping off the year. This compilation covers the usual ground, presenting 20 tracks that vacillate between pop, modern rock, contemporary country, and R&B. Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" is the album's only number one hit (unless you count Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," which topped the charts in 1969 and is presented here in a remixed Viva Elvis arrangement), but a handful of Top Ten singles are also thrown into the mix, including Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," Kesha's "Take It Off," Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," Nelly's "Just a Dream," and B.o.B's "Magic." Meanwhile, the "What's Next" section highlights newcomers like Sick Puppies and the Secret Sisters. ~ Andrew Leahey