By Request: NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! #1's [2006]

The anonymous email read: "Here's a challenge for your NOW (sic) scale!  NOW #1's!!!"  

HERC said he wouldn't use the Now scale again anytime soon but he was challenged.  (And how hard is it to type numbers into a spreadsheet?)  The thing about Now That's What I Call Music! #1's (aka Now #1's) is that like every other #1s album (Beatles, Elvis, Bee Gees, Abba, etc) HERC has encountered, the title is a little misleading; while all of the songs may have reached #1 on some chart, not all of them were Number One songs on Billboard's industry standard Hot 100 chart.  Now #1's came out in 2006 and features 20 songs culled from the first twenty volumes of Now That's What I Call Music! here in the States.  More accurately it features at least one track from every volume except the eight pictured below:

Granted, both Now 13 and Now 20 lack any Hot 100 Number Ones at all but the other six discs feature thirteen #1s between them.  So just how many certified chart-toppers, bona fide Number Ones does Now #1's contain?  Here's the album's scorecard from the Now scale:

NOW #1s (2006)
K-tel Scale:
Billboard Top 40s
Hot In HerreNelly11
Hey Ya!Outkast119
Hollaback GirlGwen Stefani1815
SurvivorDestiny's Child263
Love Don't Cost A ThingJennifer Lopez34039
All For YouJanet Jackson111
Bye Bye Bye*NSYNC425
...Baby One More TimeBritney Spears1
Bump, Bump, BumpB2K feat P. Diddy121
I TryMacy Gray521
I Knew I Loved YouSavage Garden11
Pieces Of MeAshlee Simpson530
AgainLenny Kravitz423
All StarSmash Mouth42
Absolutely (Story of A Girl)Nine Days610
Kryptonite3 Doors Down31
How You Remind MeNickelback11
With Arms Wide OpenCreed11
Hanging By A MomentLifehouse21
The ReasonHoobastank2117

HERC counts nine Number Ones in the Pop column which represents the Hot 100 exclusively.  All but one track managed to crossover to another listed chart. R&B (the R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart) was substituted for COU (Country Singles chart) this time around because Now #1's contains no Country songs.  (For identification of other charts used in the Now scale, read this.)  With no songs charting below #6 and all but one crossover song, Now #1's scores a 37.31, which if eligible, would place it at #2 in the rankings behind reigning champ Music Machine, which incidentally also had nine Number One Hot 100 songs.  Before we put the Now scale to rest, here's Now #1's in Spotify playlist form.

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