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Fantastic Songs

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Chasing Pavements - Adele
    2. Grenade - Bruno Mars
    3. Writing on the Wall - Plan B
    4. It's OK - Cee Lo Green
    5. Rollerblades - Eliza Doolittle
    6. Everything - Michael Bubl
    7. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae
    8. Billionaire - Travie McCoy
    9. Smile - Lily Allen
    10. Goodbye Girl - Rumer
    11. Be My Man - Asa
    12. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
    13. Nothing on You - B.o.B - (featuring Bruno Mars)
    14. Babylon - David Gray
    15. Blower's Daughter, The - Damien Rice
    16. New Soul - Yael Nam
    17. I'd Rather Be with You - Joshua Radin
    18. Watcha Say - Jason Derlo
    19. Superstar - Lupe Fiasco
    20. You Got the Love - The Source/Source - (featuring Candi Staton)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Yellow - Coldplay
    2. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
    3. Better Than Today - Kylie Minogue
    4. Stay the Night - James Blunt
    5. Coming Up Easy - Paolo Nutini
    6. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
    7. Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
    8. Breathe Slow - Alesha Dixon
    9. Natural Blues - Moby
    10. I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis
    11. I Know Where It's At - All Saints
    12. If You Don't Know Me by Now - Seal
    13. Heard It All Before - Sunshine Anderson
    14. Driving - Everything But the Girl
    15. Sea, The - Morcheeba
    16. Stay - Shakespear's Sister
    17. What Can I Do? - The Corrs
    18. You've Got It - Simply Red
    19. Fall at Your Feet - Crowded House
    20. I Go to Sleep - The Pretenders
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 168

  • Credits

    With a track list that appears to have been cherry-picked from the previous 12 months' Radio 2 playlists, Rhino compilation Fantastic Songs features 40 contemporary easy listening chart hits designed to soundtrack the perfect summer's day. While Adele's airplay staple "Chasing Pavements" isn't the most imaginative of starts, the majority of the two-CD collection presents a welcome selection of lesser-known songs from newly established artists (Plan B's "Writing's on the Wall," Eliza Doolittle's "Mr. Medicine"), multi-million-selling pop stalwarts (Kylie Minogue's "Better Than Today," Seal's "If You Don't Know Me by Now"), and acts on the verge of a commercial breakthrough (Asa's "Be My Man," the Overtones' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"). Elsewhere, there are tracks past and present from a plethora of acoustic singer/songwriters (Damien Rice, Paolo Nutini, David Gray), U.S. urban stars (Jason Derlo, Lupe Fiasco, Gnarls Barkley), jazz-soul revivalists (Norah Jones, Rumer, Corinne Bailey Rae), and housewife favorites (Michael Bubl, Simply Red, James Blunt). In addition to recent number ones from Bruno Mars ("Grenade") and B.o.B ("Nothin' on You") and Top 20 hits from Joshua Radin ("I'd Rather Be with You") and Cee Lo Green ("It's OK"), there is also an eclectic assortment of '80s/'90s/2000s classics, the highlights of which are Crowded House's tender acoustic ballad "Fall at Your Feet," Morcheeba's sun-soaked trip-hop of "The Sea," and Sunshine Anderson's feisty R&B anthem "Heard It All Before." Eschewing the more ubiquitous numbers found on similar releases, Fantastic Songs is a consistently pleasant listen that provides casual music fans with the chance to discover both new material and new artists, while also offering a more reassuring familiar treasure trove of MOR pop favorites. ~ Jon O'Brien

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