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Wild 2 Nite - Various Artists - Universal As another year of clubbing begins, this compilation tries to document a snapshot of the year gone by with the best music from the UK and US charts. Dance music has become more R&B and pop-centric since the end of the nineties, and this album shows that 2005 was no exception.

The straight-up Top 40 orientation makes Wild 2 Nite a great retrospective. Maybe you're having trouble remembering that hit you heard in a club recently? Get this collection, and worry no more. There are a few really big verifiable hits on here, such as The Pussycat Dolls doing last year’s biggest radio hit Don’t Cha, Mariah Carey with the chart topping It’s Like That and the Black Eyed Peas doing their Don’t Phunk With My Heart. The sixteen tracks are a mélange of styles from danceable hip-hop, sharing space with straight-ahead pop. Super-dopey tunes like Nelly’s Ride With Me and Will Smith’s Party Starter give this collection its kitschy appeal, but to compensate there are the giddy delights of 50 Cent and Kayne West.

It doesn't get five stars because there's a fair amount of dross among the 16 tracks ~ how could there not be? B-Grade hits like Nitty’s Hey Bitty show up here, which makes one ask that sacred question, this instead of the biggest act on the dance floor last year- Crazy Frog?

The track listing also is a little out of date, with most of the songs over here almost out of circulation on MTV or radio, but don’t let that put you off. Still, even if every track might not work back to back, this compilation tries to do right on the button, so if you’re having a party, who cares? And if you play this in your car, it’s sure to go down a storm.

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