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Ultimate Dance Party: The Best Of

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6/18/2002

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This best-of edition in the long-running Ultimate Dance Party compiles a variety of the most popular songs from previous editions along with a few surprises. The surprises include Exposé's "Point of No Return" and Taylor Dayne's "Tell It to My Heart." Unlike the other 17 songs on this collection, these two date from the late '80s rather than the late '90s, long before BMG began the Ultimate Dance Party series. Yet these two songs fit in surprisingly well despite their age, sounding very modern yet heavily infused with nostalgia for a time when dance music was still evolving. Elsewhere, this collection rounds up few surprises: gigantic hits like Snap!'s "Rhythm Is a Dancer," Haddaway's "What Is Love," Ace of Base's "Beautiful Life," the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems," Next's "Too Close," and many, many more without throwing in novelty hits like "Macarena." Each of these featured songs carry substantial history with them, infused with as much nostalgia as the two late-'80s songs. It's hard not to remember random nights long ago when you were dancing carelessly to these songs with youthful abandon. These were anthems to many dance parties, for sure, and though they probably best belong in the past -- they make you feel kinda old! -- it's incredible fun listening to them on special occasions. And because of that, it's certainly nice to have them compiled onto one disc. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rhythm Is a Dancer Snap! 3:50
  3. 2 Point of No Return Exposé 3:28
  4. 3 Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) Monica 4:11
  5. 4 Beautiful Life Ace of Base 3:37
  6. 5 Tell It to My Heart [T-Empo Mix] Taylor Dayne 3:39
  7. 6 Children Robert Miles 4:0
  8. 7 Another Night The Real McCoy 3:55
  9. 8 Insomnia [Monster Mix Edit] Faithless 3:32
  10. 9 It's Not Right But It's Okay [Thunderpuss Mix] Whitney Houston 4:15
  11. 10 There You Go [Hani Mix] Pink 5:31
  12. 11 Mo Money Mo Problems The Notorious B.I.G. 4:6
  13. 12 What Is Love Haddaway 4:27
  14. 13 Too Close Next 4:16
  15. 14 Nobody's Supposed to Be Here [Hex Hector Dance Mix] Deborah Cox 4:12
  16. 15 It's Like That Run DMC 4:9
  17. 16 I'll Fly With You (L'Amour Toujours) Gigi D'Agostino 3:41
  18. 17 He Loves You Not [HQ2 Mix] Dream 3:47
  19. 18 Summer Girls LFO 4:19
  20. 19 Un-Break My Heart [Soul Solution & Hex Hector Uptempo Mix] Toni Braxton 4:14

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