Sure there have been Eighties compilations in the Now That's What I Call Music series before; the series itself began in 1983 in the UK and several Eighties themed comps have been released here in the U.S. under the Now! banner as well.  Now those daft, cheeky bastards in white lab coats at Now World Headquarters have concocted a triple disc set entitled Now That's What I Call The 80s and scheduled it for release on November 6, 2015, just in time for the Holiday gift giving season.  Let's take a look under the bonnet, kick the tires and if it feels right, maybe just maybe take her out for a test drive.
titleartistyearUK chart peak
1Under PressureQueen + David Bowie19811
2Billie JeanMichael Jackson19831
3The Winner Takes It AllABBA19801
4Every Little Thing She Does Is MagicThe Police19811
5A Town Called MaliceThe Jam19821
6Our HouseMadness19825
7Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)Eurythmics19832
8Take On Mea-ha19852
9The Tide Is HighBlondie19801
10Red Red WineUB4019831
11Do You Really Want To Hurt MeCulture Club19821
12RelaxFrankie Goes To Hollywood19831
13GoldSpandau Ballet19832
14The Look Of LoveABC19824
15Wake Me Up Before You Go-GoWham!19841
16Come On EileenDexy's Midnight Runners19821
17Don't You Want MeThe Human League19811
18Tainted LoveSoft Cell19811
19Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)A Flock Of Seagulls198210
21All Night Long (All Night)Lionel Richie19832
22I Wanna Dance With SomebodyWhitney Houston19871
23Upside DownDiana Ross19802
24TeardropsWomack & Womack19883
25Keep On Movin'Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler19895
26All Around The WorldLisa Stansfield19891
27FameIrene Cara19821
28I Should Be So LuckyKylie Minogue19881
29Feels Like I'm In LoveKelly Marie19801
30Too Many Broken HeartsJason Donovan19891
31When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get GoingBilly Ocean19861
32When Will I Be Famous?Bros19872
33Never Gonna Give You UpRick Astley19871
34I Think We’re Alone NowTiffany19881
35The Only Way Is UpYazz & the Plastic Population19881
36Buffalo StanceNeneh Cherry19883
37Pump Up The VolumeM/A/R/R/S19871
38Pump Up The JamTechnotronic19892
39Ride On TimeBlack Box19891
40FaithGeorge Michael19872
41Uptown GirlBilly Joel19831
42Manic MondayThe Bangles19862
43Total Eclipse Of The HeartBonnie Tyler19831
44China In Your HandT'Pau19871
45We Built This CityStarship198512
46Heaven Is A Place On EarthBelinda Carlisle19871
47With A Little Help From My FriendsWet Wet Wet19881
48The Power Of LoveJennifer Rush19851
49Move CloserPhyllis Nelson19851
50I Want To Wake Up With YouBoris Gardner19861
51The Lady In RedChris De Burgh19861
52Especially For YouKylie Minogue & Jason Donovan19881
53I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On MeNik Kershaw19842
54A Good HeartFergal Sharkey19851
55If You Let Me StayTerence Trent D'Arby19877
56Prince CharmingAdma & the Ants19811
57The Lion Sleeps TonightTight Fit19821
58Down UnderMen At Work19831
59Making Your Mind UpBucks Fizz19811
60Green DoorShakin' Stevens19811

This bad boy is stacked with an incredible 42 UK Number Ones from the Eighties and another 11 Number Twos.  Heck, only one of the sixty tracks failed to make the UK Top 10 and that song was the US Number One "We Built This City" by Starship.  At best, a little more than half the songs on Now That's What I Call The 80s should be recognizable by American ears but on the flipside, avid buyers of previous UK Now albums will already have about 40 of these songs on Now albums 1-16 as well as the Millennium and 10th Anniversary series of albums devoted to individual years within the decade of the Eighties.  Of course, pop music lovers, especially the voracious species that buys the Now That's What I Call Music albums will more than likely already have these songs on 45, LP, CD or mp3 and still buy or download the album.  Heck, even if you picked up the 2007 version of Now That's What I Call The 80s, you'll only be getting five of the same songs on the 2015 model.


Official Now That's What I Call Music Spotify playlists:
Now That's What I Call 80s [UK 2007]
Now That's What I Call 80s Dance [UK 2013]
Now 80s: A 200 Song Playlist [UK 2012]
Now 80s: A 500+ Song Playlist [Denmark 2012]

My own posts and playlists:


  1. Interesting mix of very known songs to me and about a dozen surprises too (i.e. very UK tracks that never hit here across the pond in the U.S.A.).

  2. More misses than hits on this one. Surprised they didn't ask me curate this one. Maybe next time.