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Now That’s What I Call Music 85 (2CDs): 44 charted pop songs with perfect sound!
on 12 February 2016
Now That's What I Call Music! (1983–present) (often shortened to Now!) is a series of various artists compilation albums released in the United Kingdom and Ireland by EMI. Spinoff series were later introduced in South Africa (1984) and many other countries worldwide, including the United States in 1998, and Israel in 1999. Since its launch in the UK in 1983, the series has amassed over 100 million album sales worldwide, and each volume always debut at Number 1 on the UK album chart.
Now That’s What I Call Music 85 was released in UK on July 22, 2013, and debut at Number 1 on the UK album chart. Although a song listing is included on Amazon.ca, I have compiled a more detailed listing (with chart position in US, UK and Canada, with personal comments), which is as follows:
01 Get Lucky – Daft Punk (US 2/2013; UK 1/2013; CAN 2/2013)*in US & Canada, the Number 1 spot was denied by Blurred Lines
02 Blurred Lines (No Rap version) – Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell (US 1(12)/2013; UK 1/2013; CAN 1/2013)*the regular version contains rap by T.I.; No. 1 for 12 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 and counting; could be unseated by Roar from Katy Perry next week; the Number 1 song of 2013; sold 5 million copies in US, 1 million in UK.
03 Let Her Go – Passenger (US 62/2013; UK 2/2013; CAN 24/2013)*British song writer, featuring Australian musicians
04 Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (US 2/2013; US POP 1/2013; UK 1/2013; CAN 4/2013)*original version on CD over 7 minutes; this is the radio edit version, used also for line dance; great performance on recent MTV Award show by Justin Timberlake; sold 2.2 million in US
05 La La La – Naughty Boy, featuring Sam Smith (UK 1/2013)*fastest selling single of 2013 in UK; Naughty Boy, British producer, featuring British singer Sam Smith
06 I Love It (clean version) – Icona Pop, featuring Charli XCX (US 7/2013; UK 1/2013; CAN 9/2013)*Swedish duo; the explicit version is found in their CD This Is…; sold 2.05 million in US
07 Love Me Again – John Newman (UK 1/2013)*debut single by British soul singer
08 The Other Side – Jason Derulo (US 18/2013; US POP 5/2013; UK 2/2013; CAN 5/2013)*from his upcoming third studio album Tattoos
09 True Love – Pink, featuring Lily Allen (US 59/2013; UK 16/2013; CAN 22/2013)*4th single from her album The Truth About Love; not as big as Blow Me (One More Kiss), Try and Just Give Me A Reason; written by Pink
10 22 – Taylor Swift (US 20/2013; UK 9/2013; CAN 20/2013)*described the joy of being 22 years old; from her multi-platinum Red album
11 Walks Like Rihanna – The Wanted (UK 4/2013)*from this British-Irish boy band’s upcoming third studio album Word Of Mouth
12 Treasure – Bruno Mars (US 5/2013; UK 12/2013; CAN 4/2013)*3rd single release from his Unorthodox Jukebox album; performed recently in MTV Award show
13 Dear Darlin’ – Olly Murs (UK 5/2013)*British singer, from his 3rd album Right Place Right Time
14 Heart Attack – Demi Lovato (US 10/2013; US DANCE 1/2013; UK 3/2013; CAN 7/2013)*lead single from her 4th studio album Demi
15 Come & Get It – Selena Gomez (US 6/2013; US DANCE 1/2013; UK 8/2013; CAN 6/2013)*lead single from her solo debut album Star Dance, which debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200; currently on tour; visited Toronto recently; she will concentrate more time in making movies from now on
16 Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble – PJ & Duncan (UK 9/1994; UK 1/2013)*1994 song by Ant & Dec, then known as PJ & Duncan; re-released in 2013 & reached #1; royalty donated to the charity ChildLine
17 Bounce – Iggy Azalea (UK 13/2013)*from Australian hip hop singer; as the second single from her upcoming debut studio album The New Classic
18 Antenna – Fuse ODG (UK 7/2013)*Nana Richard Abiona (born London, 1988), known by his stage name Fuse ODG, is a British musician of Ghanaian descent
19 Hey Porsche – Nelly (US 42/2013; UK 6/2013; CAN 26/2013)* as the lead single from his upcoming seventh studio album M.O.; Nelly’s recent involvement in Florida Georgia Lines’ song Cruise, which becomes the longest running #1 song on Billboard Country Chart for 24 weeks!
20 Still Into You – Paramore (US 45/2013; UK 15/2013; CAN 78/2013)* as the second single from their self-titled fourth album, Paramore; Hayley Williams’ vocals strong and effective
21 Radioactive – Imagine Dragons (US 3/2013; US ALT 1/2013; US ROCK 1/2013; UK 12/2013; CAN 2/2013)*opening track to their debut album Night Visions
22 Lighters (The One) – Gabz (UK 6/2013)* British singer-songwriter from Stevenage, England, who reached the final of the seventh series of Britain's Got Talent in 2013
01 Waiting All Night – Rudimental, featuring Ella Eyre (UK 1/2013)*English quartet Rudimental featuring vocals from Ella Eyre; as the third single from their debut studio album Home
02 Wild – Jessie J, featuring Big Sean & Dizzee Rascal (UK 5/2013)*the lead single from her upcoming second studio album, Alive
03 Need U (100%) – Duke Dumont, featuring A*M*E (UK 1/2013)* British dance musician and DJ Duke Dumont featuring vocals from singer-songwriter A*M*E
04 #thatPower – Will.i.am, featuring Justin Bieber (US 17/2013; UK 2/2013; CAN 6/2013)*3rd single from the album #willpower; written by Justin Bieber and DJ Ammo with Will.i.am; Justin Bieber lost a $70,000 gold necklace during an incident in a Toronto nightclub
05 Play Hard – David Guetta, featuring Ne-Yo & Akon (US 64/2013; US DANCE 2/2013; UK 6/2013; CAN 34/2013)* by French DJ and record producer David Guetta, featuring vocals from Ne-Yo and Akon; total of 9 single releases from Nothing But the Beat and Nothing But The Beat 2.0…simply amazing!
06 I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris, featuring Ellie Goulding (US 16/2013; US DANCE 1/2013; UK 4/2013; CAN 13/2013)*7th single from Scottish producer & DJ Calvin Harris’ album 18 months; featuring vocal from Ellie Goulding; sold 500,000 copies in US
07 Feel This Moment – Pitbull, featuring Christina Aguilera (US 8/2013; US DANCE 1/2013; UK 5/2013; CAN 4/2013)*clever use of melody from Take On Me by A-ha; from Pitbull’s 7th studio album Global Warming; Christina Aguilera and Pit Bull performed this song live at MGM Grand during the 2013 Billboard Music awards with a surprise appearance from Morten Harket from the group A-ha who originally wrote and composed Take On Me.
08 Reload – Sebastian Ingrosso, featuring Tommy Trash & John Martin (US DANCE 4/2013; UK 3/2013)* by Swedish house producer Sebastian Ingrosso and Australian producer Tommy Trash.
09 This Is What It Feels Like – Armin van Buuren, featuring Trevor Guthrie (US 115/2013; US DANCE 12/2013; UK 6/2013; CAN 6/2013)* by Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, featuring vocals from Canadian singer Trevor Guthrie; great song!
10 Lost & Not Found – Chase & Status, featuring Louis M^ttrs (UK 9/2013)* by British record production duo Chase & Status, featuring vocals from British singer Louis M^ttrs
11 So Good To Me – Chris Malinchak (UK 2/2013)* by American DJ and record producer Chris Malinchak
12 You & Me – Disclosure, featuring Eliza Doolittle (UK 10/2013)* British electronic garage-house duo Disclosure, featuring vocals from Eliza Doolittle; 3rd single from the duo's debut studio album, Settle
13 Jack – Breach (UK 9/2013)* by British producer Breach
14 Lights On – Wiley, featuring Angel & Tinchy Stryder (UK 9/2013)* from British grime artist Wiley, featuring vocals from British singer/songwriter, rapper and record producer Angel and Ghanaian-British musician Tinchy Stryder; as the fourth single from his eighth studio album The Ascent
15 Goin’ Crazy – Dizzee Rascal, featuring Robbie Williams (UK 5/2013)* by Dizzee Rascal, featuring vocals from English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams
16 Gentleman – Psy (US 5/2013; UK 10/2013; CAN 9/2013)* follow-up to his international hit single Gangnam Style
17 Chocolate – The 1975 (UK 19/2013)* by British alternative rock band The 1975
18 Carry You – Union J (UK 6/2013)* by British boy band Union J (4 young handsome lads)
19 Gentleman – The Saturdays (UK 14/2013)*as the 3rd single by English-Irish girl group The Saturdays from their upcoming fourth studio album; completely different song from Psy’s version of the same name
20 On My Way – Charlie Brown (UK 7/2013)* by British singer-songwriter Charlie Brown
21 Another Love – Tom Odell (UK 10/2013)* by British singer-songwriter Tom Odell, the 3rd single from Odell's debut studio album Long Way Down
22 It’s A Beautiful Day – Michael Buble (US 94/2013; US AC 7/2013; UK 10/2013; CAN 20/2013)*1st single from his 8th studio album To Be Loved, which debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200
The remastered audio from this set is simply PERFECT! I wish other producers will take note and take the same care in presenting their music.
I personally keep an eye on the weekly US charts (Billboard Hot 100, AC and C&W) and UK charts. I am quite familiar with most of the songs in this set. Many songs are popular only in UK and are difficult or expensive to find over here in Canada. Now series presents a good way to collect these UK gems. The sound of the entire set is perfect, vibrant and clean. Only minor note is that certain versions are chosen, not necessary the charted versions, like Blurred Lines without T.I. rapping and Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors shortened, I Love It by Iconic Pop, being the clean version. Still if you like modern pop music, the UK Now series is the best of all: 2 CDs with 44 songs, while Now 47 (US) has only 20 song. This set is highly recommended.