'Absolute Hits' was a budget CD collection which covered all genres of music, I was heavily into '80s pop music at the time of it's release in December 2006, and snapped it up in good old Woolworths (RIP).
I found it again after clearing out my CDs, put it on, and realised that I still couldn't part with it - it's like an old friend. This compilation interestingly omits many songs that were a number one in the UK (indeed, I'm not sure if any were chart toppers), and instead picks out tunes that either just missed the top spot (like A ha's 'Take On Me') or were still in the top 20. This is quite welcome, as all to often gems like 'Somewhere In My Heart' by Aztec Camera, 'Back On the Chain Gang' by The Pretenders and 'What Is Love?' by Howard Jones are left off some 80s compilations. This album is where I heard them all first, and with acts of such status as The Smiths and The Cars also present, 'Absolute 80's' is a brilliant album.
This is catchy, clean, sometimes funny, often intelligent (by today's standards) pop rock music, and if you remember the decade, you'll remember most of the songs here.