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on 12 February 2016
HISTORY:

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.

CONTENT:

Now That’s What I Call Music 86 was released in UK on November 18, 2013, and debut at Number 1 on the UK album compilation chart. Although a song listing is included on Amazon.ca, I have compiled a more detailed listing (with chart position in US & UK, with personal comments), which is as follows:

Disc 1:
01 Roar – Katy Perry (US 1/2013; UK 1/2013)
02 Counting Stars – OneRepublic (US 3/2013; UK 1/2013)
03 Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo, featuring 1 Chainz (US 102/2013; UK 1/2013)
04 We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus (US 2/2013; UK 1/2013)
05 Wake Me Up – Avicii (US 4/2013; UK 1/2013)
06 Look Right Through – Storm Queen (MK Vocal Edit)(UK 1/2013)
07 Animals – Martin Garrix (US 51/2013; UK 1/2013)
08 Burn – Ellie Goulding (US 13/2013; UK 1/2013)
09 Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake, featuring Majid Jordan (US 4/2013; UK 4/2013)
10 You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You – James Arthur (UK 2/2013)*follow-up to his No. 1 hit Impossible
11 Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys (US 99/2013; UK 11/2013)
12 Royals – Lorde (US 1(9)/2013; UK 1/2013)
13 Foxes - Youth (US 12/2013)
14 Applause – Lady Gaga (US 4/2013; UK 4/2013)
15 Gorilla – Bruno Mars (US 22/2013; UK 62/2013)
16 Best Song Ever- One Direction (US 2/2013; UK 2/2013)
17 It’s My Party – Jessie J (UK 3/2013)
18 Can We Dance – Vamps (UK 2/2013)
19 Juliet – Lawson (UK 3/2013)
20 Show Me Love (America) – The Wanted (UK 8/2013)
21 Bonfire Heart – James Blunt (UK 4/2013)
22 Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen (UK 1/2013)

Disc 2:
01 Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (Calvin Harris Remix) – Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr, featuring Beardyman (UK 3/2013)
02 Thinking About You – Calvin Harris, featuring Ayah Marar (UK 8/2013)
03 You Make Me – Avicii (SWEDEN 1/2013; US 85/2013; UK 5/2013)
04 Earthquake – DJ Fresh vs Diplo, featuring Dominique Young Unique (UK 4/2013)
05 Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine) – Klangkarussell, featuring Will Heard (UK 3/2013)
06 Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais (UK 4/2013)
07 Bang Bang – will.i.am (UK 3/2013)* a brand new mix featuring vocals from Leah McFall, previously unavailable on any format
08 What I Might Do – Ben Pearce (UK 7/2013)
09 Count On Me – Chase and Status, featuring Moko (UK 28/2013; UK DANCE 1/2013)
10 Children Of The Sun – Tinie Tempah, featuring John Martin (UK 6/2013)
11 Other Side Of Love – Sean Paul (UK 7/2013)
12 R U Crazy – Conor Maynard (UK 4/2013)
13 Lifted – Naughty Boy, featuring Emeli Sande (UK 8/2013)
14 Lost Generation – Rizzle Kicks (UK 6/2013)
15 Boom Boom (Heartbeat) – Ray Foxx, featuring Rachel K. Collier (UK 12/2013)
16 Cheating – John Newman (UK 8/2013)
17 Big When I Was Little – Eliza Doolittle (UK 12/2013)
18 Disco Love – The Saturdays (UK 5/2013)
19 Afterglow – Wilkinson (UK 8/2013; UK DANCE 1/2013)
20 Booyah – Showtek, featuring We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson (UK 5/2013; UK DANCE 1/2013)
21 Something Really Bad – Dizzee Rascal, featuring will.i.am (UK 10/2013)
22 The Fox (What Does The Fox Say) – Ylvis (US 6/2013; UK 17/2013; NORWAY 1/2013)*the line dance is as fun as the song!
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.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

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. If you like modern pop music, the UK Now series is the best of all: 2 CDs with 44 songs, while Now 48 (US) has only 20 song. This set is highly recommended.
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on 4 April 2017
My niece loved this cd
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on 31 March 2017
exactly as described
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on 16 April 2017
great driving music for the car
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on 28 March 2017
as i would have expected
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on 20 April 2017
This DVD was thoroughly enjoyed by my grandson.
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on 3 May 2017
magic
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on 2 June 2015
Good
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on 10 September 2014
Good cd
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on 25 February 2014
I was given this as a gift and I love it! Most of the songs are great and there's a good mix, but, as with any music compilation there are some less good songs. I would definitely recommend this!
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