Thirty five years since it’s first edition, we celebrate the 100th Now album!
by Christopher Smith
Can you believe it?! Now That’s What I Call Music 100. It’s here! An incredible journey that began thirty five years ago and we’ve reached the 100th edition of this indispensable music bible and the soundtrack to all our lives.
So where were you in 1983 and what were you doing? Were you even alive then?!
It was the year Margaret Thatcher won a landslide in the general election. Use of seat belts in cars became law. TV-AM broadcast for the first time.
‘Gandhi’ won eight Academy Awards. The first prototype Dyson cleaner is made. It was also the year that the first mobile phone call was made. The final episode of ‘M*A*S*H’ airs.
Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” was the biggest selling single of the year.
007 celebrated twenty-one years on screen with the release of ‘Octopussy’.
And Virgin Records decided to release a compilation of chart hits, and called it “Now That’s What I Call Music”! It was a brand that was shipped out to the rest of the world, with Now collections being released in the US, Africa and across the Far East.
To date the various formats have collectively sold over one hundred million units globally. It is by far the most successful series of compilation records ever released. And certainly the longest, continuous series of multi-artist releases in chart history.
For fact addicts, the most number of appearances on the UK editions are:
Robbie Williams – 30
Rihanna and Calvin Harris – 27 each
Kylie – 24
Here at talkaboutpopmusic.com we plan to celebrate this milestone with a regular, monthly podcast, where we will discuss EVERY Now album, from number one!
It will be light-hearted, informative, we will discuss what was going on in the world at the time, our favourite songs from the album and also what we were doing in our lives at the time. So we’d like to hear your comments and ideas on this and anything you think we should say, wear or talk about.
We would love to hear your memories on Now Music history too. Have you bought all of the albums? What’s your favourite? What tracks have been left off that you would of liked to seen included?
And what will YOU be doing to celebrate the monumental release of Now 100?
Now That’s What I Call Music 100 is released TODAY (July 20th)!
Update 6th July: Track listing as follows:
1. One Kiss – Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
2. Shotgun – George Ezra
3. Solo – Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato
4. no tears left to cry – Ariana Grande
5. 2002 – Anne-Marie
6. I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne
7. If You’re Over Me – Years & Years
8. Flames – David Guetta & Sia
9. Better Now – Post Malone
10. Rise – Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack
11. Familiar – Liam Payne & J. Balvin
12. Answerphone – Banx & Ranx & Ella Eyre feat. Yxng Bane
13. Bad Vibe – M.O, Lotto Boyzz & Mr Eazi
14. Jackie Chan – Tiësto & Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone
15. First Time – M-22 feat. Medina
16. Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
17. Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
18. The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
19. Love Lies – Khalid & Normani
20. Ring Ring – Jax Jones & Mabel feat. Rich The Kid
21. Only You – Cheat Codes x Little Mix
22. In My Blood – Shawn Mendes
23. You Can’t Hurry Love (GMB Competition Winners) – MU4
24. Red Red Wine – UB40
25. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) – Phil Collins
26. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
27. Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
28. Wannabe – Spice Girls
29. Wonderwall – Oasis
30. Angels – Robbie Williams
31. Believe – Cher
32. …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
33. Reach – S Club 7
34. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
35. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
36. Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake
37. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
38. Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
39. Rule The World – Take That
40. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
41. I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
42. Sing – Ed Sheeran
43. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
44. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
…AND don’t forget to vote in the Now 100 awards!