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NOW That's What I Call 40 Years

  • Released: 24/11/2023
  • Label: Now
  • Genre: Pop

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3LP

Celebrate 40 years of compilations with NOW That’s What I Call 40 Years – 43 tracks across 3 LPs - honouring the legacy with a selection of the best from 40 years of NOW. Take the journey from the first edition back in 1983, right up to the present day. The 3 LPs are each pressed in different colours, reflecting the artwork in stunning blue, white and violet.

Opening with 1983’s biggest selling single ‘Karma Chameleon’ from Culture Club, before #1s from UB40 and Bonnie Tyler, and the huge hits ‘Radio Ga Ga’ by Queen, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ from Tina Turner, and ‘Pipes Of Peace’ by Paul McCartney. Mid-80s pop gold from Eurythmics, Peter Gabriel and The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris are up next alongside legendary rap/rock collaboration ‘Walk This Way’ from RUN DMC feat. Aerosmith, and chart-toppers from Pet Shop Boys and Soul II Soul & Caron Wheeler. LP1 closes with The KLF and Tammy Wynette’s collaboration ‘Justified And Ancient’, and ‘Ordinary World’, a huge hit from 1993 for Duran Duran.

LP2 includes massive #1s from Meat Loaf, Coolio & L.V., and Oasis, before era-defining hits from Spice Girls, George Michael, and Robbie Williams. Flip the vinyl over for the mega-selling ‘Believe’ from Cher, Britney Spears’ debut ‘…Baby One More Time’ and Kylie Minogue’s biggest hit ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’. The journey continues through the Noughties with Girls Aloud, S Club, The Black Eyed Peas and Take That with ‘Rule The World’.The final LP kicks off with Coldplay’s first #1 ‘Viva La Vida’, and the huge dance-pop hit ‘Bad Romance’ from Lady Gaga ahead of One Direction’s debut, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’, and Ed Sheeran’s first #1 ‘Sing’. The side finishes with ‘Uptown Funk’ from Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, and pop magic from Little Mix with ‘Black Magic’.

George Ezra’s #1 ‘Shotgun’ leads the final side alongside Calvin Harris and Sam Smith’s collaboration on ‘Promises’, and the signature song from Lewis Capaldi. The Weeknd’s global smash hit ‘Blinding Lights’ brings the collection into the ‘20s, followed by the massive debut ‘Heat Waves’ from Glass Animals. ‘Cold Heart’ - the #1 pairing of Elton John & Dua Lipa is followed by David Guetta & Bebe Rexha’s #1 ‘I’m Good (Blue)’… and as we reach 2023, Loreen’s Eurovision winner ‘Tattoo’ features ahead of the final track - taken from the Summer of 2023 - ‘Padam Padam’ from Kylie Minogue – an artist who has enjoyed - much like NOW That’s What I Call Music - continued success during five decades from the ‘80s to the ‘20s.

NOW That’s What I Call 40 Years – celebrating NOW’s legacy with Massive Pop Hits from the past 40 years.

5CD

Celebrate 40 years of huge hits with NOW That’s What I Call 40 Years – 100 tracks across 5 CDs - honouring the legacy with a selection of the best from 40 years of NOW. Take the journey from the first edition back in 1983, right up to the present day – making at least one stop at every year in between.

Opening with 1983’s biggest selling single ‘Karma Chameleon’ from Culture Club, before #1s from UB40 and Bonnie Tyler, and the huge hit ‘Radio Ga Ga’ by Queen. Signature smashes from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tina Turner, and Wham! follow ahead of mid-80s gold from Eurythmics, Peter Gabriel, Bananarama and The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris. The collaboration between Run DMC & Aerosmith and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ are both legendary rock anthems, and the first disc closes with #1s from T’Pau, Pet Shop Boys and S’Express.

Disc Two presents floor-fillers from Yazz & The Plastic Population and Womack & Womack plus ‘Back To Life…’ from Soul II Soul & Caron Wheeler. The timeless version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ by Sinéad O'Connor ushers in the ‘90s and is followed by #1s from Elton John, Shakespears Sister and SNAP! The smash-hit collaboration between The KLF and Tammy Wynette features along with sophisticated ballads from Duran Duran, The Pretenders and Sade. Massive #1s from Freddie Mercury, Meat Loaf, Wet Wet Wet and Coolio & L.V. follow before Oasis close the disc with ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.1996’s #1s included ‘Wannabe’ by Spice Girls, and ‘Fastlove’ by George Michael – and they open

Disc Three – ahead of a run of pure pop gems from Eternal feat. Bebe Winans, All Saints, Boyzone, Steps, Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’, and from 1999, the debut ‘…Baby One More Time’ from Britney Spears. Other superstar smashes on this disc include ‘Angels’ from Robbie Williams, ‘Believe’ from Cher and Kylie Minogue’s biggest hit ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’. Incredible R&B from Mary J. Blige, and The Black Eyed Peas is included alongside artists who launched from TV talent shows to achieve massive success; Girls Aloud, and closing the disc, Will Young.

Disc Four kicks off with a run of huge selling #1s from James Blunt, Westlife, Gnarls Barkley and MIKA, before the amazing vocals of Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis. Pop royalty Take That feature with ‘Rule The World’ and Coldplay enjoyed their first #1 in 2008 with ‘Viva La Vida’. Pop gold from P!NK and The Killers, and the huge dance-pop hits ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga, and ‘On The Floor’ from Jennifer Lopez follow; and 2011 saw Lana Del Rey make her debut with ‘Video Games’, and One Direction with “What Makes You Beautiful’. PSY had a global sensation, Pharrell Williams went to #1 with ‘Happy’, and the disc ends with the anthemic ‘Let It Go’ by Idina Menzel from ‘Frozen’.

The final disc opens with ‘Sing’ - the first #1 for Ed Sheeran, leading a line-up of stellar chart-toppers from Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, Little Mix, Justin Bieber and George Ezra. There’s huge dance-pop from Dua Lipa, and ‘Promises’ from Calvin Harris with Sam Smith – and Keala Settle’s ‘This Is Me’ from the movie and soundtrack mega-hit ‘The Greatest Showman’. Huge era-defining songs from Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish and The Weeknd bring the collection into the ‘20s. Up next are introductory hits from Glass Animals and Olivia Rodrigo, along with more #1s from Lil Nas X, Elton John & Dua Lipa and David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. The Eurovision Song Contest in 2022 provided a huge hit for Sam Ryder, and in 2023 for Loreen… the final track, taken from the Summer of 2023 is ‘Padam Padam’ from Kylie Minogue – an artist who has enjoyed - much like NOW That’s What I Call Music! - continued success during five decades from the ‘80s to the ‘20s.

NOW That’s What I Call 40 Years – celebrating NOW’s legacy with Massive Pop Hits from the past 40 years.

Tracklist

3LP

LP1 - SIDE A: Artist Track
1 Culture Club Karma Chameleon
2 UB40 Red Red Wine
3 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
4 Queen Radio Ga Ga
5 Paul McCartney Pipes Of Peace
6 Tina Turner What’s Love Got To Do With It
7 Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)


LP1 - SIDE B:
1 Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
2 RUN DMC feat. Aerosmith Walk This Way
3 The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris Don’t Leave Me This Way 
4 Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind
5 Soul II Soul & Caron Wheeler Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
6 The KLF feat. Tammy Wynett Justified And Ancient
7 Duran Duran Ordinary World


LP2 - SIDE A:
1 Meat Loaf I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
2 Coolio, L.V. Gangsta's Paradise
3 Oasis Don't Look Back In Anger
4 Spice Girls Wannabe
5 George Michael Fastlove
6 Robbie Williams Angels


LP2 - SIDE B:
1 Cher Believe
2 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
3 S Club Don't Stop Movin'
4 Kylie Minogue Can't Get You Out Of My Head
5 Girls Aloud Sound Of The Underground
6 The Black Eyed Peas Where Is The Love?
7 Take That Rule The World


LP3 - SIDE A:
1 Coldplay Viva La Vida
2 Lady Gaga Bad Romance
3 One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
4 Pharrell Williams Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")
5 Ed Sheeran Sing
6 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk
7 Little Mix Black Magic


LP3 - SIDE B:
1 George Ezra Shotgun
2 Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Promises
3 Lewis Capaldi Someone You Loved
4 The Weeknd Blinding Lights
5 Glass Animals Heat Waves
6 Elton John & Dua Lipa Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
7 David Guetta & Bebe Rexha I'm Good (Blue)
8 Loreen Tattoo
9 Kylie Minogue Padam Padam

5CD

CD1 Artist Track
1 Culture Club Karma Chameleon
2 UB40 Red Red Wine
3 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
4 Queen Radio Ga Ga
5 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax
6 Paul McCartney Pipes Of Peace
7 Tina Turner What’s Love Got To Do With It
8 Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
9 Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters
10 Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
11 Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
12 Billy Ocean When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
13 Bananarama Venus
14 The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris Don’t Leave Me This Way 
15 RUN DMC feat. Aerosmith Walk This Way
16 Bon Jovi Livin' On A Prayer
17 T'Pau China In Your Hand
18 Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind
19 S'Express Theme From S-Express

CD2
1 Yazz & The Plastic Population The Only Way Is Up
2 Womack & Womack Teardrops
3 Kim Wilde You Came
4 Marc Almond & Gene Pitney Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
5 Soul II Soul & Caron Wheeler Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
6 Sinéad O’Connor Nothing Compares 2 U
7 Elton John Sacrifice
8 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Jason Donovan Any Dream Will Do (From "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat")
9 Shakespears Sister Stay
10 The KLF feat. Tammy Wynette Justified And Ancient
11 SNAP! Rhythm Is A Dancer
12 Duran Duran Ordinary World
13 Sade No Ordinary Love
14 Freddie Mercury Living On My Own
15 Meat Loaf I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
16 Wet Wet Wet Love Is All Around (From "Four Weddings And A Funeral" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
17 The Pretenders I'll Stand By You
18 Coolio, L.V. Gangsta's Paradise
19 Oasis Don't Look Back In Anger

CD3
1 Spice Girls Wannabe
2 George Michael Fastlove
3 Eternal feat. Bebe Winans I Wanna Be The Only One
4 All Saints Never Ever
5 Aqua Barbie Girl
6 Natalie Imbruglia Torn
7 Robbie Williams Angels
8 Boyzone No Matter What
9 Cher Believe
10 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
11 Steps Tragedy
12 Gabrielle Rise
13 S Club Don't Stop Movin'
14 Kylie Minogue Can't Get You Out Of My Head
15 Mary J. Blige Family Affair
16 Sophie Ellis-Bextor Murder On The Dancefloor
17 Girls Aloud Sound Of The Underground
18 Justin Timberlake Cry Me A River
19 The Black Eyed Peas Where Is The Love?
20 Will Young Leave Right Now

CD4
1 James Blunt You're Beautiful
2 Westlife You Raise Me Up
3 Gnarls Barkley Crazy
4 MIKA Grace Kelly
5 Amy Winehouse Back To Black
6 Leona Lewis Bleeding Love
7 Take That Rule The World
8 P!NK So What
9 Coldplay Viva La Vida
10 The Killers Human
11 Lady Gaga Bad Romance
12 Katy Perry Firework
13 Jennifer Lopez On The Floor
14 Lana Del Rey Video Games
15 One Direction What Makes You Beautiful
16 PSY Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
17 Bastille Pompeii
18 Pharrell Williams Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")
19 Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball
20 Sia Chandelier
21 Idina Menzel Let It Go (From "Frozen")

CD5
1 Ed Sheeran Sing
2 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk
3 Little Mix Black Magic
4 Shawn Mendes Stitches
5 Justin Bieber Love Yourself
6 Rag'n'Bone Man Human
7 Dua Lipa New Rules
8 George Ezra Shotgun
9 Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Promises
10 Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble This Is Me
11 Lewis Capaldi Someone You Loved
12 Billie Eilish bad guy
13 The Weeknd Blinding Lights
14 Glass Animals Heat Waves
15 Olivia Rodrigo drivers license
16 Lil Nas X MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
17 Elton John & Dua Lipa Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
18 Sam Ryder SPACE MAN
19 David Guetta & Bebe Rexha I'm Good (Blue)
20 Loreen Tattoo
21 Kylie Minogue Padam Padam