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NOW – Yearbook 1983


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Celebrating the first year of ‘NOW That’s What I Call Music’ – 1983. ‘Now Yearbook’ presents a stellar selection of 1983’s biggest and best hits… huge chart hits from the year, alongside enduring and well-loved classics…

1983 saw British artists achieving unprecedented success across the world with ‘Every Breath You Take’ from The Police being the year’s biggest seller in the U.S., and ‘Karma Chameleon’ from Culture Club being the top seller in the U.K. Breakthrough acts, achieving their first big hits – all here – include a staggering line-up of future superstars: U2, Eurythmics, Wham!, Paul Young, The Style Council, Marillion and Thompson Twins, to name a few…

A large number of established artists also scored their biggest ever hits in 1983 : Bonnie Tyler produced a global smash with ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’, Billy Joel’s ‘Uptown Girl’ introduced his biggest selling album in the U.K., Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ was the year’s feel-good track, Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ was an instant classic on release, and Tina Turner hit big with ‘Let’s Stay Together’, which would lead to the huge success of the ‘Private Dancer’ album the following year….and not forgetting Genesis, Donna Summer, Mike Oldfield, Joan Armatrading, Robert Plant, and three superstar duets – all of which achieved massive sales : Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes’ theme from ‘An Officer And A Gentleman’ , ‘Up Where We Belong’, the stunning collaboration between Robert Flack & Peabo Bryson on ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love’… and the Bee Gees penned ‘Islands In The Stream’ from Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers… 1983 also saw a number of artists who had seen previous releases on the fringes of the chart achieve mainstream success including The Cure and Echo And The Bunnymen, and former punk and new-wave chart regulars saw renewed success including Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Stranglers, Public Image Limited, and Elvis Costello… Synth Pop continued to dominate and Howard Jones, Tears For Fears, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Simple Minds all enjoyed a hit packed year…alongside electro-dance smashes from Freeez, Malcolm McLaren, Rock Steady Crew and Laura Branigan… whilst New Order delivered a genre defining classic, and a truly iconic 12” single.

…and not forgetting the artists that had been the break-out stars of 80-82: Madness, Adam Ant, Altered Images, Bananarama, and Nick Heyward… alongside some of the most enduring tracks ever including Toto’s ‘Africa’, UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’ and Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much’…

Bringing the year to a close, we feature the Christmas #1 from The Flying Pickets with their cover of ‘Only You’ – and ‘2000 Miles’ from Pretenders, which nearly 40 years later has long established itself as one of the all-time classic Christmas songs…

‘NOW Yearbook 1983’: 80 songs that reflect the charts in the year that ‘NOW’ began… and celebrates the diversity of those charts – from the huge hits that are still played on the radio today, alongside lesser compiled but equally cherished tracks.

Tracklist

4CD

CD 1:
1 Wham! - Club Tropicana
2 Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
3 Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know?
4 Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
5 Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
6 Spandau Ballet - True
7 Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
8 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - Islands In The Stream
9 Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
10 Elton John - I'm Still Standing
11 Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
12 Electric Light Orchestra - Rock 'N' Roll Is King
13 Madness - Wings Of A Dove
14 The Belle Stars - Sign Of The Times
15 Bananarama - Cruel Summer
16 Men At Work - Down Under
17 Joan Armatrading - Drop The Pilot
18 Nick Heyward - Whistle Down The Wind
19 The Style Council - Long Hot Summer
20 Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know
21 UB40 - Red Red Wine
CD 2:
1 Irene Cara - Flashdance…What A Feeling
2 Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night)
3 KC & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up
4 Tina Turner - Let's Stay Together
5 Donna Summer - She Works Hard For The Money
6 Laura Branigan - Gloria
7 Freeez - I.O.U.
8 Rock Steady Crew - (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew
9 Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch
10 Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out
11 Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita
12 Forrest - Rock The Boat
13 Modern Romance - High Life
14 Shalamar - Dead Giveaway
15 Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
16 Billy Griffin - Hold Me Tighter In The Rain
17 Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long
18 Dionne Warwick - All The Love In The World
19 Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong - From "An Officer And A Gentleman" Soundtrack
20 Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson - Tonight I Celebrate My Love
CD 3:
1 New Order - Blue Monday
2 Heaven 17 - Temptation
3 The Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination
4 Howard Jones – New Song
5 Tears For Fears – Pale Shelter
6 China Crisis - Christian
7 U2 - New Year's Day
8 Simple Minds - Waterfront
9 The Stranglers - European Female
10 Echo And The Bunnymen - The Cutter
11 Public Image Limited - This Is Not A Love Song
12 Siouxsie And The Banshees - Dear Prudence
13 The Cure - The Lovecats
14 Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
15 ABC - That Was Then But This Is Now
16 Fun Boy Three - The Tunnel Of Love
17 Aztec Camera – Oblivious
18 (The Mighty) WAH! - The Story Of The Blues (Part 1)
19 Carmel - Bad Day
20 Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Pills & Soap
CD 4:
1 The Police - Every Breath You Take
2 Toto - Africa
3 Robert Plant - Big Log
4 Genesis - Mama
5 Marillion - Garden Party
6 Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow
7 Spandau Ballet - Gold
8 Duran Duran - Union Of The Snake
9 Adam Ant - Puss 'n Boots
10 Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love
11 Marilyn - Calling Your Name
12 Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny
13 Toyah – Rebel Run
14 The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You
15 Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
16 Paul Young - Love Of The Common People
17 Culture Club – Victims
18 The Flying Pickets - Only You
19 Pretenders - 2000 Miles

3LP

LP 1 – Side A:
1 Wham! - Club Tropicana
2 Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
3 Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know?
4 Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
5 Spandau Ballet - True
6 Tina Turner - Let's Stay Together
7 Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson - Tonight I Celebrate My Love
LP 1 – Side B:
1 New Order - Blue Monday
2 Heaven 17 - Temptation
3 The Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination
4 Howard Jones – New Song
5 Tears For Fears - Pale Shelter
6 Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
LP 2 – Side A:
1 The Police - Every Breath You Take
2 Toto - Africa
3 Genesis - Mama
4 Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
5 Joan Armatrading - Drop The Pilot
6 Men At Work - Down Under
7 Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow
LP 2 – Side B:
1 U2 - New Year's Day
2 Simple Minds - Waterfront
3 Public Image Limited - This Is Not A Love Song
4 Siouxsie And The Banshees - Dear Prudence
5 The Cure - The Lovecats
6 Men without Hats - The Safety Dance
7 Marilyn - Calling Your Name
8 Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
LP 3 – Side A:
1 Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night)
2 Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
3 Donna Summer - She Works Hard For The Money
4 Laura Branigan - Gloria
5 Freeez - I.O.U.
6 Rock Steady Crew - (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew
7 Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch
LP 3 – Side B:
1 Elton John - I'm Still Standing
2 Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
3 UB40 - Red Red Wine
4 Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out
5 The Stranglers - European Female
6 The Style Council - Long Hot Summer
7 Nick Heyward - Whistle Down the Wind
8 Paul Young - Love Of The Common People

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