Now! That’s What I Call Music! – Now 2!

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This post is the second post in my new series all about the NOW! That’s What I Call Music! Albums.

This series is based on a book that my Dad bought me called NOW! That’s What I Call Music book! It’s a book that talks about every NOW! Album from the first on 28th November 1983 to NOW 91 which was released on 27th July 2015.

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This isn’t a sponsored series but I’ve found the book on Amazon and I’ll put a link to that at the bottom of the post in case you want to buy the book and read along with me!

In this post I’m going to be talking about the second edition of the NOW! That’s What I Call Music Albums the album entitled NOW! That’s What I Call Music! NOW 2.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Have a Spotify page and on that page they’ve compiled playlists of the NOW Albums! I’m not sure why the NOW! Albums aren’t available on Spotify like other compilations are, my guess is copyright / licensing issues, but there’s a playlist for each album so it really isn’t a problem!

I’ll put the playlist for the album NOW! That’s What I Call Music! NOW 2 here, it features all of the songs from the album that are available on Spotify.

This album was released on 26th March 1984, it was released on Vinyl and Cassette. The album debuted at Number 3 on the UK Album charts and climbed to Number One a week later, staying there for 5 weeks.

When it reached Number 1 it dethroned the triple platinum album Can’t Slow Down by Lionel Ritchie and 5 weeks later it was knocked off the Number 1 spot by the triple platinum album Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

I mentioned the fact that those two albums are triple platinum and so I do feel like I should point out that NOW II is a double platinum album itself!

Let’s take a look at the double platinum track list!

Record 1 – Side 1:

  • Radio Ga Ga – Queen
  • Wouldn’t It Be Good – Nik Kershaw
  • Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
  • Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed – Matt Bianco
  • More, More, More – Carmel
  • Michael Caine – Madness
  • Only You – The Flying Pickets

Record 1 – Side 2:

  • 99 Red Balloons – Nena
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • My Guy – Tracey Ullman
  • Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba) – Julia & Company
  • That’s Livin’ Alright – Joe Fagin
  • I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I) – Hot Chocolate
  • Bird Of Paradise – Snowy White

Record 2 – Side 1:

  • Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • Here Comes The Rain Again – The Eurythmics
  • What Is Love? – Howard Jones
  • What Difference Does It Make – The Smiths
  • (Feels Like) Heaven – Fiction Factory
  • The Politics Of Dancing – Re-Flex
  • Hyperactive! – Thomas Dolby
  • Wishful Thinking – China Crisis

Record 2 – Side 2:

  • Modern Love – David Bowie
  • It’s A Miracle – Culture Club
  • Undercover Of The Night – The Rolling Stones
  • Wonderland – Big Country
  • Run Runaway – Slade
  • New Moon On Monday – Duran Duran
  • Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney

This album features 4 songs that reached number one on the UK Singles Charts; these songs are (in no particular order):

  • Only You – The Flying Pickets
  • 99 Red Balloons – Nena
  • Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney
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Nik Kershaw who appears on this album with his song Wouldn’t It Be Good spent more weeks in the UK Top 40 in 1984 than any other artist! His appearance on this album marks the first of 4 appearances on NOW albums, so keep your eye out for him in future posts!

It’s also fascinating to note that Madness who appear on this album with their song Michael Caine spent more weeks on the Singles Charts in the 1980s than any other group! When you look at all of the groups that were around in the 80s I think that’s a pretty amazing achievement!

My favourite tracks from this album are:

  • 99 Red Balloons – Nena
  • Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • Modern Love – David Bowie
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

This really is a fantastic album though and I highly recommend giving the whole album a listen!

This series isn’t in anyway sponsored by the Now That’s What I Call Music franchise or any of its associates, I just want to share my love of the Now Albums and take a look back at an integral part of the history of modern music!

If you’d like to buy the book so that you can read it with me then here’s a link to where you can purchase the book on Amazon, I’m also not sponsored by Amazon nor is this in any way an affiliate link, I’ve just chosen to share the Amazon link because I know that Amazon is Worldwide and you, my readers, come from all over the world.

Click here to view the book in Amazon.

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Charlotte xo

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