Now! That’s What I Call Music – Now 3!

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This post is the third 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 third edition of the NOW! That’s What I Call Music Albums the album entitled NOW! That’s What I Call Music  NOW 3!

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 3! here, it features all of the songs from the album that are available on Spotify.


This album was released on 23rd July 1984, it was released on Vinyl and Cassette. This is the first NOW That’s What I Call Music album to debut at Number One on the UK Album charts knocking the album Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers off the top spot after 12 weeks, Legend you may remember from my last NOW post was the album that dethroned NOW Two!

NOW Three held on the top spot for 8 weeks before being knocked off by the David Bowie album Tonight!

This was the 300th album to reach Number One on the charts too which I think is a pretty unique accolade to have!

I have to tell you that I’ve had so much fun listening to this album whilst writing this post, well I say writing, mostly I’ve just been having a dance party around my office…

Let’s take a look at the track list that has had me dancing…

Record 1 – Side 1:

  • The Reflex – Duran Duran
  • I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Nik Kershaw
  • Thinking Of You – Sister Sledge
  • Locomotion – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  • Dancing With Tears In My Eyes – Ultravox
  • Pearl In The Shell – Howard Jones
  • Don’t Tell Me – Blancmange
  • Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) – Phil Collins

Record 1 – Side 2:

  • Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  • Nelson Mandela – The Special AKA
  • Love Wars – Womack & Womack
  • You’re The Best Thing – The Style Council
  • One Love / People Get Ready – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Small Town Boy – Bronski Beat

Record 2 – Side 1:

  • I Want To Break Free – Queen
  • Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  • Love Resurrection – Alison Moyet
  • Young At Heart – The Bluebells
  • Robert De Niro’s Waiting – Bananarama
  • Dr Mabuse – Propaganda
  • What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
  • When You’re Young And In Love – The Flying Pickets

Record 2 – Side 2:

  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
  • You Take Me Up – Thompson Twins
  • It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
  • Dance Me Up – Gary Glitter
  • Susanna – The Art Company
  • One Better Day – Madness
  • Red Guitar – David Sylvian

This album features three songs that made it to Number One on the UK Singles Charts these songs are:

  • The Reflex – Duran Duran
  • Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
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The Art Company who appear on this album with their song Susanna were the first Dutch group to appear on any of the NOW albums but they were by no means the last! The book gives a list of a few other Dutch groups we can expect to see as we read on through the book and I’m pleasantly surprised by how many there are! If you want to see the list you’ll either have to buy the book or keep reading this series because I’m not going to give any spoilers!

My favourite songs from this album are:

  • Nelson Mandela – The Special AKA
  • The Reflex – Duran Duran
  • Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

And basically the rest of the album too! In fact, I’m going to end this post here so that I can go and resume my office dance party!

This series isn’t in anyway sponsored by the Now That’s What I Call Music franchise or any of it’s 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.

Here is the audio version of this post on SoundCloud.

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Take care,

Charlotte xo

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