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Now That's What I Call Music (original UK album)

Now That's What I Call Music (also simply titled Now or Now 1) is the first album from the popular Now! series that was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 1983.[1] Initial pressings were released on vinyl and audio cassette. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album and series, the album was re-released on CD for the first time in 2009. Alternative longer mixes of "Only for Love", "Double Dutch" and "Candy Girl" were included in place of the original shorter single mixes from 1983.[1] A double vinyl re-release followed for Record Store Day on 18 April 2015.[1] In July 2018, the album was newly remastered and re-released on CD, vinyl and cassette to commemorate the release of the 100th volume of the series.[2]

Now That's What I Call Music
Compilation album by
various artists
Released28 November 1983
GenrePop, rock, new wave
Series chronology
Now That's What I Call Music
Now That's What I Call Music II

In December 1983, the compilation debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart and reached number one a week later, staying at the top for five non-consecutive weeks.[3]


Track listingEdit

Now What's What I Call Music videoEdit

A video selection was also released featuring selected tracks from the main album, one track that later featured on Volume II of the series and two which did not appear on any Now album.

  1. Phil Collins : "You Can't Hurry Love"
  2. Duran Duran : "Is There Something I Should Know"
  3. UB40 : "Red Red Wine"
  4. Limahl : "Only for Love"
  5. Heaven 17 : "Temptation"
  6. Malcolm McLaren : "Double Dutch"
  7. Culture Club : "Karma Chameleon"
  8. Men Without Hats : "The Safety Dance"
  9. Kajagoogoo : "Too Shy"
  10. Mike Oldfield : "Moonlight Shadow"
  11. Rock Steady Crew : "(Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew"
  12. Tina Turner : "Let's Stay Together"
  13. Freeez : "I.O.U."
  14. Howard Jones : "New Song"
  15. UB40 : "Please Don't Make Me Cry"
  16. Will Powers : "Kissing with Confidence"
  17. Genesis : "That's All"
  18. Kajagoogoo : "Big Apple"
  19. The Assembly : "Never Never"
  20. Thompson Twins : "Hold Me Now" ††
  21. Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack : "Tonight I Celebrate My Love"

† Never appeared on any of the numbered NOW albums but did appear on Now 1983 in the 10th Anniversary Series.[1][4]

†† Later appeared on NOW 2.


Chart (1983-1984) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 1
Chart (2009) Peak
UK Compilation Albums (OCC)[6] 3


  1. ^ a b c d "Now That's What I Call Music!". Now That's What I Call Music.
  2. ^ "NOW That's What I Call Music! 1". Amazon. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ "now that's what i call music - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company".
  4. ^ "Various - Now That's What I Call Music 1983". Discogs.
  5. ^ "Various Artists | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. ^ January 2009/7503/ "Official Compilations Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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