Hits 1

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The Hits Album
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 19 November 1984
Genre Pop
Label CBS and WEA
The Hits Albums chronology
'Hits 1
(1984)
Hits 2
(1985)

The Hits Album, or Hits 1 as it is often called, is a compilation album released by CBS (Now Sony BMG) and WEA in November 1984. The album was released as a rival to the already successful Now That's What I Call Music series which EMI and Virgin Records had launched in November 1983. The Hits Album reached No. 1 in the UK Top 100 Albums chart for seven weeks and remained in the chart for 36 weeks. This album kept Now 4 from the coveted No. 1 spot over Christmas 1984 – the only Now album in the original series not to reach No. 1 in either the UK Album Chart (to 1989) or the UK Compilations Chart (January 1989 onwards).

It was released on double LP and cassette with selected tracks also released on VHS.

Hits 1 features three songs which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart: "Freedom", "I Feel for You" and "Careless Whisper".

Track listing[edit]

Record/Tape 1 Side 1 (1)
  1. Freedom : Wham!
  2. Like To Get To Know You Well : Howard Jones
  3. All Cried Out : Alison Moyet
  4. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down : Paul Young
  5. Big In Japan : Alphaville
  6. Self Control : Laura Branigan
  7. Ghostbusters : Ray Parker, Jr.
  8. Thriller : Michael Jackson
Record/Tape 1 Side 2 (2)
  1. I Feel For You : Chaka Khan
  2. Caribbean Queen : Billy Ocean
  3. Body : Jacksons
  4. Just Be Good To Me : The SOS Band
  5. Let's Hear It For The Boy : Deniece Williams
  6. Dr Beat : Miami Sound Machine
  7. Lost In Music : Sister Sledge
  8. Purple Rain : Prince & the Revolution
Record/Tape 2 Side 1 (3)
  1. Careless Whisper : George Michael
  2. Drive : The Cars
  3. Hard Habit to Break : Chicago
  4. All Through The Night : Cyndi Lauper
  5. Sister Of Mercy : Thompson Twins
  6. Skin Deep : The Stranglers
  7. Each And Every One : Everything but the Girl
  8. Smooth Operator : Sade
Record/Tape 2 Side 2 (4)
  1. Gimme All Your Lovin' : ZZ Top
  2. Jump : Van Halen
  3. Footloose : Kenny Loggins
  4. Apollo 9 : Adam Ant
  5. Modern Girl : Meat Loaf
  6. Some Guys Have All the Luck : Rod Stewart
  7. Teardrops : Shakin' Stevens
  8. Hole in My Shoe : Neil

Video selection[edit]

  1. Dead or Alive : "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
  2. Howard Jones : "Things Can Only Get Better"
  3. King : "Love and Pride"
  4. Nik Kershaw : "Wide Boy"
  5. Shakin' Stevens : "Breaking Up My Heart"
  6. Wham! : "Everything She Wants"
  7. Strawberry Switchblade : "Since Yesterday"
  8. Paul Young : "Everything Must Change"
  9. Alison Moyet : "That Ole Devil Called Love"
  10. Matt Bianco : "More Than I Can Bear"
  11. Big Sound Authority : "This House (Is Where Your Love Stands)"
  12. New Edition : "Mr. Telephone Man"
  13. S.O.S. Band : "Just Be Good to Me"
  14. Miami Sound Machine : "Dr. Beat"
  15. Billy Ocean : "Loverboy"
  16. Sade : "Smooth Operator"
  17. George Michael : "Careless Whisper"
  18. The Associates : "Breakfast"
  19. Echo & The Bunnymen : "The Killing Moon"
  20. The Stranglers : "Skin Deep"
  21. Everything But The Girl : "Each and Everyone"
  22. The Monochrome Set : "Jacob's Ladder"
  23. The Sisters Of Mercy : "No Time to Cry"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Make It Big by Wham!
UK number-one album
28 November 1984 – 15 January 1985
Succeeded by
Alf by Alison Moyet