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Now That's What I Call Music, Smash Hits
Compilation album by
Various artists
RecordedVarious times
LabelEMI / Virgin / PolyGram

Now That's What I Call Music, Smash Hits was a compilation album released in 1987. The album is part of the (UK) Now! series, and is a collaboration with Smash Hits magazine, a successful pop music based magazine at the time. It was conceived, written and designed by the Smash Hits staff, and the liner notes are written in the magazine's offbeat style.

The album features popular UK Singles Chart hits from 1980 to 1987, in rough backwards chronological order, starting with more recent songs (four songs for each year) and ending with older ones. Many of the older songs had not featured on any Now albums before as the series did not start until 1983. A companion issue of the magazine was released at the same time, featuring pictures and lyrics to all of the songs on the album.

The front cover of the vinyl and audio cassette releases feature the words 32 Swingorilliant Hits of the 80's. For the Compact Disc release the number was changed to 31, as Michael Jackson's "One Day in Your Life" is missing from the CD version. A VHS tape was also released featuring 26 music videos of songs from the compilation.

Neil Tennant, who features on side 1 of the album as part of Pet Shop Boys, worked as Assistant Editor of Smash Hits magazine in the early 1980s.

Smash Hits went on to release their own various artists compilation albums. This is the first album in the (UK) Now! series to be themed 1980s. Another 3-disc compilation called Now That's What I Call the 80s was released in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

CD/Record/Tape 1 (1987-1984)[edit]

  1. Curiosity Killed the Cat – Down to Earth
  2. Terence Trent D'Arby – If You Let Me Stay
  3. Mel and KimRespectable
  4. Hue and Cry – Labour of Love
  5. Five StarRain or Shine
  6. Pet Shop BoysWest End Girls
  7. The HousemartinsHappy Hour
  8. Simply RedHolding Back the Years
  9. a-haTake On Me
  10. Dead or AliveYou Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
  11. EurythmicsThere Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) (original 7" edit, previously unreleased on CD)
  12. Tears for FearsEverybody Wants to Rule the World
  13. Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
  14. Bronski BeatSmalltown Boy
  15. Depeche ModeMaster and Servant
  16. George MichaelCareless Whisper

CD/Record/Tape 2 (1983-1980)[edit]

  1. Spandau BalletTrue
  2. UB40Red Red Wine
  3. Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
  4. The CureThe Lovecats
  5. Dexys Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express – Come On Eileen
  6. ABCThe Look of Love
  7. Culture ClubDo You Really Want to Hurt Me
  8. Duran DuranSave a Prayer
  9. Queen & David BowieUnder Pressure
  10. Michael JacksonOne Day in Your Life (not on CD release)
  11. Haircut One Hundred – Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
  12. The SpecialsGhost Town
  13. The JamGoing Underground
  14. MadnessBaggy Trousers
  15. Adam and the AntsAntmusic (full version with cold ending, previously unreleased)
  16. BlondieAtomic