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

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This article describes the first album in the UK Now! series. It should not be confused with similarly-titled first albums in other Now! series. For more information, see Now That's What I Call Music! (disambiguation) and Now That's What I Call Music! discography
Now That's What I Call Music
Compilation album
Released 28 November 1983 (1983-11-28)
Genre Pop
Length 1:55:00
Label Virgin / EMI
Sony Music Entertainment
Now! UK series chronology
Now That's What I Call Music
Now That's What I Call Music II

Now That's What I Call Music or Now 1 is the first album from the popular Now! series that was released in the United Kingdom in 1983. Initial pressings were released on vinyl and audio cassette, with a re-release on CD in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album and series,[1] followed by another re-release for Record Store Day on 18 April 2015.[2] It debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart and then climbed to number one a week later, staying at the top for five non-consecutive weeks.[3]

Now 1 features eleven songs which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart: "You Can't Hurry Love" "Is There Something I Should Know?", "Red Red Wine", "Give It Up", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Karma Chameleon", "Too Shy", "Down Under", "Baby Jane", "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" and "Candy Girl".

Track listing[edit]

CD/Record/Tape 1
No. Title Artist Length
1. "You Can't Hurry Love" Phil Collins 2:52
2. "Is There Something I Should Know?" Duran Duran 4:11
3. "Red Red Wine" UB40 3:01
4. "Only for Love" Limahl 3:48
5. "Temptation" Heaven 17 3:07
6. "Give It Up" KC and the Sunshine Band 4:12
7. "Double Dutch" Malcolm McLaren 3:40
8. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Bonnie Tyler 4:30
9. "Karma Chameleon" Culture Club 3:53
10. "The Safety Dance" Men Without Hats 2:47
11. "Too Shy" Kajagoogoo 3:41
12. "Moonlight Shadow" Mike Oldfield 3:37
13. "Down Under" Men at Work 3:42
14. "(Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew" Rock Steady Crew 3:46
15. "Baby Jane" Rod Stewart 4:45
16. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" Paul Young 4:52
CD/Record/Tape 2
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Candy Girl" New Edition 3:52
2. "Big Apple" Kajagoogoo 4:12
3. "Let's Stay Together" Tina Turner 3:36
4. "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" The Human League 3:45
5. "New Song" Howard Jones 4:16
6. "Please Don't Make Me Cry" UB40 3:26
7. "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack 3:29
8. "They Don't Know" Tracey Ullman 3:00
9. "Kissing with Confidence" Will Powers 3:54
10. "That's All" Genesis 4:23
11. "The Love Cats" The Cure 3:33
12. "Waterfront" Simple Minds 4:40
13. "The Sun and the Rain" Madness 3:30
14. "Victims" Culture Club 4:56

Video selection[edit]

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 NOW album.

†† Later appeared on NOW 2.


Chart (1983-1984) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 1
Chart (2009) Peak
UK Compilation Albums (OCC)[5] 3

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