Now That's What I Call Music II (UK series)

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This article describes the second album in the UK Now! series. It should not be confused with identically-numbered albums from other Now! series. For more information, see Now That's What I Call Music! 2 and Now That's What I Call Music! discography.
Now That's What I Call Music II
Compilation album
Released 26 March 1984
Genre Pop
Length 60:55
Label Virgin/EMI Sony Music Entertainment
Compiler Ashley Abram
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 3

Now That's What I Call Music II or Now 2 was released on 26 March 1984.[1] The album is the second edition of the (UK) Now! series. It was released on vinyl & audio cassette. Now 2 debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart and then climbed to number one a week later, staying there for five weeks.

Now 2 was the first album in the series to be compiled by Ashley Abram, who compiled every Now album in the series, until Now 81 in 2012.[citation needed]

Now 2 features four songs which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart: "Only You", "99 Red Balloons", "Relax" and "Pipes Of Peace".

Now 2 is one of only two British Now! albums to feature Roman numerals in the title as opposed to numbers, Now 13 being the other.

Track listing[edit]

Record/Tape 1 Side 1 (1)[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Radio Ga Ga" Queen 5:43
2. "Wouldn't It Be Good" Nik Kershaw 4:28
3. "Hold Me Now" Thompson Twins 4:38
4. "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" Matt Bianco 3:24
5. "More, More, More" Carmel 3:08
6. "Michael Caine" Madness 3:39
7. "Only You" The Flying Pickets 3:21

Record/Tape 1 Side 2 (2)[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "99 Red Balloons" Nena 3:51
2. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Cyndi Lauper 3:31
3. "My Guy's Mad at Me" Tracey Ullman 3:01
4. "Break My Stride" Matthew Wilder 2:58
5. "Breaking Down" Julia & Company 3:09
6. "That's Livin' Alright" Joe Fagin 3:04
7. "I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I)" Hot Chocolate 3:39
8. "Bird of Paradise" Snowy White 4:21

Record/Tape 2 Side 1 (3)[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Relax" Frankie Goes to Hollywood 3:55
2. "Here Comes the Rain Again" Eurythmics 5:01
3. "What Is Love?" Howard Jones 3:40
4. "What Difference Does It Make?" The Smiths 3:48
5. "(Feels Like) Heaven" Fiction Factory 3:30
6. "The Politics of Dancing" Re-Flex 3:17
7. "Hyperactive!" Thomas Dolby 4:15
8. "Wishful Thinking" China Crisis 4:12

Record/Tape 2 Side 2 (4)[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Modern Love" David Bowie 3:59
2. "It's a Miracle" Culture Club 3:24
3. "Undercover of the Night" The Rolling Stones 4:33
4. "Wonderland" Big Country 3:56
5. "Run Runaway" Slade 3:44
6. "New Moon on Monday" Duran Duran 4:16
7. "Pipes of Peace" Paul McCartney 3:54

VHS release[edit]

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

  1. Nik Kershaw : "Wouldn't It Be Good"
  2. Thompson Twins : "Doctor! Doctor!" ††
  3. Howard Jones : "What is Love?"
  4. Duran Duran : "New Moon on Monday"
  5. China Crisis : "Wishful Thinking"
  6. Tina Turner : "Help"
  7. Status Quo : "Marguerita Time"
  8. Carmel : "More, More, More"
  9. Shannon : "Let the Music Play"
  10. The Icicle Works : "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)"
  11. Bourgie Bourgie : "Breaking Point"
  12. Re-Flex : "The Politics of Dancing"
  13. Thomas Dolby : "Hyperactive"
  14. Matt Bianco : "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed"
  15. Big Country : "Wonderland"
  16. Marilyn : "Cry and Be Free"
  17. Snowy White : "Bird of Paradise"
  18. The Flying Pickets : "Only You"
  19. Kajagoogoo : "The Lion's Mouth"
  20. Culture Club : "Victims" †††

† Never appeared on any NOW album.

†† Later appeared on NOW 4.

††† Previously appeared on NOW 1.


Chart (1984) Peak
UK Albums Chart[2] 1


  1. ^ "Lables link up for second compilation". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 3. 17 March 1984. 
  2. ^ "Archive Chart (Albums Archive)". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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Preceded by
Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie
UK number-one album
8 April 1984 – 12 May 1984
Succeeded by
Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers