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NOW – Yearbook 1980 (4CD)

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  • Release Date 15 July 2022
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Quadruple CD Album
NOW Music

NOW Music is proud to present the newest addition to the ‘Yearbook’ series: NOW – Yearbook 1980. 4 CDs of 85 tracks that defined the charts in 1980.

Kicking off with Queen’s anthem ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, Disc 1 includes massive hits from Kate Bush, Madness, Roxy Music and the Top 40 debut from Adam & The Ants, alongside #1s from Blondie, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Jam and ABBA – plus the decade’s first new #1 ‘Brass In Pocket’ from Pretenders – and 1980’s biggest selling single ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ from The Police. Lipps Inc., Diana Ross and Sheila & B. Devotion had timeless floor-fillers – and synth driven pop, that would come to dominate the charts of the early 80s , fuelled iconic hits for Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Gary Numan, Ultravox and the debut from Spandau Ballet… and to close the first disc, three of the year’s biggest love songs from KC & The Sunshine Band, Randy Crawford and Billy Preston & Syreeta.

Disc Two begins with John Lennon’s ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ and is followed by huge trans-Atlantic hits for Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Billy Joel. Rock legends had a huge year in 1980 – including here, Status Quo, Rainbow, Judas Priest and Motorhead. Disc Two is also home to some of the year’s biggest dance tracks from Donna Summer, Change, The Whispers, The Gap Band, Jermaine Jackson and the #1 ‘Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me, Girl’ from The (Detroit) Spinners.

In January 1980 the iconic ‘London Calling’ from The Clash reached its chart peak – and opens Disc 3 which features an incredible line-up of New Wave, Post Punk and Ska classics that helped make 1980 a fantastically diverse year in the singles charts: #1s from The Jam (again!) and The Specials (as The Special AKA) alongside Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Joy Division, Ramones, Hazel O’Connor, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Martha And The Muffins, UB40, and The Selecter.

The final disc features six of the year’s #1s and is all about 1980s pure pop, beginning with one of ABBA’s most successful and popular tracks ‘The Winner Takes It All’, and the beautiful ‘Waterfalls’ from Paul McCartney. Olivia Newton-John, Blondie, and Sheena Easton follow and lead into party classics from Kelly Marie, The Nolans, Liquid Gold, Odyssey, and Kool & The Gang. A few easy-pop gems from Andrew Lloyd Webber & Marti Webb, Rupert Holmes, Captain & Tennille, plus the 1980 Eurovision winner Johnny Logan, the #1 theme from ‘MASH’ ‘Suicide Is Painless’ and bringing this collection to a close … the perennially popular and timeless ‘Stop The Cavalry’ from Jona Lewie.

NOW – Yearbook 1980 – A celebration of the diversity and creative brilliance of the year in pop.

Available as a special edition CD housed in ‘hard-back book’ packaging, including a booklet with a summary of the year, a track-by-track guide, a quiz, and original singles artwork, and as a standard 4-CD package.

CD 1
1 Queen - Another One Bites The Dust  
2 Blondie - Atomic  
3 Adam & The Ants - Dog Eat Dog  
4 Kate Bush - Babooshka  
5 The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me  
6 Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno  
7 Pretenders - Brass In Pocket  
8 The Jam - Start!  
9 Madness - Baggy Trousers  
10 ABBA - Super Trouper  
11 Sheila & B. Devotion - Spacer  
12 Diana Ross - Upside Down  
13 Lipps Inc. - Funkytown  
14 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay  
15 Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short  
16 Ultravox - Sleepwalk  
17 Gary Numan - I Die: You Die  
18 Roxy Music - Oh Yeah!  
19 KC & The Sunshine Band - Please Don't Go  
20 Randy Crawford - One Day I'll Fly Away  
21 Billy Preston & Syreeta - With You I'm Born Again  
CD 2
1 John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over  
2 Billy Joel - It's Still Rock And Roll To Me  
3 The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue  
4 Paul McCartney - Coming Up  
5 Stray Cats - Runaway Boys  
6 Status Quo - What You're Proposing  
7 Rainbow - All Night Long  
8 Judas Priest - Breaking The Law  
9 Motorhead - Ace Of Spades  
10 Joan Armatrading - Me Myself I  
11 Air Supply - All Out Of Love  
12 Kenny Rogers - Lady  
13 Donna Summer - On The Radio  
14 Stephanie Mills - Never Knew Love Like This Before  
15 The Spinners - Medley: Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me, Girl  
16 Change - Searching  
17 The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On  
18 Crown Heights Affair - You Gave Me Love  
19 The Gap Band - I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)  
20 Jermaine Jackson - Let's Get Serious  
21 Teena Marie - Behind The Groove  
22 Tom Browne - Funkin' For Jamaica  
CD 3
1 The Clash - London Calling  
2 The Jam - Going Underground  
3 Pretenders - Talk Of The Town  
4 Ramones - Baby, I Love You  
5 Elvis Costello & The Attractions - I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down  
6 Hazel O'Connor - Eighth Day  
7 Siouxsie And The Banshees - Happy House  
8 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart  
9 Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach  
10 Roxy Music - Over You  
11 New Musik - Living By Numbers  
12 The Tourists - So Good To Be Back Home Again  
13 The Vapors - Turning Japanese  
14 The Regents - 7 Teen  
15 Joe Jackson - It's Different For Girls  
16 The Boomtown Rats - Banana Republic  
17 UB40 - Food For Thought  
18 Bad Manners - Special Brew  
19 The Selecter - Missing Words  
20 The Special AKA - Too Much Too Young  
21 Madness - My Girl  
CD 4
1 ABBA - The Winner Takes It All  
2 Paul McCartney - Waterfalls  
3 The Korgis - Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime  
4 Hot Chocolate - No Doubt About It  
5 Olivia Newton John - Magic  
6 Diana Ross - My Old Piano  
7 Blondie - The Tide Is High  
8 Sheena Easton - 9 To 5 (Morning Train)  
9 The Nolans - I'm In The Mood For Dancing  
10 Kelly Marie - Feels Like I’m In Love  
11 Liquid Gold - Dance Yourself Dizzy  
12 Odyssey - Use It Up And Wear It Out  
13 Kool & The Gang - Celebration  
14 Stacy Lattisaw - Jump To The Beat  
15 Dollar - I Wanna Hold Your Hand  
16 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Marti Webb - Take That Look Off Your Face  
17 Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)  
18 Captain & Tennille - Do That To Me One More Time  
19 Johnny Logan - What's Another Year  
20 The Mash - Suicide Is Painless  
21 Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry