NOW - Yearbook Extra 1986 (3CD)


Release date: 7 April, 2023

CD Album

NOW is proud to present 60 more essential gems from the stellar Pop year of 1986 – NOW – Yearbook Extra 1986.

CD1 kicks off with a huge Queen classic ‘A Kind Of Magic’, Eurythmics’ ‘When Tomorrow Comes’, the lead single from their ‘Revenge’ album, and smash hits from The Bangles and a-ha. Sophisticated Pop from Sade, Bryan Ferry, and Sting follows and some of the greatest vocalists of the era are up next including Patti Labelle, Tina Turner, and Anita Baker with the timeless ‘Sweet Love’. Hits from Five Star, Paul Young, and Stan Ridgway are joined by movie tracks from The Style Council, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and ‘Left Of Center’ - the collaboration between Suzanne Vega and Joe Jackson, plus the title track ‘Graceland’ from Paul Simon’s 1986 best-seller.

The second disc is all about Pop-Dance energy – kicking off with Wham!’s final hit and #1 ‘The Edge Of Heaven’ and 1986’s biggest seller ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ from The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris. Bananarama scored a huge hit (and a US #1) with ‘Venus’, and Stock Aitken & Waterman achieved a further huge hit with Mel & Kim’s debut ‘Showing Out…’

Bon Jovi open Disc 2 with their Rock smash ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, followed by Kenny Loggins’ ‘Top Gun’ anthem ‘Danger Zone’, alongside huge tracks from Spandau Ballet, Robert Palmer, Simple Minds, and Julian Cope, before some classic Power Pop from Cutting Crew, ZZ Top, and Mr. Mister. Pure Pop hits from Modern Talking, Samantha Fox, Elton John, and Jennifer Rush follow before the disc closes with timeless ‘The Way It Is’ from Bruce Hornsby & The Range.

Alternative Pop takes the spotlight on Disc three with 1986 a vintage year for the sheer diversity of its chart music. The Smiths peerless ‘Panic’ opens, followed by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Sigue Sigue Sputnik, with the disc also featuring New Order, Furniture, Public Image Limited, It’s Immaterial, and Big Audio Dynamite. Landmark hits from Talk Talk, Simple Minds and The Psychedelic Furs re-version of ‘Pretty In Pink’ were among the year’s highlights of Alt-Rock, and Red Box, Culture Club, Howard Jones, and well-chosen covers from The Damned and Doctor & The Medics with their #1 take on ‘Spirit In The Sky’ produced yet more classic Pop.

The final CD begins with a run of fantastic Indie and Synth-Pop smashes including The Housemartins, The Smiths, New Order, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Dead Or Alive, and Falco’s ‘Vienna Calling’. Debut hits from Latin Quarter and Sly Fox follow, plus ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ - a big hit on re-release for Grace Jones. Soul music legend James Brown scored a big hit with ‘Living In America’, and Jellybean, Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal, and The S.O.S Band enjoyed three of the year’s biggest Dance tracks. The collection winds down with soulful ballads from Atlantic Starr, Billy Ocean and Freddie Jackson before signing off with one of the greatest tracks of all-time; ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ from Marvin Gaye – a smash hit again 18 years after it originally hit #1 after sound-tracking an ad campaign.

NOW – Yearbook Extra 1986 – a further celebration of the diversity and magic of the year in Pop.




CD 1


1.       Queen - A Kind Of Magic

2.       Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - When Tomorrow Comes 

3.       The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian

4.       a-ha - Hunting High And Low         

5.       Sting - Russians

6.       Bryan Ferry - Is Your Love Strong Enough?

7.       Sade - Never As Good As The First Time

8.       Anita Baker - Sweet Love 

9.       Patti LaBelle - Oh, People

10.    Tina Turner - Two People

11.    Jaki Graham - Step Right Up

12.    Haywoode - Roses

13.    Five Star - System Addict

14.    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - If You Leave

15.    The Style Council - Have You Ever Had It Blue

16.    Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson - Left Of Center (From "Pretty In Pink" Soundtrack)

17.    Paul Simon - Graceland

18.    Stan Ridgway - Camouflage 

19.    Paul Young - Wonderland


CD 2


1.       Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name

2.       Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone

3.       Pat Benatar - Sex As A Weapon

4.       Robert Palmer - I Didn't Mean To Turn You On

5.       Spandau Ballet - Fight for Ourselves

6.       Simple Minds - Sanctify Yourself

7.       Hipsway - The Honeythief

8.       Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth

9.       Nick Heyward - Over The Weekend

10.    It Bites - Calling All The Heroes

11.    Mr. Mister - Kyrie

12.    Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms

13.    ZZ Top - Rough Boy          

14.    Cock Robin - The Promise You Made

15.    Modern Talking - Brother Louie

16.    Samantha Fox - Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)

17.    Jennifer Rush - Ring Of Ice

18.    Elton John - Heartache All Over The World

19.    Peter Cetera - Glory Of Love          

20.    Bruce Hornsby & The Range - The Way It Is


CD 3


1.       The Housemartins - Happy Hour

2.       The Smiths - Ask

3.       New Order - Shellshock    

4.       Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Warriors Of The Wasteland

5.       Sigue Sigue Sputnik - 21st Century Boy

6.       Dead Or Alive - Brand New Lover

7.       Falco - Vienna Calling

8.       Culture Club - God Thank You Woman

9.       Latin Quarter - Radio Africa

10.    Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper

11.    Sly Fox - Let's Go All The Way

12.    James Brown - Living In America

13.    Jellybean - Sidewalk Talk

14.    Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love

15.    The S.O.S Band - The Finest

16.    Oran "Juice" Jones - The Rain

17.    Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down

18.    Atlantic Starr - Secret Lovers

19.    Billy Ocean - There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)

20.    Freddie Jackson - Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)

21.    Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine