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RELEASED 24th February 2023



NOW Music is proud to present the next instalment in our ongoing ‘Yearbook’ series, NOW – Yearbook 1986; 80 tracks from a fantastic year in pop! This special edition CD is housed in ‘hard-back-book’ packaging, including a 28-page booklet featuring a summary of the year, a track-by-track guide, a quiz, and original singles artwork.

Opening with two stellar #1s, ‘A Different Corner’ from George Michael and ‘The Sun Always Shines On T.V.’ from a-ha, before leading into huge hits from Duran Duran (‘Notorious’), Kate Bush (‘Hounds Of Love’) and ‘Thorn In My Side’ from Eurythmics. A top year for pure Pop magic is showcased in the next run of hits, including the #1 from Falco, plus Level 42, Kim Wilde, Nick Kamen, Owen Paul, and The Bangles, before timeless radio friendly Pop from the Pretenders, and the lead single from one of the year’s biggest albums (‘Graceland’) from Paul Simon with ‘You Can Call Me Al’. Reggae-Pop from UB40 and another #1 from Boris Gardiner give way to two of the year’s most enduring ballads from Simply Red and Spandau Ballet.

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…’

Sophisticated Pop gems from Debbie Harry, Belouis Some, The Blow Monkeys and the sublime ‘Breakout’ from Swing Out Sister lead into a fabulous run of Soul and Dance floor-fillers from Aretha Franklin, Gwen Guthrie, Cameo, Jermaine Stewart, Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’, and closes with Lionel Richie’s international smash ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’.

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 disc starts in epic cinematic style with the iconic #1 ‘Take My Breath Away’ (taken from the film ‘Top Gun’) by Berlin, with huge global Rock smashes from Bon Jovi and a #1 from Europe, plus one of the best ever collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith on ‘Walk This Way’. Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love’ would become a timeless radio staple, and the year saw new hits from Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, a new version of a classic from The Police, and a huge hit for Status Quo with ‘In The Army Now’. #1 ballads from Chris De Burgh and Nick Berry are joined by a #1 re-release from Jackie Wilson, and another movie theme going to the top – this time from Billy Ocean with ‘When The Going Gets Tough…’ from ‘The Jewel Of The Nile’.

Three of the year’s biggest Pop-Dance hits are up next from Steve Winwood, The Human League and Nu Shooz, before Five Star’s biggest hit ‘Rain Or Shine’ - and to finish, two huge ballads; Whitney Houston’s cover of ‘Greatest Love Of All’ and a December #1 for the Housemartins with their a cappella version of ‘Caravan Of Love’.

NOW – Yearbook 1986 - A celebration of the diversity and creative magic of the year in pop.


CD 1

1.           George Michael - A Different Corner

2.           a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

3.           Duran Duran - Notorious 

4.           Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

5.           Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Thorn In My Side

6.           Falco - Rock Me Amadeus

7.           Level 42 - Lessons In Love

8.           Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin On

9.           Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart

10.         Owen Paul - My Favourite Waste Of Time

11.         The Bangles - Manic Monday

12.         Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong

13.         Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

14.         Suzanne Vega - Marlene On The Wall

15.         Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds

16.         Amazulu - Too Good To Be Forgotten

17.         UB40 - Sing Our Own Song

18.         Boris Gardiner - I Want To Wake Up With You

19.         Simply Red - Holding Back The Years

20.         Spandau Ballet - Through The Barricades

CD 2

1.           Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven

2.           The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris - Don’t Leave Me This Way

3.           Bananarama - Venus

4.           Mel & Kim – Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)

5.           Bucks Fizz - New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)

6.           Miami Sound Machine - Bad Boy (Shep Pettibone 7" Remix)

7.           Sinitta - So Macho

8.           Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)

9.           Debbie Harry - French Kissin' (In The USA)

10.         Belouis Some - Imagination

11.         The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene

12.         Swing Out Sister – Breakout

13.         Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?

14.         Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent

15.         Jaki Graham - Set Me Free

16.         Cameo - Word Up!

17.         Five Star - Can't Wait Another Minute

18.         Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off

19.         Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

20.         Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling

CD 3

1.           The Smiths - Panic

2.           Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard

3.           Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11

4.           Paul Hardcastle - The Wizard (Part 1)

5.           New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

6.           The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink

7.           Simple Minds - All The Things She Said

8.           Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It

9.           Furniture - Brilliant Mind

10.         It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)

11.         Public Image Limited - Rise

12.         Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2

13.         Pete Wylie - Sinful

14.         Red Box - For America

15.         a-ha - I've Been Losing You

16.         Culture Club - Move Away

17.         Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - (Forever) Live And Die

18.         Howard Jones – No One Is To Blame

19.         The Damned - Eloise

20.         Doctor & The Medics - Spirit In The Sky 

CD 4

1.           Berlin - Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From "Top Gun")

2.           Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer

3.           Europe - The Final Countdown

4.           RUN DMC feat. Aerosmith - Walk This Way

5.           Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love

6.           Tina Turner - Typical Male

7.           The Rolling Stones - Harlem Shuffle

8.           The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me '86

9.           Status Quo - In The Army Now

10.         Mr. Mister - Broken Wings

11.         Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red

12.         Nick Berry - Every Loser Wins

13.         Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite

14.         Billy Ocean - When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

15.         Steve Winwood - Higher Love

16.         The Human League - Human

17.         Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait

18.         Five Star - Rain Or Shine

19.         Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All

20.         The Housemartins - Caravan Of Love


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