Various Artists - NOW: Yearbook 1985 - (4CD Album)


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Various Artists - NOW: Yearbook 1985 - (4CD Album)

NOW Music is proud to present the newest edition to our ‘Yearbook’ family: NOW – Yearbook 1985, the 6th addition to our Yearbook 80s series and 7th addition including NOW – Yearbook 1979.

1985 was a huge year for Queen, including a career-defining performance at ‘Live Aid’ and Disc One opens with ‘One Vision’ – and is followed with three of the year’s #1s from Eurythmics with ‘There Must Be An Angel’ and two collaborations: UB40 & Chrissie Hynde on ‘I Got You Babe’, and Philip Bailey & Phil Collins with ‘Easy Lover’. The first single from Sting’s debut solo album is included alongside massive trans-Atlantic hits from Tears For Fears, Simple Minds, The Power Station and Tina Turner – plus some of the decades’ most iconic hits including a-ha with ‘Take On Me’ and Dead Or Alive delivering the first #1 for producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Sophisticated Ballads from Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Paul Young and the #1 ‘Move Closer’ from Phyllis Nelson feature before the disc closes with the epic ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ from U2.

Disc 2 begins with 1985’s Power Ballads and Soft Rock hits. Kicking off with the #1 from Foreigner ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, and Marillion’s ‘Kayleigh’ before huge radio friendly Rock-Pop from ZZ Top, Pat Benatar and Billy Idol and massive movie-theme smashes from Huey Lewis & The News, Bonnie Tyler, John Parr, Dan Hartman, Maria Vidal and DeBarge. The second half of the disc celebrates the year’s Soul driven line-up including Ashford & Simpson with ‘Solid’, Princess with ‘Say I’m Your Number One’, ‘Hangin’ On A String’ from Loose Ends, along with classic slow-dance Ballads from Kool & The Gang, Lionel Richie and the debut #1 ‘Saving All My Love For You’ from Whitney Houston.

The third disc opens with the breath-taking ‘Cloudbusting’ from Kate Bush, and Indie anthem ‘How Soon Is Now?’ from The Smiths – setting the tone for a run of ‘Alternative’ hits including The Cure with ‘Close To Me’, ‘Duel’ from Propaganda, and ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ from The Cult. Mid-1980s Synth and Pop from Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Red Box, Scritti Politti and Stephen Duffy follow – as does the debut ‘Election Day’ from Duran Duran side project Arcadia. More chart debuts from King, Simply Red, Fine Young Cannibals, and The Dream Academy lead toward the disc’s closing track from Strawberry Switchblade with the Pop classic ‘Since Yesterday’.

The final disc gets underway with massive Electro-Pop hits from Paul Hardcastle with #1 ‘19’, Harold Faltermeyer with ‘Axel F’ and Colonel Abrams ‘Trapped’ before floor-filling HI-NRG from Bronski Beat with Marc Almond and Divine. A trio of beautiful tracks from Dee C Lee, Sade and Alison Moyet are featured leading into the #1 ‘A Good Heart’ from Feargal Sharkey before a run of upbeat Pop classics from Katrina & The Waves, Sheila E, Level 42, Billy Ocean, Five Star, and the #1 ‘Frankie’ from Sister Sledge. Three #1s close out this Yearbook: Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson’s ‘I Know Him So Well’, the year’s biggest selling single ‘The Power Of Love’ from Jennifer Rush, and 1985’s Christmas chart-topper that has become an all-time seasonal favourite, ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ from Shakin’ Stevens.

NOW – Yearbook 1985 – A celebration of the diversity and creative magic of the year in Pop.



  1. Queen - One Vision
  2. Philip Bailey & Phil Collins - Easy Lover
  3. Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
  4. UB40 & Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe
  5. Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
  6. Midge Ure - If I Was
  7. Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  8. a-ha - Take On Me
  9. The Power Station - Some Like It Hot
  10. Go West - We Close Our Eyes
  11. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  12. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Alternative To Reality)
  13. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
  14. Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
  15. Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer
  16. Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love
  17. Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away
  18. Elton John - Nikita
  19. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire


  1. Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
  2. Marillion - Kayleigh
  3. Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love (From “Back To The Future” Soundtrack)
  4. Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
  5. Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield
  6. ZZ Top - Legs
  7. Billy Idol - White Wedding - Pt. 1
  8. John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
  9. Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You (From "Streets Of Fire" Soundtrack)
  10. Maria Vidal – Body Rock
  11. DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night (From "The Last Dragon" Soundtrack)
  12. Steve Arrington - Feel So Real
  13. Ashford & Simpson - Solid
  14. Chaka Khan - This Is My Night
  15. Princess - Say I’m Your Number One
  16. Loose Ends - Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)
  17. Amii Stewart - Friends
  18. Kool & The Gang - Cherish
  19. Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You
  20. Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me


  1. Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
  2. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
  3. The Cure - Close To Me
  4. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
  5. Art Of Noise - Close (To The Edit)
  6. Propaganda - Duel
  7. Arcadia - Election Day
  8. Tears For Fears - Shout
  9. Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
  10. Nik Kershaw - Wide Boy
  11. Stephen Duffy - Kiss Me
  12. Red Box - Lean on Me (Ah-li-ayo)
  13. King - Love & Pride
  14. Scritti Politti - The Word Girl
  15. Simply Red - Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
  16. Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
  17. The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down
  18. The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town
  19. Bananarama – Do Not Disturb
  20. Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday


  1. Paul Hardcastle – 19
  2. Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (From "Beverly Hills Cop")
  3. Colonel Abrams - Trapped
  4. Bronski Beat with Marc Almond - I Feel Love / Johnny Remember Me
  5. Divine - Walk Like A Man
  6. Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
  7. Animotion - Obsession
  8. Dee C. Lee - See The Day
  9. Sade – The Sweetest Taboo
  10. Alison Moyet - That Ole Devil Called Love
  11. Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart
  12. Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
  13. Sheila E. – The Belle Of St. Mark
  14. Level 42 - Something About You
  15. Billy Ocean - Loverboy
  16. Five Star - All Fall Down
  17. Sister Sledge - Frankie
  18. Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson - I Know Him So Well
  19. Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love
  20. Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone

Format: 4CD Album
Barcode: 0196587223120
Catalogue Number: CDYBNOW85
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: Friday, 4th November 2022

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