In the words of a famous television character: “I don’t believe it!” Now 100 has been made. Anyone similar to my age will remember the first editions of this music CD as if they were yesterday. In fact, I think I probably still have some dusty copies lying around somewhere – not on CD of course, but on something known as a tape or cassette. You could also buy it on vinyl.
Over the years the trend has gone full circle, with vinyl becoming more popular again, although there is no sign of the cassette tape any more.
The very first Now That’s What I Call Music album was released in 1983 – a compilation of all the most popular music in the charts at the time. This was a lot better in quality than the recorded versions of the weekly radio chart countdown that I used to make for myself in my bedroom!
The first album featured pop favourites such as UB40, Culture Club, Duran Duran and Phil Collins. The new Now 100 includes artists such as Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer and Ed Sheeran, but also reminisces with old favourites such as UB40, Phil Collins, The Spice Girls, Wet Wet Wet and many more.
Some interesting statistics surround the 100th edition – such as the fact that Robbie Williams has featured more than any other artist, followed by Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue.
Happy listening everyone!