The third volume of Collectables' Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s reverts back to the first volume's anti-formula, grabbing pop hits at random with little regard for the fact that people who loved the sprightly, oddball synthesized glitz of Missing Persons' "Destination Unknown" would likely prefer to jump in a polluted river than hear the faux-R&B of Robbie Nevil's "C'est la Vie" (and vice versa). This disc doesn't offer anything that can't be picked up through the dozens of other '80s anthologies and doesn't do anyone favors by being so random about its choices. Truthfully, you could actually split these songs into two distinct camps: the quasi-sophisticated nuggets you hear at the dentist's office (Corey Hart's "Never Surrender," Paul Carrack's "Don't Shed a Tear for Me," Johnny Hates Jazz's "Shattered Dreams," Glass Tiger's "Don't Forget Me") and those that can be heard during your local Top 40 station's Lunchbox Flashback hour (the Motels' "Only the Lonely," Naked Eyes' "Promises, Promises," the J. Geils Band's "Centerfold"). This disc does score bonus points for including the Steve Miller Band's "Abracadabra," a song that will always deserve better.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman