Priority's Chart Toppers series is an excellent budget-line collection, offering a strong selection of 15 original hits, grouped by a specific theme and decade, on each disc. Chart Toppers: Romantic Hits of the 80's combines soft-rock, adult contemporary, urban soul, power ballads, new wave, album rock and pop-rock hits -- an eclectic bunch, to say the least, but the variety helps capture the feeling of the decade. A few of the songs haven't dated well, but for the most part, the selection of songs is terrific, albeit a little predictable. Among the highlights on the disc are Air Supply's "Lost in Love," Spandau Ballet's "True," Lionel Ritchie's "Truly," Paul Young's "Everytime You Go Away," Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You," Peobo Bryson & Roberta Flack's "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," Chris DeBurgh's "Lady in Red," Cheap Trick's "The Flame," the Cars' "Drive" and Jack Wagner's "All I Need."
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine