Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 80s compiles some of the biggest hits that RCA had that decade, including Hall & Oates' "Maneater," Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," Elvis Presley's "Guitar Man," and Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl." The collection goes somewhat downhill from there, although Starship's "We Built This City," Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings," and Bruce Hornsby & The Range's "The Way It Is" are definitely three of the 1980s' biggest hits. Waylon Jennings' "Just to Satisfy You," Ronnie Milsap's "You Snap Your Fingers (And I'm Back in Your Hands)," and Alabama's "Love in the First Degree" give a nod to country, while the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's "Hooked on Classics" and Taco's "Puttin' on the Ritz" provide some cheese. The Pointer Sisters' "Dare Me" is the album's lone urban track, but, overall, the collection is relatively diverse. That diversity may disappoint those who'd like a more focused collection of just new wave, country, or mainstream pop, but Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 80s is still a decent portrait of RCA's output during that time.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares