Various Artists

Now That's What I Call Music 9 [UK]

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The U.K.'s Now series features timely selections of pop hits and provides a convenient way for casual pop fans to stay on top of the most popular singles. The sets are almost always naturally well-rounded, encompassing dance music, R&B, hip-hop, teen pop, and rock. And though they might expire, in a sense, since they're based on trends in pop music, they work as more than adequate snapshots of specific points in time. The ninth volume, released in 1987, includes Simply Red's "The Right Thing," Five Star's "Stay Out of My Life," Europe's "The Final Countdown," Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," Freddie Mercury's "The Great Pretender," Berlin's "Take My Breath Away," and Steve Hurley's "Jack Your Body."

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