The first volume of Collectables' Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s generally sticks to mainstream radio hits from the first half of the decade, ranging from upbeat guitar-driven rock (the Romantics' "What I Like About You," Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny," Quiet Riot's version of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize") to new wave pop (Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon," Nena's "99 Red Balloons," Men at Work's "Overkill") to R&B crossover (Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove," Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited") to sappy ballads (Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," Paul Young's "Every Time You Go Away," the Bangles' "Eternal Flame"). Like the other volumes in the series that represent the decade, this is a middling, random look at an unjustly maligned era. This is best left for cases when a song or two is needed in a pinch -- or as a wedding DJ tool.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman