Now Yearbook Extra Plus

The Now Yearbook series has been a most welcome development. The Extra volumes are a further added bonus of triple CD goodness. The purpose of this page is to showcase my mop-up Extra Plus editions. These are virtual double CD compilations of tracks that missed out on both the Yearbook & Extra releases. They just exist as Spotify playlists with the usual caveats re 7″ mixes. I’ll be adding them for each year in tandem with the Now team’s release schedule. One important point – if a track from an Extra Plus playlist is subsequently included on a future Yearbook or Extra release, then a substitution will be made. See the comments for more details on these amendments.

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1978
01 Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
02 Frankie Valli – Grease
03 Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
04 Karen Young – Hot Shot (Vocal Short Version)
05 Cerrone – Supernature (Edit)
06 Herbie Hancock – I Thought It Was You (7” Mix)
07 Rolling Stones – Miss You
08 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want
09 Electric Light Orchestra – Sweet Talkin’ Woman
10 Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Davy’s On The Road Again (Single Version)
11 Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls (Single Version)
12 AC/DC – Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation
13 Wings – I’ve Had Enough
14 The Rutles – I Must Be In Love
15 Bryan Ferry – Sign Of The Times
16 David Bowie – Beauty & The Beast
17 Robert Palmer – Every Kinda People
18 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love?
19 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Egyptian Reggae
20 The Cure – Killing An Arab
21 Nick Lowe – I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass
22 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Radio Radio
23 Buzzcocks – Love You More
24 Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi

01 Jilted John – Jilted John
02 The Clash – Clash City Rockers
03 The Jam – ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street
04 Sex Pistols – No One Is Innocent (A Punk Prayer By Ronald Biggs)
05 X-Ray Spex – The Day The World Turned Day-Glo
06 XTC – This Is Pop?
07 The Stranglers – Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
08 Ramones – Don’t Come Close
09 Devo – (I Can’t Get Me No) Satisfaction
10 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Summer Nights
11 ABBA – Summer Night City
12 Bee Gees – Night Fever
13 The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
14 KC & The Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
15 Heatwave – Mind Blowing Decisions
16 The New Seekers – Anthem
17 Leo Sayer – I Can’t Stop Loving You (Though I Try)
18 Dan Hill – Sometimes When We Touch
19 Frankie Miller – Darlin’
20 Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou
21 Kansas – Dust In The Wind
22 James Galway – Annie’s Song
23 Genesis – Follow You Follow Me
24 Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (Edit)

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1979
01 The Police – Roxanne
02 Supertramp – Breakfast In America
03 Bee Gees – Tragedy
04 ABBA – Voulez-Vous
05 Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive
06 Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
07 Village People – Go West
08 Herb Alpert – Rise (7″ Mix)
09 Herbie Hancock – You Bet Your Love (7” Mix)
10 Mike Oldfield – Guilty
11 Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
12 Elton John – Are You Ready For Love? (1979 Radio Edit)
13 The Pointer Sisters – Fire
14 The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes
15 Robert John – Sad Eyes
16 Beach Boys – Lady Lynda
17 Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s In Love (7” Mix)
18 Phoebe Snow – Every Night
19 Judie Tzuke – Stay With Me Till Dawn
20 Randy Vanwarmer – Just When I Needed You Most
21 Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

01 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Oliver’s Army
02 Nick Lowe – Cruel To Be Kind
03 The Rumour – Emotional Traffic
04 Squeeze – Slap & Tickle
05 The Jam – When You’re Young
06 The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
07 Lene Lovich – Say When
08 Matchbox – Rockabilly Rebel
09 Rocky Sharpe & The Replays – Rama Lama Ding Dong
10 Dave Edmunds – Queen Of Hearts
11 The Monks – Nice Legs, Shame About The Face
12 The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer
13 Sham 69 – Hersham Boys
14 Sex Pistols – Silly Thing
15 The Damned – Smash It Up
16 Buzzcocks – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
17 The Cars – Just What I Needed
18 Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me (Live)
19 David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
20 KISS – I Was Made For Lovin’ You (Single Mix)
21 Eagles – Heartache Tonight
22 Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
23 Electric Light Orchestra – The Diary Of Horace Wimp
24 John Williams – Cavatina (Theme From The Deer Hunter)

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1980
01 Electric Light Orchestra – All Over The World
02 Pete Townshend – Let My Love Open The Door
03 Paul McCartney – Temporary Secretary
04 Sparks – When I’m With You
05 David Bowie – Fashion (Single Mix)
06 Queen – Play The Game
07 Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers
08 Genesis – Turn It On Again
09 Thin Lizzy – Killer On The Loose (7” Mix)
10 Iron Maiden – Running Free
11 AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
12 Michael Jackson – Rock With You
13 Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’) (7” Mix)
14 Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O.
15 Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu
16 Fern Kinney – Together We Are Beautiful
17 Barbra Streisand – Woman In Love
18 Fleetwood Mac – Sara (7” Edit)
19 The Shadows – Riders In The Sky
20 Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind
21 Don McLean – Crying

01 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved?
02 UB40 – Dream A Lie (7” Mix)
03 The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
04 The Specials – Rat Race
05 The Bodysnatchers – Let’s Do Rock Steady
06 The Selecter – Three Minute Hero
07 Sex Pistols – (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone
08 The Ruts – Staring At The Rude Boys
09 UK Subs – Teenage
10 Cockney Rejects – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
11 Splodgenessabounds – Two Pints Of Lager & A Packet Of Crisps
12 Skids – Circus Games (7” Mix)
13 Ramones – Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?
14 Generation X – Dancing With Myself
15 XTC – Generals & Majors (Edit)
16 New Musik – Sanctuary
17 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – New Amsterdam
18 Secret Affair – My World
19 The Lambrettas – Poison Ivy
20 B.A. Robertson – Kool In The Kaftan
21 Joy Division – Atmosphere
22 Jon & Vangelis – I Hear You Now
23 David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes (Single Mix)

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1981
01 Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
02 David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (7″ Mix)
03 Dire Straits – Romeo & Juliet
04 Bruce Springsteen – The River
05 Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
06 Steve Winwood – While You See A Chance
07 Bill Wyman – (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star (7″ Mix)
08 Scritti Politti – The Sweetest Girl
09 Dexys Midnight Runners – Show Me
10 Bad Manners – Lorraine
11 Depeche Mode – New Life
12 The Clash – This Is Radio Clash
13 The Undertones – It’s Going To Happen!
14 The Freshies – I’m In Love With A Girl On A Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk
15 The Polecats – John, I’m Only Dancing
16 Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
17 Racey – Runaround Sue
18 Alvin Stardust – Pretend
19 Ennio Morricone – Chi Mai
20 Joe Dolce Music Theatre – Shaddap You Face
21 Tony Capstick – Capstick Comes Home

01 Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday
02 Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida (Single Version)
03 Ottawan – Hands Up (Edit)
04 Linx – So This Is Romance (Single Version)
05 Imagination – Flashback
06 Beggar & Co. – Somebody Help Me Out (Edit)
07 Heatwave – Jitterbuggin’ (UK Single Mix)
08 Third World – Dancing On The Floor (Hooked On Love)
09 Level 42 – Love Games (7″ Edit)
10 George Harrison – All Those Years Ago
11 Squeeze – Tempted
12 The Nolans – Chemistry
13 Tenpole Tudor – Wunderbar
14 Spandau Ballet – Paint Me Down
15 The Cure – Charlotte Sometimes
16 Ultravox – The Thin Wall (Single Edit)
17 Simple Minds – Love Song (7″ Mix)
18 Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
19 Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
20 Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1982
01 Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
02 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
03 Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
04 Status Quo – Dear John
05 Stiff Little Fingers – Listen
06 Bananarama & Fun Boy Three – Really Saying Something
07 Liquid Gold – Where Did It All Go Wrong?
08 David Christie – Saddle Up
09 Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up
10 Raw Silk – Do It To The Music (Edit)
11 D-Train – You’re The One For Me
12 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
13 Imagination – Music & Lights
14 Pigbag – Papa’s Gotta A Brand New Pigbag (7″ Mix)
15 Kraftwerk – The Model
16 Toyah – Ieya ’82
17 Lene Lovich – It’s You, Only You (Mein Schmerz)
18 Yazoo – Only You
19 Leo Sayer – Have You Ever Been In Love?
20 Prelude – After The Goldrush (Re-Recorded Version)
21 Dire Straits – Private Investigations (Edit)
22 Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – The Girl Is Mine

01 Dexys Midnight Runners – Let’s Get This Straight From The Start
02 The Beat – I Confess
03 Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
04 UB40 – So Here I Am
05 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy
06 Madness – Cardiac Arrest
07 Bad Manners – My Girl Lollipop
08 Natasha – Iko Iko
09 Toto Coelo – I Eat Cannibals (Part 1)
10 Bananarama – Shy Boy
11 Fun Boy Three – The Telephone Always Rings
12 Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Man Out Of Time
13 The Pale Fountains – Thank You
14 Scarlet Party – 101 Dam-nations
15 The Pinkees – Danger Games
16 The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed
17 A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song
18 Spandau Ballet – She Loved Like Diamond
19 Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
20 Fashion – Love Shadow
21 Depeche Mode – See You (Single Version)
22 Yazoo – Don’t Go

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1983
01 David Bowie – Let’s Dance (Single Mix)
02 Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – Dancing Tight
03 David Grant – Watching You, Watching Me
04 Mtume – Juicy Fruit (Single Version)
05 Booker Newbury III – Love Town (Short Version)
06 Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
07 Lydia Murdock – Superstar (Radio Mix)
08 Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
09 New Edition – Candy Girl
10 Musical Youth – Never Gonna Give You Up
11 I Level – Minefield
12 Mezzoforte – Garden Party
13 Central Line – Nature Boy
14 Will Powers – Kissing With Confidence
15 The Style Council – Money Go Round (Single Version)
16 Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Single Version)
17 Herbie Hancock – Rockit (7″ Mix)
18 Black Lace – Superman
19 Marillion – He Knows You Know
20 The Beat – Can’t Get Used To Losing You

01 Wham! – Bad Boys
02 Olivia Newton-John – Twist Of Fate
03 Care – Flaming Sword
04 Bruce Foxton – Freak
05 Rolling Stones – Undercover Of The Night
06 Big Country – In A Big Country (Single Mix)
07 The Alarm – 68 Guns (Single Mix)
08 The Waterboys – A Girl Called Johnny
09 Thin Lizzy – The Sun Goes Down (7″ Remix)
10 Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
11 Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary
12 Ultravox – Visions In Blue
13 Thompson Twins – Watching
14 Talk Talk – My Foolish Friend
15 The Assembly – Never Never
16 Blancmange – Waves (Single Version)
17 Phil Collins – Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away
18 John Williams – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Original Theme (Flying)
19 Mick Karn – Sensitive (7″ Mix)
20 David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1984
01 Wham! – Everything She Wants (Remix)
02 Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
03 Madonna – Like A Virgin
04 David Bowie – Blue Jean
05 Big Country – East Of Eden (Edit)
06 The Smiths – William, It Was Really Nothing
07 Depeche Mode – Master & Servant (Single Version)
08 Kajagoogoo – The Lion’s Mouth
09 Heaven 17 – This Is Mine (7″ Mix)
10 Blancmange – The Day Before You Came
11 Talk Talk – Such A Shame
12 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Never Turn Away
13 Ultravox – Lament
14 The Alan Parsons Project – Don’t Answer Me
15 Clannad – Robin (The Hooded Man)
16 Henry Mancini – The Thorn Birds Theme
17 Mike Oldfield – To France
18 The Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain
19 Captain Sensible – Glad It’s All Over
20 Black Lace – Agadoo

01 Queen – Hammer To Fall (Single Version)
02 Status Quo – Going Down Town Tonight (Single Version)
03 Joe Fagin – That’s Livin’ Alright
04 Shakin’ Stevens – Teardrops
05 Tracey Ullman – Sunglasses
06 The Mighty Wah! – Come Back
07 The Icicle Works – Love Is A Wonderful Colour
08 Everything But The Girl – Each & Every One
09 Bronski Beat – It Ain’t Necessarily So (7″ Mix)
10 Madness – Michael Caine
11 Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love / People Get Ready
12 Trevor Walters – Stuck On You
13 Cameo – She’s Strange (Single Version)
14 Change – Change Of Heart (Single Version)
15 Phil Fearon & Galaxy – What Do I Do?
16 Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
17 Shannon – Give Me Tonight (7″ Mix)
18 Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You
19 Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
20 Phil Collins – Against All Odds
21 Prince – Purple Rain (7″ Mix)

Now Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter Extra Plus
01 The Jacksons – Can You Feel It (7″ Version)
02 Electric Light Orchestra – I’m Alive
03 Bee Gees – Spirits (Having Flown)
04 Genesis – That’s All (Edit)
05 Robert Palmer – Looking For Clues (Single Version)
06 Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Stool Pigeon
07 The Specials – Stereotype
08 Bad Manners – Lip Up Fatty
09 Dexys Midnight Runners – Plan B
10 Simple Minds – I Travel (7″ Mix)
11 Heaven 17 – (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thing
12 Ultravox – All Stood Still (Single Version)
13 Depeche Mode – Get The Balance Right
14 China Crisis – Tragedy & Mystery
15 Blancmange – Don’t Tell Me
16 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Telegraph
17 Madness – One Better Day
18 The Undertones – Julie Ocean (7″ Mix)
19 Christopher Cross – Sailing
20 Jon & Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home
21 Mike Post & Larry Carlton – Theme From Hill Street Blues

01 Van Halen – Jump
02 Prince – When Doves Cry (Edit)
03 Michael Jackson – Thriller (7″ Special Edit)
04 Madonna – Holiday
05 Phil Collins – I Missed Again
06 The Cars – Since You’re Gone
07 Men At Work – Overkill
08 Rod Stewart – Young Turks
09 David Bowie – Modern Love (Single Version)
10 Queen – It’s A Hard Life
11 Thin Lizzy – Chinatown (7″ DJ Edit)
12 Stray Cats – (She’s Sexy) & 17
13 Big Country – Chance (Single Mix)
14 The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
15 Fleetwood Mac – Gypsy
16 Kate Bush – The Dreaming
17 Olivia Newton-John featuring Cliff Richard – Suddenly
18 Paul McCartney – Tug Of War (7″ Mix)
19 Mike Oldfield – Arrival
20 Wham! – Last Christmas

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1985
01 David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street (Bob Clearmountain Mix)
02 Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (Edit)
03 Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
04 Phil Collins – Sussudio
05 Bryan Adams – Run To You
06 Glenn Frey – Smuggler’s Blues
07 Don Henley – The Boys Of Summer
08 Foreigner – That Was Yesterday
09 Starship – We Built This City
10 The Rah Band – Clouds Across The Moon
11 Madonna – Crazy For You
12 The Colourfield – Thinking Of You
13 Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down (Single Mix)
14 Madness – Yesterday’s Men
15 Chris Rea – Stainsby Girls
16 Marc Almond – Stories Of Johnny
17 The Style Council – Come To Milton Keynes
18 Go West – Call Me
19 King – Alone Without You
20 Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere

01 Madonna – Into The Groove
02 Sheena Easton – Sugar Walls
03 Hazell Dean – They Say It’s Gonna Rain
04 Aretha Franklin – Freeway Of Love (Single Mix)
05 The Limit – Say Yeah
06 Kool & The Gang – Misled
07 Prince – 1999 (7” Edit)
08 Pointer Sisters – Neutron Dance (Single Version)
09 James Ingram & Michael McDonald – Yah Mo B There
10 Mai Tai – History
11 Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm (7” Edit)
12 Dionne Warwick & Friends – That’s What Friends Are For
13 Heaven 17 – …And That’s No Lie (7” Mix)
14 Shakin’ Stevens – Breaking Up My Heart
15 The Smiths – Shakespeare’s Sister
16 The Honeydrippers – Sea Of Love
17 Big Daddy – Dancing In The Dark
18 Sarah Brightman & Paul Miles-Kingston – Pie Jesu
19 Aled Jones – Walking In The Air
20 Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

Now Yearbook Extra Plus 1986
01 Madonna – True Blue (Remix/Edit)
02 Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
03 Prince – Kiss (Single Mix)
04 Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
05 Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
06 Genesis – Invisible Touch
07 Mike & The Mechanics – All I Need Is A Miracle
08 Survivor – Burning Heart
09 Queen – Friends Will Be Friends
10 Paul McCartney – Press (Video Edit)
11 The Bangles – If She Knew What She Wants
12 Kate Bush – The Big Sky (Special Single Mix)
13 Double – The Captain Of Her Heart (Radio Edit)
14 Clannad featuring Bono – In A Lifetime
15 Cyndi Lauper – True Colours
16 Nana Mouskouri – Only Love
17 Sarah Brightman & Steve Harley – The Phantom Of The Opera
18 Madness – (Waiting For) The Ghost Train
19 Chas & Dave featuring The Matchroom Mob – Snooker Loopy
20 Roger Whittaker & Des O’Connor – The Skye Boat Song

01 David Bowie – Absolute Beginners (7” Mix)
02 Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
03 A-ha – Train Of Thought (Remix)
04 Erasure – Sometimes
05 Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat
06 Depeche Mode – A Question Of Time (Remix)
07 The Stranglers – Always The Sun
08 The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
09 Big Country – Look Away
10 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Candyman
11 The Jesus & Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking
12 The The – Heartland
13 The Housemartins – Think For A Minute (Single Version)
14 Janet Jackson – Nasty
15 Joyce Sims – (You Are My) All & All (Radio Mix)
16 Midnight Star – Midas Touch
17 Hollywood Beyond – What’s The Colour Of Money
18 Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
19 Patti La Belle & Michael McDonald – On My Own
20 Sam Cooke – (What A) Wonderful World

65 Responses to Now Yearbook Extra Plus

  1. antster1983 says:

    No restrictions over licensing here (as long as the track is on Spotify of course) 😉

  2. David Myers says:

    For your 1981 extra plus I’ll be upset it we don’t get
    Chi Mai by Ennio Morricone
    Grey Day by Madness
    Chariots of Fire by Vangelis
    Stars on 45 ABBA Medley by Starsound
    It’s My Party by Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
    The last one we won’t get as it appears to have disappeared from streaming sites

  3. antster1983 says:

    Why is “Waiting for a Girl Like You” on the playlist for 1981? That was released on NOW Yearbook 1982.

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Just human error with the original spreadsheet and the private Spotify playlists (two versions on the go which were in draft until today). Corrected now. Thanks for pointing out.

      • antster1983 says:

        No probs, Paul.

        Oh, and “Heartache Avenue” was on Extra 1982. Someone in one of the collectors groups on Facebook pointed that out after a link to this page was posted.

        • nlgbbbblth says:

          Yes, Heartache Avenue is an interesting dilemma that I’m aware of. My Extra Plus 1983 playlist was created in December 2021 while Extra 1982 wasn’t released until March 2022. I do intend to change it at some point but haven’t go round to it yet.

        • nlgbbbblth says:

          Heartache Avenue now dealt with.
          I Could Be Happy also sorted.
          Main post updated along with tracklists & Spotify links.

  4. Robert says:

    Is it possible to upload these Now Yearbook Extra Plus playlists on your page on I don’t haven an Spotify account.

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Hi Robert,
      I did consider it but there are a number of logistical issues.
      1/ Would need to manually rip most of the tracks from my vinyl and CD collection as I don’t already have them saved as MP3s. That would be very time consuming
      2/ In some instances, I have had to settle for album versions on Spotify whereas for Mixcloud I would want to upload the single mix so there would be inconsistency.
      3/ The Extra Plus playlists are restricted to what’s on Spotify i.e. It’s My Party would make my 1981 set if it was available. If uploading to Mixcloud, I’d be tempted to swap it out with another track.

      • Robert says:

        I understand that it would be very time consuming to upload these playlists on Mixcloud. If you are ever going to do this, let me know. I still like to hear these playlists.

        I guess that some things from your playlists are hard to find. Do you have an excel or PDF file, where all of the tracks are on? And also on which CD or LP we can find these versions?

  5. irishlanguage says:

    “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” would be a good addition to 1980 extra

  6. Damien says:

    For Now Yearbook Extra 1979 my suggestions include Spirit Body and Soul by The Nolans,Just When I Needed You Most by Randy Vanwarmer,I Have A Dream by Abba,Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar,I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss,Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen, Sunday Girl by Blondie and Angel Eyes by Roxy Music!

  7. Henke says:

    Thanks Paul. I’ll check your extra plus out. 🙂

  8. David Myers says:

    I think it’s a bit lazy that Life in Tokyo has appeared again on 79 extra. We’ve got in on Yearbook 82. I know the 82 one was a different mix but it didn’t even chart in 79. There are plenty of other great songs in 79. Reckon the compiler of this series is a Japan fan

  9. David Myers says:

    I wonder what version of Tarzan Boy we’ll get in Yearbook 85, probably the original but in 85 the summer remix was the version we were hearing on the radio and on Now 6. I never bought the single so I’m not sure what was available

  10. KevinK says:

    Hi – Re the 1979 Extra Plus, one or two typos but main issue is Still by the Commodores was on the main 1979 Yearbook (cd4, track 14). As replacement, how about either Charlie Dore – Pilot Of the Airwaves or Phoebe Snow – Every Night?

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Hi Kevin,
      There’s a checking process to ensure this doesn’t happen. Unfortunately on this occasion, a step was missed along the way. Thanks very much for spotting it. I have a reserve list so Phoebe Snow’s great Macca cover has gone in there. Anita typo corrected 🙂 Thanks again

      • KevinK says:

        No problem – a good selection as always and 1979 was probably the year with the most “contenders” so far. I could list at least another 50! (PS one more typo … Patrick’s hit was Born To Be Alive).

  11. antster1983 says:

    And now we have the announcement of NOW Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter, to hoover up some of the songs from those five years that didn’t make the other Yearbooks. What do you make of that?

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Surprised to see it. Some great tunes on it though.

      Their announcement says “As we move forward to the second half of the 1980s, and we were delighted with the response to the 1979 edition back in September. However, we haven’t quite finished with those golden pop years 1980 – 1984.”
      So that rules out 1978 and beforehand for now.

      As per my update in the main post, I am going to re-jig my Extra Plus playlists on foot of this Final Chapter announcement but will hold off for a bit in case that has an Extra coming as well. Probably unlikely but you never know.

      I don’t think this one was planned – probably a reaction to how well the existing volumes have been received. It’s very 1984-heavy – KevinK on SDE said 29 tracks from then. And 18 from 1983. No surprise given how strong both those years are for pop. On that basis, it probably made sense for them to do a mixture of the five years rather than an individual disc for each year – given the dearth of tracks from 1980 and 1981. On the other hand, I have plenty suggestions for More Extra Plus volumes for all years 1979-1984 so it probably does come down to what they can easily license.

  12. nlgbbbblth says:

    Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman. Then appeared on Now Yearbook 1978. Replaced by Herb Alpert – Rise.
    Anne Murray – You Needed Me. Then appeared on Now Yearbook Extra 1978. Replaced by Fleetwood Mac – Tusk.

    Mike Oldfield – Blue Peter. Then appeared on Now Yearbook Extra 1979. Replaced by UK Subs – Teenage.
    Chic – My Feet Keep Dancing. Then appeared on Now Yearbook Extra 1979. Replaced by The Shadows – Riders In The Sky.

    Queen – Flash. Then appeared on Now Yearbook Extra 1980. Replaced by Dexys Midnight Runners – Show Me.

    The Maisonettes – Heartache Avenue. Then appeared on Now Yearbook Extra 1982. Replaced by Care – Flaming Sword.

    • Stephen Charles says:

      Why was there not any of the Showaddywaddy Hits fro. 1979-1982 on any these yearbooks such as Who put the bomp in the bompa bomp bomp footsteps , Multiplication, Blue Moon Why do lovers break each others heart, Anight at day gees, Sweet little rock n roller Remember Then…

  13. Martin Poppitt says:

    Loving your more obscure choices alongside the bigger hits that the original collections ‘forgot’. Looking forward to your 1985 Extra Plus selections on 6th January!

  14. nlgbbbblth says:


    Liquid Gold – Substitute
    Kenny Rogers – Coward Of The County
    Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
    The Undertones – Wednesday Week
    Gary Numan – We Are Glass
    Sparks – When I’m With You
    Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind
    New Musik – Sanctuary
    Joy Division – Atmosphere

    Star Sound – Stars On 45 Volume 2
    The Specials – Do Nothing
    Madness – Grey Day
    Linx – Intuition
    Bucks Fizz – Piece Of The Action
    Kim Wilde – Cambodia
    Kate Bush – Sat In Your Lap
    Laurie Anderson – O Superman
    The Clash – This Is Radio Clash
    Scritti Politti – The Sweetest Girl
    Bad Manners – Lorraine
    Linx – So This Is Romance
    The Nolans – Chemistry
    Spandau Ballet – Paint Me Down
    Imagination – Flashback
    Beggar & Co. – Somebody Help Me Out
    Tenpole Tudor – Wunderbar

    Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
    Robert Palmer – Some Guys Have All The Luck
    Hot Chocolate – Girl Crazy
    Roxy Music – Take A Chance With Me
    Renée & Renato – Save Your Love
    Dexys Midnight Runners – The Celtic Soul Brothers
    The Jam – Just Who Is The 5 O’Clock Hero?
    Simple Minds – Someone Somewhere In Summertime
    Associates – 18 Carat Love Affair
    Thomas Dolby – Windpower
    Dire Straits – Private Investigations
    Bananarama & Fun Boy Three – Really Saying Something
    Toyah – Ieya ’82
    Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – The Girl Is Mine
    Dexys Midnight Runners – Let’s Get This Straight From The Start
    Bananarama – Shy Boy
    Prelude – After The Goldrush
    A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song
    Spandau Ballet – She Loved Like Diamond
    Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science

    Lionel Richie – Running With The Night
    F.R. David – Words
    Tom Robinson – War Baby
    Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
    Nick Heyward – On A Sunday
    Jo Boxers – Just Got Lucky
    Madness – Tomorrow’s Just Another Day
    The Smiths – This Charming Man
    Eurythmics – Love Is A Stranger
    Flash & The Pan – Waiting On A Train
    Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding
    Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
    Lydia Murdock – Superstar
    Marillion – He Knows You Know
    Thompson Twins – Watching
    Wham! – Bad Boys
    Olivia Newton-John – Twist Of Fate
    Ultravox – Visions In Blue
    The Alarm – 68 Guns
    Rolling Stones – Undercover Of The Night
    Talk Talk – My Foolish Friend

    Wham! – Freedom
    Ultravox – Love’s Great Adventure
    A Flock Of Seagulls – The More You Live, The More You Love
    Nik Kershaw – Dancing Girls
    The Human League – Louise
    Howard Jones – Hide & Seek
    UB40 – Cherry Oh Baby
    The Special AKA – Nelson Mandela
    Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
    Lionel Richie – Penny Lover
    Wham! – Everything She Wants
    Ultravox – Lament
    Talk Talk – Such A Shame
    Black Lace – Agadoo
    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Never Turn Away
    Big Country – East Of Eden
    Trevor Walters – Stuck On You
    Madness – Michael Caine
    Shannon – Give Me Tonight
    Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

  15. Robert says:

    You have made some very good choices in your playlists. I have forgotten about some songs, but now I do remember them. Thanks for sharing! I have also one question for you : Are you going to make a playlist for the “Now Yearbook ’80-’84 The Final Chapter”?

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Thanks Robert. Yes, I have already done the playlist for Now Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter Extra Plus – will be published 3 February.

      • Martin Poppitt says:

        Literally waited all day for your Now Yearbook: 1980-1984 Final Chapter Extra Plus playlist (try saying that after you’ve had a few…).
        Anyhow, PLEASE don’t keep us in suspense!!

  16. Jacob says:

    Great job on these. I’m in the process of re-creating your playlists via Tidal, since I’m not on Spotify. I would add “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd to the ’79 set since it was a UK Christmas No. 1 and a huge seller all over the world.

  17. Eastern says:

    Hello, Sir English (or nlgbbbblth),
    I want to tell you that I have discovered your blog a few months ago and your listings of additional tracks (as they are so called “Extra Plus”) posted on Spotify are absolutely fabulous. They completely complement the Yearbook and Yearbook Extra compilations which delight those nostalgic for the great era of music.
    I come back to you because I noticed last Monday that an announcement concerning the Extra edition of 1986 had been published before it’s mysteriously disappeared. I had time to pick up some great tracks that we are all looking forward to.
    By typing the compilation code (CDYBENOW86) on the net, you can find visuals of the upcoming compilation, with the list of titles of course.
    Otherwise, there is this link, very recent, if it can help :
    Praying to heaven that the Now Music teams draw inspiration from your Extra Plus listings to contact us with future and essential Yearbook Extra & More (“Now Yearbook – Damn it ! Why did we forget these titles !”). ^^
    Sorry for my English, I’m French ! 😉

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Thank you! Much appreciated. Yes, the 1986 Extra looks good, a lot of favourites there. Glad you are enjoying the playlists; they are great fun to put together. Just compiling Extra Plus 1986 now…..

  18. James says:

    Surprised Gary Numan’s We take Mystery isn’t on any of the compilations. A top 10 hit from 1982.

  19. Feel the Quality says:

    Not that they’re bad by any stretch but I think the 85 and 86 yearbooks (and extras) were a little bit disappointing, 85 especially. Maybe it’s because those years (particularly 85) were great years for pop and even if there were another five extra editions for them, they’d still be missing some classics.
    Luckily the recent Now Dance 80s set has more than made up for any slight disappointment in the yearbooks.

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Yes, the Now Dance 80s set was unexpected – great to see – especially CD1.

      I like the 1985 Yearbook & Extra. 1986 slightly less – pity that Pet Shop Boys and Erasure won’t make it.

      • Robert says:

        They probably couldn’t get the licence for the songs by Erasure and Pet Shop Boys. Just like the couldn’t get it for the songs by David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Madonna.

        • Eastern says:

          Depeche Mode and Stevie Wonder also. There are too many artists who are not in the Yearbook compilation series. Unless another compilations happen in parallel to the Yearbook series in the future… After all, there are few artists who appear in other NOW compilations (like DM or Madonna), why wouldn’t they appear in a new series of compilations ?

        • James says:

          Also Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons, Janet Jackson, Genesis (aside from Mama – which is weird,) Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Kraftwerk, Cyndi Lauper, Jon & Vangelis, Talking Heads, Van Halen, Dire Straits, Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Ottawan, Herbie Hancock (Rock It). Probably others but those plus the ones listed above are big omissions.

        • nlgbbbblth says:

          I think the Pet Shop Boys omission is down to the band themselves. They don’t want to be associated with new retrospective compilations. Possibly the same reason for Erasure although I am not 100% certain.

  20. James says:

    I’d recommend Jan Hammer Crockett’s Theme for the 1986 set. It was a number 2 hit and as yet doesn’t appear on any of the Yearbooks. The 1985 Extra set contains the Miami Vice theme, but Crockett’s theme was the bigger hit.

  21. Eastern says:

    The musical adventure continues with the Yearbook Extra 1978 compilation announced for June 9th. For my part, I expected certain titles and they are there ! Bicycle Race (Queen), Oh Carol (Smokie), Greased Lightnin’ (John Travolta), Now That We’ve Found Love (Third World), Rasputin (Boney M.), Got To Be Real (Cheryl Lynn), Follow Me (Amanda Lear), Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel), The Eve Of The War (Jeff Wayne), Tommy Gun (The Clash), I Love America (Patrick Juvet)…

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