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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music 16, Released 20th November 1989 | 35 Tracks | 0 #1 Singles
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Now That's What I Call Music 16 Ratings
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Released: 20th November 1989
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl, Video
Duration: 02:04:00 (124 Minutes)
Tracks: 35
#1’s: 0
Chart Peak: #1 (6 weeks)
Sales: 900,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love* 5:55 {5}
2. Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On 4:25 {4}
3. Erasure – Drama! 4:15 {4}
4. Deborah Harry – I Want That Man* 3:50 {13}
5. Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could* 3:35 {3}
6. Curiosity Killed The Cat – Name And Number 4:05 {14}
7. The Beautiful South – You Keep It All In* 3:00 {8}
8. Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Surrender* 4:35 {6}
9. Queen – Breakthru 4:15 {7}
10. Tina Turner – The Best* 4:20 {5}
11. Transvision Vamp – Born To Be Sold 3:50 {22}
12. Wendy And Lisa – Waterfall '89 4:25 {69}
13. Kate Bush – The Sensual World 4:00 {12}
14. Fine Young Cannibals – I'm Not The Man I Used To Be {20} CD ONLY TRACK
15. Then Jerico – Sugar Box 3:45 {22}
16. Living In A Box – Room In Your Heart 4:40 {5}
17. Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting 4:10 {2}
18. Milli Vanilli – Girl I'm Gonna Miss You 4:30 {2}
19. Rebel MC & Double Trouble – Street Tuff 3:30 {3}
20. Bobby Brown – On Our Own 4:20 {4}
21. Technotronic feat. Felly – Pump Up The Jam* 3:45 {2}
22. Lil' Louis – French Kiss {2} CD ONLY TRACK
23. Adeva – I Thank You 4:05 {17}
24. D-Mob introducing Cathy Dennis – C'Mon And Get My Love 3:50 {15}
25. De La Soul – Eye Know 4:10 {14}
26. Inner City – What'cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'?* 4:20 {12}
27. Big Fun – Can't Shake The Feeling 3:50 {8}
28. Cliff Richard – I Just Don't Have The Heart 3:30 {3}
29. Jimmy Somerville feat. June Miles Kingston – Comment Te Dire Adieu 3:40 {14}
30. Brother Beyond – Drive On {39} CD ONLY TRACK
31. Shakespear’s Sister – You're History 4:30 {7}
32. Oh Well – Oh Well 3:15 {28}
33. Neneh Cherry – Kisses On The Wind 3:40 {20}
34. Redhead Kingpin & The FBI – Do The Right Thing 4:05 {13}
35. Fresh 4 feat. Lizz E – Wishing On A Star 3:45 {10}

Key
Tracks highlighted red were official UK #1’s.
Tracks with an asterisk (*) next to their title have also been included in special releases from the series.
The track duration has been highlighted cyan.
Bracketed numbers refer to highest chart position reached.
    Miscellaneous Facts
Track Most Weeks At #1: N/A
Lowest Charting Track: Wendy And Lisa – Waterfall '89 {69}
Longest Song: Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love 5:55
Shortest Song: Beautiful South – You Keep It All In 3:00
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: Unknown
Other Facts: The Double CD edition of Now 16 features 3 bonus tracks as stated above, and were not included in the Double Cassette or Vinyl formats.
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for 20th November 1989. sad.gif
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
TV Cream
Everyhit
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post Nov 20 2016, 08:10 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 16 aka Now 16 was the winter release from 1989 and it was to be the final release from the 1980s. Now 16 features 3 exclusive bonus tracks only available on Double CD format bringing the total CD tracklisting to 35 which was the highest ever of the time.
Despite a huge selection of tracks, none of them were UK #1 hits which is a big dissapointment when you consider the #1s of the time such as Black Box – Ride On Time; Jive Bunny – That's What I Like; Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World and New Kids On The Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff).
However, Now 16 does contain music from the likes of Belinda Carlisle, The Beautiful South, Tina Turner, Bobby Brown and Cliff Richard to name a few.
Now 16 opened the way for artists like Sydney Youngblood, Richard Marx, Technotronic, Jimmy Somerville and Shakespear’s Sister. There was also a debut from Cathy Dennis who featured with D-Mob; she would go on to have further chart success as a solo artist.
But as always, there were one hit wonders, and this time round they came from Tears For Fears, Wendy And Lisa, Lil' Louis, Big Fun, Oh Well, Redhead Kingpin & The FBI and Fresh 4 feat. Lizz E.
You might say the cover was perhaps one of the most striking of all the different logo designs, as this Now 16 logo seemed to be a sign lit up at night (similar to that of Now 10) and the very firey effect from the logo is reflected in a rippled body of water beneath the sign. A truly wonderful concept and very bright. However, sadly this was to be the very last time in the series that these Now designs would be used as future Now covers experimented with different designs to replace what had come to be a familiar image in the music shops. This logo was seen the last time on Now 16.
Despite having absolutely 0 UK #1s, this is actually a very good album. The musical variety is very good, and seems to offer quite alot of different choice. There are some familiar 80s artists included, and some new talent too. There is another dissapointment about the album, apart from 0 UK #1s, because it also has a non Top 40 single which only peaked at #69.
I do like the cover though, it might seem very basic, but it is remembered for me as the last of it's kind, and I can only wonder what the designs may have been like today if that cover concept continued.

Artwork Rating: 7/10 Very Good
Quite pretty really, the neonlit fiery logo beautifully reflected in a pool of water below at night causes this to be a very good artwork and a fine sendoff for the 80's.

Disc 1 Favourite: Tina Turner – The Best
Simple really, it is Tina's best hit single, and easily the most recognised too. A stand out song from this era and still gets played a lot today too. A real anthem from a real female powerhouse.

Disc 2 Favourite: Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
A floorfillers classic, a real dancefloor anthem from the late 80's. Technotronic went on to have several other hits in the early 90's too.

Overall Rating: 5/10 Poor
I feel this volume could have been improved upon in many ways, but it was good to see an increased number of songs but the sheer lack of #1 singles is what lets this down.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of November 2016)
1. Tina Turner – The Best
2. Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
3. Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On
4. Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
5. Adeva – I Thank You

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of November 2016)
1. Fine Young Cannibals – I'm Not The Man I Used To Be
2. Milli Vanilli – Girl I'm Gonna Miss You
3. Jimmy Somerville feat. June Miles Kingston – Comment Te Dire Adieu
4. Shakespear's Sister – You're History
5. Oh Well – Oh Well


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Another hard choice went for Queen and Neneh Cherry
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