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Released: 22nd July 2013
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Sony Music Entertainment / EMI / Universal
Format: Double CD, Digital Download
Duration: 2:34:48 (154 minutes 48 seconds)
Tracks: 44
#1’s: 9
Chart Peak: #1 (13 weeks)
Sales: TBC (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky 4:09 {1}
2. Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell – Blurred Lines 3:51 {1}
3. Passenger – Let Her Go 3:38 {2}
4. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors 4:38 {1}
5. Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith – La La La 3:40 {1}
6. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – I Love It 2:35 {1}
7. John Newman – Love Me Again 3:35 {1}
8. Jason Derulo – The Other Side 3:47 {2}
9. P!nk feat. Lily Allen – True Love 3:51 {16}
10. Taylor Swift – 22 3:49 {9}
11. The Wanted – Walks Like Rihanna 3:23 {4}
12. Bruno Mars – Treasure 2:57 {12}
13. Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’ 3:26 {5}
14. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack 3:30 {3}
15. Selena Gomez – Come & Get It 3:51 {8}
16. PJ & Duncan – Lets Get Ready To Rhumble 3:58 {1}
17. Iggy Azalea – Bounce 2:47 {13}
18. Fuse ODG – Antenna 3:02 {7}
19. Nelly – Hey Porsche 3:28 {6}
20. Paramore – Still Into You 3:35 {15}
21. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive 3:07 {12}
22. Gabz – Lighters (The One) 2:46 {6}
23. Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night 3:34 {1}
24. Jessie J feat. Big Sean & Dizzee Rascal – Wild 3:52 {5}
25. Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E – Need U (100%) 2:53 {1}
26. will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber – #thatPOWER 4:39 {2}
27. David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon – Play Hard 3:28 {6}
28. Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love 3:38 {4}
29. Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment 3:53 {5}
30. Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Tommy Trash & John Martin – Reload 3:19 {3}
31. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like 3:41 {6}
32. Chase & Status feat. Louis M^ttrs – Lost & Not Found 3:26 {9}
33. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me 4:12 {2}
34. Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle – You & Me 2:39 {10}
35. Breach – Jack 3:03 {9}
36. Wiley feat. Angel & Tinchy Stryder – Lights On 3:33 {9}
37. Dizzee Rascal feat. Robbie Williams – Goin’ Crazy 3:22 {5}
38. Psy – Gentleman 3:13 {10}
39. The 1975 – Chocolate 3:45 {19}
40. Union J – Carry You 3:07 {6}
41. The Saturdays – Gentleman 3:40 {14}
42. Charlie Brown – On My Way 3:16 {7}
43. Tom Odell – Another Love 3:47 {10}
44. Michael Bublι – It’s A Beautiful Day 3:21 {10}

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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: Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell – Blurred Lines (5 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: The 1975 – Chocolate {19}
Longest Song: will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber – #thatPOWER 4:39
Shortest Song: Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – I Love It 2:35
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: None
    On This Day In History
No music news to report for 22nd July 2013.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
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    Andrew's Review
Now That’s What I Call Music! 85 also known as Now 85 was released in the Summer of 2013 with 44 Top 20 tracks from that era of the year, including 9 UK #1 singles. This volume was the first to include music from John Newman (as a lead artist), Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea, Fuse ODG, Duke Dumont, The 1975 and Tom Odell.

In terms of omissions, there are not that many notable absentees from this volume. A few Top 10 singles got overlooked from the likes of Lawson, Rihanna, Wretch 32, Loveable Rogues and Sub Focus with many others which didn’t peak as high.

A handful of artists make their only series appearance on this volume including Passenger, Icona Pop, Paramore, Imagine Dragons, Gabz, Sebastian Ingrosso (as a lead artist), Armin van Buuren, Chris Malinchak, Breach, Union J and Charlie Brown.

Artwork Rating: 6/10 Good
It’s ok at best this artwork, I always like a good Summer theme done properly, and I like the beach landscape with palm trees and bright sunshine. Just the overuse of surfboards is a little much. I should score it less in fact for this is the second time surfboards have been used on the artwork for a Summer volume, previously seen on Now 64.

Disc 1 Favourite: Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
One of the last great debut rock singles I remember discovering at the time, good enough to inspire me to buy their album at the time. They haven’t topped this single for me since then, but still a great band all the same.

Disc 2 Favourite: Armin Can Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
A feel good song which I played a lot from 2013, and I remember it put me in a good mood each time.

Disc 3 Tracklist:
(A concept of what a third disc might look like if other hits from the era were used)

1. Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – Stay 4:00 {4}
2. Lawson feat. B.o.B – Brokenhearted 3:29 {6}
3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us 4:18 {3}
4. 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa – We Own It 3:47 {6}
5. Wretch 32 feat. Shakka – Blackout 3:46 {6}
6. Clean Bandit – Mozart’s House 3:51 {17}
7. AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies 3:09 {17}
8. Nicky Romero & Nervo – Like Home 3:21 {33}
9. Sub Focus feat. Alex Clare – Endorphins 4:06 {10}
10. Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy 5:39 {28}
11. Afrojack feat. Chris Brown – As Your Friend 4:00 {21}
12. Stylo G – Soundbwoy 3:48 {18}
13. Little Mix feat. Missy Elliott – How Ya Doin’ 3:31 {16}
14. Stooshe – Slip 3:45 {12}
15. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – Live It Up 4:03 {17}
16. Iggy Azalea – Work 3:43 {17}
17. Ke$ha feat. will.i.am – Crazy Kids 3:49 {27}
18. Lovable Rogues – What A Night 2:51 {9}
19. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out 2:45 {21}
20. Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed 4:05 {7}
21. Kodaline – High Hopes 3:51 {16}
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Total time: 1:19:37

Overall Rating: 8/10 Extremely Good
This volume has a great selection of music from the time, a really good end result from the available tracks from the time. It was a good time for music in general and dance music was very much a prominent genre still. It always amused me that a song from the early 90’s made a comeback reaching a new peak of #1 and all from an appearance on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway! A fine volume for sure!

Andrew's Best 5 (as of May 2018)
1. Armin Can Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like
2. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
3. Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night
4. John Newman – Love Me Again
5. Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E – Need U (100%)

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of May 2018)
1. Gabz – Lighters (The One)
2. Bruno Mars – Treasure
3. Michael Bublι – It’s A Beautiful Day
4. The Saturdays – Gentleman
5. The Wanted – Walks Like Rihanna
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    Other Omissions
The Wizard Of Oz Film Cast – Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead {2}
Leah McFall – I Will Survive {8}
Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops {15}
Gabrielle Aplin – Panic Cord {19}
Katy B – What Love Is Made Of {21}
Kodaline – Love Like This {22}
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel – Beautiful {22}
Chris Brown – Fine China {23}
Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful {23}
Tich – Dumb {23}
Spark Productions – Wake Me Up {26}
Sneakbo – Ring A Ling {27}
Andrea Begley – My Immortal {30}
HAIM – Falling {30}
The 1975 – The City {30}
London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years {31}
Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne – High School {31}
Reconnected – One In A Million {32}
Carly Rae Jepsen – Tonight I’m Getting Over You {33}
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World {34}
Kanye West – Black Skinhead {34}
will.i.am feat. Miley Cyrus – Fall Down {34}
Jakwob feat. Maiday – Fade {35}
Misha B – Here’s To Everything (Ooh La La) {35}
Notsensibles – I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher {35}
Birdy – People Help The People {36}
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince – In The Summertime {36}
Fall Out Boy – The Phoenix {36}
Leah McFall – Killing Me Softly {36}
Leeroy feat. Nagla – Can’t Get Enough {37}
Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre – No Diggity {38}
Michael Molloy & Alex Evans – Rise & Fall {38}
Amelia Lily – Party Over {40}
Evanescence – Bring Me To Life {40}
Imagine Dragons – It’s Time {40}
Pras Michel feat. ODB & Mya – Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are) {40}
Russ Chimes – Turn Me Out {40}
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Will do a proper write up later but~

How the hell is this Paramore & Imagine Dragons only Now album? They’ve each had lots of hits over the years sad.gif In fact this Now especially there seems to be a large amount of alternative/rock songs both included and omitted ohmy.gif
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This is such a great Now album! So many great tracks were released in the spring/summer of 2013!

Here's my Top 5:-

1) Daft Punk feat. Pharrell - Get Lucky
2) Paramore - Still Into You
3) Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love
4) Chase & Status - Lost & Not Found
5) Duke Dumont feat A*M*E - Need You (100%)
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Disc One
1. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors 4:38 {1}
2. Paramore – Still Into You 3:35 {15}
3. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive 3:07 {12}
4. Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith – La La La 3:40 {1}
5. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky 4:09 {1}

Disc Two
1. Sebastian Ingrosso feat. Tommy Trash & John Martin – Reload 3:19 {3}
2. Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night 3:34 {1}
3. Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E – Need U (100%) 2:53 {1}
4. Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment 3:53 {5}
5. David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon – Play Hard 3:28 {6}

Artwork: 7/10
The artwork isn't bad, it's not necessarily anything note worthy but I've seen much much worse.

Overall: 7/10
Overall this Now is an exceptional one for sure, Disc One is full of such great songs that have yet to get old for me. I can live without PJ & Duncan, Iggy Azalea, Fuse ODG, and Gabz - but that's just four songs from an otherwise fantastic disc. Disc Two is a bit more disappointing, the first 9 songs are 10/10 but everything after This Is What It Feels Like just falls flat for me really. Chocolate and Another Love are good but don't make up for everything around them :/

There's a handful of omissions that I do enjoy as songs but are understandably missing for the most part. Stay, Can't Hold Us, High Hopes (wub.gif), Love Like This, Young And Beautiful, On Top Of The World, and Fall Down are songs I each love to varying amounts but I'm not surprised to see most of them missing. Stay is an odd case I think because at this point Rihanna was still letting her songs on Now albums. High Hopes would've been a superb addition to Disc One after Radioactive I think.
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