For me, 1983 is the cut-off year for pop compilations. It was the year of the first ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ collection and the beginning of the end for K-Tel and Ronco’s dominance of the market. Things seem to lose their fun and innocence after that, though I’m sure that’s just coming from my own warped perspective.  Perhaps I just associate ’83 with the end of my own (pre-teen) childhood and the general loss of innocence that brings.  It was also the year that I began to become aware that there was an alternative to chart-pop music. But perhaps in another ten years I’ll start being attracted to the post ’83 pop mileau. Age can do funny things to one’s brain!

I found Volume 2 of K-Tel’s ‘Chart Hits ’83’ first…


..then several months later I found Volume 1…


…and when you put them together…


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