Number One

Old is still gold, in this well thought-out collection of hits.

This is one compilation album that does not posses a shred of contemporary music in its starry playlist. The artists you come across are mostly legends, and have been lost to the music stores and jukeboxes across the city for quite a while now. The memory of the 80s and the early 90s burns brightly on "#1s On One", a ruddy collection of tracks that hit the top slots on the US charts all those years ago.

Before you snap this one into your Walkman, you may notice a few names you've never come across before. Artists like Art Company and Reo Speedwagon are just a few of the musicians amidst the ambiguous 80s culture, while favorites like "Walk Like An Egyptian" by the Bangles and "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men At Work have a Grade A rating with the boys back at Classic MTV. With that, you come to oldies by Duran Duran, Shakin' Stevens and Wham! - songs like "Freedom" and "You Drive Me Crazy" have stood the test of time and will probably make great music for a long long time.

This article was first published on 14 May 2001.