With contemporary nÜ-electro artists looking back to the '80s for inspiration (Billboard, July 27), the timing couldn't be better for this seven-disc, 142-track boxed set.

With contemporary nü-electro artists looking back to the '80s for inspiration (Billboard, July 27), the timing couldn't be better for this seven-disc, 142-track boxed set. All musical styles are covered, from pop (Dolly Parton's "9 to 5"), rock (Starship's "We Built This City"), and new wave (the Vapors' "Turning Japanese") to electro (Gary Numan's "Cars"), hip-hop (Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks"), and dance (Laid Back's "White Horse"). While winners dominate this collection, there are moments (Billy Crystal's "You Look Marvelous," for instance) when you may find yourself scratching your head. The head-scratching may continue once you realize that three of the decade's biggest stars—Madonna, Prince, and Michael Jackson—are nowhere to be found. Of course, by that point, you'll likely be smiling and singing along to Madness' "Our House" or the B-52's' "Roam."—MP

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