My favorite songs of 1984

Posted: January 14, 2016 in Rankings

In 1984 I was 10 years old. I first started getting into music at the age of eight, but it was this year when I was really into music. I was gathering quite the collection of cassettes, I was listening to the radio with the tape recorder pressed against it, ready to hit ‘record’. American Top 40 was a weekly listen.

So there were plenty of songs that I knew and knew well. Lots of songs that I like. But very few songs that I love. I like the 90s Alternative Rock. The 80s…not so much.

But this was the year in which two of the best slow songs of all time were released. If nothing else, 1984 gets credit for that one. And Prince’s Purple Rain album will always be a key part of my past. I played the shit out of that one. And to a lesser extent Born in the USA and Reckless.

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I group them:
Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)  – Phil Collins
Awesome – 1 – Oh Sherrie  – Steve Perry
Awesome – 1 – When Doves Cry  – Prince
Awesome – 1 – You’re the Inspiration  – Chicago
Awesome – 5 – Born In The U.S.A.  – Bruce Springsteen
Awesome – 5 – Hard Habit To Break  – Chicago
Great – 7 – Glory Days  – Bruce Springsteen
Great – 7 – Heaven  – Bryan Adams
Great – 7 – I Want to Know What Love Is  – Foreigner
Great – 7 – Let’s Go Crazy  – Prince
Great – 7 – My Hometown  – Bruce Springsteen
Great – 7 – Nobody Told Me  – John Lennon
Great – 7 – Pink Houses  – John Mellencamp
Great – 7 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)  – U2
Great – 7 – Purple Rain  – Prince
Great – 7 – Summer of ’69  – Bryan Adams
Great – 7 – Valotte  – Julian Lennon
Great – 7 – We’re Not Gonna Take It  – Twisted Sister
Great – 7 – Can’t Fight This Feeling  – REO Speedwagon
Great – 20 – Cold Shot – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Great – 20 – 99 Luftballons  – Nena
Great – 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?  – Band Aid
Great – 20 – Don’t Go Back To Rockville  – R.E.M.
Great – 20 – Drive  – The Cars
Great – 20 – Head Over Heels  – The Go-Go’s
Great – 20 – I Just Called To Say I Love You  – Stevie Wonder
Great – 20 – I Wanna Rock  – Twisted Sister
Great – 20 – Panama  – Van Halen
Great – 20 – Shout  – Tears for Fears
Great – 20 – So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)  – R.E.M.
Great – 20 – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)  – Dead or Alive
Pretty Good – 32 – An Innocent Man  – Billy Joel
Pretty Good – 32 – Careless Whisper  – Wham!
Pretty Good – 32 – Doctor! Doctor!  – Thompson Twins
Pretty Good – 32 – Footloose  – Kenny Loggins
Pretty Good – 32 – Holding Out For A Hero  – Bonnie Tyler
Pretty Good – 32 – I’m On Fire  – Bruce Springsteen
Pretty Good – 32 – Magic  – The Cars
Pretty Good – 32 – Material Girl  – Madonna
Pretty Good – 32 – Rebel Yell  – Billy Idol
Pretty Good – 32 – Relax  – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Pretty Good – 32 – Rock You Like A Hurricane  – Scorpions
Pretty Good – 32 – State Of Shock  – The Jacksons
Pretty Good – 32 – What’s Love Got To Do With It  – Tina Turner
Pretty Good – 45 – New Girl Now – Honeymoon Suite
Pretty Good – 45 – Go for a Soda – Kim Mitchell
Pretty Good – 45 – Blue Jean  – David Bowie
Pretty Good – 45 – Dance Hall Days  – Wang Chung
Pretty Good – 45 – Dancing In The Dark  – Bruce Springsteen
Pretty Good – 45 – Eyes Without A Face  – Billy Idol
Pretty Good – 45 – Freedom  – Wham!
Pretty Good – 45 – How Soon Is Now  – The Smiths
Pretty Good – 45 – I Want to Break Free  – Queen
Pretty Good – 45 – It’s My Life  – Talk Talk
Pretty Good – 45 – It’s Only Love  – Bryan Adams
Pretty Good – 45 – Out of Touch  – Hall & Oates
Pretty Good – 45 – People Are People  – Depeche Mode
Pretty Good – 45 – Run To You  – Bryan Adams
Pretty Good – 45 – Somebody  – Bryan Adams
Pretty Good – 45 – Too Late for Goodbyes  – Julian Lennon
Pretty Good – 45 – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go  – Wham!
Pretty Good – 45 – We Belong  – Pat Benatar
Pretty Good – 45 – You Might Think  – The Cars
Not Bad – 64 – Let It Go – Luba
Not Bad – 64 – Doesn’t Really Matter – Platinum Blonde
Not Bad – 64 – Lovers in a Dangerous Time – Bruce Cockburn
Not Bad – 64 – All I Need  – Jack Wagner
Not Bad – 64 – Automatic  – The Pointer Sisters
Not Bad – 64 – Darlington County  – Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 64 – Distant Early Warning  – Rush
Not Bad – 64 – Don’t Answer Me  – The Alan Parsons Project
Not Bad – 64 – Easy Lover  – Philip Bailey
Not Bad – 64 – Eat It  – Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 64 – Everything She Wants  – Wham!
Not Bad – 64 – Forever Young  – Alphaville
Not Bad – 64 – I Can Dream About You  – Dan Hartman
Not Bad – 64 – I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man)  – Kenny Loggins
Not Bad – 64 – Jump  – Van Halen
Not Bad – 64 – Like A Virgin  – Madonna
Not Bad – 64 – Obsession  – Animotion
Not Bad – 64 – One Night In Bangkok  – Murray Head
Not Bad – 64 – Plateau  – Meat Puppets
Not Bad – 64 – Private Dancer  – Tina Turner
Not Bad – 64 – You Take Me Up  – Thompson Twins
Not Bad – 85 – Rock You – Helix
Not Bad – 85 – Axel F  – Harold Faltermeyer
Not Bad – 85 – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)  – Billy Ocean
Not Bad – 85 – Cool It Now  – New Edition
Not Bad – 85 – Cover Me  – Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 85 – Dress You Up  – Madonna
Not Bad – 85 – Fresh  – Kool & the Gang
Not Bad – 85 – Ghostbusters  – Ray Parker, Jr.
Not Bad – 85 – Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer  – Elmo & Patsy
Not Bad – 85 – Hot For Teacher  – Van Halen
Not Bad – 85 – I’m Goin’ Down  – Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 85 – Method of Modern Love  – Hall & Oates
Not Bad – 85 – Middle Of The Road  – Pretenders
Not Bad – 85 – Missing You  – John Waite
Not Bad – 85 – Neutron Dance  – The Pointer Sisters
Not Bad – 85 – Radio Ga Ga  – Queen
Not Bad – 85 – Round And Round  – Ratt
Not Bad – 85 – Self Control  – Laura Branigan
Not Bad – 85 – The Glamorous Life  – Sheila E.
Not Bad – 85 – The Heat Is On  – Glenn Frey
Not Bad – 85 – The Warrior  – Scandal
Not Bad – 85 – Wild Boys  – Duran Duran
Not Bad – 85 – Smooth Operator  – Sade
Not Bad – 85 – Somebody’s Watching Me  – Rockwell
Not Bad – 85 – Tenderness  – General Public

 

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