My favorite songs of 1984

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.

Some interesting things that happened in music in 1984: The BBC banned playing “Relax” (?) because of the lyrics (and I thought the 50s were conservative!)… The Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial hair-on-fire incident happened, making huge headlines. Later, he wins a record eight Grammys…. and Canada launched a new show called Video Hits (memories!)….

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
Solid
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

First, some of the better songs from that year, the cream of the crop…

25 Great Songs from 1984

Cold Shot – Stevie Ray Vaughan

99 Luftballons  – Nena

Do They Know It’s Christmas?  – Band Aid

Don’t Go Back To Rockville  – R.E.M.

Their Eponymous album is one of my favorite albums of all time. This song is on it.

Drive  – The Cars

Head Over Heels  – The Go-Go’s

I Just Called To Say I Love You  – Stevie Wonder

I Wanna Rock  – Twisted Sister

Panama  – Van Halen

Shout  – Tears for Fears

So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)  – R.E.M.

You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)  – Dead or Alive

Wouldn’t It Be Good – Nik Kershaw

Can’t Fight This Feeling  – REO Speedwagon

We’re Not Gonna Take It  – Twisted Sister

Valotte  – Julian Lennon

Summer of ’69  – Bryan Adams

Pride (In The Name Of Love)  – U2

Pink Houses  – John Mellencamp

Nobody Told Me  – John Lennon

My Hometown  – Bruce Springsteen

Let’s Go Crazy  – Prince

I Want to Know What Love Is  – Foreigner

Heaven  – Bryan Adams

Glory Days  – Bruce Springsteen

8 Truly Awesome Songs from 1984

Sad Songs (Say So Much) – Elton John

Another song that isn’t my style… but man, whenever this comes on I can’t help but perk up and sing along.

Hard Habit To Break  – Chicago

Born In The U.S.A.  – Bruce Springsteen

You’re the Inspiration  – Chicago

One of the best slow songs of all time IMO

Purple Rain  – Prince

Wasn’t a big fan of back when this came out, but it sure grew on me and now it’s one of my favorite anthems.

When Doves Cry – Prince

Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)  – Phil Collins

Oh Sherrie  – Steve Perry

I put together a playlist of the best songs from 1984 on YouTube right here.

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And here is the full list of Top Songs from 1984…

Awesome – 1Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Phil Collins
Awesome – 1Oh Sherrie Steve Perry
Awesome – 1When Doves Cry Prince
Awesome – 1Purple Rain Prince
Awesome – 1You’re the Inspiration Chicago
Awesome – 6Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
Awesome – 6Hard Habit To Break Chicago
Awesome – 6Sad Songs (Say So Much)Elton John
Great – 9Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
Great – 9Heaven Bryan Adams
Great – 9I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner
Great – 9Let’s Go Crazy Prince
Great – 9My Hometown Bruce Springsteen
Great – 9Nobody Told Me John Lennon
Great – 9Pink Houses John Mellencamp
Great – 9Pride (In The Name Of Love) U2
Great – 9Summer of ’69 Bryan Adams
Great – 9Valotte Julian Lennon
Great – 9We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister
Great – 9Can’t Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon
Great – 9Wouldn’t It Be GoodNik Kershaw
Great – 22Cold ShotStevie Ray Vaughan
Great – 2299 Luftballons Nena
Great – 22Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid
Great – 22Don’t Go Back To Rockville R.E.M.
Great – 22Drive The Cars
Great – 22Head Over Heels The Go-Go’s
Great – 22I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder
Great – 22I Wanna Rock Twisted Sister
Great – 22Panama Van Halen
Great – 22Shout Tears for Fears
Great – 22So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) R.E.M.
Great – 22You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) Dead or Alive
Solid – 34Sea Of LoveThe Honeydrippers
Solid – 34Love SomebodyRick Springfield
Solid – 34Romantic TrafficSpoons
Solid – 34The Wild RoverThe Pogues
Solid – 34An Innocent Man Billy Joel
Solid – 34Careless Whisper Wham!
Solid – 34Doctor! Doctor! Thompson Twins
Solid – 34Footloose Kenny Loggins
Solid – 34Holding Out For A Hero Bonnie Tyler
Solid – 34I’m On Fire Bruce Springsteen
Solid – 34Magic The Cars
Solid – 34Material Girl Madonna
Solid – 34Rebel Yell Billy Idol
Solid – 34Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Solid – 34Rock You Like A Hurricane Scorpions
Solid – 34State Of Shock The Jacksons
Solid – 34What’s Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
Solid – 34If This Is ItHuey Lewis & the News
Solid – 52New Girl NowHoneymoon Suite
Solid – 52Go for a SodaKim Mitchell
Solid – 52Blue Jean David Bowie
Solid – 52Dance Hall Days Wang Chung
Solid – 52Dancing In The Dark Bruce Springsteen
Solid – 52Eyes Without A Face Billy Idol
Solid – 52Freedom Wham!
Solid – 52How Soon Is Now The Smiths
Solid – 52I Want to Break Free Queen
Solid – 52It’s My Life Talk Talk
Solid – 52It’s Only Love Bryan Adams
Solid – 52Out of Touch Hall & Oates
Solid – 52People Are People Depeche Mode
Solid – 52Run To You Bryan Adams
Solid – 52Somebody Bryan Adams
Solid – 52Too Late for Goodbyes Julian Lennon
Solid – 52Wake Me Up Before You Go Go Wham!
Solid – 52We Belong Pat Benatar
Solid – 52You Might Think The Cars
Solid – 52Flesh For FantasyBilly Idol
Not Bad – 72Miss Me BlindCulture Club
Not Bad – 72Heaven’s On FireKiss
Not Bad – 72Stuck on YouLionel Richie
Not Bad – 72Let It GoLuba
Not Bad – 72Doesn’t Really MatterPlatinum Blonde
Not Bad – 72Lovers in a Dangerous TimeBruce Cockburn
Not Bad – 72All I Need Jack Wagner
Not Bad – 72Automatic The Pointer Sisters
Not Bad – 72Darlington County Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 72Distant Early Warning Rush
Not Bad – 72Don’t Answer Me The Alan Parsons Project
Not Bad – 72Easy Lover Philip Bailey
Not Bad – 72Eat It Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 72Everything She Wants Wham!
Not Bad – 72Forever Young Alphaville
Not Bad – 72I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman
Not Bad – 72I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man) Kenny Loggins
Not Bad – 72Jump Van Halen
Not Bad – 72Like A Virgin Madonna
Not Bad – 72Obsession Animotion
Not Bad – 72One Night In Bangkok Murray Head
Not Bad – 72Plateau Meat Puppets
Not Bad – 72Private Dancer Tina Turner
Not Bad – 72You Take Me Up Thompson Twins
Not Bad – 72If Ever You’re In My Arms AgainPeabo Bryson
Not Bad – 97Tell No LiesSpoons
Not Bad – 97Rock YouHelix
Not Bad – 97Better Be Good To MeTina Turner
Not Bad – 97Axel F Harold Faltermeyer
Not Bad – 97Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) Billy Ocean
Not Bad – 97Cool It Now New Edition
Not Bad – 97Cover Me Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 97Dress You Up Madonna
Not Bad – 97Fresh Kool & the Gang
Not Bad – 97Ghostbusters Ray Parker, Jr.
Not Bad – 97Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Elmo & Patsy
Not Bad – 97Hot For Teacher Van Halen
Not Bad – 97I’m Goin’ Down Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 97Method of Modern Love Hall & Oates
Not Bad – 97Middle Of The Road Pretenders
Not Bad – 97Missing You John Waite
Not Bad – 97Neutron Dance The Pointer Sisters
Not Bad – 97Radio Ga Ga Queen
Not Bad – 97Round And Round Ratt
Not Bad – 97Self Control Laura Branigan
Not Bad – 97The Glamorous Life Sheila E.
Not Bad – 97The Heat Is On Glenn Frey
Not Bad – 97The Warrior Scandal
Not Bad – 97Wild Boys Duran Duran
Not Bad – 97Smooth Operator Sade
Not Bad – 97Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell
Not Bad – 97Tenderness General Public
Not Bad – 97Hammer to FallQueen
Not Bad – 97I’ll WaitVan Halen
Not Bad – 97InfatuationRod Stewart
Not Bad – 97Almost ParadiseMike Reno & Ann Wilson
Not Bad – 97SolidAshford & Simpson
Not Bad – 97Last ChristmasWham!

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