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35th anniversary of (pop) music's GREATEST year: 1984

It is now 2019 and 3 and a half decades have passed since arguably the best year in all of music (and my personal favorite), the coveted 1984.

1983 was the year the 1980s became the 1980s but 1984 was the year that everything reached flashpoint. From fashion to sports to cinema to the vast sea of music released and the unparalleled starpower that released it, '84 is a wild ride of a year, a type of year that hasn't been seen since.

Discuss your favorite albums, singles, videos, concerts/tours and other musical happenings from 1984!
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Reply #1 posted 03/27/19 6:08am

RJOrion

when doves cry - Prince
glamorous life - Sheila E
somebody's watching me - Rockwell Gordy
owner of a lonely heart - YES
borderline - madonna
let the music play - shannon
love is a battlefield - pat benatar
automatic - pointer sisters
lucky star - madonna
encore - cheryl lynn
i feel for you - chaka khan
rock box - RunDMC
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Reply #2 posted 03/27/19 7:26am

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As I said before, every year had both fantastic and lousy music. Apart from Purple Rain, there isn't anything from this year that stands out for me. If I look at RJ's list, then Prince, Sheila and Pat are the only ones I really like, the others are no better or worse than other songs from any other given year. The mid 80s were a bad time for blues, funk, soul and rock & roll anyway.
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Reply #3 posted 03/27/19 7:55am

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If you expect me to once again reach out to the fine journalists in East Timor, I have to let you know that you're going to be disappointed.

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Reply #4 posted 03/27/19 8:27am

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Everyone thinks that the years when they were between 13 and 17 are the years when the world's best music came out - no discussion biggrin

So, if you are born between 1967 and 1971, chances are high that you like 1984... Maybe you even had your first teenage romance then... cool

I can certainly still sing along to most songs from 84-88 - surely at that time the best music came out (87 was a particular fine vintage...)

And of course today's music is crap (funnily, my parents thought the same about 84...) lol

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Reply #5 posted 03/27/19 8:38am

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I’m partial to 1984 as it was the year— I was a junior in high school— I discovered and became a fan of Prince. But also of Madonna (Borderline), Cyndi Lauper (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), Culture Club (Karma Chameleon), Duran Duran (The Reflex), Tina Turner (What’s Love Got to Do with It), Sheila E (The Glamorous Life), Bruce Springsteen (Dancing in the Dark), Billy Joel (Uptown Girl), The Cars (You Might Think), Phil Collins (Against All Odds), and The Go-Gos (Head Over Heels).
"I want to be the only one you come for...."
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Reply #6 posted 03/27/19 9:39am

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RodeoSchro said:

If you expect me to once again reach out to the fine journalists in East Timor, I have to let you know that you're going to be disappointed.

lol lol

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Reply #7 posted 03/27/19 10:07am

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Sure a very good year, not the greatest though. Somewhere at the end of the top 10 perhaps. Perhaps not.

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Reply #8 posted 03/27/19 11:00am

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Krid said:

Everyone thinks that the years when they were between 13 and 17 are the years when the world's best music came out - no discussion biggrin



So, if you are born between 1967 and 1971, chances are high that you like 1984... Maybe you even had your first teenage romance then... cool



I can certainly still sing along to most songs from 84-88 - surely at that time the best music came out (87 was a particular fine vintage...)



And of course today's music is crap (funnily, my parents thought the same about 84...) lol

I was born in '94, so...
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Reply #9 posted 03/27/19 11:03am

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NorthC said:

As I said before, every year had both fantastic and lousy music. Apart from Purple Rain, there isn't anything from this year that stands out for me. If I look at RJ's list, then Prince, Sheila and Pat are the only ones I really like, the others are no better or worse than other songs from any other given year. The mid 80s were a bad time for blues, funk, soul and rock & roll anyway.
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Yeah, yeah... we know that.

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Reply #10 posted 03/27/19 5:21pm

Abdul

One of my favorites from 84 "Drop Dead Legs"

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Reply #11 posted 03/27/19 9:53pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

videos

REO Speedwagon ~ I Do' Wanna Know

Fat Boys ‎~ Jail House Rap

Chicago ~ Stay The Night

Huey Lewis And The News ~ If This Is It

Van Halen ‎~ Hot For Teacher

O'Bryan ‎~ Lovelite

Martha And The Muffins ~ Black Stations/White Stations

Kool & The Gang ~ Fresh

Ray Parker Jr ~ Ghostbusters

Rod Stewart ~ Infatuation

Kurtis Blow ~ Basketball

Duran Duran ‎~ The Wild Boys

Jermaine Jackson ~ Do What You Do

Ray Stevens ~ The Mississippi Squirrel Revival

Billy Ocean ~ Loverboy

The Cars ‎~ You Might Think

Mtume ~ You, Me And He

New Edition ~ My Secret

Rick Dees ~ Get Nekkid

Daryl Hall & John Oates ‎~ Adult Education

Menudo ~ Like A Cannonball

Cameo ‎~ She's Strange

The Jacksons ~ Body

Depeche Mode ~ People Are People

Cherrelle ~ I Didn't Mean To Turn You On

Rodney Dangerfield ‎~ Rappin' Rodney

Break Machine ~ Street Dance

Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley ~ Where's The Dress

Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three ~ Request Line
Lakeside ~ Outrageous

David Bowie ~ Blue Jean

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #12 posted 03/27/19 11:55pm

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All of the major stars that would by the end of the decade, define the 80's, had major shit going on in 1984. Has always been one of my favorite years in music.

Kind of cheating here I suppose but the Thriller video wasn't released until 12/1983 so everything MJ and Thriller was still red hot in 1984:

Obviously, to say 1984 was a significant year for Prince is the understatement of the century.

And to complete the ultimate 80's pop trifecta, Madonna of course. Her star gradually rose throughout the year then exploded after she performed Like A Virgin at 1st ever MTV VMA's. No doubt this performance not only made her a household name but helped set the tone for future VMA's. Madonna fucked the camera like none other on this night.

Madonna would go on to dominate the rest of the 80's (and beyond) but arguably, the biggest female artist in 1984 would be Cyndi Lauper. She had hit after hit that year:

Culture Club continued to confuse a lot of America in '84. lol On the one hand, they seemed to peak that year commercially:

On the other hand, their nadir that lead to their ultimate disolution began as well:

Equally as pretty was Diamond Dave of Van Halen of course. lol Love Van Hagar as well but David Lee Roth's charisma and chemistry with the band can't be matched. The big hair, spandex, synths, extended guitar solo.....in so many ways this is the quintessential 80's song and video:

1984 brought the heartthrobs too. love Did you want Simon? Nick? Roger? Or John?? Or all of them! horny Duran Duran peaked in '84:

More heartthrobs. George or Andrew?? love

Springsteen started his commercial peak in '84, releasing one of the biggest albums of the 1980's that year, Born In The USA. Had his biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit that year too:

The "old heads" were still kicking ass in 1984....some more than ever before:

1984 may have had the best and best worst one hit wonders too:

Even though MJ sings the hook, I suppose this is still a one hit wonder:

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Reply #13 posted 03/28/19 1:52am

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Tuls101 said:

All of the major stars that would by the end of the decade, define the 80's, had major shit going on in 1984. Has always been one of my favorite years in music.




Kind of cheating here I suppose but the Thriller video wasn't released until 12/1983 so everything MJ and Thriller was still red hot in 1984:








Obviously, to say 1984 was a significant year for Prince is the understatement of the century.






And to complete the ultimate 80's pop trifecta, Madonna of course. Her star gradually rose throughout the year then exploded after she performed Like A Virgin at 1st ever MTV VMA's. No doubt this performance not only made her a household name but helped set the tone for future VMA's. Madonna fucked the camera like none other on this night.







Madonna would go on to dominate the rest of the 80's (and beyond) but arguably, the biggest female artist in 1984 would be Cyndi Lauper. She had hit after hit that year:







Culture Club continued to confuse a lot of America in '84. lol On the one hand, they seemed to peak that year commercially:





On the other hand, their nadir that lead to their ultimate disolution began as well:






Equally as pretty was Diamond Dave of Van Halen of course. lol Love Van Hagar as well but David Lee Roth's charisma and chemistry with the band can't be matched. The big hair, spandex, synths, extended guitar solo.....in so many ways this is the quintessential 80's song and video:





1984 brought the heartthrobs too. love Did you want Simon? Nick? Roger? Or John?? Or all of them! horny Duran Duran peaked in '84:





More heartthrobs. George or Andrew?? love





Springsteen started his commercial peak in '84, releasing one of the biggest albums of the 1980's that year, Born In The USA. Had his biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit that year too:






The "old heads" were still kicking ass in 1984....some more than ever before:







1984 may have had the best and best worst one hit wonders too:








Even though MJ sings the hook, I suppose this is still a one hit wonder:




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Reply #14 posted 03/28/19 7:26am

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This was a managable thread until people started hitting "Reply with quote" on a post with 629 videos.

The East Timoreans are not amused.

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Reply #15 posted 03/28/19 10:47pm

Abdul

Another favorite from 84 "She's Strange (Room 1-2-3 Version)"

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Some of 84's gems:

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Reply #17 posted 04/03/19 3:37am

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It’s a great year indeed but I think it’s behind 1980-1983 for me.
Feel free to join in the Prince Album Poll 2018! Let'a celebrate his legacy by counting down the most beloved Prince albums, as decided by you!
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Reply #18 posted 04/03/19 5:30am

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1983 Holdovers

*This one is interesting as this LP was released in '84; re-released, that is. Break Out originally dropped in late '83, thus most of its singles were released and charted in '84. The re-release dropped in mid '84 and it was off this version that a remix of "I'm So Excited" (which wasn't included on the original tracklist) and "Neutron Dance" (which was featured in Beverly Hills Cop) were released as singles


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Reply #19 posted 04/03/19 5:53am

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1984 was a purple year...

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A family-oriented year...

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And also a cinematic year...

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Moonbeam said:

It’s a great year indeed but I think it’s behind 1980-1983 for me.
1980-82 is such an underrated stretch of music.
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