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The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Top 100 Songs of 1984
"The Reflex," Duran Duran; "Out Of Touch," Hall & Oates; "Penny Lover," Lionel Richie

1. "When Doves Cry".....Prince
2. "What's Love Got To Do With It".....Tina Turner
3. "Jump".....Van Halen
4. "Karma Chameleon".....Culture Club
5. "Like A Virgin".....Madonna
6."Hello".....Lionel Richie
7. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart".....Yes
8. "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)".....Phil Collins
9. "Footloose".....Kenny Loggins
10. "Ghostbusters".....Ray Parker, Jr.
11. "I Just Called To Say I Love You".....Stevie Wonder
12. "Out Of Touch".....Daryl Hall & John Oates
13. "Say Say Say," Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
14. "I Feel For You".....Chaka Khan
15. "Missing You".....John Waite
16. "Let's Hear It For The Boy".....Deniece Williams
17. "Time After Time".....Cyndi Lauper
18. "The Reflex".....Duran Duran
19. "Dancing In The Dark".....Bruce Springsteen
20. "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)".....Billy Ocean
21. "Talking In Your Sleep".....The Romantics
22. "Hard Habit To Break".....Chicago
23. "Let's Go Crazy".....Prince & The Revolution
24. "Self Control".....Laura Branigan
25. "The Wild Boys".....Duran Duran
26. "Hold Me Now".....Thompson Twins
27. "Jump (For My Love)".....Pointer Sisters
28. ""Joanna".....Kool & The Gang
29. "Break My Stride".....Matthew Wilder
30. "The Glamorous Life".....Sheila E
31. "Somebody's Watching Me".....Rockwell
32. "Running With The Night".....Lionel Richie
33. "Penny Lover".....Lionel Richie
34. "That's All!".....Genesis
35. "Stuck On You".....Lionel Richie
36. "She Bop".....Cyndi Lauper
37. "Oh Sherrie".....Steve Perry
38. "99 Luftballons".....Nena
39. "Drive".....The Cars
40. "Here Comes The Rain Again".....Eurythmics
41. "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues".....Elton John
42. "Twist Of Fate".....Olivia Newton-John
43. "The Heart of Rock & Roll".....Huey Lewis & The News
44. "Automatic".....Pointer Sisters
45. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun".....Cyndi Lauper
46. "No More Lonely Nights".....Paul McCartney
47. "Infatuation".....Rod Stewart
48. "Better Be Good To Me".....Tina Turner
49. "Sunglasses At Night".....Corey Hart
50. "I Can Dream About You".....Dan Hartman

"Sunglasses At Night," Corey Hart; "I Can Dream About You," Dan Hartman; "The Warrior," Scandal w/ Patty Smyth; "Strut," Sheena Easton

51. "Sister Christian".....Night Ranger
52. "Borderline".....Madonna
53. "Purple Rain".....Prince & The Revolution
54. "Eyes Without A Face".....Billy Idol
55. "State Of Shock".....The Jacksons
56. "The Warrior".....Scandal w/ Patty Smyth
57. "All Through The Night".....Cyndi Lauper
58. "I Want A New Drug".....Huey Lewis & The News
59. "If This Is It".....Huey Lewis & The News
60. "Miss Me Blind".....Culture Club
61. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)".....Elton John
62. "Lucky Star".....Madonna
63. "Almost Paradise".....Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
64. "Cover Me".....Bruce Springsteen
65. "Legs".....ZZ Top
66. "Strut".....Sheena Easton
67. "If Ever You're In My Arms Again".....Peabo Bryson
68. "I Can't Hold Back".....Survivor
69. "To All The Girls I've Loved Before"...Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
70. "Love Somebody".....Rick Springfield
71. "You Might Think".....The Cars
72. "Adult Education".....Daryl Hall & John Oates
73. "Breakdance".....Irene Cara
74. "They Don't Know".....Tracey Ullman
75. "I'm So Excited".....Pointer Sisters
76. "Got A Hold On Me".....Fleetwood Mac
77. "Pink Houses".....John Cougar Mellencamp
78. "Thriller".....Michael Jackson
79. "Nobody Told Me".....John Lennon
80. "Let The Music Play".....Shannon
81. "Wrapped Around Your Finger".....The Police
82. "Head Over Heels".....The Go-Gos
83. "Cruel Summer".....Bananarama
84. "Think Of Laura".....Christopher Cross
85. "Magic".....The Cars
86. "Breakin'...There's No Stoppin' Us".....Ollie & Jerry
87. "New Moon On Monday".....Duran Duran
88. "Lights Out".....Peter Wolf
89. "Round And Round".....Ratt
90. "The Longest Time".....Billy Joel
91. "The Language Of Love".....Dan Fogelberg
92. "I Still Can't Get Over Loving You".....Ray Parker, Jr.
93. "Dancing In The Streets".....Shalamar
94. "On The Dark Side".....John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
95. "Read 'Em And Weep".....Barry Manilow
96. "Blue Jean".....David Bowie
97. "Desert Moon".....Dennis DeYoung
98. "Doctor! Doctor!".....Thompson Twins
99. "An Innocent Man".....Billy Joel
100. "Some Guys Have All The Luck".....Rod Stewart


1984's Number Ones
(Includes the date the song reached the top of Billboard's Hot 100, and the duration of its stay there.)

"Owner Of A Lonely Heart," Yes
21 January 1984/2 weeks
Formed in 1968, Yes had a Top 40 hit in 1972 with "Roundabout" (US#13) and went through a series of incarnations before finally breaking up. Chris Squire and Alan White formed a new band called Cinema, and recruited South African guitarist Trevor Rabin. Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye and vocalist Jon Anderson returned to the fold and Cinema became Yes reincarnated and more pop-oriented. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," written by Anderson, Rabin, Squire and Trevor Horn of Buggles fame, became the group's only chart-topper, but it was a big one.

"Karma Chameleon," Culture Club
4 February 1984/3 weeks
Culture Club's only # 1 single in America was also the band's biggest hit in the UK, where it became the bestselling 45 of 1983 and remained at the top of the chart for five weeks. In the US it was their fifth consecutive Top 10 single. Two of the previous singles -- "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "Time (Clock Of The Heart)" had peaked at the # 2 spot. Culture Club had already distinguished itself by becoming the first act since the Beatles to have three Top 10 singles off their debut album.

"Jump," Van Halen
25 February 1984/5 weeks
Eddie Van Halen wrote the music for "Jump" long before David Lee Roth penned the lyrics, and producer Ted Templeton and the people at Warner Bros. liked the instrumental track so well that the decision was made to include the song on the band's 1984 album even before the words were written. Van Halen had 11 Hot 100 singles without one Top 10 hit, but that changed when "Jump," debuting at # 47, rocketed to the top of the chart six weeks later.

"Footloose," Kenny Loggins
31 March 1984/3 weeks
In 1984, for the first time in the rock era, all five songs nominated for a Best Song Oscar were # 1 singles. Dean Pitchfork, who'd won an Academy Award for writing "Fame," co-wrote this song with Loggins while suffering from the flu. But Loggins was suffering, too -- from broken ribs, due to his stepping off a darkened stage in Provo, Utah. Loggins had charted before with songs from a movie -- "This Is It" and "I'm Alright" from the film Caddyshack. But this was his first # 1.

"Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)," Phil Collins
21 April 1984/3 weeks
Director Taylor Hackford had only one person in mind when he began to consider who'd sing the theme song for his film Against All Odds. But when time came to record, Phil Collins was in the middle of a major American tour with Genesis. Nonetheless, Collins wrote the song, then, when the tour brought him to Los Angeles, laid down the vocal and drum tracks in one day. Hackford proudly described it as "a textbook case of designing a song to fit a film."

"Hello," Lionel Richie
12 May 1984/2 weeks
Lionel Richie's wife Brenda very much wanted this song included on her husband's debut solo album, but it didn't make the final cut. And it almost didn't make it onto Richie's second LP, either, but Brenda insisted. "Hello" became the sixth # 1 in Richie's career (including two with the Commodores), and all of his eight solo singles made it into the Top 10.

"Let's Hear It For The Boy," Deniece Williams
26 May 1984/2 weeks
The second chart-topping single from the soundtrack of Footloose, which produced five Top 40 hits, putting it on a par with Saturday Night Fever and Xanadu. Oddly enough, this tune almost didn't make the movie's final cut. Dean Pitchford, who co-wrote the song with Tom Snow, had used Williams to sing the title song for the Tom Selleck movie High Road to China -- only there turned out not to be a title song. This time, Pitchford came through, inserting the track into Footloose at the last minute. It became Williams' first # 1 hit.

"Time After Time," Cyndi Lauper
9 June 1984/2 weeks
Many dismissed Lauper as a one-hit wonder when her first single, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," climbed to the # 2 spot on the chart. When "Time After Time" went to # 1, she became the first female solo artist since Petula Clark to have her first two singles make the Top 3. The song's autobiographical video featured Lauper's mother, her boyfriend/manager Dave Wolff, and her mentor, wrestler Lou Albano.

"The Reflex," Duran Duran
23 June 1984/2 weeks
The band didn't think "The Reflex" sounded like a single -- until they had Nile Rodgers remix it. Even so, the song might not have gotten much airplay but for the fact that the Duran Duran videos for "Hungry Like The Wolf" and "Rio" was in heavy rotation on MTV. American radio stations began spinning Duran Duran platters, and "The Reflex" became the group's first chart-topper.

"When Doves Cry," Prince
7 July 1985/5 weeks
Written for the autobiographical film Purple Rain, "When Doves Cry" perfectly encapsulated the beguiling idiosycracies of the artist's way of making music. The last song to be written for the soundtrack, it was the first one released as a single. Debuting at # 57, it took just six short weeks to soar to the top. At year's end, Billboard crowned "When Doves Cry" the # 1 single of 1984.

"Ghostbusters," Ray Parker, Jr.
11 August 1984/3 weeks
This became the first # 1 song for the artist who in the '70s had been leader of the group Raydio, and it earned Parker an Academy Award nomination. The video, directed by Ivan Reitman, including Ghostbuster stars Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray, as well as cameos by the likes of Carly Simon, Melissa Gilbert, Chevy Chase and John Candy.

"What's Love Got To Do With It," Tina Turner
1 September 1984/3 weeks
Tina Turner first hit the charts with 1960's "A Fool For Love," recorded with husband Ike. It took 24 years, though, for her to have a # 1 -- a record for the longest time between an artist's debut chart appearance and their first chart topper. Ironically, considering that the song won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of ther Year, and earned Turner a Grammy for Pop Vocal Performance and Rock Vocal Performance, Tina hated it when she first heard the demo. But songwriter Terry Britten tailored the tune to fit, and the rest, as they say, is history.

"Missing You," John Waite
22 September 1984/1 week
Born in Lancaster, England, and cofounder of the '70s group the Babys, Waite had a single off his debut solo album entitled "Change" which was featured on the soundtrack for Vision Quest. "Missing You," the first single from Waite's second album, No Brakes, was written by the artist during a period of emotional upheaval, and Waite described writing the lyrics as "pure word association ... subconscious ... like sleepwalking."

"Let's Go Crazy," Prince & The Revolution
29 September 1984/2 weeks
Like "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy" was from the soundtrack for Purple Rain, and like its predecessor it debuted high in the charts (# 45) and quickly (eight weeks) climbed to the top. There would be three more singles from the soundtrack -- "I Would Die 4 U" (# 8), "Take Me With U" (# 25) and "Purple Rain" (# 2). The album itself dominated the LP chart for six months and became Billboard's # 1 album of the year.

"I Just Called To Say I Love You," Stevie Wonder
13 October 1984/3 weeks
Jay Lasker, president of Motown Records, didn't like the first three songs Wonder submitted for the soundtrack of the film The Woman in Red, so the artist started all over again. One of the songs he wrote the second time around was this one, which became an international smash hit, and Wonder's eighth # 1 single in the US. It was also the artist's first chart-topper in the UK. "I Just Called To Say I Love You" also won an Oscar for Best Original Song, making it the 11th # 1 single of the rock era to win an Academy Award.

"Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," Billy Ocean
3 November 1984/2 weeks
This tune started out in Britain as "European Queen," but it didn't generate any interest. The word "Caribbean" was substituted onto the original track, and a version entitled "African Queen" was also created. The "Caribbean" version became Ocean's first chart entry in the US since 1976's "Love Really Hurts Without You" -- and his first chart-topper, and the first # 1 for his label, Jive Records.

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," Wham!
17 November 1984/3 weeks
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley were teenage friends living in the London suburb of Watford, and one day Michael noticed a handmade sign in Ridgeley's room that read "wake me up-up before you go-go." Michael thought it a great song title. Wham! enjoyed a string of hits in the UK -- "Young Guns (Go For It)," "Bad Boys," "Wham Rap" -- but success in the US eluded them. That was frustrating for Michael and Ridgeley, both of whom had been inspired by American rock 'n' roll. But this song changed all that.

"Out Of Touch," Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 December 1984/2 weeks
In April 1984, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Hall & Oates were the most successful duo in the history of recorded music, with a total of 19 gold and platinum awards. But they weren't done. "Out Of Touch" became their sixth # 1 single. Another track from the Big Bam Boom album, "Method Of Modern Love," made it to # 7 in early '85, the 15th Hall & Oates single to reach the Top 10.

"Like A Virgin," Madonna
22 December 1984/6 weeks
Madonna wrapped up a year of big # 1 hits with the biggest of them all; "Like A Virgin" had the longest stay at the top of the chart of any single in 1984. Strangely enough, the song, penned by hitmakers Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, wasn't written for a female singer. But Warner Bros. exec Michael Ostin was a friend of Tom Kelly's, and heard the demo the day before he met with Madonna to discuss her next album. This was Madonna's first chart-topper, and it established her as a major star.


1984's Top 50 in the UK
* Number One songs

Nik Kershaw; "Relax," Frankie Goes to Hollywood; "No More Lonely Nights," Paul McCartney

1. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid*
2. "I Just Called To Say I Love You," Stevie Wonder*
3. "Relax," Frankie Goes to Hollywood*
4. "Two Tribes," Frankie Goes to Hollywood*
5. "Careless Whisper," George Michael*
6. "Last Christmas"/"Everything She Wants," Wham!
7. "Hello," Lionel Richie*
8. "Agadoo," Black Lace
9. "Ghostbusters," Ray Parker, Jr.
10. "Freedom," Wham!*
11. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," Wham!*
12. "I Feel For You," Chaka Khan*
13. "White Lines (Don't Do It)," Grandmaster & Melle Mel*
14. "We All Stand Together," Paul McCartney & the Frog Chorus*
15. "99 Red Balloons," Nena*
16. "The Power Of Love," Frankie Goes to Hollywood*
17. "The Reflex," Duran Duran*
18. "Like A Virgin," Madonna
19. "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)," Phil Collins
20. "What's Love Got To Do With It," Tina Turner
21. "I Should Have Known Better," Jim Diamond*
22. "No More Lonely Nights," Paul McCartney
23. "I Want To Break Free," Queen
24. "Hole In My Shoe," Neil
25. "Time After Time," Cyndi Lauper
26. "Radio Ga Ga," Queen
27. "Together In Electric Dreams," Giorgio Moroder with Philip Oakey
28. "When Doves Cry," Prince
29. "Doctor, Doctor," Thompson Twins
30. "Self Control," Laura Branigan
31. "The War Song," Culture Club
32. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," Cyndi Lauper
33. "The Wild Boys," Duran Duran
34. "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," Nik Kershaw
35. "Like To Get To Know You Well," Howard Jones
36. "Nellie The Elephant," The Toy Dolls
37. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)," U2
38. "Automatic," Pointer Sisters
39. "Joanna," Kool & The Gang
40. "That's Living Alright," Joe Fagin
41. "Wouldn't It Be Good," Nik Kershaw
42. "Street Dance," Break Machine
43. "Smalltown Boy," Bronski Beat
44. "Break My Stride," Matthew Wilder
45. "The Riddle," Nik Kershaw
46. "Dr Beat," Miami Sound Machine
47. "Let's Hear It For The Boy," Deniece Williams
48. "Never Ending Story," Limahl
49. "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," Billy Ocean
50. "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)," Hazel Dean