Best Singles from 1984

Rolling Stone is calling 1984 the greatest year in the history of pop music. Whether the songs are by legends, one-hit wonders or future superstars, all the songs have something in common: a sense of nostalgia and fun. From going crazy to living in the USA, the entire list is a strong set of both the potential of music’s greatest and originality. It makes you if Rolling Stone compiles a similar list four decades from now for today’s music, will it contain the substance, excitement and brilliance of yesteryear?

Here are some random samples of what the 1984 list offers. It will make you want to go back and dance. (Numbers represent the song’s rank on the list.)

  1. Tears for Fears – Mother’s Talk
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Cover Me
  3. John Lennon – Nobody Told Me
  4. The Cars – You Might Think
  5. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
  6. Madonna – Like a Virgin
  7. ZZ Top – Legs
  8. Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
  9. Cherrelle – I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On
  10. Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
  11. Whodini – Friends
  12. The Pointer Sisters – Automatic (co-written by Christian Broda)
  13. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
  14. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  15. a-ha – Take on Me
  16. Newcleus – Jam on It
  17. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time