I Love the Eighties: My Top 100 Albums of 1984


This weekend has been a very quiet one for me. In a couple of weeks, Son #2 will finally be marrying is long-time girlfriend. As a matter of fact, they have been dating nearly 13 years, beginning during the final month of their freshman year in high school. It is fairly obvious to us parents that their relationship was pretty special early on; however, they knew they needed to wait so they could grow up more. Anyway, this weekend was the bachelor and bachelorette parties. The guys idea of fun was not anything that my son’s future father-in-law and me felt necessary to be a part of. However, my future daughter-in-law wanted my wife, her mother and aunt to attend her bash, so I have been kinda been flying solo this weekend, watching superhero movies and listening to music.

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Today, I am celebrating the great music from 1984, which was, perhaps, one of the strongest years of not only the Eighties but also of rock history. Once again, we are talking about a truly landmark year, where Prince and The Boss both became mega-superstars, Tina Turner staged one of rock’s greatest comebacks and both hip hop and alternative musics made a huge step in their respective development. And, hair metal began its ascent into history, following up the inroads made by Quiet Riot and Mötley Crüe the previous year, as genre-forefathers Van Halen released their most successful album-to-date, 1984, followed by Bon Jovi, Ratt and Twisted Sister.

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Unfortunately, 1984 also marked the beginning of the decline of new wave, as the genre began to mutate into straight up pop, alternative rock as well as other genres such as goth. And, 1984 was the year during which Madonna broke into the public’s consciousness, as her debut really broke through during the summer, as well as her follow-up, Like a Virgin, which hit number one at the end of 1984 and stayed there into 1985. And, the previous work laid down by The Cars and Pretenders paved the way for their hugely successful year in 1984.

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The other thing that seemed to peak in 1984 was the quality of music videos, as videos followed Michael Jackson’s finest video moment in “Thriller” with more videos that seemed to be more mini-films than simple videos. Perhaps the best example of this was the video for Journey’s frontman, Steve Perry ‘s first solo hit single “Oh Sherrie.” In this landmark musical video, the premise was a video parodying the making of a large video, only for Perry to make the “perfect” take by stripping the whole shooting down to him “singing” while emoting the lyrics to his then-girlfriend/muse, Sherrie Swafford. At that moment, it seemed as though the whole video-thing had moved full circle, which it had until being revitalized all over again in the Nineties as the vehicle for rap and grunge to take over the music world.

So, finally, let’s take a look at My Top 100 Albums of 1984. Envelope please!

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  1. Prince & the Revolution – Purple Rain
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
  3. R.E.M. – Reckoning
  4. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Big Bam Boom
  5. The Style Council – Café Bleu (aka ‘My Ever Changing Moods’)
  6. The Smiths – The Smiths
  7. Madonna – Like a Virgin
  8. Queen – The Works
  9. The Replacements – Let It Be
  10. Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
  11. Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
  12. Run-D.M.C. – Run-D.M.C.
  13. Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime
  14. Tina Turner – Private Dancer
  15. Alison Moyet – Alf
  16. Wham! – Make It Big
  17. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome
  18. Peter Wolf – Lights Out
  19. The Cars – Heartbeat City
  20. General Public – …All the Rage
  21. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life
  22. Pretenders – Learning to Crawl
  23. Metallica – Ride the Lightning
  24. Talk Talk – It’s My Life
  25. Sade – Diamond Life
  26. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth
  27. The Psychedelic Furs – Mirror Moves
  28. The Time – Ice Cream Castles
  29. Van Halen – 1984
  30. U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
  31. Bananarama – Bananarama
  32. Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward
  33. INXS – The Swing
  34. Joe Jackson – Body and Soul
  35. Whodini – Escape
  36. Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane
  37. Los Lobos – How Will the Wolf Survive?
  38. Bangles – All Over the Place
  39. The Art of Noise – Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise
  40. Steve Perry – Street Talk
  41. Don Henley – Building the Perfect Beast
  42. Glenn Frey – The Allnighter
  43. Eurythmics – 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)
  44. Thompson Twins – Into the Gap
  45. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Goodbye Cruel World
  46. The Alan Parsons Project – Ammonia Avenue
  47. Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain
  48. Let’s Active – Cypress
  49. The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow
  50. Nik Kershaw – Human Racing
  51. The Jacksons – Victory
  52. Bryan Adams – Reckless
  53. Roger Waters – The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
  54. The Waterboys – A Pagan Place
  55. Chaka Khan – I Feel for You
  56. Foreigner – Agent Provocateur
  57. .38 Special – Tour de Force
  58. Simple Minds – Sparkle in the Rain
  59. Julian Lennon – Valotte
  60. John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Milk & Honey
  61. Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth – The Warrior
  62. Ratt – Out of the Cellar
  63. The Go-Go’s – Talk Show
  64. XTC – The Big Express
  65. Rush – Grace Under Pressure
  66. Shannon – Let the Music Play
  67. The dB’s – Like This
  68. David Bowie – Tonight
  69. Klymaxx – Meeting in the Ladies Room
  70. New Edition – New Edition
  71. Various Artists – Footloose OST
  72. Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent
  73. Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi
  74. The Kinks – Word of Mouth
  75. Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II
  76. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
  77. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
  78. Iron Maiden – Powerslave
  79. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity
  80. Billy Bragg – Brewing Up with Billy Bragg
  81. Teena Marie – Starchild
  82. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’t Stand the Weather
  83. Pat Benatar – Tropico
  84. Spinal Tap – This Is Spinal Tap
  85. Ramones – Too Tough to Die
  86. Cocteau Twins – Treasure
  87. Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream of Trains
  88. The Hoodoo Gurus – Stoneage Romeos
  89. Howard Jones – Human’s Lib
  90. Various Artists – Breakin’ OST
  91. Scorpions – Love at First Sting
  92. Kurtis Blow – Ego Trip
  93. The Cure – The Top
  94. Billy Ocean – Suddenly
  95. Midnight Oil – Red Sails in the Sunset
  96. The Fat Boys – The Fat Boys
  97. Dwight Twilley – Jungle
  98. Violent Femmes – Hallowed Ground
  99. Elton John – Breaking Hearts
  100. Chicago – Chicago 17

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And, there it is…My Top 100 Albums for 1984. I hope this list contains all of your favorites from that year.


Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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