Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop's Greatest Year" (Part 2 of 3)

A continuation of a previous post.

Below is the top half of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Best Singles of 1984," complete with the song's peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it's year-end rank according to Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual.  If a song peaked in a year other than 1984, that is notated by the year in superscript next to the year-end rank (ex. 9883 means that song peaked on the Hot 100 in 1983).  I've picked a favorite from each group of ten below and marked that title with an asterisk.  (At least that was the original intent, there were a couple of races that were too close to call so both songs get an asterisk.)

You can find the entire annotated list, complete with videos, here:

RSTitleArtistHot 100 Year
50Wake Me Up Before you Go-GoWham!110
49If This is ItHuey Lewis and the News660
48Head over Heels*The Go-Go's1190
47Eyes Without a FaceBilly Idol439
46Here Comes the Rain AgainEurythmics437
45Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)Billy Ocean118
44Give Me TonightShannon46237
43It's My Life*Talk Talk31179
42Easy LoverPhilip Bailey & Phil Collins22985
41Cruel SummerBananarama981

RSTitleArtistHot 100 Year
40The Reflex*Duran Duran117
39Let's Hear It for the BoyDeniece Williams115
38Round and RoundRatt1293
36She BopCyndi Lauper328
35Talking in Your SleepThe Romantics329
34Sister ChristianNight Ranger548
33Dancing in the DarkBruce Springsteen220
32I Want to Break FreeQueen45234
31Automatic The Pointer Sisters549

RSTitleArtistHot 100 Year
30RelaxFrankie Goes to Hollywood1010285
29Jungle LoveThe Time2015385
28LovergirlTeena Marie45585
27Cool It NowNew Edition45285
26Hold Me Now*Thompson Twins333
25Somebody's Watching MeRockwell222
24Careless WhisperWham!1385
23JumpVan Halen13
22Karma ChameleonCulture Club19
21DriveThe Cars330

RSTitleArtistHot 100 Year
20Panama*Van Halen13101
19SolidAshford & Simpson1211385
18Take on Mea-ha12285
17Smooth OperatorSade55985
16They Don't KnowTracey Ullman872
1599 LuftballonsNena226
14Missing YouJohn Waite119
13Jam on ItNewcleus56271
12Pride (in the Name of Love)*U233187
11What's Love Got to Do with It?Tina Turner15

RSTitleArtistHot 100 Year
10The Glamorous LifeSheila E.766
9Born in the U.S.A.Bruce Springsteen99885
8Purple RainPrince224
7The Boys of SummerDon Henley56485
6Time After TimeCyndi Lauper114
5ThrillerMichael Jackson440
4Let's Go CrazyPrince116
3I Feel for You*Chaka Khan327
1When Doves CryPrince12

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