Monday, October 6, 2014

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

I was going to wrap up this series of posts about Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Best Singles of 1984" by mercilessly ripping apart the flawed methodology and pointing out how the editors bent their own rules to get their personal favorites on the list, but then this caught my eye:

And, of course, that's absolutely correct. So I'll drop the matter.

Looking at Rolling Stone's list, the big winner is Prince, who placed 3 songs in the top ten as a performer plus 2 more top ten songs that were written by him.  Other artists who placed 3 songs on the list are Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen.  19 songs peaked at #1 in 1984 and 15 of those made the Rolling Stone list; the editors obviously didn't discount what the buying public liked.  So what big hits didn't make the cut? 

What I've listed below are the 45 highest ranking songs of 1984 that failed to be selected, stopping at #100.  These songs peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984 and I've included their rank for the year to the far right.  Songs marked with an asterisk are cuts that I might include on my own list of top 1984 singles ('cuz we all know that's coming eventually).

TitleArtistHot 100 Year
Footloose*Kenny Loggins14
Against All OddsPhil Collins16
I Just Called to Say I Love YouStevie Wonder17
Hello*Lionel Richie111
The Wild BoysDuran Duran221
Girls Just Want to Have FunCyndi Lauper 223
JoannaKool & The Gang225
Hard Habit to Break*Chicago335
Lucky StarMadonna442

TitleArtistHot 100 Year
Twist of Fate*Olivia Newton-John544
Miss Me Blind*Culture Club 545
Better Be Good to MeTina Turner546
Love SomebodyRick Springfield547
To All the Girls I've Loved BeforeJulio Iglesias & Willie Nelson550
All Through the NightCyndi Lauper551
Sad Songs (Say So Much)Elton John552
The Heart of Rock & RollHuey Lewis & the News654
No More Lonely Nights*Paul McCartney655

TitleArtistHot 100 Year
I Want a New Drug*Huey Lewis & the News656
InfatuationRod Stewart659
Running with the NightLionel Richie763
Almost ParadiseMike Reno & Ann Wilson764
On the Dark SideJohn Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band765
StrutSheena Easton769
Penny LoverLionel Richie870
Blue Jean*David Bowie873
Adult EducationHall & Oates874

TitleArtistHot 100 Year
Let the Music PlayShannon875
BreakdanceIrene Cara876
Think of LauraChristopher Cross979
I'm So ExcitedThe Pointer Sisters980
Breakin'...There's No Stopping UsOllie & Jerry982
If Ever You're In My Arms AgainPeabo Bryson1083
Desert MoonDennis DeYoung1085
An Innocent ManBilly Joel1086
Got a Hold on Me Christine McVie1087

TitleArtistHot 100 Year
Some Guys Have All the LuckRod Stewart1088
New Moon on Monday*Duran Duran1089
Doctor! Doctor!*Thompson Twins1191
Magic*The Cars1292
I Still Can't Get Over Losing YouRay Parker, Jr.1295
I Can't Hold BackSurvivor1397
TonightKool & The Gang1398
I'll WaitVan Halen1399
It's a Miracle*Culture Club13100

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