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50 Songs From 1984 That Will Take You Way Back

1984.

You probably remember seeing Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Karate Kid, or The Terminator in the movie theater – and it only cost you $2.50 for the ticket. It was the first time you ever saw the MTV Music Video Awards (they debuted in 1984). You regularly watched The A-Team, Hill Street Blues, Knight Rider, or Magnum P.I. on TV. The Space Shuttle Discovery had its maiden voyage in 1984. The Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, California. 1984 was the year of the Subway Vigilante in New York City and the McDonald’s massacre in California. One pound of bacon only cost $1.69!!

It was also the year when the 50 songs listed below hit the airwaves for the very first time. So take a listen, and see how many of these songs send you on a nostalgic journey back to 1984. Songs listed in random order… except for #1.

50. What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner

49. Say Say Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

48. Footloose – Kenny Loggins

47. Jump – Van Halen

46. Owner of a Lonely Heart – Yes

45. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker, Jr.

44. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

43. Let’s Hear it For the Boy – Deniece Williams

42. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

41. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

40. Jump (For My Love) – Pointer Sisters

39. Say It Ain’t So – Hall & Oates

38. Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins

37. I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

36. 99 Luftballons – Nena

35. Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry

34. Stuck on You – Lionel Richie

33. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John

32. She Bop – Cyndi Lauper

31. Eyes Without A Face – Billy Idol

30. Sister Christian – Night Ranger

29. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

28. Drive – The Cars

27. The Heart of Rock & Roll – Huey Lewis and the News

26. Hard Habit to Break – Chicago

25. If Ever You’re In My Arms Again – Peabo Bryson

24. I Want a New Drug – Huey Lewis and the News

23. Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar

22. Almost Paradise – Mike Reno and Ann Wilson

21. Legs – ZZ Top

20. Cum on Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot

19. Cruel Summer – Bananarama

18. Dance Hall Days – Wang Chung

17. Give it Up – KC & The Sunshine Band

16. The Reflex – Duran Duran

15. Holiday – Madonna

14. Breakin’… There’s No Stopping Us – Ollie & Jerry

13. Round and Round – Ratt

12. The Longest Time – Billy Joel

11. Major Tom (Coming Home) – Peter Schilling

10. Magic – The Cars

9. When You Close Your Eyes – Night Ranger

8. Rock Me Tonite – Billy Squier

7. Undercover of the Night – Rolling Stones

6. Dancing in the Sheets – Shalamar

5. When Doves Cry – Prince

4. Missing You – John Waite

3. All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

2. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) – Phil Collins

1. Thriller – Michael Jackson

Thriller was actually released at the very end of 1983, but it didn’t make the Billboard charts until 1984.

Here’s the whole playlist for your listening pleasure:


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