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100 Greatest Songs From 1984

Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.
Edited By:
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist

Like A Virgin - Madonna single cover
What's Love Got To Do With It? - Tina Turner single cover
Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen single cover
Take On Me - A-Ha single cover
The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley single cover
Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams single cover
Pride (In The Name Of Love) - U2 single cover
I Feel For You - Chaka Khan single cover
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder single cover
Shout - Tears for Fears single cover
Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid single cover
1
When Doves Cry
Prince
2
Like A Virgin
Madonna
3
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Tina Turner
4
Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen
5
Purple Rain
Prince & The Revolution
6
Careless Whisper
Wham! feat. George Michael
7
Take On Me
A-Ha
8
The Boys Of Summer
Don Henley
9
Let's Go Crazy
Prince & The Revolution
10
Summer Of '69
Bryan Adams
11
I Want To Know What Love Is
Foreigner
12
How Soon Is Now?
Smiths
13
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
U2
14
I Feel For You
Chaka Khan
15
Crazy For You
Madonna
16
Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)
Phil Collins
17
I Just Called To Say I Love You
Stevie Wonder
18
Dancing In The Dark
Bruce Springsteen
19
Missing You
John Waite
20
Material Girl
Madonna
21
Shout
Tears for Fears
22
You Spin Me 'Round (Like A Record)
Dead or Alive
23
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Wham!
24
Let's Hear It For The Boy
Deniece Williams
25
Footloose
Kenny Loggins
26
Better Be Good To Me
Tina Turner
27
Ghostbusters
Ray Parker Jr.
28
Do They Know It's Christmas?
Band Aid
29
I'm On Fire
Bruce Springsteen
30
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
Billy Ocean
31
Smooth Operator
Sade
32
We're Not Gonna Take It
Twisted Sister
33
Nightshift
Commodores
34
Fresh
Kool & The Gang
35
People Are People
Depeche Mode
36
The Glamorous Life
Sheila E.
37
Glory Days
Bruce Springsteen
38
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Scorpions
39
Hot For Teacher
Van Halen
40
Two Tribes
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
41
Smalltown Boy
Bronski Beat feat. Jimmy Somerville
42
I Wonder If I Take You Home
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
43
I Would Die 4 U
Prince & The Revolution
44
Axel F
Harold Faltermeyer
45
It's My Life
Talk Talk
46
Dress You Up
Madonna
47
Private Dancer
Tina Turner
48
Drive
The Cars
49
Solid
Ashford & Simpson
50
We Belong
Pat Benatar
51
You Might Think
The Cars
52
Cherish
Kool & The Gang
53
Round And Round
Ratt
54
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Elton John
55
Radio Ga Ga
Queen
56
Run To You
Bryan Adams
57
The Old Man Down The Road
John Fogerty
58
Cover Me
Bruce Springsteen
59
My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen
60
Panama
Van Halen
61
You're The Inspiration
Chicago
62
I Miss You
Klymaxx
63
Rock Box
Run-D.M.C.
64
Easy Lover
Philip Bailey with Phil Collins
65
Hard Habit To Break
Chicago
66
Don't Look Any Further
Dennis Edwards
67
Jungle Love
The Time
68
New Attitude
Patti LaBelle
69
All She Wants To Do Is Dance
Don Henley
70
Obsession
Animotion
71
My Ever Changing Moods
Style Council
72
I'll Wait
Van Halen
73
Nelson Mandela
The Special AKA
74
Roxanne Roxanne
U.T.F.O.
75
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Smiths
76
So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
R.E.M.
77
Oh Sherrie
Steve Perry
78
I Want To Break Free
Queen
79
Self Control
Laura Branigan
80
Lovergirl
Teena Marie
81
Freaks Come Out At Night
Whodini
82
Jam On It
Newcleus
83
Hey D.J.
The World's Famous Supreme Team
84
The Killing Moon
Echo & The Bunnymen
85
Roxanne's Revenge
Roxanne Shante
86
Friends
Whodini
87
William, It Was Really Nothing
Smiths
88
What Difference Does It Make?
Smiths
89
Pink Cadillac
Bruce Springsteen
90
Somebody
Bryan Adams
91
I Can't Drive '55
Sammy Hagar
92
Close (To The Edit)
Art of Noise
93
Through The Fire
Chaka Khan
94
I Will Dare
Replacements
95
Turn On The News
Hüsker Dü
96
Room 123 (She's Strange)
Cameo
97
One Night In Bangkok
Murray Head
98
Do What You Do
Jermaine Jackson
99
Suddenly
Billy Ocean
100
Can't Fight This Feeling
REO Speedwagon
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Out Of Touch
Daryl Hall & John Oates
102
The Heat Is On
Glenn Frey
103
Sea Of Love
Honeydrippers
104
Last Christmas
Wham!
105
Wouldn't It Be Good?
Nik Kershaw
106
Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
Scritti Politti
107
If Ever You're In My Arms Again
Peabo Bryson
108
High Energy
Evelyn Thomas
109
Meeting In The Ladies Room
Klymaxx
110
Somebody Else's Guy
Jocelyn Brown
111
Too Late For Goodbyes
Julian Lennon
112
Everything She Wants
Wham!
113
The Warrior
Scandal (featuring Patty Smyth)
114
Blue Jean
David Bowie
115
NeverEnding Story
Limahl
116
The Power of Love
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
117
Rain Forest
Paul Hardcastle
118
Big In Japan
Alphaville
119
Tarzan Boy
Baltimora
120
Forever Young
Alphaville
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1984
Jeff's Choice - Greatest Single Re-Entry
*
Waiting in Vain
Bob Marley & The Wailers (#31 UK)
Jeff's Choice - An unheralded great record from 1984
*
Unity
Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown
Lew's Choice:
*
A Fine, Fine Day
Tony Carey
Bruce's Choice:
*
The Roof Is On Fire
Rock Master Scott
Brett's Choice:
*
Gotta Get A Record Out
Green
Ryan's Choice:
*
Don't Sing
Prefab Sprout




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