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.

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.

  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 feat. 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
An unheralded great record from 1984
Jeff's choice -
Greatest Single Re-entry:

* Waiting in Vain (#31 UK) - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Jeff's choice -
* 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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Last Updated: 2014-03-14