That’s right, the renowned music magazine has opined on the best year of pop music and came to the conclusion that 1984 holds the crown. Calling it a “post-Thriller” era, brought to life by MTV, this year saw some of the biggest names in music at the time who would continue to influence the industry some 30 years later. Such names include Madonna, Sheila E., Chaka Khan, and (of course) Michael Jackson and Prince. Interestingly enough, that year of 1984 was truly one for his Purple Majesty, as yes, the much-discussed Purple Rain was released, but also, Prince was huge contributor to many of the other artists’ success. Get nostalgic by reading this list, and watching the videos for the Top 100 songs of 1984- the Greatest Year of Pop
From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara’d hard rock and “Weird Al” Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-“Billie Jean” MTV brought them into your living room. In the spirit of this landmark year, here are the 100 best singles from the year pop popped. To be considered, the song had to be released in 1984 or have significant chart impact in 1984, and charted somewhere on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Rolling Stone Declares 1984 as the “Greatest Year of Pop”