The year 1984 appears in my next book of short stories. It was the year Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial, and Elton John got married in Sydney. It was also the year Band Aid released the single ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas?’ which became the fastest-selling single of all time in the UK (and probably to the world’s ears, was the most played single).
If you are interested in seeing the Top 10 songs for the year, you can find them at Rolling Stone, which lists the Top 100 for 1984.
Here I’ve compiled a variety of songs in two parts of what we listened to in 1984.
Burn for You – INXS
This song came from their album The Swing, an album that received international attention, and the rest, as they say, is history. Miss you, Michael!
Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
I wasn’t a big fan of Billy Idol per se, but I did enjoy the music, which I guess is what it’s all about. This one still stands the test of time.
Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
No twins, no member of the band with the name Thompson, but they did come up with this beautiful, sad song, which was an international success.
You Spin me Round (Like a Record) – Dead or Alive
Okay, I couldn’t resist this one! 😉 This came out at a time when Culture Club and Marilyn were popular.
Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2
I really liked U2 in the 1980s, with some of my friends having crushes on them at the time (yes, Larry was cute). This song went on to become one of their most popular.
I’ll be back next week with another five songs of 1984.
Were you listening to these songs back in 1984? Do you still listen to them? Have you discovered 1980s music and prefer to listen to them instead of/as well as today’s music?
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