10 Top Hits from 1984 You May Have Forgotten about ...


I still can’t get enough of these top hits from 1984. It’s hard to imagine that these songs came out 30 years ago. Even so, they are just as good now as they were then! Here are 11 top hits from 1984 that you might have forgotten about!

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What’s Love Got to do with It – Tina Turner

What’s Love Got To Do With It is one of my favorite top hits from 1984. The song served as the second single from Tina’s fifth album, Private Dancer. What’s Love is Tina Turner’s most successful song. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012.



What's Love Got To Do With It was not only a chart-topping hit, but it also marked a significant turning point in Tina Turner's career. After years of struggling to break away from her abusive marriage and controlling husband, Ike Turner, Tina's solo success with this song solidified her as a powerful and independent artist. The music video for the song also became iconic, featuring Tina in her signature leather and high-energy dance moves. This song continues to be a beloved classic and a testament to Tina's resilience and talent.


Footloose – Kenny Loggins

Footloose was Kenny Loggins single for the movie, Footloose. Many critics consider this song to be one of the best songs of all time. The song peaked at #1 on the charts and even won the Grammy for Song of the Year. This song is as iconic as the movie itself.


Say Say Say – Paul McCartney Feat. Michael Jackson

With two artists like Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, you know you have a hit on your hands. This is exactly what happened with their track, Say Say Say. The song reached #1 in 4 countries, including the United States. The song was certified platinum and is a classic today.


Jump – Van Halen

Jump is arguably Van Halen’s most recognizable song. Jump was the lead single from their album, 1984. The song reached number one in the US and served as a departure from the band’s classic sound. The song features a synth line that was unusual for the rock band.


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper released Girls Just Wanna Have Fun as her breakout single for her first solo album, She’s So Unusual. This song has been covered by countless artists and bands and the music video for the track won awards. The song peaked at #2 on the charts, but it is one of the iconic songs of the 80s. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was nominated for two Grammy Awards.


Sunglasses at Night – Corey Hart

The music of Sunglasses at Night is what you think of when you think of 80s music. The synthesizer and New Wave vibe is what gave the 80s its distinctive sound. Sunglasses at Night was Corey Hart’s first single from his debut album, First Offense. The song peaked in the top 10 in the US but failed to have success in other countries.


Cum on Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot

Cum on Feel the Noize was originally recorded by the band Slade in 1973. In 1984 however, the song became a huge hit for the heavy metal band Quiet Riot. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts and is arguably one of the best glam metal songs of the 80s.


Cruel Summer – Bananarama

Cruel Summer is a pop song by British girl group Bananarama. The song was released in 1983 in the UK and in 1984 in the US. The reason it became a hit in the United States was due to the fact that the track was featured on the movie, The Karate Kid. The song reached the top 10 of the charts. The song has appeared in several films including Blue Crush.


Hello – Lionel Richie

Hello was the third single from Lionel Richie’s multi-platinum album Can’t Slow Down. The song reached the top of the Billboard charts when it was released in 1984. The song also reached #1 in the UK. Many consider Hello to be Richie's signature song.


The Reflex – Duran Duran

The Reflex was the final single from Duran Duran’s album Seven and the Ragged Tiger. The song is one of Duran Duran’s most successful singles. The song was a hit in both the UK and the US, charting at #1 in both countries.

Listening to these classics from 1984 has me reminiscing about other great songs from that year. Can you think of any other hits from ’84? If so, share them with us in the comments!

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2 of these songs were decent, bananarama and Tina Turner.

I miss music from the '80's,

Sister Christian

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