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6!

We've reached the six hour mark, so I'll celebrate with the top 6 songs of 1984 (a year randomly picked by David):

1. When Doves Cry - Prince
2. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
3. Jump - Van Halen
4. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
5. Like A Virgin - Madonna
6. Hello - Lionel Ritchie

That's according to the charts.

My top six songs of 1984:

Nena - 99 Luft Ballons
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane
Icicle Works - Whisper To A Scream
Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive!
Prince - Purple Rain

The worst song of 1984: Jack Wagner - All I Need

And of course, the song that is the bane of my existence was released in 1984: Night Ranger's Sister Christian.

David's music of 1984:

"Sexcrime (1984)" by Eurythmics
"Upstairs at Eric's" by Yazoo
"Japanese Whispers" by The Cure
"Forever Now" by the Psychedelic Furs
"Life's Rich Pageant" by R.E.M.
"The Dreaming" by Kate Bush
"Security" by Peter Gabriel
"Hyaena" by Siouxsie and the Banshees, featuring Robert Smith
"Talk Talk" by Talk Talk
"The Hurting" by Tears for Fears
"I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
"Friend of Foe" by Adam Ant, bless 'im.

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I totally forgot about The Smiths and Oingo Boingo and Devo and Bauhaus!!

D'oh!

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How can you mention 1984 without Japan? Come on people.

I'm impressed! I can't remember what songs went with what years at all. I can only remember general lumps of time.

I do know in 1978, whenever we went to the pizza parlour, I always played the Meco version of the Star Wars theme on the jukebox. But I only remember that because I know what year Star Wars came out!

Japan were broken up by 1984. They completed the 'Nightporter' tour in 1983 before the ongoing tensions between David Sylvian and Mick Karn broke up the band. It was another two years before Sylvian released 'Brilliant Trees'. But, yeah, I loved Japan a lot.

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I was never sure whether I liked Adam Ant or not, but it's still a shame that he's gone all mental these days. Poor guy.

David - your memory must be better than mine. I seemed to remember that the split was in 1984. Maybe I've got the Bauhaus split and Japan split confused?

Brilliant Trees is still on my top 10 albums of all time.

Did you know that Sylvian now lives in the US? Apparently, at one point, he lived about 20 minutes from me in Minneapolis. The guy's a genius.

Yeah, he married an American singer named Ingrid Chavez. "Brilliant Trees" is AMAZING. But my favorite? "Secrets of the Beehive".

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I was three in '84, but Prince owned me. My mom says I used to have a Elvis-esque dance that I would display upon hearing Prince on the radio.

I think 'Erotic City' is going to be the first song at my reception. Or not.

At least it won't be "When Doves Cry". Not a great wedding song.

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Prince owned 1984! I was in 7th grade and got to go to my first concert in December of 1984 and it was of course Prince & The Revolution! It's still one of the best concerts I've been to plus having the Time and Sheila E opening up was a bonus as well!

R.E.M. released Lifes Rich Pageant in 1986...

1. When Doves Cry - Prince
2. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
3. Jump - Van Halen
4. Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
5. Like A Virgin - Madonna
6. Hello - Lionel Ritchie

EW!....YUK!...BARF!

Sexcrime (1984)" by Eurythmics
"Upstairs at Eric's" by Yazoo
"Japanese Whispers" by The Cure
"Forever Now" by the Psychedelic Furs
"Life's Rich Pageant" by R.E.M.
"The Dreaming" by Kate Bush
"Security" by Peter Gabriel
"Hyaena" by Siouxsie and the Banshees, featuring Robert Smith
"Talk Talk" by Talk Talk
"The Hurting" by Tears for Fears
"I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow
"Friend of Foe" by Adam Ant, bless 'im.

MUCH BETTER!

Oops. What R.E.M. album was I listening to then? "Fables of the Reconstruction"?

And I live in Athens. For shame!

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1984 was the big year for the American alt-rock scene, the year of:

Let It Be, the Replacements
Zen Arcade, Husker Du
Double nickels on the dime, the Minutemen
Meat Puppets II, the Meat Puppets

Nice site