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Top 1984 Songs

Not only was 1984 the year that Apple unveiled their Macintosh computer (a dinosaur to the revolutionary iPod) -- it was the year the 'Thriller' album won a record-breaking eight Grammys, including Album of the Year. However, as the Top 1984 Songs (rated by AOL Radio listeners) illustrate, there was plenty more radio play in 1984 than just "Thriller" ...though witnesses might disagree.
'Pride (In The Name Of Love)'
The song was originally intended to be about Ronald Reagan's pride in America's military power, but ended up being in tribute to civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
U2 Pride In The Name Of Love
'Round and Round'
The video briefly features legendary comedian Milton Berle, whose nephew Marshall Berle was Ratt's band manager at the time.
Ratt Round And Round
'It's My Life'
The original version of this 1984 song and No Doubt's ubiquitous 2004 cover were featured in 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' and 'Rock Band,' respectively.
Talk Talk It's My Life
The song's producer spliced parts of two different takes to create what Eddie Van Halen calls "The favorite solo [he] never wrote."
Van Halen Jump
'Easy Lover'
The song was used as a theme song to the inaugural 'WrestleMania' in 1985.
Phil Collins Easy Lover
'How Soon Is Now'
In 1984, this song was considered an anthem for "Manchester gay club culture."
The Smiths How Soon Is Now
The music video features supermodel Paulina Porizkova, who later married lead singer Ric Ocasek.
The Cars Drive
'Time After Time'
The line "the second hand unwinds" refers to producer Rick Chertoff's watch which was winding backwards.
Cyndi Lauper Time After Time
'When Doves Cry'
There is no bass line in this 1984 dance classic, which Prince took out because he considered the bass in the song "too conventional."
Prince When Doves Cry
The song's hook was changed to "Thriller! In the night..." from the original "Starlight! Starlight sun..."
Michael Jackson Thriller
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