1984 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1984.

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • January 11 - BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.
  • January 21 – "Relax" reaches number one in the UK singles chart, despite the BBC ban; it will spend a total of 42 weeks in the Top 40.
  • January 27Michael Jackson's scalp is burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial and he is admitted to hospital. Around this time, Jackson also releases the title track from his Thriller album as the LP's final single.
  • February 14
  • February 16Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion. Lewis is later acquitted.
  • February 28 – Recovering from the scalp burns sustained a month earlier, Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards out of twelve nominations, breaking the record for the most Grammys won in a single year. He wins seven for the critically acclaimed album Thriller and the other for his work on the audiobook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • February 29 – German industrial band KMFDM is founded, and holds its first performance at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.
  • March 1
    • Sting plays his last concerts with The Police at the end of the Synchronicity tour; the band takes a "pause" after the tour and only play a few special events together after this, until 2007, when they would organize a reunion tour.
    • Alice Cooper, who has not toured for his last two albums, parts ways with his longtime label Warner Bros. and goes on hiatus from the music industry. Cooper begins mulling over plans for a comeback, which he would carry out in 1986.

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums released[edit]

January – March[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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9 1984 Van Halen -
12 Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest -
16 Points on the Curve Wang Chung -
17 Learning to Crawl The Pretenders -
21 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Debut
Disillusion Loudness Japanese version
27 Milk and Honey John Lennon & Yoko Ono -
Christine McVie Christine McVie -
Fistful of Metal Anthrax -
Flex-Able Steve Vai -
The Great Pretender Dolly Parton -
Lady of the Stars Donovan -
Mother's Spiritual Laura Nyro -
Roll On Alabama -
Slide It In Whitesnake UK
Live Europe '83 Joan Baez UK
Tour de Force 38 Special -
30 Software Grace Slick -
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6 Sparkle in the Rain Simple Minds -
7 Ammonia Avenue The Alan Parsons Project -
11 N.E.W.S. Golden Earring -
13 Into the Gap Thompson Twins -
14 Footloose soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Mister Heartbreak Laurie Anderson -
18 Budapest Live Manfred Mann's Earth Band -
20 The Smiths The Smiths -
23 Dynamite Jermaine Jackson -
24 Metal Queen Lee Aaron -
Wings of Tomorrow Europe -
27 Dead Can Dance Dead Can Dance -
Ricochet Days Modern English -
The Works Queen -
28 "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D "Weird Al" Yankovic -
99 Luftballons Nena -
Animal Grace April Wine -
Declaration The Alarm -
The Flat Earth Thomas Dolby -
Hail to England Manowar -
It's My Life Talk Talk -
Keep Moving Madness -
Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast Van Morrison Live
Mystery Walk M + M -
Parting Should Be Painless Roger Daltrey -
Penetrator Ted Nugent -
Somebody's Watching Me Rockwell -
Windows and Walls Dan Fogelberg -
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5 Rising Force Yngwie Malmsteen -
8 Just a Little Love Reba McEntire -
12 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live Dire Straits Live
Fugazi Marillion -
Love Life Berlin -
13 Heartbeat City The Cars -
14 Body & Soul Joe Jackson -
16 Talk Show The Go-Go's -
17 Human's Lib Howard Jones
22 The Dungeons Are Calling Savatage EP
27 About Face David Gilmour -
Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. -
Three of a Perfect Pair King Crimson -
Love at First Sting Scorpions -
Against All Odds soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
All Those Wasted Years Hanoi Rocks Live
Burning the Witches Warlock -
Café Bleu The Style Council -
Deià...Vu Kevin Ayers -
Minor Threat Minor Threat Compilation
Great White Great White -
Hard to Hold Rick Springfield Soundtrack
Heavy Metal Breakdown Grave Digger -
The Icicle Works The Icicle Works -
My War Black Flag -
Now That's What I Call Music II Various Artists Compilation
Out of the Cellar Ratt -
Psalm 9 Trouble -
Rhyme & Reason Missing Persons -
Through the Fire Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve -

April – June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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9 Reckoning R.E.M. -
12 Grace Under Pressure Rush -
16 Crusader Saxon -
19 Lament Ultravox -
30 The Top The Cure -
Junk Culture Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Roger Waters -
Bananarama Bananarama -
Caught in the Act Styx Live
Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply Slade -
New Sensations Lou Reed -
Self Control Laura Branigan -
Vengeance New Model Army -
Street Talk Steve Perry -
This Is Spinal Tap Spinal Tap Soundtrack
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5 In the Sign of Evil Sodom EP
7 Hysteria The Human League -
8 Legend: Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers Bob Marley & The Wailers Compilation
Ocean Rain Echo & the Bunnymen -
10 Stay Hungry Twisted Sister -
12 Slade's Greats Slade Compilation
14 Chicago 17 Chicago -
15 Couldn't Stand the Weather Stevie Ray Vaughan -
Farewell My Summer Love Michael Jackson Compilation
25 Parade Spandau Ballet -
29 Private Dancer Tina Turner -
Vices Kick Axe -
Fat Boys The Fat Boys -
30 Nuclear Furniture Jefferson Starship -
The Box The Box -
Breaking Curfew Red Rider -
Civilized Man Joe Cocker -
Eden Everything but the Girl -
From the Promised Land Play Dead -
Give 'Em The Axe Lizzy Borden EP
In the Long Grass The Boomtown Rats -
Live Sentence Alcatrazz Live
Major Moves Hank Williams, Jr. -
Mange Tout Blancmange -
Man on the Line Chris de Burgh -
Mirror Moves The Psychedelic Furs -
Russ Ballard Russ Ballard -
Russians and Americans Al Stewart -
Stealing Fire Bruce Cockburn -
The Swing INXS -
Ten Thousand Lightyears Boney M. -
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4 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen -
8 Hyæna Siouxsie and the Banshees -
9 Touch Dance Eurythmics Remix EP
15 No Brakes John Waite -
18 Camouflage Rod Stewart -
From Her to Eternity Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello and the Attractions -
19 The Allnighter Glenn Frey -
24 Morbid Tales Celtic Frost -
25 Discovery Mike Oldfield -
Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution Soundtrack
26 Sidewalk Icehouse -
Akimbo Alogo Kim Mitchell -
Breaking Hearts Elton John -
Ghostbusters Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
The Glamorous Life Sheila E. -
Hallowed Ground Violent Femmes -
Honeymoon Suite Honeymoon Suite -
In the Studio The Specials -
Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit Nick Lowe -
A Pagan Place The Waterboys -
Rock Will Never Die Michael Schenker Group Live

July – September[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Disillusion Loudness English version
2 Ice Cream Castle The Time -
The Last in Line Dio -
Rewind (1971-1984) The Rolling Stones Compilation
3 Go Insane Lindsey Buckingham -
5 Signs of Life Billy Squier -
6 New Edition New Edition -
Victory The Jacksons -
7 Brilliant Trees David Sylvian -
Condition Critical Quiet Riot -
Icon Icon -
9 This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get Public Image Ltd. -
10 The Yellow and Black Attack Stryper -
28 Diamond Life Sade UK
30 Right By You Stephen Stills -
Ride the Lightning Metallica -
All Fired Up Fastway -
All Over the Place The Bangles -
City of New Orleans Willie Nelson -
Double Nickels on the Dime Minutemen -
In Rock We Trust Y&T -
King of the Dead Cirith Ungol -
Now That's What I Call Music 3 Various Artists Compilation
Walkin' the Razor's Edge Helix -
Zen Arcade Hüsker Dü -
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4 Haunting the Chapel Slayer EP
10 The Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers Debut
War and Pain Voivod -
17 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. Debut
21 The Warrior Scandal -
23 Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger Frank Zappa -
25 Eyes of Innocence Miami Sound Machine -
Evolución Menudo -
27 Some Great Reward Depeche Mode -
28 The Woman in Red Various Artists Soundtrack
The Best of Kansas Kansas Compilation
The Blitz Krokus -
Gates to Purgatory Running Wild -
Dreamtime The Cult -
L.A. Is My Lady Frank Sinatra -
Phantoms The Fixx -
The Story of a Young Heart A Flock of Seagulls -
Two Steps from the Move Hanoi Rocks -
VOA Sammy Hagar -
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3 Powerslave Iron Maiden -
Sentence of Death Destruction EP
4 Cats Without Claws Donna Summer -
7 Don't Break the Oath Mercyful Fate -
Under Wraps Jethro Tull -
The Warning Queensrÿche -
12 Like This The dB's
Suddenly Billy Ocean -
13 Animalize Kiss -
Tooth and Nail Dokken -
15 No Remorse Motörhead Compilation + 4 new tracks
17 All the Rage General Public -
21 Perspective America -
24 Tonight David Bowie -
27 Forever Young Alphaville -
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Bachman–Turner Overdrive -
Bewitched Andy Summers & Robert Fripp -
The Catch Nazareth -
Desert Moon Dennis DeYoung -
Don't Stop Jeffrey Osborne -
Family Man Black Flag -
The Magazine Rickie Lee Jones -
Night on Bröcken Fates Warning -
No Tellin' Lies Zebra -
Reflections Rick James Compilation
Riddles in the Sand Jimmy Buffett -
Riff Raff Dave Edmunds -
Sign of the Hammer Manowar -
Spring Hill Fair The Go-Betweens -
Swept Away Diana Ross -
Till We Have Faces Steve Hackett -
Vital Signs Survivor -
What About Me? Kenny Rogers -

October – December[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -
I Feel for You Chaka Khan -
Red Sails in the Sunset Midnight Oil -
The Unforgettable Fire U2 -
2 Bathory Bathory -
Let It Be The Replacements -
4 Emotion Barbra Streisand -
8 The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall The Fall -
9 Shout Devo -
March of the Saint Armored Saint -
12 Big Bam Boom Hall & Oates -
Rattlesnakes Lloyd Cole and the Commotions -
13 Too Tough to Die Ramones -
15 '74 Jailbreak AC/DC EP recorded 1974–76
The Big Express XTC -
Stop Making Sense Talking Heads Soundtrack
Valotte Julian Lennon -
17 Escape Whodini -
18 Them or Us Frank Zappa -
22 Give My Regards to Broad Street Paul McCartney Soundtrack
23 Make It Big Wham! -
24 How Do You Do Miyuki Nakajima -
26 Berserker Gary Numan -
29 Perfect Strangers Deep Purple -
Welcome to the Pleasuredome Frankie Goes to Hollywood -
The Age of Consent Bronski Beat -
At the Feet of the Moon The Parachute Club -
Bad Attitude Meat Loaf -
Chinese Wall Philip Bailey -
Dream Street Janet Jackson -
Geffery Morgan UB40 -
Girls with Guns Tommy Shaw -
Italian X Rays Steve Miller Band -
Music from Songwriter Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson Soundtrack
The Plan Tubeway Army -
A Private Heaven Sheena Easton -
Sign In Please Autograph -
Steeltown Big Country -
True Colours Level 42 -
Waking Up with the House on Fire Culture Club -
We Want Moore Gary Moore Live
Why Not Me The Judds -
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4 This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic Hawkwind Live
5 Alf Alison Moyet -
10 The Riddle Nik Kershaw -
Thunder Seven Triumph -
Who's Last The Who Live
11 So-Lo Oingo Boingo -
12 Arena Duran Duran Live
Hatful of Hollow The Smiths Compilation
The Honeydrippers: Volume One Robert Plant EP
Like a Virgin Madonna -
Teases & Dares Kim Wilde -
5 Reckless Bryan Adams -
15 Emergency Kool & the Gang -
19 Building the Perfect Beast Don Henley -
Word of Mouth The Kinks -
21 Francesco Zappa Frank Zappa -
22 See Ya 'Round Split Enz -
24 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) Eurythmics Soundtrack
26 The Killing Fields Mike Oldfield Soundtrack
Aural Sculpture The Stranglers -
Brewing Up with Billy Bragg Billy Bragg -
The Deed Is Done Molly Hatchet -
Hits 1 Various Artists Compilation
Isolation Toto -
Kalimba de Luna - 16 Happy Songs Boney M. Compilation
Lay Down the Law Keel -
Lush Life Linda Ronstadt -
Now That's What I Call Music 4 Various Artists Compilation
Planetary Invasion Midnight Star -
Treasure Cocteau Twins -
Tropico Pat Benatar -
2:00 AM Paradise Cafe Barry Manilow -
Two Minute Warning The Angels -
Wheels Are Turnin' REO Speedwagon -
Zoolook Jean Michel Jarre -
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3 Real Live Bob Dylan Live
7 In the Eye of the Storm Roger Hodgson -
9 Agent Provocateur Foreigner -
14 Soda Stereo Soda Stereo -
21 Thing-Fish Frank Zappa -
26 Gates to Purgatory Running Wild -
Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
Fantastic Boney M. Boney M. -
Honour & Blood Tank -
Live '84 Black Flag Live
Remission Skinny Puppy -
Slip It In Black Flag -
Something Heavy Going Down Golden Earring Live

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1984.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 George Michael Careless Whisper 1984 United Kingdom UK 1 – Aug 1984 (21 weeks), US Billboard 1 – Dec 1984 (20 weeks), US Radio 1 of 1985 (peak 1 12 weeks), Canada 1 – Dec 1984 (12 weeks), Netherlands 1 – Aug 1984 (14 weeks), Switzerland 1 – Sep 1984 (17 weeks), Poland 1 – Mar 1983 (44 weeks), Eire 1 for 3 weeks – Aug 1984, Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks – Jan 1985, Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Sep 1984, Springbok 1 – Nov 1984 (21 weeks), ARC 2 of 1985 (peak 1 16 weeks), Sweden (alt) 2 – Sep 1984 (21 weeks), France 2 – Aug 1984 (3 weeks), Austria 2 – Nov 1984 (4 weeks), Norway 2 – Aug 1984 (16 weeks), Belgium 2 – Sep 1984 (12 weeks), Italy 2 of 1984
2 Stevie Wonder I Just Called to Say I Love You 1984 United States UK 1 – September 1984, US BB 1 – September 1984, Canada 1 – September 1984, Netherlands 1 – August 1984, Sweden 1 – September 1984, Sweden (alt) 1 – August 1984, Austria 1 – October 1984, Switzerland 1 – September 1984, Norway 1 – September 1984, Poland 1 – January 1984, Italy 1 of 1984, Germany 1 – September 1984, Éire 1 – September 1984, New Zealand 1 for 9 weeks October 1984, Australia 1 for 8 weeks June 1985, Oscar in 1984, Australia 6 of 1984, US CashBox 9 of 1984, US BB 18 of 1984, POP 26 of 1984, Germany 52 of the 1980s, Scrobulate 100 of r & b
3 Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 1984 United Kingdom UK 1 – May 1984, US BB 1 – October 1984, Canada 1 – October 1984, Netherlands 1 – June 1984, Sweden (alt) 1 – June 1984, Norway 1 – June 1984, Éire 1 – June 1984, Australia 1 for 5 weeks March 1985, Switzerland 2 – June 1984, Germany 2 – June 1984, Australia 5 of 1984, US BB 6 of 1984, Austria 6 – July 1984, POP 7 of 1984, US CashBox 19 of 1984, KROQ 20 of 1984, Poland 23 – June 1984, Europe 84 of the 1980s, OzNet 146, RYM 195 of 1984, Germany 230 of the 1980s
4 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun 1984 United States Norway 1 – March 1984, Éire 1 – February 1984, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks May 1984, Australia 1 for 2 weeks December 1983, UK 2 – January 1984, US BB 2 – January 1984, US BB 2 of 1984, Canada 2 – February 1984, POP 2 of 1984, Netherlands 3 – February 1984, Austria 3 – May 1984, Sweden (alt) 5 – March 1984, Switzerland 6 – April 1984, Germany 6 – March 1984, France 8 – December 1983, Australia 9 of 1984, US CashBox 16 of 1984, Italy 16 of 1984, Party 35 of 2007, RYM 63 of 1983, KROQ 65 of 1984, RIAA 122, Germany 388 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 391
5 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax 1984 United Kingdom UK 1 – November 1983, Switzerland 1 – February 1984, Germany 1 – February 1984, TOTP 1, KROQ 1 of 1984, France 2 – November 1983, Norway 2 – February 1984, Sweden (alt) 4 – March 1984, Austria 4 – March 1984, Netherlands 5 – January 1984, Canada 7 – April 1984, US BB 10 – February 1985, US BB 11 of 1985, Italy 11 of 1984, Australia 16 of 1984, POP 16 of 1985, Poland 18 – February 1984, RYM 21 of 1983, Virgin 31, Scrobulate 45 of 80s, Germany 72 of the 1980s, Europe 94 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 270, OzNet 574

Significant hits[edit]

Christmas songs[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

  • Samuel Adler – Sonata for viola and piano
  • Elliott Carter
    • Canon for 4, Homage to William, for flute, bass clarinet, violin, and cello
    • Esprit rude/esprit doux, for flute and clarinet
    • Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi, for violin
  • Brian CherneyInto the Distant Stillness
  • George Crumb
    • A Haunted Landscape for orchestra
    • The Sleeper for soprano and piano
  • Mario DavidovskyDivertimento for cello and orchestra
  • Ludovico EinaudiAltissimo
  • Lorenzo FerreroOmbres for orchestra and live electronics
  • Frans Geysen
    • A + B = A/B, for keyboard instrument
    • Kataloog in grijs 1, for marimba
    • Late spiegels, for flute, oboe, piano and double bass
    • Omtrent a-b-c, for recorder quintet
    • Tonen-Trappenhuisje voor Hanne, for keyboard instrument
    • Twee orgels, for two organs
  • Karel Goeyvaerts
  • Daron HagenA Walt Whitman Requiem
  • John Harbison – String Quartet no. 1
  • Robin Holloway – Concerto for Viola
  • Mauricio KagelDer Eid des Hippokrates, for piano 3 hands
  • Ian McDougall – Concerto for Clarinet
  • Elizabeth Maconchy – String Quartet no. 13, Quartetto Corto
  • Ingram MarshallVoces Resonae
  • Henri Pousseur
    • Chronique canine, for 2 pianos
    • Cortège des belles ténébreuses au jardin boréal, for cor anglais, viola, horn, tuba, and 2 percussionists
    • L'étoile des langues, for narrators and 4 singers
    • Litanie du cristal des fleurs, for piano left hand
    • Litanie du miel matinal, for high melody instrument
    • Les noces d'Icare et de Mnémosyne, for variable forces
    • Patchwork des tribus américaines, for wind orchestra
    • Sixième vue sur les jardins interdits, for string trio
    • Sonate des maîtres viennois (‘Dicté par … no.4’), for piano
    • Tango de Jeanne-la-Sibylle, for piano left hand
  • Steve ReichThe Desert Music
  • Tōru Takemitsuriverrun for piano and orchestra
  • Robert Ward – Saxophone Concerto
  • Malcolm Williamson
    • A Pilgrim Liturgy – for soloists, mixed choir & orchestra
    • Cortège for a Warrior for orchestra
    • Hymna Titu for piano solo
    • Symphony No. 7

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Musical television[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Charts[edit]

List of no. 1 hits[edit]

List of no. 1 albums[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]