1984 in music

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List of years in music (table)
In radio
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
In television
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987

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

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Specific genres[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

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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4 Defenders of the Faith Judas Priest -
7 Learning to Crawl The Pretenders -
9 1984 Van Halen -
16 Points on the Curve Wang Chung -
She's Strange Cameo -
19 Oblivion Utopia -
21 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Debut
Disillusion Loudness Japanese version
27 Christine McVie Christine McVie -
Milk and Honey John Lennon & Yoko Ono -
28 All the Rage General Public
30 Slide It In Whitesnake UK
Software Grace Slick -
Somebody's Watching Me Rockwell -
31 Footloose soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
? Fistful of Metal Anthrax -
Flex-Able Steve Vai -
Just a Little Love Reba McEntire -
Lady of the Stars Donovan -
Live Europe '83 Joan Baez UK
Mother's Spiritual Laura Nyro -
Penetrator Ted Nugent -
Roll On Alabama -
Tour de Force 38 Special -
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6 Sparkle in the Rain Simple Minds -
14 Mister Heartbreak Laurie Anderson -
17 Budapest Live Manfred Mann's Earth Band Live
Into the Gap Thompson Twins -
20 Keep Moving Madness -
The Smiths The Smiths -
24 Metal Queen Lee Aaron -
Wings of Tomorrow Europe -
27 Dead Can Dance Dead Can Dance -
Human Racing Nik Kershaw -
Ricochet Days Modern English -
The Works Queen -
28 "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D "Weird Al" Yankovic -
? Animal Grace April Wine -
Declaration The Alarm -
The Flat Earth Thomas Dolby -
The Great Pretender Dolly Parton -
Hail to England Manowar -
It's My Life Talk Talk -
Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast Van Morrison Live
Mystery Walk M + M -
Parting Should Be Painless Roger Daltrey -
Rhyme & Reason Missing Persons -
Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Toyah Compilation
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2 This Is Spinal Tap Spinal Tap soundtrack
5 Rising Force Yngwie Malmsteen -
9 Human's Lib Howard Jones -
Stoneage Romeos Hoodoo Gurus -
10 Psalm 9 Trouble -
12 Fugazi Marillion -
Love Life Berlin -
13 Heartbeat City The Cars -
14 Body and Soul Joe Jackson -
16 Alchemy: Dire Straits Live Dire Straits Live
Café Bleu The Style Council -
22 The Dungeons Are Calling Savatage EP
Talk Show The Go-Go's -
23 The Icicle Works The Icicle Works -
26 Now That's What I Call Music II Various Artists Compilation
27 About Face David Gilmour -
Love at First Sting Scorpions -
Out of the Cellar Ratt -
Run–D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. -
Three of a Perfect Pair King Crimson -
? Against All Odds soundtrack Various Artists Soundtrack
All Those Wasted Years Hanoi Rocks Live
Burning the Witches Warlock -
Deià...Vu Kevin Ayers -
Great White Great White -
Meltdown (Steve Taylor album) Steve Taylor -
Minor Threat Minor Threat Compilation
My War Black Flag -
N.E.W.S. Golden Earring -
Texas Fever Orange Juice -

April–June[edit]

Date Album Artist Notes
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1 Primitive Neil Diamond -
4 Vengeance New Model Army -
6 Lament Ultravox -
8 99 Luftballons Nena -
9 Reckoning R.E.M. -
12 Grace Under Pressure Rush -
16 At War with Satan Venom -
Crusader Saxon -
21 Bananarama Bananarama -
History, Mystery & Prophesy Lee "Scratch" Perry -
30 Junk Culture Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Roger Waters -
The Top The Cure -
? Caught in the Act Styx Live
Jermaine Jackson Jermaine Jackson -
Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply Slade -
New Sensations Lou Reed -
Self Control Laura Branigan -
Street Talk Steve Perry -
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4 Ocean Rain Echo & the Bunnymen -
8 Hysteria The Human League -
Legend Bob Marley & The Wailers Compilation
10 Stay Hungry Twisted Sister -
12 Slades Greats Slade Compilation
14 Chicago 17 Chicago -
Hallowed Ground Violent Femmes -
15 Couldn't Stand the Weather Stevie Ray Vaughan -
Farewell My Summer Love Michael Jackson Compilation
Vices Kick Axe -
23 All Over the Place The Bangles -
29 Fat Boys The Fat Boys -
Private Dancer Tina Turner -
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 -
Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit Nick Lowe -
Russ Ballard Russ Ballard -
Russians and Americans Al Stewart -
Stealing Fire Bruce Cockburn -
The Swing INXS -
Ten Thousand Lightyears Boney M. -
Touch Dance Eurythmics Remix EP
Through the Fire Hagar Schon Aaronson Shrieve (HSAS) -
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4 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen -
The Glamorous Life Sheila E. -
8 Hyæna Siouxsie and the Banshees -
15 No Brakes John Waite -
18 Breaking Hearts Elton John -
Camouflage Rod Stewart -
From Her to Eternity Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Goodbye Cruel World Elvis Costello and the Attractions -
Mask Roger Glover -
19 The Allnighter Glenn Frey -
Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise? Art of Noise
23 In the Studio The Specials -
25 Discovery Mike Oldfield -
Parade Spandau Ballet -
Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution Soundtrack
26 Sidewalk Icehouse -
? 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 The Last in Line Dio -
Rewind (1971–1984) The Rolling Stones Compilation
3 Go Insane Lindsey Buckingham -
6 New Edition New Edition -
This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get Public Image Ltd. -
Victory The Jacksons -
7 Brilliant Trees David Sylvian -
Condition Critical Quiet Riot -
Icon Icon -
9 Ice Cream Castle The Time -
16 Diamond Life Sade UK
21 The Yellow and Black Attack Stryper -
23 Hard to Hold Rick Springfield -
VOA Sammy Hagar -
27 Ride the Lightning Metallica -
Projects in the Jungle Pantera -
30 Right By You Stephen Stills -
? All Fired Up Fastway -
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
Signs of Life Billy Squier -
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 Mirror Moves The Psychedelic Furs -
Warrior Scandal -
23 Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger Frank Zappa -
25 Eyes of Innocence Miami Sound Machine -
Evolución Menudo -
27 Soda Stereo Soda Stereo -
Some Great Reward Depeche Mode -
28 The Woman in Red (soundtrack) Various Artists Soundtrack
? The Best of Kansas Kansas Compilation
The Blitz Krokus -
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 -
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3 Powerslave Iron Maiden -
Sentence of Death Destruction EP
7 Don't Break the Oath Mercyful Fate -
Under Wraps Jethro Tull -
The Warning Queensrÿche -
10 Dreamtime The Cult -
12 Like This The dB's -
Suddenly Billy Ocean -
13 Animalize Kiss -
Swept Away Diana Ross -
Tooth and Nail Dokken -
15 No Remorse Motörhead Compilation + 4 new tracks
20 Live PCPPEP Butthole Surfers Live / EP
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 -
Cats Without Claws Donna Summer -
How Men Are Heaven 17 -
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 -
Spring Hill Fair The Go-Betweens -
The Plan Tubeway Army -
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 -
Too Tough to Die Ramones -
The Unforgettable Fire U2 -
2 Bathory Bathory -
Let It Be The Replacements -
8 The Wonderful and Frightening World Of... The Fall -
9 Emotion Barbra Streisand -
March of the Saint Armored Saint -
Shout Devo -
12 Big Bam Boom Hall & Oates -
Rattlesnakes Lloyd Cole and the Commotions -
15 '74 Jailbreak AC/DC EP recorded 1974–76
The Big Express XTC -
Sign of the Hammer Manowar -
Stop Making Sense Talking Heads Soundtrack
The Age of Consent Bronski Beat -
Valotte Julian Lennon -
16 Geffery Morgan UB40 -
17 Escape Whodini -
18 Them or Us Frank Zappa -
19 Steeltown Big Country -
20 Heavy Metal Breakdown Grave Digger -
22 Give My Regards to Broad Street Paul McCartney Soundtrack
23 Make It Big Wham! -
24 Hajimemashite Miyuki Nakajima -
25 Waking Up with the House on Fire Culture Club -
29 Perfect Strangers Deep Purple -
Welcome to the Pleasuredome Frankie Goes to Hollywood -
? At the Feet of the Moon The Parachute Club -
Bad Attitude Meat Loaf -
Chinese Wall Philip Bailey -
Dream Street Janet Jackson -
Girls with Guns Tommy Shaw -
Italian X Rays Steve Miller Band -
Music from Songwriter Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson Soundtrack
A Private Heaven Sheena Easton -
Sign In Please Autograph -
True Colours Level 42 -
We Want Moore Gary Moore Live
Why Not Me The Judds -
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1 Treasure Cocteau Twins -
4 This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic Hawkwind Live
5 Alf Alison Moyet -
Reckless Bryan Adams -
Wheels Are Turnin' REO Speedwagon -
9 Berserker Gary Numan -
10 The Riddle Nik Kershaw -
Thunder Seven Triumph -
Who's Last The Who Live
11 So-Lo Oingo Boingo -
12 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) Eurythmics Soundtrack
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 -
15 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe Barry Manilow -
Emergency Kool & the Gang -
17 Aural Sculpture The Stranglers -
19 Building the Perfect Beast Don Henley -
Word of Mouth The Kinks -
21 Francesco Zappa Frank Zappa -
22 See Ya 'Round Split Enz -
29 Real Live Bob Dylan Live
30 Black Cars Gino Vannelli -
Rough Cutt Rough Cutt -
? 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 -
Morbid Tales Celtic Frost -
Now That's What I Call Music 4 Various Artists Compilation
The Orange Juice Orange Juice Final album
Planetary Invasion Midnight Star -
Tropico Pat Benatar -
Two Minute Warning The Angels -
Zoolook Jean Michel Jarre -
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3 The Killing Fields Mike Oldfield Soundtrack
7 Agent Provocateur Foreigner -
In the Eye of the Storm Roger Hodgson -
12 Deep Breakfast Ray Lynch -
21 Thing-Fish Frank Zappa -
26 Gates to Purgatory Running Wild -
? Beverly Hills Cop Various Artists Soundtrack
Fantastic Boney M. Boney M. Compilation
Honour & Blood Tank -
Live '84 Black Flag Live
Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac Butthole Surfers Debut
Remission Skinny Puppy EP
Slip It In Black Flag -
Something Heavy Going Down Golden Earring Live
Vulture Culture The Alan Parsons Project -

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), Republic of Ireland 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, Republic of Ireland 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, Republic of Ireland 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 1983 United States Norway 1 – March 1984, Republic of Ireland 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 1983 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
  • Peter Maxwell DaviesSymphony No. 3
  • Ludovico EinaudiAltissimo
  • Lorenzo Ferrero
    • My Blues
    • Ombres, 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
  • Wojciech KilarAngelus, cantata for soprano, mixed choir and symphony orchestra
  • 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
  • Wolfgang Rihm
    • Vorgefühle for orchestra
    • Schattenstück for orchestra
    • Fusées for orchestra
    • Blaubuch: String Quartet No. 6
  • John Serry Sr.Elegy for Organ
  • 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

Ballet[edit]

See List of 1984 ballet premieres

Opera[edit]

Jazz[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

January 20: Toni Gonzaga
February 9:Han Geng
April 10: Mandy Moore
November 12: Sandara Park

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]

  1. ^ "Why did the BBC ban Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax'?". faroutmagazine.co.uk. June 16, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2022.
  2. ^ "Thompson Twins". Official Charts.
  3. ^ "Duran Duran". Official Charts.
  4. ^ "30 Years Ago Today: Duran Duran's 'The Reflex' Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100". billboard.com.
  5. ^ Week of December 8, 1984: Cyndi Lauper makes history on the chart
  6. ^ "Хелена Фишер: "Я родилась в Сибири" /Helene Fischer: "I was born in Siberia"" (in Russian). TopNews24.ru (Poslednie Novosti). February 25, 2009. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2017.