Category Archives: 1984

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Madonna – Like a Virgin

First Hit #1: December 22, 1984 1984 ends with the introduction of another major pop star, Madonna. While her grip on the zeitgeist has been slipping recently – Hard Candy relegated her to a guest spot on her own album, … Continue reading

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Daryl Hall and John Oates – Out of Touch

First Hit #1: December 8, 1985 I’m not sure what I think about the big electric piano that is starting to be a touchstone of the decade’s music. On one hand, it sounds very big, it’s an arena-filling sound that … Continue reading

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Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

First Hit #1: November 17, 1984 My early childhood was in the late ’80s and early ’90s, a most unfortunate period of fashion that was ushered in by Wham! and their video for Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. … Continue reading

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Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen

First Hit #1: November 3, 1984 Is there a song that’s more ’80s than Caribbean Queen? Heavy, heavy synths – including a drum sample that controls the track and obliterates anything else going on – combined with a multi-tracked vocal … Continue reading

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Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You

First Hit #1: October 13, 1984 Stevie Wonder had already won all the Grammys in the ’70s, so in the ’80s it was only natural that he would win an Oscar. I Just Called to Say I Love You is … Continue reading

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Prince and the Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy

First Hit #1: September 21, 1984 Welcome to the church of Prince. We begin with pipe organs and the artist telling us all about the afterlife, which is a decidedly strange way to open a dance song. Let’s Go Crazy … Continue reading

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