List of years in music (table)

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

Specific locations

Specific genres

Events

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Bands formed

Bands disbanded

Bands reformed

Albums released

January–March

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 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 -
Slide It In Whitesnake UK
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

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

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 -
Swept Away Diana Ross -
The Plan Tubeway Army -
Till We Have Faces Steve Hackett -
Vital Signs Survivor -
What About Me? Kenny Rogers -

October–December

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

Biggest hit singles

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

Christmas songs

Published popular music

Classical music

Ballet

See List of 1984 ballet premieres

Opera

Jazz

Main article: 1984 in jazz

Musical theater

Musical films

Births

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

Deaths

Awards

Grammy Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Charts

List of no. 1 hits

List of no. 1 albums

See also

References

  1. ^ "Love Is – Iain Williams & the 1984 Project (ft. vocals by Lelo)". Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Week of December 8, 1984: Cyndi Lauper makes history on the chart
  3. ^ "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.