Hits of 1984 – Horrible and Great

On July 3, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1984 Podcast (Episode 171). Here is their list:

10. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
9. Hello – Lionel Richie
8. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
7. Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart
6. Dancing in the Sheets – Shalamar
5. The Heart of Rock ‘N’ Roll – Huey Lewis & the News
4. State of Shock – The Jacksons
3. Yah Mo B There – James Ingram and Michael McDonald
2. Talking In Your Sleep – Romantics
1. I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year:

5. Hello – Lionel Richie

Before there was Ghost, there was the “Hello” video. I like Lionel Richie, but I never liked this song. I didn’t care for the video neither, and it didn’t help that MTV rammed it down our throats.
If you want to hear a better Lionel Richie ballad, listen to “Truly”. Even “Stuck On You”, which was also on the charts in 1984, is better than “Hello”. But “Hello ” ended up being a #1 hit on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart (for two weeks), the R&B chart (for three weeks), and the adult contemporary chart (for six weeks). Sure, there are songs a lot worse than this one, but, this was a bit overrated.

4. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

3. Let’s Hear It for the Boy – Deniece Williams

I hated this song when it came out, and I still can’t listen to it! In my opinion, this is the worst song on the Footloose soundtrack. “Dancing in the Sheets” by Shalamar is on the Stuck In the 80s list, and is no prize in my book either. But I would still listen to that than that annoying “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”. It didn’t help that this Deniece Williams song was on an endless loop on the radio and on MTV.

2. If This Is It – Huey Lewis and The News

Stick with the up-tempo songs, Huey! I loved every song on the Sports album – except for this one. It’s slow, boring, and there’s no feeling in it.

1. I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

I love Stevie Wonder, but I don’t like this overplayed song. It was featured on the soundtrack from The Woman in Red, and was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. The only other songs of his that may have been more overplayed was “Superstition”. I skip both of those songs when they come on.

Here are my favorite Stevie Wonder songs:

Higher Ground

Living for the City

And here is “I Just Called to Say I Love You”:

Here is my top songs from that year:

10. Borderline – Madonna

Remember when Madonna was relevant in the pop world? This is still one of my all time favorite Madonna songs.

9. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

: While “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” can be grating, Lauper shows off her beautiful voice here. When I say beautiful voice, I’m referring to her singing voice, of course. When you hear her speak, you would never imagine that she would have an incredible singing voice.

8. Undercover (Of the Night) – Rolling Stones

: The Stones get criticized for their ’80s and beyond music. But, this song and “Start Me Up” was basically my introduction to the group. I still like “Undercover” a lot. They still had some edge back then.

7. Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry

: Steve Perry was one of my favorite singers (behind Freddie Mercury), and the former Journey frontman proved that he could be successful as a solo act. It sucks that he hasn’t done anything in a long time. “Oh Sherrie” was his debut song when he went solo, and it was his biggest hit.

6. Legs – ZZ Top

: These rock legends slightly changed their style with the Eliminator album that “Legs” came off of, and it helped give their popularity a huge surge. Their trilogy of videos, which included this one, didn’t hurt.

5. Twist of Fate – Olivia Newton-John

: This is probably my favorite ONJ song. It’s a great up-tempo song. It came off of the Two of a Kind soundtrack. The movie, which she starred in, along with John Travolta, was a clunker. But, the soundtrack is great, and this song stands out.

4. I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters

: The songs was right in the middle of the Pointer’s great ’80s run. You can’t help but move to this song. It was also great in the movie Vacation.

3. Jump – Van Halen

: When this song came out, it was my favorite song of all time! The reason why this isn’t higher on the list is because it was also probably the most overplayed song of the year. I didn’t help matters any by playing it over and over again on tape, and by sitting in front of MTV all day just to watch it every time it came on. It was so funny seeing Eddie smiling through the entire video. I wonder, what made him do that? He wouldn’t have smoked anything to get him that way, would he have?

2. Hard Habit to Break – Chicago

: I still love this Chicago ballad! This was in the middle of their comeback during the David Foster years. I got sick of “You’re the Inspiration”, but I never got sick of this song. Unfortunately, the band became known more for their ballads. Their rock songs are just as good. But, “Hard Habit to Break” is one of my all time favorite Chicago songs.

1. Cum On Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot

: My introduction to heavy metal in the ’80s. Wow, you just didn’t hear anything else like this on the radio at the time! Quiet Riot pretty much opened up mainstream radio for Heavy Metal acts. Would heavy metal and hair bands have been as popular as they were if it wasn’t for Quiet Riot and “Cum On Feel the Noize”? Maybe not. This pretty much set my musical taste for the ’80s and early ’90s.

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5 thoughts on “Hits of 1984 – Horrible and Great”

  1. Quite possibly my favorite year ever! Great times and great songs, too.
    However, there were just enough bad songs to make a Horrible Hits list:
    5. “Eyes Without A Face” – Billy Idol
    4. “Dance Hall Days” – Wang Chung
    3. “Cum On Feel The Noize” – Quiet Riot
    2. “Church Of The Poison Mind” – Culture Club
    1. “She Bop” – Cyndi Lauper

    Here’s my Top Ten:
    10. “Stuck On You” – Lionel Richie
    9. “Undercover (Of the Night)” – Rolling Stones
    8. “Say It Isn’t So” – Hall and Oates
    7. “When Doves Cry” – Prince
    6. “Infatuation” – Rod Stewart
    5. “New Moon On Monday” – Duran Duran
    4. “The Reflex” – Duran Duran
    3. “The Glamorous Life” – Sheila E.
    2. “Against All Odds” – Phil Collins
    1. “Hard Habit To Break” – Chicago (by the way, if I could only have one album from the 80s, it would be Chicago 17)

    Level 42 should be on this list, but America hadn’t discovered them yet.

    1. I almost had Eyes Without a Face, Dance Hall Days, and Church of the Poison Mind on my worst list too.

      And Stuck On You almost made my top list. That’s one of my favorite Lionel songs. Good choices on those Duran Duran songs too. I love both of those. I love Chicago 17. 16 is one of my favorites. The two back to back albums compliment each other really well.

      Your lists are great as usual, Jim! Thanks!

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