Here are the top songs from this week in 1984. If you need a recap, you can see what we had for songs 40-31 this week in 1984, songs 30-21, and 20-11.
Let’s Return to the week of March 10, 1984, and enjoy the top-10 songs.
10. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club
Culture Club had a string of big hits, but this was their biggest hit in the US. It had spent three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984. At this point it was still in the top 10.
My memory of “Karma Chameleon is from when I was in Junior High school. I was some place (maybe a school bazaar) where there was a raffle for all different items. You buy a bunch of tickets, and put them in the cans in front of the items. One of the items I threw a ticket in for was 45s of “Karma Chameleon” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”. These 45’s were the first things I ever won in my life.
9. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
This is one of the most recognizable songs by the King of the ’80s Soundtracks. Kenny Loggins could make a movie so much better with his music. The Footloose soundtrack had a lot of great songs, and this was a stand-out track. Personally, this is my second favorite Loggins tune on the soundtrack – “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” is my favorite. I heard the music and saw the music videos way before I saw the actual movie. So, I was a little confused with the warehouse dance scene when Ren (Kevin Bacon) was dancing to a different song (“Never” by Moving Pictures) instead of “Footloose” like the video showed on MTV.
8. “Here Comes The Rain Again” by the Eurythmics
I should write an article about the songs/bands that I did not care much about when they came out, but appreciate them much more now. This would be in that list. I like this song a lot now. Annie Lennox has an amazing voice.
7. “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis & The News
Huey Lewis & The News had some moderately successful hits in the early ’80s. When their third album, Sports, was released, it launched them into the stratosphere. Their first single off of that album, “Heart and Soul”, was a top-ten hit. This song was their follow-up, and it also reached the top-ten reaching all the way to #6 at some point. Unfortunately, like all the other singles released from the Sports album, radio stations and MTV played this over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over….again until we got sick of it….and-over-and-over-and-over. (You want a new drug? I want a new song!) and-over-and-over-and-over.
When this song started to fade away, then came “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. The melody sounded so much like “I Want a New Drug” that Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarism.
6. “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon
This song was recorded, but not completed, shortly before John Lennon’s death. The song was later completed by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in 1983 and released as the first single from Lennon and Ono’s album Milk and Honey in 1984.
5. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
This was the debut single for Rockwell, who is the son of Motown CEO Berry Gordy Jr. This was his only hit. And this may not have even been a hit if it wasn’t for that familiar voice that is heard in the chorus.
4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
And here is that familiar voice from the previous song. “Thriller” was quite the event when it debuted on MTV. There was nothing like it at all at the time that this came out. Not only was the video legendary, but the song itself isn’t too shabby.
Here is the normal length song:
Here is the full video:
3. “99 Luftballons” by Nena
It doesn’t matter if you prefer your ballons luft or your balloons red. In either German or English, this was a great, classic ’80s tune.
Here is the original German version:
And here is the English version:
2. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
This song introduced Cyndi Lauper to the world. This is the “unusual” one’s signature hit. If this would have been Lauper’s only song, she would have still been an ’80s icon. But, she went on to record so many other great songs. This was a fun song and video. You can’t go wrong if you have Captain Lou Albano in a video, even if he does have rubber bands dangling from his cheek.
1. “Jump” by Van Halen
The number 1 song this week in 1984. Eddie Van Halen is considered to be one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived. So, of course his band’s only number 1 hit features Eddie mainly playing…keyboards. At the time, this was easily my favorite song. It took radio and MTV longer than usual to get me sick of it. I even like the song “1984” from the album because it would lead into “Jump”. On the bus, our indoor track team was traveling to a meet, and we were listening to the 1984 album on somebody’s boombox. When “1984” was on, somebody yelled out, “Alright! The song that gets you psyched for Jump!” For some reason, that stuck with me.
The video always cracked me up. Eddie has got to be on something good, because he has a weird grin through the whole entire video!
Well this was a lot of fun. We’ll take a look back at a different year next time. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.
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