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Top 20 Singles- Readers' List-1984

Hello folks, we would like to introduce you to another singles poll on our blog. After the Album list poll which is currently running, we have made a list of 175 singles and would kindly ask you to submit your best and favorite songs from 1984. Please send us your favorite songs in the form of top ten if possible. It's easy, just leave a comment below the post. We really look forward to them!!
Feel free to add your own songs, but might the tags:
#new wave, #post-punk, #synth-pop, #minimal-wave, #italo-disco, #goth, #art pop, #jangle pop, #pop #indie ---



1.Bronski Beat- Small Town Boy 
2.Echo & The Bunnymen- The Killing Moon 
3.a-ha- Take on Me 
4.Dead or Alive- You Spin Me Around 
5.Prince and the Revolution- Purple Rain 
6.The Style Council- Shout to the Top 
7.Talk Talk- It’s my Life 
8.Gary Numan- Berserker 
9.Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Two Tribes 
10.Siouxsie and The Banshees- Dazzle 
11.Billy Idol- Eyes Without a Face 
12.Duran Duran- New Moon on Monday 
13.Leonard Cohen- Dance Me to the End of Love 
14.The Smiths- What Difference Does it Make 
15.Pet Shop Boys- West End Girls '84
16.Prince- When Doves Cry 
17.Eurythmics- Here Comes the Rain Again 
18.Alphaville- Big in Japan 
19.Prefab Sprout- When Love Breaks Down 
20.New Order- Thieves Like Us 

NOTE: All the comments are available through the link under the post title

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Chills - Pink Frost
The Replacements - I Will Dare
Echo & the Bunnymen- The Killing Moon
The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make?
Fad Gadget- Collasping New People
Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Two Tribes
Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours
Lloyd Cole and The Commotions- Perfect Skin
Secession - Touch
Icicle Works - Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)
Bronski Beat - Why?

Off the top of my head. Best not to over-think it because it could take me weeks!

Anonymous said...

too good a year in music... i find it very hard to decide...
15 depeche mode - master and servant
14 thompson twins - doctor! doctor
13 valerie dore - the night
12 raf - self control
11 cocteau twins - pearly dewdrops' drops
10 style council - shout to the top
09 siouxsie and the banshees - swimming horses
08 propaganda - dr mabuse
07 eurythmics - here comes the rain again
06 talk talk - such a shame
05 rita mitsouko - marcia baila
04 frankie goes to hollywood - two tribes
03 echo and the bunnymen - the killing moon
02 prince - when doves cry
01 dead or alive - you spin me round

Bori B. said...

Thanks for this first quick input!

Bori B. said...

1.Alphaville- Forever Young
2.Talk Talk- It's My Life
3.Malcolm McLaren - Madame Butterfly
4.Bronski Beat- Small Town Boy
5.Soma Holiday- Shake Your Molecules
6.Section 25- Looking from the Hill Top
7.Fad Gadget- Collasping New People
8.Echo & the Bunnymen- The Killing Moon
9.This Mortal Coil- Kangaroo
10.Self Control both Laura Branigan and RAF :)

Bjanka said...

1.Leonard Cohen- Dance me to the end of loveEurythmics
2.Eurythmics- Here Comes The Rain Again
3.Duran Duran - New Moon on Monday
4.Everything but the Girl- Each and Every One
5.New Oder- Thieves Like Us
6.R.E.M.- Don’t go back to Rockwille
7.Cure, The-The Caterpillar
8.Billy Idol- Eyes Without a Face
9.Smiths, The- What difference does it make?
10.Siouxsie and the Banshees- Swimming Horses

Anonymous said...


1.Gary Numan- Berserker
Siouxsie and the Banshees- Dazzle
Frankie Goes To Hollywood- The Power of Love
Cocteau Twins- Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops
Talk Talk- Such a Shame
Billy Idol- Eyes Without a Face
Pet Shop Boys- West End Girls
Leonard Cohen- Dance me to the end of love
Pale Fountains , The - Unless
10.Fiction Factory- Feels Like Heaven

Marcel Wave said...

1. Duran Duran - New Moon on Monday
2. Scritti Politti - Hypnotize
3. Madonna - Burning Up
4. Alphaville - Sounds Like A Melody
5. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
6. Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
7. Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days
8. Prince - Purple Rain
9. Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night
10. The Human League - The Lebanon

FANCY FOOTWORK OF THE EIGHTIES said...

1. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Dazzle/Swimming Horses
2. Prefab Sprout - When Love Breaks Down
3. This Mortal Coil - Kangaroo
4. The Killing Joke - Eighties
5. The Style Council - Shout To The Top
6. The Go-Betweens - Bachelor Kisses
7. The Chills - Pink Frost
8. Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together in Electric Dreams
9. The Sisters of Mercy - Walk Away
10. Eurythmics - Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
10. Malcolm McLaren - Madame Butterfly

my own add:

- Fire Inc. - Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young (Streets of Fire soundtrack)
- Fire Inc. - Nowhere Fast (Streets of Fire soundtrack)
p.s. those two are actually my number #1 for 1984 :)))

- Aztec Camera - All I Need Is Everything
- Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
- Berlin - Dancing In Berlin
- David Bowie - Blue Jean
- Devo - Are U X-Perienced?
- Icehouse - Taking This Town
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook
- Kenny Loggins - Footloose
- Kirsty MacColl - A New England
- Queen - Radio Ga Ga
- Scandal with Patty Smyth - The Warrior
- Shriekback - Mercy Dash (Ready For This)

Bori B. said...

Thanks Fancy!
Fire Inc. soundtrack is unforgettable and priceless. Good you mentioned it as I was only focusing on the normal releases no soundtracks.
Your top ten looks great and thanks for the additional tunes.

cagliostro said...

hard to chose... good souvenirs when I was young

FIRST OF FIRSTS but the classification is quasi impossible they should all be n°1

14B-Movie - A Letter From Afar
4China Crisis- Wishful Thinking
5Dead or Alive- You Spin Me Around
6Duran Duran- The Reflex
12David Sylvian- Red Guitar
11David Sylvian- The Ink in the Well
13Echo & the Bunnymen- The Killing Moon
1Frankie Goes To Hollywood- The Power of Love
2George Michael - Careless Whisper
3Human League, -The Lebanon
9Pet Shop Boys- West End Girls
10Prefab Sprout - When Love Breaks Down
7Propaganda- Dr. Mabuse
8Simple Minds- Speed Your Love To Me


Those should be all n°2
Billy Idol- Eyes Without a Face
Bronski Beat- Small Town Boy
Cars, The- Drive
Depeche Mode -Blasphemous Rumours
Depeche Mode- Master and Servant
Depeche Mode- People Are People
Duran Duran -The Wild Boys
Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Two Tribes
Fiat Lux -Secrets
Eurythmics- Here Comes The Rain Again
General Public – Tenderness
Les Rita Mitsouko - Marcia Baïla
Lotus Eaters, The -Out on Your Own
New Oder- Thieves Like Us
Prince- Purple Rain
Psychedelic Furs, The- Heaven
Scritti Politti –Absolute
Simple Minds- Up The Cat Walk
Style Counci, The- Shout to the Top
Style Council, The - You're the Best Thing
Style Council, The- My Ever Changing Moods
Ultravox- Dancing with Tears in My Eyes

and there ar lot of n°3 in the rest

Bori B. said...

Thanks Cagliostro, :)

How do you think I will evaluate this?

Anonymous said...

It was such a good year that I won't even bother to try to search for other songs from the same year. It would be an endless work. So, here is my top ten, after lots of thinking:

1. A-ha- Take on Me
2. Pet Shop Boys- West End Girls
3. Talk Talk- It’s My Life
4. The Smiths - What difference does it make?
5. Alphaville- Big in Japan
6. Ultravox- Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
7. Depeche Mode- Master and Servant
8. Siouxsie and the Banshees- Swimming Horses
9. Talk Talk- Such a Shame
10. Bronski Beat- Small Town Boy

Marko K

Anonymous said...

1984 !!!! Such a prolofic year, in music and in my life ...

I decide to submit 2 lists, (1) the choice of a woman who has seen most of those groups "on stage" still addicted on music and live gigs but more underground and weird,(2) I was 15 years- old in 1984, the sound track of my teenagehood full of energy .

(1) - Brigitte Today !

1- NEW ORDER - "Thieves like us"
2- SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES - "Dazzle"
3- GARY NUMAN - "Berserker"
4- COCTEAU TWINS - "Pearly dewdrops' drops"
5- ANNE CLARK - "Our darkness"
6- THE STRANGLERS -"Skin deep"
7- SECTION 25 - "Looking from a hilltop"
8- ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN - "The killing moon"
9- THE WAKE - "Talking about the past"
10-THIS MORTAL COIL- "Kangaroo"
sorry for David Sylvian, Smiths, Sound,Cure,Talking heads, Sisters of mercy,DM,BMovie,Pale Fountains,Fad Gadget no masterpieces this 1984year...I find...

(2) Brigitte at 15 !

1-NIK KERSHAW-"Wouldn't it be good"
2-TALK TALK -"it's my life"
3-LLOYD COLE -"Forest fire"
4-EURYTHMICS - "Sexcrime"
5-RITA MITSOUKO - "Marcia baila"
6-PSYCHEDELIC FURS - "The ghost in you"
7-FICTION FACTORY - "Feel like heaven"
8-SIMPLE MINDS - "Speed your love to me"
9- SERGE GAINSBOURG - "Love on the beat"
10-PET SHOP BOYS - "West-end girl"
cheers at my sweet fiteen !

Brigitte W.

Bori B. said...

Thanks Briggite. Great list! Of course we included your teenie list. Cheers!

Thomas said...

I have written my own lists for some 30 years now - looking at the one from 1984 I realize that a lot of songs were released later here than in other countries or they just kept staying in my own charts for ages. Also Austrian radio sucked big time.
So according to that original list of mine written at the age of 17 in some small provincetown in rural Austria - it would go like that:

01 Nina Hagen: The Change (never released as a single, obviously I loved it)
02 Frankie goes to Hollywood: Relax
03 Mike Oldfield/Roger Chapman: Shadow on the wall
04 Franke goes to Hollywood: Two Tribes
05 Wham: Wake me up before you gogo
06 Eartha Kitt: I love men
07 Rockwell: somebody's watching me
08 Raf: self Control
09 Gianna Nanini. Fotoromanza
10 Alphaville: Sounds like a melody
11 Cyndi LAuper: Time after time
12 Evelyn Thomas: High energy
13 Prince: When doves cry
14 Savage Progress: My soul unwraps tonight
15 Bronski Beat: Why?

I left out all the German/Austrian songs.
Looking back the list would be totally different. ;)

Bori B. said...

Thanks Thomas, much appreciated!
This would be another great teenie list. It's good that you keep these souvenirs.
I myself used to run my own music lists until commercial music began to suck.
Then I decided to turn retro and here I am now stuck in 1984 now.
Would be really great to hear what would be your favorites 30 years after. :)
Thanks again for your time.

Anonymous said...

1.Bronski Beat- Small Town Boy
2.Gary Numan- Berserker
3.Laura Branigan- Self Control
4.Divine- I am Beautiful
5.Kim Wilde- The Second Time
6.Cyndi Lauper- Time After Time
7.Romeo Void- Girl in Trouble
8.a-ha- Take on Me
9.Depeche Mode- People are Pepole
10.Malcolm McClaren- Madam Butterflu

Anonymous said...

1.FGTH- The Power of Love
2.Echo & the Bunnymen- Killng Moon
3.Experimental Products- Glowing in the Dark
4.Secession- Touch
5.a-ha- Take on Me
6.Hohokam- King
7.Anne Clark- Sleeper in Metropolis
8.The Cars- Drive
9.Anne Clark- Our Darkness
10.White Boy- Poker Chips

Regards,
Dar

Anonymous said...

1. Prince- Purple Rain
2. Cyndi Lauper- Time after Time
3. Leonard Cohen- Dance me to the end of love
4. Jesus and Mary Chain, The- Upside Down
5. Dead or Alive- You Spin Me Around
6. Depeche Mode- People Are People
7. George Michael - Careless Whisper
8. R.E.M.- Pretty Persuasion
9. Serge Gainsbourg -Love on the Beat
10. U2- Pride

By Bibi

Redspring said...

1. Dead or Alive- You Spin Me Around
2. Box of Toys -Precious Is the Pearl
3. Prince- Purple Rain
4. Bronski Beat- Small Town Boy
5. Style council - Shout to the top
6. Pet Shop Boys- West End Girls
7. Siouxsie and the Banshees- Dazzle
8. Echo & the Bunnymen- The Killing Moon
9. Animotion –Obsession
10. Anne Clark -Sleeper in Metropolis

Kozmic Blues said...

01. a-ha - Take on Me
02. Bronski Beat - Small Town Boy
03. Style Counci, The - Shout to the Top
04. Prefab Sprout - When Love Breaks Down
05. Alphaville - Forever Young
06. Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
07. Prince – When Doves Cry
08. Talk Talk - It’s My Life
09. Smiths, The - What difference does it make?
10. Billy Idol - Eyes Without a Face
11. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
12. Laura Branigan - Self Control
13. U2 - Pride (In the Name Of Love)
14. Ultravox - Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
15. Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Around
16. R.E.M. - Don’t go back to Rockwille
17. Psychedelic Furs, The - Heaven
18. Leonard Cohen - Dance me to the end of love
19. Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
20. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power of Love

Bori B. said...

Thanks to all of you who submitted your lists three more days and off we go.

Aleksandar said...

1.Billy Idol- Eyes Without a Face
2.Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
3.Style council - shout to the top
4.Echo & the Bunnymen- The Killing Moon
5.Prince - Purple Rain
6. Simple Minds- Speed Your Love To Me
7.Alphaville- Big in Japan
8.U2 - Pride (In the Name Of Love)
9.Leonard Cohen- Dance me to the end of love
10.Smiths, The - What difference does it make?

Member_D said...

Hi Boris - sorry, almost forgot!
in no particular order:
Depeche Mode - People Are People
Echo & the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
FGTH - Two Tribes
The Human League - The Lebanon
David Sylvian - Pulling Punches
OMD - Talking Loud and Clear
Ultravox - Love's Great Adventure
Scritti Politti - Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
Tears For fears - Shout
Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas