Table of Contents
- 1. The Unforgettable Fire – U2
- 2. Double Nickels On The Dime – Minutemen
- 3. Ocean Rain – Echo And The Bunnymen
- 4. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
- 5. Like A Virgin – Madonna
- 6. Make It Big – Wham!
- 7. How Will The Wolf Survive – Los Lobos
- 8. Let It Be – The Replacements
- 9. Purple Rain – Prince and the Revolution
- 10. Rattlesnakes – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
- 11. The Smiths – The Smiths
- 12. Reckoning – R.E.M.
- 13. Reckless – Bryan Adams
- 14. Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
- 15. Zen Arcade – Hüsker Dü
- 16. Ride The Lightning – Metallica
- 17. 1984 – Van Halen
- 18. Private Dancer – Tina Turner
- 19. Run-D.M.C. – Run-D.M.C.
- 20. Learning To Crawl – The Pretenders
- 21. The Age Of Consent – Bronski Beat
- 22. Love At First Sting – Scorpions
- 23. Diamond Life – Sade
- 24. Stay Hungry – Twisted Sister
- 25. Suddenly – Billy Ocean
- 26. Chicago 17 – Chicago
- 27. New Edition – New Edition
- 28. Out Of The Cellar – Ratt
- 29. Powerslave – Iron Maiden
- 30. Building The Perfect Beast – Don Henley
- 31. Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise – Art Of Noise
- 32. Let The Music Play – Shannon
- 33. Footloose – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- 34. The Cars – Heartbeat City
- 35. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
- 36. Big Bam Boom – Daryl Hall & John Oates
- 37. Welcome To The Pleasuredome – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- 38. Emergency – Kool & The Gang
- 39. Beverly Hills Cop – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- 40. Ice Cream Castle – The Time
- 41. Escape – Whodini
- 42. Grace Under Pressure – Rush
- 43. Sparkle In The Rain – Simple Minds
- 44. The Fat Boys – The Fat Boys
- 45. Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi
- 46. Vital Signs – Survivor
- 47. The Last In Line – Dio
- 48. Tooth And Nail – Dokken
- 49. Three Of A Perfect Pair – King Crimson
- 50. Street Talk – Steve Perry
- 51. Don’t Break The Oath – Mercyful Fate
- 52. A Walk Across The Rooftops – The Blue Nile
- 53. Valotte – Julian Lennon
- 54. Swept Away – Diana Ross
- 55. Agent Provocateur – Foreigner
- 56. Slide It In – Whitesnake
- 57. …All The Rage – General Public
- 58. Wheels Are Turnin’ – REO Speedwagon
- 59. Defenders Of The Faith – Judas Priest
- 60. A Private Heaven – Sheena Easton
- 61. The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- 62. Into The Gap – Thompson Twins
- 63. The Allnighter – Glenn Frey
- 64. Human’s Lib – Howard Jones
- 65. Meat Puppets II – Meat Puppets
- 66. Some Great Reward – Depeche Mode
- 67. Self Control – Laura Branigan
- 68. Fistful Of Metal – Anthrax
- 69. Perfect Strangers – Deep Purple
- 70. Treasure – The Cocteau Twins
- 71. The Glamorous Life – Sheila E.
- 72. Body And Soul – Joe Jackson
- 73. Various Positions – Leonard Cohen
- 74. Breaking Hearts – Elton John
- 75. All Over The Place – The Bangles
- 76. Meeting In The Ladies Room – Klymaxx
- 77. Ego Trip – Kurtis Blow
- 78. Camouflage – Rod Stewart
- 79. I Often Dream Of Trains – Robyn Hitchcock
- 80. Couldn’t Stand The Weather – Stevie Ray Vaughan
- 81. Planetary Invasion – Midnight Star
- 82. The Swing – INXS
- 83. Warrior – Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth
- 84. Tropico – Pat Benatar
- 85. Hard To Hold – Rick Springfield
- 86. The Big Express – XTC
- 87. Alf – Alison Moyet
- 88. VOA – Sammy Hagar
- 89. Word Of Mouth – The Kinks
- 90. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
- 91. Tour De Force – .38 Special
- 92. Ammonia Avenue – Alan Parsons Project
- 93. The Woman In Red – Stevie Wonder
- 94. W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P.
- 95. New Sensations – Lou Reed
- 96. It’ll End In Tears – This Mortal Coil
- 97. Go Insane – Lindsey Buckingham
- 98. Victory – The Jacksons
- 99. Starchild – Teena Marie
- 100. Tonight – David Bowie
The year 1984 marked a pivotal moment in music history as the industry experienced a wave of creative innovation and sonic experimentation. The birth of MTV and the increasing accessibility of electronic instruments opened up new possibilities for artists to explore, resulting in a diverse array of groundbreaking albums that continue to influence music to this day. In recognition of the enduring impact of this era on music, we have compiled a list of the 100 greatest albums from 1984.
Our selection covers a broad spectrum of genres and styles, from synth-pop to punk, from new wave to heavy metal, and from alternative to mainstream. Each album on this list has been chosen based on its artistic merit, cultural impact, and lasting influence on music. Some of these albums have become cultural touchstones, beloved by fans and critics alike, while others may have been overlooked at the time of their release but have since been recognized as seminal works of art. We hope that this list will inspire you to revisit some of these classic albums or discover new favorites that you may have missed.
1. The Unforgettable Fire – U2
U2’s fourth studio album, The Unforgettable Fire, was released in 1984 and marked a turning point in the band’s sound. Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, the album features atmospheric and experimental textures that depart from their previous straightforward rock sound. The title track, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, and “Bad” are standout tracks that have become staples in U2’s live performances. The album also explores themes of war, politics, and spirituality, showcasing Bono’s evolving lyrical depth. Overall, The Unforgettable Fire is a sonically and thematically rich album that solidified U2’s place as one of the most influential bands of the ’80s.
2. Double Nickels On The Dime – Minutemen
Double Nickels on the Dime is the third studio album by the California punk rock trio, Minutemen. Released in 1984, it is considered a masterpiece of the punk genre, and is known for its eclectic mix of punk, funk, jazz, and spoken word. With 45 tracks that clock in at just over 80 minutes, the album features the band’s signature quick, punchy songs as well as longer experimental tracks that showcase their musical versatility. The album is also politically charged, with lyrics that address social issues such as Reaganomics and the Cold War. Double Nickels on the Dime is a landmark album that solidified Minutemen’s place in punk history.
3. Ocean Rain – Echo And The Bunnymen
Released in 1984, Echo and the Bunnymen’s fourth studio album Ocean Rain is a cinematic masterpiece that blends post-punk and neo-psychedelia with lush orchestral arrangements. Produced by the legendary musician and producer, Ian Broudie, the album is highlighted by the band’s hit single “The Killing Moon”, which is now considered a classic of the 80s alternative music. The album also features the epic title track and “Seven Seas”, both of which showcase the band’s dynamic sound and frontman Ian McCulloch’s distinctive baritone voice. Ocean Rain is a quintessential album of the 80s that still resonates with audiences today.
4. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen’s seventh studio album, Born in the USA, released in 1984, marked a commercial breakthrough for the rock icon. The album features some of Springsteen’s most memorable hits, such as the title track, “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Glory Days.” The songs are a blend of anthemic rock and roll and introspective ballads, exploring themes of the American dream, patriotism, and the struggles of working-class life. The album sold over 30 million copies worldwide and earned critical acclaim, solidifying Springsteen’s status as one of the most important voices in American rock music. Born in the USA is a quintessential album of the 1980s that remains relevant and influential today.
5. Like A Virgin – Madonna
Madonna’s second studio album, Like a Virgin, released in 1984, is a landmark album in pop music history. The album is a showcase of Madonna’s talents as a songwriter and performer, and established her as a cultural icon of the 1980s. The title track, “Material Girl,” and “Angel” are some of Madonna’s most iconic hits, blending dance-pop with elements of rock and roll and new wave. The album also features ballads such as “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” which showcase Madonna’s vocal range and emotional depth. Like a Virgin was a commercial and critical success, and solidified Madonna’s status as one of the most influential artists of the 1980s.
6. Make It Big – Wham!
Make It Big is the second studio album by the British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. The album features some of their biggest hits, such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Freedom,” and “Careless Whisper.” The album is a blend of upbeat dance-pop and ballads, showcasing the duo’s vocal harmonies and George Michael’s songwriting abilities. Make It Big was a commercial success, selling over 10 million copies worldwide and cementing Wham!’s place in pop music history. The album’s infectious pop hooks and catchy melodies continue to be celebrated and referenced in popular culture, making it a quintessential album of the 1980s.
7. How Will The Wolf Survive – Los Lobos
Los Lobos’ 1984 album, How Will the Wolf Survive?, is a groundbreaking work that melds traditional Mexican music with rock and roll, creating a unique sound that influenced a generation of musicians. The album features the hit single “Will the Wolf Survive?” as well as tracks like “A Matter of Time” and “Don’t Worry Baby,” which showcase the band’s masterful musicianship and rich, textured sound. The album’s bilingual lyrics and themes of cultural identity and survival reflect the experiences of the Chicano community in California, making it a significant work of social and political commentary. How Will the Wolf Survive? is a timeless masterpiece that continues to inspire and resonate with audiences today.
8. Let It Be – The Replacements
The Replacements’ 1984 album, Let It Be, is a landmark album in alternative rock history, blending punk, pop, and classic rock influences into a raw, powerful sound. The album features classic tracks like “I Will Dare,” “Favorite Thing,” and “Unsatisfied,” showcasing Paul Westerberg’s songwriting talent and the band’s energetic, frenetic playing. Let It Be marked a turning point for The Replacements, elevating them from local punk heroes to national icons of indie rock. The album’s lo-fi production and emotive lyrics continue to inspire a new generation of musicians, making Let It Be a timeless classic and an essential entry in the canon of alternative rock.
9. Purple Rain – Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain is the iconic 1984 album by Prince and the Revolution, widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album is a masterful fusion of pop, rock, R&B, and funk, featuring hits like “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and the title track “Purple Rain.” The album is notable for its innovative production, intricate musical arrangements, and Prince’s virtuosic guitar playing and vocals. Purple Rain also served as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, which cemented Prince’s status as a pop culture icon. The album’s enduring influence and popularity have made it a timeless classic that continues to inspire and captivate listeners.
10. Rattlesnakes – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
Rattlesnakes is the 1984 debut album from Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, featuring the hit single “Perfect Skin” and other classics like “Forest Fire” and the title track “Rattlesnakes.” The album’s sound is characterized by jangly guitars, clever lyrics, and Cole’s distinctive vocals, which blend a punk sensibility with a romantic, literary flair. Rattlesnakes was a critical and commercial success, establishing the band as one of the most promising acts of the mid-80s British indie rock scene. The album’s enduring appeal lies in its blend of intelligent, introspective songwriting with catchy, upbeat melodies, making it a timeless classic of the era.
11. The Smiths – The Smiths
The Smiths’ self-titled debut album, released in 1984, is a masterpiece of jangly guitar pop and Morrissey’s melancholic lyrics. The album features classic tracks such as “This Charming Man”, “What Difference Does It Make?”, and “Hand in Glove”. The songs are characterized by Johnny Marr’s intricate guitar work, Mike Joyce’s steady drumming, and Andy Rourke’s melodic bass lines, all of which support Morrissey’s poignant lyrics about love, loneliness, and social alienation. The Smiths’ debut album set the band on the path to becoming one of the most influential and enduring acts of the 1980s and beyond, inspiring countless artists in the years since its release.
12. Reckoning – R.E.M.
R.E.M.’s second album “Reckoning,” released in 1984, is a masterful showcase of the band’s jangle pop sound. With catchy melodies and poetic lyrics, “Reckoning” features standout tracks such as “So. Central Rain”, “Pretty Persuasion”, and “Harborcoat”. The album is characterized by Peter Buck’s bright guitar riffs, Mike Mills’ driving bass lines, and Michael Stipe’s distinctive vocals. “Reckoning” solidified R.E.M.’s reputation as one of the most important and innovative bands of the 1980s, and paved the way for their future success as a band. With its timeless appeal and critical acclaim, “Reckoning” remains a beloved album among R.E.M. fans and music lovers alike.
13. Reckless – Bryan Adams
Released in 1984, Bryan Adams’ fourth studio album “Reckless” is a classic rock album that features iconic hits such as “Summer of ’69” and “Heaven”. With its upbeat tempos and catchy guitar riffs, “Reckless” captures the essence of 1980s rock and roll. The album showcases Adams’ powerful vocals and memorable lyrics, making it an enduring favorite for rock music fans around the world. In addition to its chart-topping singles, “Reckless” features a variety of strong tracks, including the bluesy “Run to You” and the soulful ballad “It’s Only Love” featuring Tina Turner. Overall, “Reckless” is a must-listen album for any fan of classic rock music.
14. Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
Released in 1984, Stop Making Sense is the first live album by the American rock band Talking Heads. Recorded during their tour promoting their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues, the album features live recordings of their hit songs such as “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House,” and “Once in a Lifetime.” The album captures the band’s unique performance style and showcases their ability to blend elements of punk, funk, and world music. The album’s accompanying concert film, directed by Jonathan Demme, is widely regarded as one of the greatest concert films ever made, further cementing the band’s reputation as one of the most innovative and influential groups of the era.
15. Zen Arcade – Hüsker Dü
Hüsker Dü’s double album “Zen Arcade” is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of hardcore punk and alternative rock. The album showcases the band’s raw energy and uncompromising attitude towards both the music industry and their own artistry. Lyrically, “Zen Arcade” deals with themes of personal struggle and societal disillusionment, while musically it incorporates elements of punk, hardcore, and even experimental music. The album’s epic structure and diverse range of styles and moods make it a challenging but rewarding listening experience that continues to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike.
16. Ride The Lightning – Metallica
Metallica’s second studio album, “Ride the Lightning,” is a quintessential heavy metal masterpiece. Released in 1984, the album showcases the band’s incredible musical prowess and songwriting abilities. With epic tracks like “Fade to Black,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and “Creeping Death,” the album combines intricate guitar riffs, thundering basslines, and thunderous drums to create an immersive and powerful listening experience. “Ride the Lightning” marked a significant shift in Metallica’s sound, setting the stage for their future success and establishing them as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. It’s an essential album for any fan of heavy music.
17. 1984 – Van Halen
Van Halen’s sixth album, “1984,” was released at the start of the titular year and became an instant classic. It is widely regarded as one of the best rock albums of the 1980s, with its energetic guitar riffs, intricate drumming, and memorable synthesizer parts. The album features some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Jump,” “Panama,” and “Hot for Teacher,” all of which received extensive airplay on MTV. “1984” also showcases the band’s versatility, from the anthemic “I’ll Wait” to the melodic “Drop Dead Legs.” The album’s popularity solidified Van Halen’s status as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
18. Private Dancer – Tina Turner
Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” is a powerful album that showcases her incredible voice and dynamic range. Released in 1984, the album features hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Better Be Good to Me” that helped Turner achieve mainstream success after a rocky start to her career. With its mix of rock, pop, and R&B, “Private Dancer” is a testament to Turner’s versatility as an artist and her ability to connect with audiences across genres. The album’s emotional depth and raw energy continue to inspire fans and musicians alike decades after its release.
19. Run-D.M.C. – Run-D.M.C.
Run-D.M.C.’s self-titled debut album was a groundbreaking release in hip-hop history. Released in 1984, the album fused rock and rap, with hard-hitting beats and catchy samples that helped to define the genre. It features classic tracks like “It’s Like That” and “Sucker M.C.’s”, which showcased the group’s raw energy and unique style. The album was produced by legendary hip-hop producer Larry Smith, who helped to create a sound that was both gritty and polished. Run-D.M.C.’s debut helped to usher in a new era of hip-hop, and the group would go on to become one of the most influential acts in the history of the genre.
20. Learning To Crawl – The Pretenders
The third album by The Pretenders, “Learning to Crawl,” was released in 1984 and showcased the band’s resilience and adaptability after the deaths of founding members James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon. The album’s standout tracks, including “Back on the Chain Gang” and “Middle of the Road,” were written in the aftermath of these losses and showcase the band’s signature blend of punk, rock, and pop. The album received critical acclaim and is considered one of the band’s best, solidifying their place as one of the most influential rock acts of the 1980s.
21. The Age Of Consent – Bronski Beat
Bronski Beat’s debut album “The Age of Consent” released in 1984, was a groundbreaking record that showcased the band’s unique blend of synth-pop and political commentary. The album tackled issues such as homophobia and AIDS at a time when they were not widely discussed in mainstream music. The standout track “Smalltown Boy” became an instant classic and an anthem for the LGBTQ+ community, with its poignant lyrics and unforgettable melody. The album’s overall sound was innovative and sophisticated, with lush synths and danceable beats. “The Age of Consent” is a timeless album that remains relevant and impactful today.
22. Love At First Sting – Scorpions
“Love at First Sting” is the ninth studio album by German rock band Scorpions, released in 1984. It marked a shift in their sound towards a more polished and commercial hard rock style, while still retaining their signature heavy metal edge. The album features some of the band’s most iconic tracks, including “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Still Loving You,” which became international hits and are still played on rock radio to this day. With its infectious hooks and guitar riffs, “Love at First Sting” helped establish Scorpions as one of the most successful and enduring rock acts of the 80s.
23. Diamond Life – Sade
Sade’s debut album “Diamond Life” was a masterpiece that defined the sophisticated sound of adult-oriented soul in the 1980s. The band’s sultry jazz-influenced sound, combined with Sade’s smooth and emotive vocals, created a new standard in soulful pop music. The album’s hit single “Smooth Operator” perfectly showcases Sade’s seductive vocals and the band’s seamless instrumentation. The songs on the album explore themes of love, heartbreak, and desire, and the band’s distinctive sound creates an ambiance of romantic intimacy that is both unique and captivating. “Diamond Life” remains a classic album that continues to inspire and influence generations of musicians.
24. Stay Hungry – Twisted Sister
“Stay Hungry” is the third studio album by Twisted Sister, released in 1984. The album was the band’s commercial breakthrough, featuring the hit singles “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.” The album blends hard rock and heavy metal with a touch of punk attitude, and is known for its catchy hooks, anthemic choruses, and theatrical stage presence. The lyrics deal with themes of rebellion, social injustice, and personal empowerment. The album’s success established Twisted Sister as one of the leading bands of the 1980s hair metal scene, and remains a staple of the era’s rock music.
25. Suddenly – Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean’s 1984 album “Suddenly” solidified his place in the music industry with its mix of pop, R&B, and soulful ballads. The album features the hit singles “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)”, “Suddenly”, and “Loverboy”, which propelled Ocean’s career to new heights. The album showcases Ocean’s smooth vocal delivery and songwriting skills, as well as his ability to blend different musical genres seamlessly. With its catchy melodies, infectious rhythms, and heartfelt lyrics, “Suddenly” remains a timeless classic in the realm of pop and R&B music, cementing Billy Ocean as one of the greatest artists of his era.
26. Chicago 17 – Chicago
Released in 1984, “Chicago 17” was the band’s seventeenth studio album and one of their most commercially successful. With hits such as “Hard Habit to Break” and “You’re the Inspiration,” the album marked a shift in the band’s sound towards a more polished and radio-friendly sound. The album’s ballads and pop sensibilities helped it reach No. 4 on the US Billboard 200, and it has since been certified six-times Platinum. The album also featured a collaboration with Steve Winwood on the track “Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away,” which became one of the band’s biggest hits.
27. New Edition – New Edition
New Edition’s self-titled album, released in 1984, marks the group’s debut studio album. The album helped usher in the new era of boy bands, featuring a mix of pop, R&B, and hip hop. Produced by Maurice Starr, the album includes hits like “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man,” which helped propel New Edition to fame. With their smooth vocals and coordinated dance moves, New Edition became a cultural phenomenon, and this album set the stage for their continued success in the decades to come. The album remains a classic of the 1980s and a must-listen for fans of the era.
28. Out Of The Cellar – Ratt
Ratt’s debut album “Out of the Cellar” released in 1984 is a definitive album of the era’s glam metal scene. The album’s hit single, “Round and Round” became a classic and the album itself reached triple-platinum certification. The album features catchy, hard-driving, and guitar-heavy tracks with a rock-solid rhythm section, led by the impressive guitar work of Warren DeMartini. The album’s lyrical content ranges from party anthems to social issues. The production is polished with a crisp sound that brings out the best in each instrument. “Out of the Cellar” is an essential album for any glam metal or hard rock fan.
29. Powerslave – Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden’s fifth studio album “Powerslave” was released in 1984 and is widely regarded as one of the band’s best works. The album features the iconic tracks “2 Minutes to Midnight” and “Aces High” which have since become staples in the band’s live performances. The album showcases the band’s trademark heavy metal sound with complex guitar riffs and solos, thundering drums, and powerful vocals from frontman Bruce Dickinson. The album’s theme revolves around ancient Egyptian mythology, adding a unique and interesting element to the band’s sound. “Powerslave” is a must-listen for fans of Iron Maiden and heavy metal music alike.
30. Building The Perfect Beast – Don Henley
Don Henley’s second solo album, “Building the Perfect Beast,” was released in 1984, two years after the Eagles disbanded. The album features an impressive lineup of musicians, including Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham. The album showcases a variety of styles, from hard rock to synthpop to country-rock, and features some of Henley’s most memorable songs, including “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants to Do Is Dance.” With its rich production and thoughtful lyrics, “Building the Perfect Beast” remains a standout album of the 1980s and a testament to Henley’s talents as a songwriter and performer.
31. Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise – Art Of Noise
“Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise” by Art Of Noise, released in 1984, is an experimental album that blended elements of jazz, funk, and electronic music to create a unique and innovative sound. The album features collaborations with various artists, including the renowned conductor and composer Anne Dudley, who would go on to join the band full-time. The tracks on the album are structured around samples and found sounds, with a focus on rhythm and texture rather than traditional song structures. “Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise” was a critical success and became a significant influence on the development of electronic music.
32. Let The Music Play – Shannon
Shannon’s debut album “Let The Music Play” is a classic 80s dance-pop record that features the hit single of the same name. The album is produced by the legendary dance music producer Chris Barbosa, who helped create the freestyle sound that dominated the club scene in the 80s. Shannon’s powerful vocals and catchy hooks made her an instant sensation, and her music continues to be celebrated today. From the infectious beats of “Let The Music Play” to the soulful ballad “My Heart’s Divided,” this album is a must-have for anyone who loves dance-pop and the vibrant energy of the 80s.
33. Footloose – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The “Footloose” soundtrack is the musical companion to the hit 1984 film of the same name. The album features a variety of popular artists, including Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Bonnie Tyler, among others. The standout hit and title track, “Footloose,” performed by Loggins, was a massive success and remains an iconic 80s anthem. Other memorable tracks on the album include “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Williams and “Holding Out for a Hero” by Tyler. The soundtrack’s upbeat and energetic pop sound captures the spirit of the film’s youthful rebellion and remains a beloved classic today.
34. The Cars – Heartbeat City
“Heartbeat City” is the fifth studio album by American rock band, The Cars. Released in 1984, the album features hits such as “Drive” and “You Might Think” and is known for its use of electronic elements in the band’s sound. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. The Cars’ distinctive blend of new wave, pop, and rock is showcased throughout the album, with songs like “Magic” and “Hello Again” featuring catchy hooks and layered synthesizers. With “Heartbeat City”, The Cars cemented their status as one of the most influential bands of the 80s.
35. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
“I Feel For You” is the fifth studio album by American R&B and funk singer Chaka Khan. Released in 1984, the album features the hit title track, which won Khan a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. The album’s sound is a mix of electronic, funk, soul, and pop, with influences ranging from rock to jazz. Khan’s powerful and soulful vocals are a highlight of the album, as is the production work of industry legends like Arif Mardin and Prince, who wrote and produced the title track. With its infectious grooves and Khan’s dynamic performances, “I Feel For You” is a classic of ’80s R&B.
36. Big Bam Boom – Daryl Hall & John Oates
Released in 1984, “Big Bam Boom” by Daryl Hall & John Oates is a mix of pop, rock, and R&B that features catchy melodies, infectious beats, and clever lyrics. The album was a commercial success, producing hit singles like “Out of Touch” and “Method of Modern Love,” both of which reached the top 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album’s sound is characterized by its heavy use of electronic instrumentation, including the innovative use of a Fairlight CMI synthesizer. Overall, “Big Bam Boom” showcases Hall & Oates’ unique musical style and their ability to create memorable and enduring pop hits.
37. Welcome To The Pleasuredome – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s debut album, “Welcome to the Pleasuredome,” was a musical journey into the realm of synthpop, new wave, and dance-rock. With its iconic hit singles “Relax” and “Two Tribes,” the album showcases the band’s unique blend of electronic beats and bold lyrics. Produced by Trevor Horn, the album’s cinematic soundscapes, and provocative themes of sex, politics, and war created a stir, making it one of the most controversial and groundbreaking albums of the ’80s. Along with the iconic singles, the album features cover versions of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and Edwin Starr’s “War.”
38. Emergency – Kool & The Gang
Released in 1984, “Emergency” by Kool & The Gang was their sixteenth studio album and one of their most successful releases. With a mix of funk, R&B, and pop, the album features hit songs like “Misled”, “Fresh”, “Cherish”, and “Emergency”. The album showcases Kool & The Gang’s signature groovy sound and their ability to create infectious dance hits. “Cherish” became the band’s highest charting single, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was a commercial success, reaching number thirteen on the Billboard 200 and receiving platinum certification in the US. “Emergency” remains a beloved album of the 80s music era.
39. Beverly Hills Cop – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack is a high-energy album featuring some of the biggest hits of the 80s. The album kicks off with the iconic “Axel F” theme by Harold Faltermeyer, which became a huge hit in its own right. Other standout tracks include “The Heat Is On” by Glenn Frey, “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters, and “Stir It Up” by Patti LaBelle. The album perfectly captures the energetic and upbeat vibe of the film, making it a perfect companion to the classic Eddie Murphy comedy. The Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack remains one of the most memorable and beloved albums of the 80s.
40. Ice Cream Castle – The Time
Released in 1984, “Ice Cream Castle” is the third album by The Time, an American funk band led by Morris Day. The album features popular singles such as “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” which were featured in the movie “Purple Rain” starring Prince. The album blends funk, rock, and pop elements with a heavy emphasis on the band’s rhythm section and Day’s charismatic vocals. The production is tight and polished, with catchy hooks and infectious grooves throughout. “Ice Cream Castle” helped solidify The Time’s place in the Minneapolis Sound and remains a classic example of the funk and soul music of the 1980s.
41. Escape – Whodini
Whodini’s third studio album, “Escape,” was released in 1984 and was a major hit, bringing hip-hop to the mainstream audience. The album features the classic songs “Friends” and “Five Minutes of Funk,” which were popular on the dance floors and also had a significant impact on the hip-hop culture. “Escape” showcases Whodini’s skillful rhymes, smooth beats, and catchy hooks, which created a perfect blend of old-school funk and contemporary hip-hop. The album marked the band’s peak of commercial success and cemented their position as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of the 1980s.
42. Grace Under Pressure – Rush
“Grace Under Pressure” is the tenth studio album by the Canadian progressive rock band Rush, released in 1984. This album marked a shift in the band’s sound with a heavier emphasis on synthesizers and electronic instrumentation. The album’s lyrics deal with themes of fear, paranoia, and the human condition in a technologically advanced world. The album received mixed reviews upon its release but has since become a fan favorite and is considered a highlight of Rush’s discography. Notable tracks include “Distant Early Warning,” “The Enemy Within,” and “Between the Wheels.” Overall, “Grace Under Pressure” is a solid entry in Rush’s catalog and a must-listen for fans of progressive rock.
43. Sparkle In The Rain – Simple Minds
Released in 1984, Simple Minds’ “Sparkle in the Rain” is a post-punk classic that showcases the band’s creative songwriting and musicianship. The album features hit singles such as “Waterfront” and “Up on the Catwalk,” which blend driving rhythms, soaring melodies, and atmospheric soundscapes. The band experiments with new wave, rock, and electronic influences, creating a dynamic and powerful sound that captures the mood of the era. Jim Kerr’s distinctive vocals are on full display, providing emotive and passionate delivery to each track. “Sparkle in the Rain” is a masterpiece of ‘80s music and a must-listen for fans of the genre.
44. The Fat Boys – The Fat Boys
The self-titled debut album of the hip-hop group The Fat Boys was released in 1984 and is considered one of the pioneering albums in the genre of beatboxing. The album contains the hit single “Jailhouse Rap,” which was a parody of “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley, and “Can You Feel It,” which was a cover of the Jacksons’ song. The album showcased the group’s impressive vocal skills, and the use of human beatboxing and vocal sound effects was groundbreaking for the time. The album helped to popularize hip-hop and paved the way for future generations of artists in the genre.
45. Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi
Released in 1984, “Bon Jovi” was the debut album of the American rock band Bon Jovi. The album features a mix of hard rock and glam metal with catchy hooks and memorable lyrics. The album’s lead single, “Runaway,” gained significant radio airplay and helped the band rise to fame. Other standout tracks include “She Don’t Know Me,” “Shot Through the Heart,” and “Roulette.” The album was a commercial success, peaking at number 43 on the Billboard 200 chart and receiving critical acclaim for its high-energy performances and polished production. “Bon Jovi” remains a classic album of the 1980s rock scene and a staple of the band’s discography.
46. Vital Signs – Survivor
Released in 1984, “Vital Signs” is the fifth album by American rock band Survivor. It features the hit single “I Can’t Hold Back,” which reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and “High on You,” which peaked at number 8. The album also includes “The Search is Over,” which became the band’s most successful single, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Vital Signs” showcases the band’s signature sound of melodic rock with driving guitar riffs, soaring vocals, and catchy hooks. It remains a fan favorite and a testament to Survivor’s enduring popularity in the 1980s rock scene.
47. The Last In Line – Dio
“The Last in Line” is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Dio, released in 1984. It features the same lineup as their debut album and includes some of their most iconic songs, such as “We Rock,” “Mystery,” and the title track. Ronnie James Dio’s soaring vocals and Vivian Campbell’s shredding guitar solos are perfectly complemented by the tight rhythm section of Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice. The album’s fantasy-inspired lyrics and driving melodies make it a classic of the genre, and it solidified Dio’s place as one of the premier metal bands of the ’80s.
48. Tooth And Nail – Dokken
Dokken’s second studio album, “Tooth and Nail,” was released in 1984 and cemented their status as one of the premier heavy metal bands of the decade. The album features hit singles like “Just Got Lucky” and “Into the Fire,” which showcase the band’s signature sound of powerful riffs, soaring vocals, and blistering guitar solos. “Tooth and Nail” also showcases Dokken’s ability to craft memorable ballads like “Alone Again” and “It’s Not Love,” demonstrating the band’s versatility and range. With its commercial success and critical acclaim, “Tooth and Nail” is a must-listen for fans of 80s heavy metal.
49. Three Of A Perfect Pair – King Crimson
Released in 1984, “Three of a Perfect Pair” is the twelfth studio album by the British progressive rock band King Crimson. The album showcases the band’s unique blend of art rock, jazz fusion, and experimental rock, with a mix of intricate instrumentals and complex song structures. The album’s title track, “Three of a Perfect Pair,” features a driving rhythm section, sharp guitar work, and a memorable chorus. Other standout tracks include “Sleepless,” with its catchy melody and soaring vocals, and “Man with an Open Heart,” with its complex harmonies and intricate rhythms. “Three of a Perfect Pair” is a must-listen for fans of progressive and experimental rock.
50. Street Talk – Steve Perry
Released in 1984, “Street Talk” was the debut solo album by Steve Perry, the lead singer of the rock band Journey. Perry’s soaring tenor voice and gift for melody was on full display in this album, which featured the hit singles “Oh Sherrie” and “Foolish Heart.” The album also showcased Perry’s versatility as a songwriter and performer, with tracks ranging from upbeat rockers like “She’s Mine” and “Strung Out” to heartfelt ballads like “We’re Still Here” and “It’s Only Love.” “Street Talk” proved to be a commercial and critical success, establishing Perry as a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock and pop music.
51. Don’t Break The Oath – Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate’s second album, “Don’t Break The Oath,” is a seminal work of heavy metal that helped define the black metal genre. Released in 1984, the album features frontman King Diamond’s haunting falsetto vocals and the band’s signature dark and eerie sound. From the epic opening track “A Dangerous Meeting” to the haunting closer “To One Far Away,” “Don’t Break The Oath” is an unrelenting tour de force of occult-inspired metal. The album’s influence can be heard in countless metal bands that have followed in Mercyful Fate’s footsteps, making it a must-listen for any fan of heavy music.
52. A Walk Across The Rooftops – The Blue Nile
“A Walk Across The Rooftops” is the debut album of the Scottish band, The Blue Nile, released in 1984. The album is a sonic masterpiece of atmospheric synth-pop with emotionally charged lyrics, exploring themes of love, relationships, and urban life. The opening track, “A Walk Across The Rooftops,” sets the tone with its haunting melodies and evocative lyrics, followed by the lush soundscapes of “Tinseltown in the Rain” and “From Rags to Riches.” The album’s unique sound and production techniques have inspired many artists and producers in the years since its release, making it a cult classic and a must-listen for any synth-pop fan.
53. Valotte – Julian Lennon
Released in 1984, “Valotte” was the debut album of British singer-songwriter Julian Lennon, son of legendary musician John Lennon. The album showcased Julian’s unique sound, which blended elements of pop, rock, and new wave with introspective and personal lyrics. The title track, “Valotte,” was a chart-topping hit and featured a music video directed by Sam Peckinpah. The album also featured the single “Too Late for Goodbyes,” which reached the top 10 in the US. Overall, “Valotte” was well-received by critics and helped establish Julian Lennon as a promising artist in his own right.
54. Swept Away – Diana Ross
Diana Ross’ “Swept Away” is a disco and R&B album that showcases her smooth and captivating vocals. Released in 1984, the album features several hit singles, including “Missing You,” a tribute to Marvin Gaye, and the title track “Swept Away.” The album was produced by Michael Masser, who had previously worked with Ross on some of her biggest hits, and includes contributions from legendary songwriter and producer Barry Gibb. The album was a commercial success, reaching number 26 on the US Billboard 200 chart and number 15 on the UK Albums Chart, and cemented Ross’ status as one of the most iconic voices of the disco era.
55. Agent Provocateur – Foreigner
“Agent Provocateur” is the fifth studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner. Released in 1984, the album features some of the band’s biggest hits, including “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “That Was Yesterday,” and “Reaction to Action.” The album showcases the band’s ability to blend hard rock with pop sensibilities, and it also highlights their impressive musicianship, with catchy hooks, guitar riffs, and powerful vocals. With its blend of catchy pop-rock anthems and hard-hitting rock ballads, “Agent Provocateur” became one of Foreigner’s most successful albums, reaching multi-platinum status and cementing their place in the rock music scene of the 1980s.
56. Slide It In – Whitesnake
Whitesnake’s sixth studio album, “Slide It In,” released in 1984, marked a shift in the band’s sound towards a more commercial hard rock style. The album featured the hit singles “Love Ain’t No Stranger” and “Slow an’ Easy” and showcased the powerful vocals of frontman David Coverdale, backed by the guitar work of John Sykes and Mel Galley. The album was remixed for the US market and featured a more polished sound, which helped it reach a wider audience. “Slide It In” became Whitesnake’s first album to be certified platinum in the US and remains a fan favorite in the band’s discography.
57. …All The Rage – General Public
Released in 1984, “…All the Rage” is the debut album of the British band General Public. Composed of former members of The Beat and The Specials, this album offers an eclectic mix of new wave, ska, reggae, and pop, all infused with the band’s unique sound. The album features the hit single “Tenderness,” which reached the top 40 in the US and became a staple of 80s new wave. Other standout tracks include “Hot You’re Cool,” “Never You Done That,” and “General Public.” Overall, “…All the Rage” is a strong debut that showcases the band’s range and musicality.
58. Wheels Are Turnin’ – REO Speedwagon
Released in 1984, “Wheels Are Turnin'” is the eleventh studio album by American rock band REO Speedwagon. The album features some of the band’s most memorable songs, including “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” which became their second number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album also includes other notable tracks such as “I Do’ Wanna Know,” “Gotta Feel More,” and “Rock & Roll Star.” Overall, “Wheels Are Turnin'” showcases REO Speedwagon’s signature sound of powerful vocals, driving guitars, and catchy melodies, and solidifies their position as one of the most successful rock bands of the 1980s.
59. Defenders Of The Faith – Judas Priest
Judas Priest’s ninth studio album “Defenders of the Faith” is a classic heavy metal album that showcases the band’s signature twin guitar harmonies, powerful vocals, and hard-hitting rhythms. Released in 1984, the album features popular tracks such as “Freewheel Burning,” “Love Bites,” and “The Sentinel,” which have become staples in the band’s live shows. The album is also notable for its dark and aggressive themes, with lyrics focusing on war, death, and the apocalypse. Overall, “Defenders of the Faith” is a must-listen for any metal fan, and a testament to Judas Priest’s enduring legacy as one of the genre’s greatest bands.
60. A Private Heaven – Sheena Easton
Released in 1984, “A Private Heaven” is the fourth studio album by Scottish singer Sheena Easton. The album features a mix of dance-pop, adult contemporary, and rock music with influences from new wave and funk. The album includes the hit singles “Strut” and “Sugar Walls,” which generated controversy due to its suggestive lyrics. Easton co-wrote several tracks on the album, showcasing her songwriting abilities. “A Private Heaven” received mixed reviews from critics, but it was a commercial success, reaching the top 15 on the US Billboard 200 chart and certified gold. The album remains a fan favorite and a quintessential 80s pop record.
61. The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The eponymous debut album of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was released in 1984 and helped establish the band’s signature sound of funk-influenced punk rock. With stripped-down production and energetic performances, the album features tracks that showcase the band’s raw talent and sense of humor, such as “Get Up and Jump” and “True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes”. The album received mixed reviews upon release, but has since become a cult classic and an important piece of the band’s early discography. While not as polished as their later work, this album remains a must-listen for fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and punk rock in general.
62. Into The Gap – Thompson Twins
Released in 1984, “Into The Gap” by the Thompson Twins is a new wave and synth-pop album that features hit singles like “Hold Me Now” and “Doctor! Doctor!”. The album showcases the band’s ability to blend catchy pop hooks with experimental electronic sounds. “Hold Me Now” is the standout track and became the band’s biggest hit, reaching the top 10 in several countries. The album as a whole is a dynamic and infectious journey, full of catchy melodies and memorable hooks. It’s a perfect representation of the new wave and synth-pop sound that dominated the 80s and cemented the Thompson Twins’ place in music history.
63. The Allnighter – Glenn Frey
“The Allnighter” is the fourth solo studio album by American musician Glenn Frey, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. The album features ten tracks, including the hit singles “Sexy Girl” and “The Allnighter,” which both peaked within the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album showcases Frey’s signature sound of upbeat, guitar-driven pop rock, with catchy hooks and memorable choruses. The album received mixed reviews from critics but remains a fan favorite, and is considered a solid addition to Frey’s solo discography, showcasing his songwriting talent and musicianship outside of his work with the Eagles.
64. Human’s Lib – Howard Jones
“Human’s Lib” is the debut studio album by British synth-pop musician Howard Jones. Released in 1984, the album became a commercial success, reaching the top 10 in several countries including the UK and the US. The album showcases Jones’ distinctive synthesizer sound and introspective lyrics, with hits like “What Is Love?” and “New Song” becoming instant classics. Jones’ positive and uplifting message resonated with audiences during a time of political and social turmoil, making “Human’s Lib” an essential album of the 1980s. The album cemented Jones’ place in the pop music scene and remains a favorite among fans of the genre today.
65. Meat Puppets II – Meat Puppets
Released in 1984, Meat Puppets II is the second album by the American rock band Meat Puppets. The album blends punk rock, country, and psychedelic rock elements into a unique sound that has been influential to a wide range of musicians. The album’s most famous track, “Lake of Fire,” was covered by Nirvana for their MTV Unplugged in New York album, bringing the Meat Puppets to a wider audience. Meat Puppets II is widely regarded as a classic of the American underground rock scene and has continued to inspire generations of musicians with its raw, experimental sound and emotionally charged lyrics.
66. Some Great Reward – Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode’s fourth studio album, “Some Great Reward,” was released in 1984 and marked a significant shift in the band’s sound. With hits like “People Are People” and “Master and Servant,” the album blended their signature synthpop with darker, more industrial elements. The band’s experimentation with religious themes can also be heard in tracks like “Blasphemous Rumours” and “Somebody,” which add a more introspective and philosophical touch to the album. “Some Great Reward” showcased Depeche Mode’s artistic evolution and cemented their place as one of the most influential bands in the new wave and alternative scenes.
67. Self Control – Laura Branigan
Laura Branigan’s third studio album, “Self Control,” released in 1984, was a commercial success for the American singer. The title track became her most successful single in the US, reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album is a blend of dance-pop and rock, showcasing Branigan’s powerful vocals in songs like “Satisfaction,” “The Lucky One,” and “Ti Amo.” The album’s production is top-notch, with synthesizers and drum machines adding an electronic edge to the music. “Self Control” remains a staple of 80s pop music, with Branigan’s vocals and the album’s catchy hooks continuing to capture new audiences decades later.
68. Fistful Of Metal – Anthrax
Anthrax’s debut studio album, “Fistful of Metal,” is a high-energy and hard-hitting thrash metal masterpiece that showcases the band’s raw talent and impressive musicianship. Released in 1984, the album features fast-paced guitar riffs, thunderous drumming, and aggressive vocals that immediately captured the attention of metal fans around the world. With tracks like “Deathrider,” “Metal Thrashing Mad,” and “Panic,” “Fistful of Metal” is a relentless assault on the senses, full of raw power and frenzied energy that established Anthrax as one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the thrash metal genre.
69. Perfect Strangers – Deep Purple
“Perfect Strangers” is the eleventh studio album by British hard rock band Deep Purple, and their first album in almost a decade with the classic “Mark II” lineup featuring Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice. The album features hard-hitting tracks with memorable guitar riffs and driving drumbeats, and showcases the band’s signature blend of blues rock, hard rock, and heavy metal. The title track and “Knocking at Your Back Door” became instant classics, while other tracks like “A Gypsy’s Kiss” and “Wasted Sunsets” offer a more introspective and melodic side to the album. “Perfect Strangers” cemented Deep Purple’s reputation as one of the most influential and enduring hard rock bands in history.
70. Treasure – The Cocteau Twins
Released in 1984, “Treasure” is the third album by Scottish alternative rock band, The Cocteau Twins. The album is a mesmerizing fusion of ethereal vocals, complex instrumentation, and dreamy soundscapes. Liz Fraser’s distinctive vocals are the centerpiece of the album, while Robin Guthrie’s shimmering guitars and Simon Raymonde’s inventive bass lines complement the songs perfectly. Tracks such as “Ivo,” “Lorelei,” and “Persephone” showcase the band’s unique and otherworldly sound, with haunting melodies and intricate musical arrangements that draw the listener into a beautiful sonic realm. “Treasure” remains a quintessential album of the dream pop genre, and a landmark release in the Cocteau Twins’ discography.
71. The Glamorous Life – Sheila E.
“The Glamorous Life” is the debut studio album by percussionist and singer Sheila E. It was released in 1984 and produced by Prince, who also co-wrote all of the album’s tracks. The album features a blend of funk, pop, and Latin-inspired rhythms, with Sheila E.’s virtuosic percussion work serving as a highlight throughout. The album’s title track was a Top 10 hit, and the album itself was a commercial success, reaching No. 28 on the Billboard 200 chart. “The Glamorous Life” remains a classic of the 1980s dance-pop genre, showcasing the undeniable musical talent of Sheila E. and the creative genius of Prince as a producer and songwriter.
72. Body And Soul – Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson’s 1984 album “Body and Soul” showcases his musical versatility, blending a range of genres including jazz, pop, and Latin rhythms. The album’s title track is a soulful and upbeat tribute to the human spirit, while “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)” is a catchy and playful pop hit. The album also features slower, more introspective tracks such as “Not Here, Not Now” and “Be My Number Two”, which showcase Jackson’s lyrical depth and emotional range. Overall, “Body and Soul” is a standout album in Jackson’s discography, showcasing his eclectic musical style and introspective songwriting.
73. Various Positions – Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen’s 1984 album “Various Positions” marked a departure from his previous work, with a greater focus on synthesizers and electronic instrumentation. The album’s standout track, “Hallelujah”, has since become one of Cohen’s most famous and widely covered songs, with its haunting melody and poignant lyrics about love and loss. The album also features other strong tracks such as the introspective “Dance Me to the End of Love” and the politically charged “The Law”. While not initially well-received by critics, “Various Positions” has since become recognized as a significant album in Cohen’s discography, showcasing his poetic lyricism and musical versatility.
74. Breaking Hearts – Elton John
Elton John’s 1984 album “Breaking Hearts” is a quintessential pop album of the 80s, featuring catchy hooks, infectious rhythms, and John’s signature piano-driven melodies. The album’s lead single, “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”, is a joyful and upbeat anthem about the power of music to heal emotional pain, while “Who Wears These Shoes?” is a fun and funky tribute to fashion and style. The album also includes ballads such as “In Neon” and “Li’l ‘Frigerator”, which showcase John’s tender vocals and emotional range. Overall, “Breaking Hearts” is a strong addition to John’s catalog, showcasing his ability to craft memorable and uplifting pop songs that have stood the test of time.
75. All Over The Place – The Bangles
“All Over The Place” is the debut album by the American pop-rock band, The Bangles, released in 1984. The album features a mix of catchy pop hooks and jangling guitar riffs, and it is often regarded as a seminal work in the jangle-pop genre. The album’s standout tracks include “Hero Takes a Fall,” “Going Down to Liverpool,” and “Live.” The album also showcases the band’s vocal harmonies and instrumental talents, as well as their penchant for blending 1960s girl group sounds with modern pop and rock influences. Overall, “All Over The Place” is a charming and infectious album that captures the spirit of the era in which it was made.
76. Meeting In The Ladies Room – Klymaxx
“Meeting in the Ladies Room” is the third studio album by the American all-female R&B band, Klymaxx, released in 1984. The album features the hit singles “The Men All Pause,” “Meeting in the Ladies Room,” and “I Miss You,” which showcases the band’s soulful harmonies and infectious grooves. The album’s title track is a feminist anthem about women empowering themselves and taking control of their lives. The album also includes slower ballads such as “I’d Still Say Yes” and “Private Party,” which display the band’s versatility and emotional depth. Overall, “Meeting in the Ladies Room” is a classic album that stands the test of time as a landmark in the R&B genre.
77. Ego Trip – Kurtis Blow
“Ego Trip” is the fifth studio album by American rapper Kurtis Blow, released in 1984. The album features a mix of old-school hip-hop beats and funk-infused tracks, showcasing Blow’s signature flow and lyrical style. The standout tracks include “8 Million Stories,” “Basketball,” and “AJ Scratch,” which are some of the most iconic songs in the early history of hip-hop. The album also features contributions from legendary producers and musicians such as Larry Smith, Jimmy Bralower, and Robert Ford Jr., who helped to create the distinctive sound of the album. Overall, “Ego Trip” is a classic album that captures the essence of early hip-hop and continues to inspire new generations of artists.
78. Camouflage – Rod Stewart
“Camouflage” is the thirteenth studio album by British rock singer Rod Stewart, released in 1984. The album features a blend of rock, pop, and electronic music, incorporating synthesizers and drum machines to create a contemporary sound. The standout tracks include “Infatuation,” “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” and “Every Beat of My Heart,” which all became major hits. The album also features collaborations with hit-making producers such as Michael Omartian and Jeff Beck, who brought their own unique styles to the project. Overall, “Camouflage” is a solid album that showcases Stewart’s enduring appeal and his ability to adapt to changing musical trends.
79. I Often Dream Of Trains – Robyn Hitchcock
“I Often Dream of Trains” is the third studio album by British singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, released in 1984. The album is a departure from Hitchcock’s earlier work, featuring a more stripped-down sound with acoustic guitars, keyboards, and sparse percussion. The album’s title track is a haunting and dreamlike meditation on memory and the passage of time, while other standout tracks include “The Bones in the Ground” and “My Favourite Buildings.” The album showcases Hitchcock’s distinctive songwriting style, which blends surreal imagery, wry humor, and a keen sense of melody. Overall, “I Often Dream of Trains” is a beautiful and introspective album that stands as a highlight of Hitchcock’s career.
80. Couldn’t Stand The Weather – Stevie Ray Vaughan
“Couldn’t Stand the Weather” is the second studio album by American blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, released in 1984. The album features a mix of Vaughan’s signature blues riffs and fiery guitar solos, along with a few covers of classic blues songs such as “Tin Pan Alley” and “Voodoo Chile.” The standout tracks include the instrumental “Scuttle Buttin’,” the funky “The Things (That) I Used to Do,” and the slow-burning “Cold Shot.” The album showcases Vaughan’s virtuosic guitar playing and his ability to infuse traditional blues with a contemporary energy. Overall, “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” is a classic album that continues to influence guitarists and fans of the blues to this day.
81. Planetary Invasion – Midnight Star
“Planetary Invasion” is the fifth studio album by American electro-funk band Midnight Star, released in 1984. The album features the band’s signature synth-heavy sound and infectious grooves, with standout tracks including “Operator,” “Freak-A-Zoid,” and “Body Snatchers.” The album also features collaborations with other notable producers and musicians, such as Prince, who contributed the track “Make It Last” and played guitar on “No Parking (On the Dance Floor).” Overall, “Planetary Invasion” is a fun and funky album that captures the spirit of 80s electro-funk and remains a favorite of fans of the genre.
82. The Swing – INXS
“The Swing” is the fourth studio album by Australian rock band INXS, released in 1984. The album features a mix of funk, pop, and rock influences, with standout tracks including “Original Sin,” “Dancing on the Jetty,” and “Johnson’s Aeroplane.” The album also features collaborations with notable producers such as Nile Rodgers, who contributed to the album’s slick and danceable sound. The album showcases INXS’s musical versatility and dynamic songwriting, and helped solidify the band’s international success. Overall, “The Swing” is a classic album that remains a favorite of fans of 80s rock and pop music.
83. Warrior – Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth
“Warrior” is the debut album by American rock band Scandal featuring Patty Smyth, released in 1984. The album features a mix of hard-driving rock anthems and catchy pop songs, with standout tracks including the title track “Warrior,” the ballad “Win Some, Lose Some,” and the infectious hit “The Warrior.” The album showcases Smyth’s powerful vocals and the band’s ability to craft memorable hooks and riffs. Overall, “Warrior” is a classic album of 80s rock that still resonates with fans today, and helped establish Scandal featuring Patty Smyth as a force to be reckoned with in the rock music world.
84. Tropico – Pat Benatar
“Tropico” is the seventh studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released in 1984. The album features a mix of pop, rock, and new wave influences, with standout tracks including “We Belong,” “Painted Desert,” and “Ooh Ooh Song.” The album also features collaborations with notable producers such as Neil Giraldo, who contributed to the album’s polished and energetic sound. “Tropico” showcases Benatar’s powerful vocals and the band’s tight musicianship, and helped cement Benatar’s status as one of the leading female rock singers of the 80s. Overall, “Tropico” is a classic album that still resonates with fans of 80s rock and pop music today.
85. Hard To Hold – Rick Springfield
“Hard to Hold” is the soundtrack album for the 1984 movie of the same name, starring Rick Springfield. The album features Springfield’s trademark brand of power pop, with standout tracks including “Love Somebody,” “Don’t Walk Away,” and the title track, “Hard to Hold.” The album also includes collaborations with noted producers such as Keith Olsen and Bill Drescher, who helped craft the album’s polished and energetic sound. Springfield’s songwriting skills and catchy hooks are on full display throughout the album, making “Hard to Hold” a must-listen for fans of 80s pop and rock music.
86. The Big Express – XTC
“The Big Express” is the seventh studio album by English rock band XTC, released in 1984. The album features the band’s signature blend of new wave, post-punk, and pop, with standout tracks including “Wake Up,” “All You Pretty Girls,” and “I Remember the Sun.” “The Big Express” showcases XTC’s ability to create intricate, melodic pop songs with thought-provoking lyrics, backed by Andy Partridge’s distinctive vocals and Colin Moulding’s solid bass lines. With its catchy hooks and dynamic instrumentation, “The Big Express” remains a fan favorite and a testament to XTC’s lasting influence on alternative and indie rock.
87. Alf – Alison Moyet
Released in 1984, “Alf” is the debut solo album by English singer-songwriter Alison Moyet, who rose to fame as the vocalist of synth-pop duo Yazoo. This album showcases Moyet’s soulful and powerful voice, backed by an eclectic mix of electronic and acoustic instrumentation. The album features the hit singles “Love Resurrection”, “All Cried Out” and “Invisible”, all of which highlight Moyet’s emotive vocals and songwriting skills. “Alf” received critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching number one on the UK album charts and selling over a million copies worldwide. It remains a classic example of 80s synth-pop and soulful pop balladry.
88. VOA – Sammy Hagar
Sammy Hagar’s 7th studio album, “VOA,” was released in 1984 and marked a shift in his musical style, incorporating elements of pop and new wave into his hard rock sound. The album features hits such as “I Can’t Drive 55” and “Two Sides of Love,” both of which received extensive airplay on rock radio stations. “VOA” also includes the power ballad “Love Walks In,” which features Eddie Van Halen on guitar and became one of Hagar’s signature songs. With its catchy hooks and infectious energy, “VOA” remains a beloved album among Hagar’s fans and a classic of 1980s rock.
89. Word Of Mouth – The Kinks
Released in 1984, “Word of Mouth” was the twenty-third studio album by the legendary British rock band The Kinks. The album marked a departure from the band’s previous work, as they embraced a more commercial sound and incorporated elements of synth-pop and new wave into their music. The lead single, “Do It Again,” became a top 40 hit in the United States, and the album received positive reviews from critics. “Word of Mouth” showcases the songwriting talents of Ray Davies, with his witty and insightful lyrics, and the musicianship of the band, with memorable guitar riffs and catchy melodies. It remains a fan favorite and a testament to The Kinks’ enduring legacy.
90. Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Released in 1984, “Somebody’s Watching Me” was the debut album by American singer Rockwell, and it’s best known for the hit title track, featuring guest vocals by Michael Jackson. The album showcases Rockwell’s unique blend of pop, R&B, and funk with a touch of electronic music. With catchy melodies, groovy bass lines, and Rockwell’s smooth vocals, the album offers an entertaining and engaging listening experience. Beyond the hit single, standout tracks include “Obscene Phone Caller,” “Knife,” and “He’s A Cobra.” Overall, “Somebody’s Watching Me” is a fun and funky album that still holds up well today.
91. Tour De Force – .38 Special
Released in 1983, “Tour de Force” is the fifth studio album by American rock band .38 Special. The album features some of the band’s biggest hits, including “If I’d Been the One” and “Back Where You Belong.” The album showcases the band’s signature Southern rock sound, blending elements of rock, blues, and country music. The catchy hooks, driving rhythms, and soulful vocals make “Tour de Force” a quintessential ’80s rock album. The album was a commercial success, reaching number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over a million copies in the United States alone, cementing .38 Special as one of the era’s most popular rock acts.
92. Ammonia Avenue – Alan Parsons Project
“Ammonia Avenue” is the seventh studio album by the progressive rock band Alan Parsons Project, released in 1984. The album features Parsons’ trademark lush production and sophisticated arrangements, blending rock, pop, and orchestral elements. The album’s themes revolve around urban decay, societal dysfunction, and environmental issues. The album’s standout track, “Don’t Let It Show,” is a hauntingly beautiful ballad with lead vocals by Eric Woolfson. Other highlights include the upbeat “Prime Time” and the driving rock of “Let Me Go Home.” “Ammonia Avenue” is a must-listen for fans of progressive rock and sophisticated pop music.
93. The Woman In Red – Stevie Wonder
“The Woman in Red” is a soundtrack album by Stevie Wonder, recorded for the 1984 film of the same name. It features the hit single “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” which became a chart-topping hit in multiple countries. The album also includes other soulful tracks like “Love Light in Flight” and “It’s You,” as well as instrumental tracks showcasing Wonder’s skills as a composer and performer. Overall, the album showcases Wonder’s versatility and ability to craft memorable melodies, earning critical acclaim and commercial success. It remains a beloved entry in Wonder’s extensive discography and a testament to his enduring musical legacy.
94. W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P.
W.A.S.P.’s self-titled debut album is a hard-hitting heavy metal record that immediately caught the attention of metalheads worldwide upon its release in 1984. Frontman Blackie Lawless’ snarling vocals and buzzsaw guitar riffs, accompanied by Randy Piper’s guitar work, set the tone for the band’s gritty and uncompromising sound. Songs like “Animal (F**k Like a Beast)” and “I Wanna Be Somebody” quickly became fan favorites, cementing W.A.S.P.’s status as a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene. With its controversial lyrics and in-your-face attitude, W.A.S.P.’s debut is a must-listen for fans of classic metal.
95. New Sensations – Lou Reed
Released in 1984, “New Sensations” is the thirteenth studio album by American musician and songwriter Lou Reed. The album is a return to a more rock-oriented sound, with a focus on upbeat, catchy melodies and lyrics that explore themes of love, sex, and personal growth. The album’s lead single, “I Love You, Suzanne,” became one of Reed’s biggest hits, reaching the top 40 in several countries. Other standout tracks include “Fly into the Sun,” “My Red Joystick,” and the title track, which features a guest appearance by former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale on viola. Overall, “New Sensations” showcases Reed’s continued evolution as an artist and his ability to craft memorable, engaging rock songs.
96. It’ll End In Tears – This Mortal Coil
Released in 1984, “It’ll End In Tears” is the debut album from This Mortal Coil, a supergroup formed by Ivo Watts-Russell of the British record label 4AD. The album features a diverse range of cover songs, including tracks originally recorded by Tim Buckley, Big Star, and Roy Harper, as well as a few original compositions. The music is characterized by its ethereal and dreamlike quality, with layered vocals, lush instrumentation, and haunting melodies. The album was highly influential on the emerging gothic and shoegaze scenes of the 1980s and remains a beloved classic of the era.
97. Go Insane – Lindsey Buckingham
Released in 1984, Lindsey Buckingham’s “Go Insane” is an experimental and adventurous album, with a range of musical styles and influences that sets it apart from the typical pop and rock releases of its time. The album is driven by Buckingham’s creative guitar work and distinctive vocal style, and features a mix of moody, introspective ballads and more upbeat, rhythm-driven tracks. “Go Insane” is marked by its experimentation and willingness to push the boundaries of traditional rock and pop music, making it a standout release from the 1980s and a must-listen for fans of Buckingham’s work with Fleetwood Mac.
98. Victory – The Jacksons
Released in 1984, “Victory” is the sixth studio album by The Jacksons, and the first album to feature all six Jackson brothers since their early Motown days. The album features collaborations with several notable artists such as Michael McDonald, Steve Lukather, and Lionel Richie. The album’s lead single “State of Shock” features a duet between Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger, and the album also includes popular tracks such as “Torture,” “Body,” and “Wait.” “Victory” reached number four on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
99. Starchild – Teena Marie
Teena Marie’s fourth album, “Starchild”, was released in 1984 and became a hit, peaking at #6 on the R&B album chart. The album features the popular single “Lovergirl”, which also reached #4 on the R&B chart and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song showcases Teena Marie’s signature blend of R&B, funk, and rock elements, with her powerhouse vocals shining throughout. “Starchild” also includes the ballad “Out on a Limb”, which became another popular hit for Marie. With its soulful grooves and infectious energy, “Starchild” remains a standout in Teena Marie’s discography and a classic of 80s R&B.
100. Tonight – David Bowie
David Bowie’s 1984 album “Tonight” is a mix of styles ranging from rock and pop to funk and soul. The album features collaborations with Tina Turner and Iggy Pop, among others. The lead single, “Blue Jean,” was a commercial success and received a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video. The album also includes covers of Iggy Pop’s “Neighborhood Threat” and The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” While the album received mixed reviews upon release, it remains a fan favorite and is notable for its fusion of different musical genres. Bowie’s distinctive voice and songwriting talent shine through on this record, making it a must-listen for any Bowie fan.