June 17, 2015

Hot 100 from 1984

In 2013, CBS Sunday Morning featured a profile of Huey Lewis, and during their recap of his glorious superstardom, they included an image of the Billboard Hot 100 chart from September 1984, with "If This Is It" at #6. I took a photo of the TV screen and pledged to create a playlist matching this chart someday:
  1. "What's Love Got To Do With It" Tina Turner
  2. "Missing You" John Waite
  3. "She Bop" Cyndi Lauper
  4. "Let's Go Crazy" Prince & The Revolution
  5. "Stuck On You" Lionel Richie
  6. "If This Is It" Huey Lewis & The News
  7. "Drive" The Cars
  8. "The Warrior" Scandal feat/Patty Smyth
  9. "Ghostbusters" Ray Parker, Jr
  10. "The Glamourous Life" Sheila E.
  11. "Sunglasses At Night" Corey Hart
  12. "Lights Out" Peter Wolf
  13. "Cruel Summer" Bananarama
  14. "Cover Me" Bruce Springsteen"
  15. "Dynamite" Jermaine Jackson
  16. "Rock Me Tonite" Billy Squier
  17. "When Doves Cry" Prince & The Revolution
  18. "I Just Called To Say I Love You" Stevie Wonder
This is where the TV cuts off the list. This chart gives me great ideas for making a new playlist, not of the big hits of 1984, but the songs that never quite broke through to the top 20. Here's another fragment of the chart from the right side of the screen...

  1. "Only When You Leave" Spandau Ballet
  2. "Bop Til You Drop" Rick Springfield
  3. "Some Guys Have All The Luck" Rod Stewart
  4. "On The Dark Side" John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
  5. "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" Billy Joel
  6. "Flesh For Fantasy" Billy Idol
  7. "Who Wears These Shoes?" Elton John
  8. "Swept Away" Diana Ross
  9. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" Elton John
  10. "(What) In The Name Of Love" Naked Eyes
  11. "Right By Your Side" Eurythmics
  12. "Strut" Sheena Easton
  13. "Shine Shine" Barry Gibb
  14. "You Take Me Up" Thompson Twins
  15. "The Last Time I Made Love" Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osbourne
  16. "Desert Moon" Dennis DeYoung
  17. "Dancing In The Dark" Bruce Springsteen

Some of these songs I have no memory of! Just imagine what charted #51 through #100!
UPDATE: While creating this blog post I discovered Billboard has their archives available online, so I can see the entire chart, not just the songs that appeared onscreen!