A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage
The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity (Boy George, Annie Lennox), sexual roles (Madonna, Prince), even the definition of rock and roll itself (Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album, Arthur Baker's 12-inch remix of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark"). Pointing toward the future, Run-D.M.C.'s pioneering debut album was the first rap album to go gold, and new strains of underground rock emerged, from the sloppy punk-funk of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the literate moping of the Smiths. (Click here to read the rest of Alan Light's essay on the epic year of 1984.)
Scroll below for links to Billboard's comprehensive look back at the year that changed pop music forever -- including exclusive interviews with Chris Rock on the majesty of 'Purple Rain' and Sinead O'Connor on 'Spinal Tap; Spotify playlists of the year's greatest hits; videos of the year's one-hit wonders and more. And stay tuned as we roll out more totally awesome 1984 content over the coming days...
Music Stars Look Back at 1984: Ricky Martin on Being 'Spoiled' in Menudo, Melle Mel on the Irony of 'White Lines,' Joe Perry on Reuniting With Aerosmith and More
David Lee Roth ‘Did Not Want to Do’ Van Halen’s Classic Single ‘Jump,’ Says Former Bassist Michael Anthony
Cyndi Lauper on Her Iconic 'She's So Unusual' Album: The Songs 'Were About Empowering All Us Freaks'
Jack Antonoff on Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the U.S.A.': 'It's an Unbelievably Personal and Perfect Album'
Annie Lennox Looks Back at The Eurythmics' Hyper-Productive Heyday: 'It Exhausts Me Just Thinking About It Now'