Prince to Phil Collins: No.1 Songs From 1984

Ray Parker Jr. photographed in the 1980s.
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Ray Parker Jr. photographed in the 1980s. 

We'll breakdown 1984, but you can relive all the Hot 100's number one hits year by year:

There's a reason music industry know-it-alls often point to 1984 as pop music's best year. The genre reigned that year, bringing us Billboard No. 1 hits from Prince ("When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy"), Madonna ("Like a Virgin"), Michael Jackson ("Say Say Say") and Cyndi Lauper ("Time After Time"), among others. 

But the British invasion was still a force to be reckoned with—London rock band Yes snagged No. 1 with "Owner of a Lonely Heart," as did Culture Club with "Karma Chameleon" and English duo Wham! with "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."

And let's not forget the soundtracks. Movie theaters became the go-to for chart-topping music in 1984, with multiple theme-song-turned-radio-hits like Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" and Kenny Loggins' "Footloose." 

Check out the full list of tracks that held Billboard's No. 1 spot in 1984, below.

Paul McCartney feat. Michael Jackson, "Say Say Say"

Yes, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"

Culture Club, "Karma Chameleon"

Van Halen, "Jump"

Kenny Loggins, "Footloose"

Phil Collins, "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)"

Lionel Richie, "Hello"

Deniece Williams, "Let's Hear It For The Boy"

Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time"

Duran Duran, "The Reflex"

Prince And The Revolution, "When Doves Cry"

Ray Parker Jr., "Ghostbusters"

Tina Turner, "What's Love Got To Do With It"

John Waite, "Missing You"

Prince And The Revolution, "Let's Go Crazy"

Stevie Wonder, "I Just Called To Say I Love You"

Billy Ocean, "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)"

Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

Daryl Hall & John Oates, "Out Of Touch"

Madonna, "Like A Virgin"