April fools? No, it’s true, we’re back — finally, belatedly, etc. — with the results of the fifth installment of our Best of the ’80s Redux series, the sporadic Slicing Up Eyeballs readers poll in which our readers have now ranked the Top 100 songs of 1984.

A quick refresher: The Best of the ’80s Redux song polls were launched a few years ago following our wildly popular Best of the ’80s year-by-year album polls, but slowly petered out after we conducted the Top 100 songs of 1980 and 1981 surveys. (This whole site went dormant for near two years.)

RELATED: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Top 100 songs of 1984 playlist on Spotify

We resurrected the polls last year, and completed balloting on the 1982 and 1983 surveys.

Now comes the results for 1984.

For the ’84 poll, readers were asked to vote for up to 25 of their favorite songs that first were released in some form (single, album track, etc.) during that calendar year.

We received 5,587 total votes, and, after weeding out songs from the wrong year — including a whopping 15 songs that initially made 1984’s Top 100 despite having already appeared on 1983’s Top 100 — and flipping a coin to break ties, we created this list.

So thank you all for voting and sharing your thoughts. Take a look at the Top 100 list below — and feel free to offer your own take on the results, good or bad, in the comments below.





1. Echo & The Bunnymen, “The Killing Moon”
2. R.E.M., “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”
3. The Smiths, “How Soon Is Now”
4. Talk Talk, “It’s My Life”
5. The Psychedelic Furs, “The Ghost in You”
6. New Order, “Thieves Like Us”
7. Killing Joke, “Eighties”
8. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Dazzle”
9. The Smiths, “What Difference Does it Make?”
10. Prince, “When Doves Cry”


11. Depeche Mode, “People are People”
12. Depeche Mode, “Blasphemous Rumours”
13. The Cure, “The Caterpillar”
14. Bronski Beat, “Smalltown Boy”
15. R.E.M., “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville”
16. General Public, “Tenderness”
17. Ministry, “(Every Day Is) Halloween”
18. Alphaville, “Forever Young”
19. Tones on Tail, “Go!”
20. U2, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”


21. The Go-Go’s, “Head Over Heels”
22. Depeche Mode, “Master and Servant”
23. Prince, “Purple Rain”
24. The Psychedelic Furs, “Heaven”
25. Pet Shop Boys, “West End Girls”
26. The Replacements, “I Will Dare”
27. Dead or Alive, “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
28. The Smiths, “Reel Around the Fountain”
29. U2, “Bad”
30. Echo & The Bunnymen, “Seven Seas”


31. R.E.M., “Pretty Persuasion”
32. Tears For Fears, “Shout”
33. Ultravox, “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”
34. David Bowie, “Blue Jean”
35. Hoodoo Gurus, “I Want You Back”
36. Billy Bragg, “A Lover Sings”
37. The Style Council, “My Ever Changing Moods”
38. Billy Bragg, “The Saturday Boy”
39. The Smiths, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”
40. Simple Minds, “Up on the Catwalk”


41. Frankie Goes to Hollywood, “Two Tribes”
42. A-ha, “Take On Me”
43. Alphaville, “Big in Japan”
44. The Cars, “Drive”
45. Cocteau Twins, “Lorelei”
46. Depeche Mode, “Somebody”
47. Duran Duran, “The Wild Boys”
48. Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy”
49. Cocteau Twins, “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops”
50. The Replacements, “Unsatisfied”


51. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, “Tesla Girls”
52. The Cure, “Shake Dog Shake”
53. The Smiths, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
54. Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, “Are You Ready to be Heartbroken?”
55. Romeo Void, “A Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing)”
56. The Special AKA, “Nelson Mandela”
57. Human League, “The Lebanon”
58. Husker Dü, “Pink Turns To Blue”
59. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Perfect Skin”
60. Don Henley, “The Boys of Summer”


61. Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Swimming Horses”
62. The Go-Betweens, “Bachelor Kisses”
63. Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing in the Dark”
64. Nik Kershaw, “Wouldn’t It Be Good?”
65. R.E.M., “7 Chinese Bros.”
66. The Replacements, “Answering Machine”
67. Thomas Dolby, “Hyperactive!”
68. U2, “The Unforgettable Fire”
69. Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
70. Bruce Cockburn, “Lovers In A Dangerous Time”


71. Hunters & Collectors, “Throw Your Arms Around Me”
72. Simple Minds, “Speed Your Love To Me”
73. Berlin, “No More Words”
74. The Chills,”Pink Frost”
75. Blancmange, “Don’t Tell Me”
76. Echo & The Bunnymen, “Silver”
77. Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, “Rattlesnakes”
78. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Upside Down”
79. Time Zone featuring John Lydon, “World Destruction”
80. Animotion, “Obsession”


81. Prefab Sprout, “When Love Breaks Down”
82. Echo & The Bunnymen, “Ocean Rain”
83. Prince, “I Would Die 4 U”
84. Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah”
85. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, “From Her To Eternity”
86. Queen, “Radio Ga Ga”
87. Spandau Ballet, “Only When You Leave”
88. The Bangles, “Hero Takes a Fall”
89. Cocteau Twins, “Ivo”
90. Depeche Mode, “Lie to Me”


91. Eurythmics, “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)”
92. Lou Reed, “I Love You, Suzanne”
93. Bronski Beat, “Why?”
94. Midnight Oil, “Best of Both Worlds”
95. Cabaret Voltaire, “Sensoria”
96. Modern English, “Hands Across the Sea”
97. INXS, “I Send a Message”
98. Los Lobos, “Will The Wolf Survive”
99. The Blue Nile, “Tinseltown in the Rain”
100. The Stranglers, “Skin Deep”