With summer break almost here for school kids, I thought it would be fun to look back at the “summer hits” from when I was a teenager. I will work my way up through 1989, but first, here are the summer hits of 1984, which was my first teenager year of listening to summer music (courtesy of Billboard.com).
1. “When Doves Cry” – Prince And The Revolution
2. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
3. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” – Tina Turner
4. “Dancing In The Dark” – Bruce Springsteen
5. “Stuck On You” – Lionel Richie
6. “Jump (For My Love)” – The Pointer Sisters
7 . “The Reflex” – Duran Duran
8. “State of Shock” – The Jacksons
9. “Eyes Without A Face” – Billy Idol
10. “Missing You” – John Waite
Do you like trivia? Well here ya go with some interesting notes about some of the songs:
The “Dancing in the Dark” video is the source of a great trivia question. Which future TV star appeared at the end of the video, pulled from the crowd to dance with Springsteen? (See for yourself if you don’t know: video).
“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr., the song, is the source of another great trivia question, or more accurately, a trivia story. Who sued the studio and Parker Jr. for stealing the background music? (Check this out for the answer).
Oh yeah, and Prince led the way with the Purple Rain soundtrack hit “When the Doves Cry,” which could ALSO be considered a decent trivia question. This was the first single released from the Purple Rain soundtrack, debuting in May of 1984.