1984 was the greatest year ever
A ton of articles are popping up on this very same topic, so I decided to put in my own two cents worth. However, just to be different, I’m just going to give you a list of everything that came out in 1984 and let those items be proof enough as to how awesome that year truly was to pop culture, America, nay…the universe as a whole:
Movies: Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Footloose, Police Academy, Beverely Hills Cop, The Last Starfighter, Nightmare on Elm Street, flippin Purple Rain, Revenge of the Nerds, Sixteen Candles, Splash, The Terminator, This is Spinal Tap
Television: Jeopardy, Miami Vice, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Kids Incorporated, The Cosby Show, Who’s the Boss, Night Court, Punky Brewster, Highway to Heaven, Murder She Wrote (hey, I watched it with my grandma)
Toys: the big obvious one is Transformers. Transformers AND Ghostbusters in the same year? How did my young mind handle the awesome. There was also Mattel’s Secret Wars Marvel figures and DC Super Powers Collection. These things were like plastic crack. And let’s not forget Nintendo is just a few months away….
gotta love a toy commercial hidden in entertainment….
Music: the aforementioned soundtrack to flippin Purple Rain, 1984 from Van Halen, Bon Jovi, 99 Luftballoons, Run DMC, Spinal Tap, Chicago 17, Private Dancer (what’s love got to do, got to do with it?), Born in the USA, the Bangles, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood (and says to relax), Madonna’s Like a Virgin, Stevie Wonder calls to say hello, Wham! is two very friendly friends, and Cyndi Lauper is making hits
that’s what I think of doing every time I hear that song….
Comics: Marvel creates the crossover with Secret Wars bringing along with it Spidey’s new black costume and subsequent alien problems, Alan Moore -the eventual co-creator of the Watchmen- starts to write American comics with Swamp Thing, DragonBall in syndicated for the first time in Japan, and the friggin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made their comic debut.
sooo many memories and wasted afternoons…
Damn. What a great year. Since my generation has no wars to define us, we are defined by the culture around us. I can’t wait to tell my grandkids I was there for the big one-1984: the year pop culture was at it’s best.