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Rating the top 10 singles from this week in '84: Think music was better back in the day? We'll be the judge of that

'HOLD': TIGHT! The Thompson Twins' 1984 hit still sounds good today
Image credit: The Thompson Twins: Peter Mazel / Sunshine / Retna
'HOLD': TIGHT! The Thompson Twins' 1984 hit still sounds good today

This week in 1984: Rating the top 10 singles

The top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, for the week ending April 14, 1984:

10. ''Jump,'' Van Halen Ah, the days when David Lee Roth was The Man. But don't get it twisted: This one's all about Eddie's show-offy solos on guitar and synth. A-

9. ''Adult Education,'' Hall & Oates ''But you want a little night school/ Maybe some of it will rub off on you.'' Quite simply, the beginning of the end. C

8. ''Hold Me Now,'' Thompson Twins Is that xylophone we hear buried in the background? Or just the sound of new wave-pop brilliance? A

7. ''Here Comes the Rain Again,'' Eurythmics ''Sweet Dreams'' was their breakthrough (and biggest) smash a year earlier, but nothing that followed was as pretty or majestic as this . A

6. ''Miss Me Blind,'' Culture Club There's no denying the Boy's got an original voice, but this groove smacks of lazy, watered-down dance-pop. B-

5. ''Automatic,'' Pointer Sisters Vaguely reminscient of the kitsch anthem ''Break My Stride,'' this deliriously dated jam with the smokey-voiced Sister (the eldest one) front-and-center is reason enough to make us forget all about the ''Neutron Dance.'' B+

4. ''Hello,'' Lionel Richie Filming a video with a blind woman was a dirty, dirty trick to get sympathy points, Lionel. Judged on its own merits, this ranks high in the Cornball Hall of Fame. C-

3. ''Somebody's Watching Me,'' Rockwell How does one get Michael Jackson, in the prime of his career, to sing a classic hook for a D-level artist? Be Berry Gordy's son, that's how. Great track, but too bad about those cringeworthy spoken-word verses. B-

2. ''Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),'' Phil Collins Melodrama is hard to pull off without causing at least a few unintentional laughs and snickers (see No. 4 above). But just like George did on ''Careless Whisper,'' Collins commits and doesn't care who's laughing. He's too busy counting his royalty checks. A

1. ''Footloose,'' Kenny Loggins Is this what white people danced to in the '80s? Unfortunately, yes. But none hoofed with quite the same joie de vivre as Kevin Bacon and Chris Penn, R.I.P. C+

OVERALL TOP 10 GRADE: B

Originally posted Apr 10, 2006
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