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“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” With this video comprised of established artists and artists on the verge, this George Orwell quote from 1984 seems rather apt.

In the video below, we count down the ten best albums from 1984. Did your favorite album make the list? Click play and find out! Scroll past the video to see which albums just missed the top ten.


15. Don Henley – ‘Building the Perfect Beast’

Henley’s second studio album gave fans classics like “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants to Do is Dance.”

All She Wants To Do Is Dance

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group All She Wants To Do Is Dance · Don Henley Building The Perfect Beast ℗ 1984 Geffen Records Released on: 1984-01-01 Producer: Danny Kortchmar Producer: Don Henley Producer, Studio Personnel, Engineer, Mixer: Greg Ladanyi Participant: David Paich Participant: Steve Porcaro Participant: Martha Davis Participant: Patty Smyth Studio Personnel, Engineer, Mixer: Niko Bolas Composer Lyricist: Danny Kortchmar Auto-generated by YouTube.


14. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – ‘Couldn’t Stand The Weather’

SRV and Double Trouble’s second studio album helped solidify the band’s blues-rock dominance thanks to gems like the title track.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand the Weather (Video)

Music video by Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble performing Couldn't Stand The Weather. (C) 1984 Sony BMG Music Entertainment


13. Twisted Sister – ‘Stay Hungry’

Propelled by their popular music videos, Twisted Sister’s ‘Stay Hungry’ would go on to sell three million copies in the United States.

Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock (Official Video)

Watch the official video for Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock" "I Wanna Rock" is from the album Stay Hungry (1984). In 2009 it was named the 17th VH1 Greatest Hard Rock Songs by VH1.


12. Roger Waters – ‘The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking’

Waters’ debut solo album was the unique concept album ‘The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking,’ which told the story of a dream sequence of a middle-aged man in the midst of a midlife crisis.

Roger Waters - 5:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Pt. 10)

Music video by Roger Waters performing 5:01AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Pt. 10). (C) 1984 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment


11. Iron Maiden – ‘Powerslave’

‘Powerslave’ is one of the most beloved albums in Maiden’s catalog and is regarded as one of the best metal albums of all time.

Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes To Midnight (Official Video)

Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes To Midnight - from 1984's Powerslave Buy from Amazon: Download: Stream: Legacy Of The Beast: Play the game: See the show: Iron Maiden online: Official Site: Spotify: Apple Music: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:


10. Bon Jovi – ‘Bon Jovi’

Bon Jovi’s self-titled debut set the stage for what was to come from some of New Jersey’s favorite sons just three years later when they’d become the biggest band in the world with ‘Slippery When Wet.’

Bon Jovi - Runaway

Music video by Bon Jovi performing Runaway. (C) 1984 The Island Def Jam Music Group

9. Scorpions – ‘Love At First Sting’

Scorpions’ ‘Love at First Sting’ remains the German band’s most successful album in the United States thanks to successful singles like “Rock You Like a Hurrican”, “Still Loving You” and “Big City Nights.”

Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane (Official Video)

Rock You Like A Hurricane from the album Love At First Sting (1984) Love At First Sting Anniversary Deluxe Edition: CD: Vinyl: iTunes: Music: Rudolf Schenker Text: Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell ----------------------------------- LYRICS: It´s early morning The sun comes out Last night was shaking And

8. Queen – ‘The Works’

After taking a year off after touring in support of their previous album Hot Space, Queen came back with ‘The Works,’ which featured fan favorites “Radio Ga Ga,” “I Want to Break Free” and “Hammer to Fall.”

Queen - I Want To Break Free (Official Video)

Click here to buy the DVD with this video at the Official Queen Store: The official 'I Want To Break Free' music video. Taken from Queen - 'Greatest Video Hits 2'. Subscribe to the official Queen channel Here Watch more: About Queen: Welcome to the official Queen channel.

7. The Cars – ‘Heartbeat City’

The Cars’ fifth studio album was loaded with hits, including “Drive” their highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Cars - Drive (Official Music Video)

You're watching the official music video for The Cars - "Drive" from the album 'Heartbeat City' (1984). "Drive" reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was The Cars' biggest international hit. Subscribe to the Rhino Channel! Check Out Our Favorite Playlists: Rhino Favorite 100 80s Hits Classic Rock Stay connected with RHINO on...

6. R.E.M. – ‘Reckoning’

Despite the lack of mainstream rock radio support, REM’s ‘Reckoning’ still managed to reach number 27 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart thanks in large part to the support of college radio.

R.E.M. - So. Central Rain

Music video by R.E.M. performing So. Central Rain.

5. Rush – ‘Grace Under Pressure’

Rush continued to evolve their sound on their tenth studio album ‘Grace Under Pressure,’ which features an increase of synthesizers.

Rush - Distant Early Warning

Amazon: Music video by Rush performing Distant Early Warning. (C) 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4. U2 – ‘The Unforgettable Fire’

U2 took a big step forward on ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ with moving radio hits like “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “Bad.”

U2 - Bad (Live Aid 1985)

U2 performing at Live Aid in front of 72,000 people in Wembley Stadium, London on the 13th July, 1985. The event was organised by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the Ethiopian famine disaster.

3. Metallica – ‘Ride The Lightning’

Few bands showed as much progression from debut to sophomore album quite like Metallica did on ‘Ride the Lightning.’ They foreshadowed the brilliance yet to come from their remarkable catalog.

Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live) [Cliff 'Em All]

From the DVD Cliff 'Em All Buy now in the Met Store at - For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live) Recorded live in August 31, 1985 at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA © 1987 Metallica

2. Van Halen – ‘1984’

Van Halen’s ‘1984’ may have turned off some fans with their use of synthesizers, but the album still rocks and gave fans hits like “Jump,” “I’ll Wait,” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher.”

Van Halen - Jump

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1. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born in the U.S.A.’

‘Born in the USA’ remains The Boss’ highest-selling album in the United States selling 15 million copies. With hits like “Dancing in the Dark,” the title track and “Cover Me,” it pretty understandable why the album was so successful. Plus, that album artwork, though.

Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In the Dark

Bruce Springsteen's official music video for 'Dancing In The Dark'. Click to listen to Bruce Springsteen on Spotify: As featured on The Album Collection, Vol. 1 (1973-1984).

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.