IN 1984, I was a freshman at Sam Barlow High School. It was a big year for me. I almost started making eye contact with girls for the first time. The Cold War was hot. “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was required reading. And there was a kiosk at the local Fred Meyer that, for a buck (if I recall), would play a music video. I bought two views: “Modern Love” by David Bowie and “Little Red Corvette” by Prince.

Looking back after Prince’s death this week, I believe 1984 was pop culture’s greatest year. Ever. I started making a list, and soon realized it could never be long enough:

Some Musicians That Mattered in 1984…

— Prince
— Springsteen
— Madonna
— Van Halen
— U2
— Tina Turner
— Cyndi Lauper
— Michael Jackson
— Madonna
— Run DMC

Some Movies That Mattered in 1984

— Beverly Hills Cop
— Ghostbusters
— Gremlins
— The Karate Kid
— Footloose
— Sixteen Candles
— Purple Rain
— The Terminator

Some TV Shows and Events That Mattered in 1984…

— Letterman
— Miami Vice
— MJ’s moonwalk

Some Sports Stars That Mattered in 1984…

— Magic Johnson
— Larry Bird
— Wayne Gretzky
— John McEnroe
— Joe Montana
— Sam Bowie (just kidding)

Some Technology That Mattered in 1984…

— Macintosh

After making this list, I found a bunch of links on ESPN, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Box Office Mojo that basically prove my theory.

What a year.

Dad, etc.