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…

— SNL
 — ESPN
 — MTV
 — 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.

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