In George Orwell's novel of the same name, the world was in a perpetual state of war, surveillance cameras were everywhere, and television programming ran 24 hours per day. Give the guy a hand; he wasn't that far off.
We were swooning over C Thomas Howell. John Stamos made his debut on General Hospital. Emilio Estevez burst into the indy scene as the oddly sexy Repo Man. Rob Lowe showed up the Brits in Oxford Blues and the star of the US Men's Gymnastics Team, Mitch Gaylord, had hearts a-flutter. We were watching Ghostbusters and Cheers and the new and improved Wheel of Fortune. And the top songs of 1984:
1. When Doves Cry, Prince and The Revolution
2. What's Love Got to Do With It, Tina Turner
3. Say Say Say, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
4. Footloose, Kenny Loggins
5. Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now), Phil Collins
6. Jump, Van Halen
7. Hello, Lionel Richie
8. Owner of a Lonely Heart, Yes
9. Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
10. Karma Chameleon, Culture Club