1984: the greatest year for pop music

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NEW YORK, New York - Check your almanac because 1984 was supposed to be the year Big Brother would rule the world.  Lucky for us, we got Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, instead.

And Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Cindy Lauper, The Police, Wham!  The list goes on and on.  Rolling Stone magazine has named 1984 as the greatest year in pop music.

Think of all the amazing singles that were released that year: "Thriller", "Born in the U.S.A.", "Time after Time", "The Boys of Summer", "Ghostbusters."  But let's face it: 1984 was also the year flicks such as "The Terminator", "The Karate Kid" and "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom" hit theaters.  Clearly, something was in the air.  So, whip out your boom box and dig up your mixed tapes; and if you weren't around back then, ask your older siblingss to borrow theirs because clearly you're missing out.

Editor’s Note: This is part of our Best of 2014 series.