IMHO, 1983 and 1984 were the last two great years for pop music, when the MTV age was its peak and new artists were coming out of the woodworks.

Thirty years ago, we had our share of Shoulda-Been-Hits, hits that never were but shoulda been. Here are few, and now these overlooked gems from 1984 are now permanently listed on our Shoulda-Been-Hits page.

“Waterfront,” Simple Minds (reached No. 13 in the U.K. but did not chart in the U.S.)


“Michael Caine,” Madness (peaked at No. 11 in the U.K. but did not chart in the U.S.)


“Screen Kiss,” Thomas Dolby


“Rock Box,” Run-D.M.C.


“Just a Dream,” Nena


“Red Sector A,” Rush


“Locomotion,” Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (went Top 5 in the U.K.)


“Rough Justice,” Bananarama (reached No. 23 in the U.K.)


“The Killing Moon,” Echo & The Bunnymen (a Top 10 hit in the U.K.; it didn’t make it onto the U.S. Hot 100)


“Round and Round,” Spandau Ballet (Top 20 in the U.K.)


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