1984 was a breakout year for the music video. The form was celebrated with the first MTV Video Music Awards, and credited with the revival of a record industry that had died with disco. Plus, it gave us Bruce Springsteen doing the Carlton — before the move was invented!

If the music video was in peak form, then that’s because the day’s pop stars were, too. Outside of Michael Jackson, the icon who’d closed 1983 with the epic, “Thriller,” but did not drop any new clips in 1984, everyone who was anyone was making sweet video music: Madonna, Prince, Queen, U2, Duran Duran and, of course, the dance-master Springsteen.

Return with us now to a magical time.

Artists: Alan Parsons Project, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, corey hart, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, frankie goes to hollywood, Go-Go's, Madonna, Pointer Sisters, Prince, Queen, Ratt, The Cars, thomas dolby, Twisted Sister, U2, Van Halen, ZZ Top

Related Artists: Alan Parsons, Supertramp, Camel, Barclay James Harvest, Genesis, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Moody Blues

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