• Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA: The album and title track made The Boss a global phenomenon. But US President Ronald Reagan completely missed the point when he famously declared it a "message of hope". Springsteen denied a request from the White House to use it as a camaign song.
• Prince, Purple Rain: Prince wrote the music, starred in the movie and wowed the world with his unique, self-invented sound and look.
• Nena, 99 Red Balloons: This German pop act had a No 1 hit wonder across the world with a poppy anti-nuclear weapons song. The original German version is the best.
• Duran Duran, The Reflex: Named one of 1984's best pop songs by Rolling Stone, it's arguably the quintessential sound of the 80s.
• a-ha, Take on Me: The Norwegian pretty-boys took a very '80s, two-fingered synth riff and built three minutes of pop genius around it. The kooky pencil-drawn video also helped.
• Madonna, Borderline: The fifth and final single from her debut album, this was her first top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. A sign of things to come from the Queen of 80s pop.