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Atlantic Timeline - 1984

Atlantic Timeline is an ongoing column where we highlight some of the most exciting moments from Atlantic Records artists' musical legacy. This installment covers 1984.

1984 PHIL COLLINS releases his Arif Mardin-produced ballad, “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” in February. The single goes to #1 in the U.S. and wins both an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Song’ and a Grammy Award for ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.’


In March, LA’s RATT break out with their top 10 Atlantic debut, Out Of The Cellar.

Released in May, TWISTED SISTER’s Stay Hungry – featuring the headbanging anthems “We’re Not Gonna To Take It” and “I Wanna Rock” – is deemed obscene by the Parents Music Resource Center. It sells over three million copies.

JULIAN LENNON’s Valotte is released in October. The platinum-certified album includes two top 10 smashes in “Too Late For Goodbyes” and the title track.


In November, a newly reconstituted YES reach a new generation with the Trevor Horn-produced 90125, featuring the #1 blockbuster, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.”


ROBERT PLANT teams with AHMET ERTEGUN for the joyous R&B tribute, The Honeydrippers, Volume One. Released in November, the EP proves a popular smash, reaching the top 5 and platinum certification.

In December, FOREIGNER unveils its multi-platinum concept album, Agent Provocateur. It includes the band’s most successful single, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which reaches #1 in both the U.S. and the UK.

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