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Biggest Artists 1984

The UK's Top 20 best-performing artists in 1984 are listed below. It was a straight battle between Frankie and Wham!, with the Liverpool lads coming out on top. Nik Kershaw grabs the No. 3 spot on account of having five hits this year. Queen have their greatest chart impact during the Golden Years (1977-85). Overall, it was the year of the single guy - no less than nine of the Top 20 Acts are male soloists.

Artists are ranked by their Chart-Measured Performance (CHAMP) totals for the year. Singles are listed per artist in chronological order (from left to right) with a symbol denoting peak position. Key to icons: ★No. 1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)
WKS: total weeks spent on the official Top 40

1 FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD★Relax  ★Two Tribes  ★The Power Of Love 62 7,432
2 WHAM!★Wake Me Up Before You Go Go  ★Freedom  ☆Last Christmas / Everything She Wants1 41 4,419
3 NIK KERSHAW●Wouldn't It Be Good  ○Dancing Girls  ●I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me  ○Human Racing  ●The Riddle 45 3,484
4 QUEEN☆Radio Ga Ga  ●I Want To Break Free  ●It's A Hard Life  ○Hammer To Fall  ○Thank God It's Christmas 35 3,065
5 PAUL McCARTNEY★Pipes Of Peace  ●No More Lonely Nights  ●We All Stand Together2 31 2,908
6 HOWARD JONES●What Is Love?  ●Hide And Seek  ●Pearl In The Shell  ●Like To Get To Know You Well 35 2,905
7 LIONEL RITCHIE●Running With The Night  ★Hello  ○Stuck On You  ○Penny Lover 35 2,778
8 KOOL AND THE GANG●Straight Ahead  ●Joanna / Tonight  ○In The Heart  ○Fresh 34 2,565
9 DURAN DURAN●New Moon On Monday  ★The Reflex  ●The Wild Boys 28 2,537
10 THE POINTER SISTERS●Automatic  ●Jump (For My Love)  ○I Need You  ○I'm So Excited 31 2,349
11 STEVIE WONDER★I Just Called To Say I Love You 21 2,280
12 THE THOMPSON TWINS●Doctor Doctor  ●You Take Me Up  ○Sister Of Mercy 26 2,130
13 BAND AID★Do They Know It's Christmas?1 24 2,078
14 RAY PARKER JR●Ghostbusters 24 2,057
15 SHAKIN' STEVENS● A Love Worth Waiting For  ●A Letter To You  ○Teardrops 24 1,964
16 BLACK LACE●Agadoo  ●Do The Conga 25 1,943
17 BILLY JOEL●Tell Her About It  ●Innocent Man  ○The Longest Time  ○Goodnight Saigon 26 1,793
18 CYNDI LAUPER●Just An Illusion  ●Music And Lights  ○In The Heat Of The Night 19 1,781
19 SISTER SLEDGE●Thinking Of You  ●Lost In Music3 19 1,781
20 GEORGE MICHAEL4★Careless Whisper 15 1,709

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★No.1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)

WKS: total weeks spent on the official Top 40

1 Includes chart from December 1985

2 Credited as Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus

3 Includes chart run from August 1979

4 George Michael accrued 6,128 CHAMP points and 56 weeks when combined with Wham!