1984: Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen

Composed and recorded by Bruce Springsteen for his seventh studio album, Born in the USA. The singer recorded the song in 1982 and it was released as a single from the album in 1984. The video was filmed at the Saint Paul Civic Center, Minnesota, USA over two nights. The first night was a pure video shoot and the second was on the opening night of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A Tour. In the video, a young woman from the audience was invited onto the stage to dance along with the singer. The young woman was American actress Courteney Cox. Video director Brian De Palma had the actress flown in from New York City in the USA for this particular role in the video. However, Bruce Springsteen did not know until after who she was, thinking she was a pre-selected fan. The video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance. Dancing in the Dark earned Bruce Springsteen a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance. In 1984, a reader’s poll by Rolling Stone Magazine voted the song Single of the Year. The song has also been included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Genre: Pop Rock.

Chart History (1984)Peak Position
Australia5
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart3
Canada Chum Chart1
Finland11
France36
Ireland2
Italy12
Netherlands1
New Zealand2
Norway7
South Africa4
Sweden2
United Kingdom28
USA Billboard Dance / Disco Top 80 Chart7
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart2
USA Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart1
USA Cash Box Top 100 Chart1
USA Radio and Records Pop Airplay Chart1
Year-End Charts (1984)Final Position
Australia1
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart20
New Zealand4
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart14
USA Cash Box Top 1000 Chart3
USA Radio and Records Pop Airplay Chart 15
Chart History (1985)Peak Position
Belgium Ultratop 50 Flanders Region Chart1
Belgium VRT Top 30 Flanders Region Chart1
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart2
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart1
United Kingdom4
Year-End Charts (1985)Final Position
Belgium Ultratop 50 Flanders Region Chart 5
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart 9
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart 3
United Kingdom29
Chart History (2013)Peak Position
United Kingdom87