1984 was a year of massive contradiction. On the surface, Orwell's bleak nightmare was nowhere to be seen. But Reaganomics, the growing AIDS epidemic, CIA manipulation of arms and drug circulation, and the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation provided a superstructure of monstrous proportions. At the same time, pop music was exploding everywhere and the recording industry was experiencing unprecedented profits. Here's a snapshot of some of the more crucial records of the spectacle that was/is 1984.