1984 (stylized as MCMLXXXIV on the album’s front cover) is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released on January 9, 1984. This album and their debut are Van Halen’s bestselling albums, each having sold more than 10 million copies. 1984 was the last Van Halen album to feature lead singer David Lee Roth until 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, and the final full-length album with all four original members. Roth left the band in 1985 due to increasing creative differences.
1984 was well received by music critics. Rolling Stone ranked the album number 81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. Commercially, the album went on to reach number two on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained there for five weeks, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller (where Eddie Van Halen made a guest performance). 1984 produced four singles, including “Jump”, Van Halen’s only number one single on the Billboard Hot 100; the top-20 hits “Panama” and “I’ll Wait”; and the MTV favorite “Hot for Teacher”. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.