Each volume of Excelsior's Rock On series provides an extremely arbitrary snapshot of the year that's being covered. Only 12 songs are on each disc, meaning that a good amount of space goes to waste, and there's little in the way of stylistic focus. Needless to say, these hastily patched-together budget-line discs shouldn't be considered suitable documentations for the years they are covering. Rock On: 1984 includes John Waite's "Missing You," Dan Hartman's "I Can Dream About You," Chaka Khan's "I Feel for You," Pat Benatar's "We Belong," Ashford & Simpson's "Solid," Culture Club's "Miss Me Blind," and Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now."
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman