80s music The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the worst songs, and vote down the songs you actually like, even if you keep it a secret. Don't worry – we won't tell.

The absolute worst songs from the 1980s, voted on by the Ranker community. The '80 were known for lots of "worst" things: big bangs, acid-wash jeans, leg warmers, and music. The '80s were a compilation of some of the best and some of the worst music of all time, and unfortunately for our ears, the bad stuff is pretty bad. But thankfully, that's what this list is for! 
 
Even though some of these bands were wildly successful in the '80s, that doesn't mean they're music is torture to our ears. What are the worst songs from the '80s? That's up for you to decide. This list is votable and re-rankable, so upvote which songs you think are the absolute worst, and downvote the ones you like a little more. Don't see a song that may deserve top billing on this playlist? Be sure to add it.
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Hangin' Tough New Kids on the Block

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1,174 844
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Girl I'm Gonna Miss You Milli Vanilli

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1,145 838
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MarkBerzek added Party All The Time Eddie Murphy

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1,175 1,064
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1,459 1,276
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873 864
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Stuck With You Huey Lewis & the News

7
1,068 884
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That's What Friends Are For Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

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1,081 801
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BLAME IT on The RAIN Milli Vanilli

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1,112 931
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10
918 797
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MarkBerzek added Sussudio Phil Collins

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1,054 877
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1,239 1,235
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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go George Michael, WHAM!

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1,145 1,034
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Kokomo The Beach Boys

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1,041 824
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My Prerogative Bobby Brown

The Absolute Best '80s Dance Moves (in GIF Form)

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212 131
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Ooh Ooh Song Pat Benatar

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1,031 984
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1,072 888
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Physical Olivia Newton-John

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991 911
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970 904
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Mickey Toni Basil

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906 856
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Riot18 added Cherry Pie Warrant

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1,071 926
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Ebony and Ivory Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

The Best Robot Video Games of All Time

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884 847
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Riot18 added Lady in Red Chris de Burgh

23
779 646
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815 749
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Together Forever Rick Astley

25
987 1,032
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Riot18 added Every Rose Has It's Thorn Poison

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878 715
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874 837
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Toy Soldiers Martika

28
830 711
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The Best '80s Rappers

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137 60
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Me So Horny Revolting Cocks

30
148 66
Russ Abbott Atsmosphere is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked
steveresin added Russ Abbott Atsmosphere

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802 726
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Glory of Love Peter Cetera

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820 743
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Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams

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598 478
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RobinGallego added Walk the Dinosaur Was (Not Was)

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759 659
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823 733
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15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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152 75
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1491971760840 added Me So Horny DJ porny

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603 557
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slackMFr added I'll Tumble 4 Ya Culture Club

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771 825
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Riot18 added Puttin' on the Ritz

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825 989
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MarkBerzek added Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard

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360 298
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EnFinneIgen added Geronimo's Cadillac Modern Talking

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665 613
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548 527
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s1bamafan added The Final Countdown Mambo Kurt

The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1980s

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148 97
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Don Walthrop added Too Shy David Puniani

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819 815
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502 383
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RobinGallego added that's the way i like it

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760 710
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MarkBerzek added Say You, Say Me"

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632 588
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jsluckyj added Like a Virgin Madonna

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392 338
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EnFinneIgen added When Will I Be Famous Bros

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894 961
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MarkBerzek added The Final Countdown

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