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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Girl I'm Gonna Miss You Milli Vanilli

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MarkBerzek added Party All The Time Eddie Murphy

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Stuck With You Huey Lewis & the News

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That's What Friends Are For Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

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BLAME IT on The RAIN Milli Vanilli

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MarkBerzek added Sussudio Phil Collins

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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go George Michael, WHAM!

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Kokomo The Beach Boys

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My Prerogative Bobby Brown

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Ooh Ooh Song Pat Benatar

The Best '80s Rappers 15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Physical Olivia Newton-John

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Riot18 added Cherry Pie Warrant

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Mickey Toni Basil

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Ebony and Ivory Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

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Riot18 added Lady in Red Chris de Burgh

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Together Forever Rick Astley

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Riot18 added Every Rose Has It's Thorn Poison

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Toy Soldiers Martika

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Glory of Love Peter Cetera

The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1980s The Best Things About Fall

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RobinGallego added Walk the Dinosaur Was (Not Was)

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Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams

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1491971760840 added Me So Horny DJ porny

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slackMFr added I'll Tumble 4 Ya Culture Club

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Me So Horny Revolting Cocks

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MarkBerzek added Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard

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Riot18 added Puttin' on the Ritz

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jsluckyj added Like a Virgin Madonna

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MarkBerzek added Say You, Say Me"

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EnFinneIgen added Geronimo's Cadillac Modern Talking

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s1bamafan added The Final Countdown Mambo Kurt

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RobinGallego added that's the way i like it

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Don Walthrop added Too Shy David Puniani

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MarkBerzek added The Final Countdown