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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BLAME IT on The RAIN Milli Vanilli

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

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Stuck With You Huey Lewis & the News

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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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Ooh Ooh Song Pat Benatar

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My Prerogative Bobby Brown

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Mickey Toni Basil

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Physical Olivia Newton-John

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Me So Horny Revolting Cocks

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Riot18 added Cherry Pie Warrant

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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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1491971760840 added Me So Horny DJ porny

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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

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Russ Abbott Atsmosphere is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked
steveresin added Russ Abbott Atsmosphere

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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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slackMFr added I'll Tumble 4 Ya Culture Club

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Riot18 added Puttin' on the Ritz

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EnFinneIgen added Geronimo's Cadillac Modern Talking

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RobinGallego added that's the way i like it

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MarkBerzek added Say You, Say Me"

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jsluckyj added Like a Virgin Madonna

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MarkBerzek added Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard

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s1bamafan added The Final Countdown Mambo Kurt

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Don Walthrop added Too Shy David Puniani

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EnFinneIgen added When Will I Be Famous Bros

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MarkBerzek added Mr. Roboto Styx

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MarkBerzek added The Final Countdown