80s 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 vote up which songs you think are the absolute worst, and vote down 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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1
2,367 1,772
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New Kids on the Block

2
2,114 1,686
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Milli Vanilli

3
2,759 2,383
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4
2,265 1,723
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
2,197 2,111
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6
2,031 1,634
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Milli Vanilli

7
1,941 1,764
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8
1,901 1,728
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

9
2,101 2,015
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The Beach Boys

10
1,910 1,741
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11
2,139 2,309
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George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,785 1,813
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,957 1,718
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Olivia Newton-John

14
1,856 1,639
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Bobby Brown

15
1,814 1,875
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16
1,522 1,811
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Huey Lewis & the News

17
1,830 1,852
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Riot18 added Warrant

18
1,475 1,264
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19
1,632 1,640
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

20
1,786 1,838
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Toni Basil

21
1,853 1,733
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

22
875 784
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Pat Benatar

23
988 676
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artsyldyrae added DJ porny

24
1,468 1,483
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Rick Astley

25
1,685 1,823
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26
1,194 864
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RobinGallego added

27
977 718
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Revolting Cocks

28
943 772
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

29
1,288 1,214
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slackMFr added Culture Club

30
1,544 1,346
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31
912 771
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

32
1,759 2,029
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Riot18 added Poison

33
1,452 1,339
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34
906 755
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

35
1,470 1,593
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Riot18 added

36
1,424 1,329
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37
1,476 1,543
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Martika

38
1,335 1,250
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39
1,281 1,132
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

40
1,408 1,409
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Peter Cetera

41
640 486
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

42
1,048 1,084
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Debbie Gibson

43
1,174 1,112
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44
1,174 1,373
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MarkBerzek added Styx

45
846 672
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RobinGallego added Laid Back

46
1,330 1,289
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MarkBerzek added

47
993 932
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RobertJohnston added Ted Nugent

48
1,403 1,433
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Deniece Williams

49
809 769
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EnFinneIgen added Pet Shop Boys

50
831 742
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RobinGallego added Cher, Meat Loaf