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 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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1,828 1,324
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New Kids on the Block

2
1,614 1,244
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Milli Vanilli

3
2,099 1,799
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4
1,664 1,260
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
1,664 1,570
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6
1,537 1,189
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Milli Vanilli

7
1,474 1,285
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8
1,606 1,498
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The Beach Boys

9
1,465 1,303
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

10
1,686 1,758
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George Michael, WHAM!

11
1,503 1,356
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12
1,347 1,284
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,198 1,324
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Huey Lewis & the News

14
1,500 1,281
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Olivia Newton-John

15
1,423 1,228
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Bobby Brown

16
1,385 1,333
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Toni Basil

17
1,400 1,419
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18
1,356 1,323
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Riot18 added Warrant

19
1,450 1,321
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

20
524 449
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Pat Benatar

21
1,084 933
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22
1,230 1,231
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

23
1,139 1,090
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Rick Astley

24
1,324 1,354
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25
564 377
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Revolting Cocks

26
531 354
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1491971760840 added DJ porny

27
820 594
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RobinGallego added

28
951 781
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

29
1,364 1,508
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Riot18 added Poison

30
924 853
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slackMFr added Culture Club

31
1,117 1,166
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Riot18 added

32
1,184 1,030
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33
1,162 1,181
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Martika

34
1,029 942
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35
1,096 1,061
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Peter Cetera

36
1,105 1,020
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37
605 518
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

38
1,083 1,018
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39
1,100 1,080
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Deniece Williams

40
893 836
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41
617 545
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

42
1,028 984
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MarkBerzek added

43
836 837
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s1bamafan added Mambo Kurt

44
818 959
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MarkBerzek added Styx

45
756 792
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Debbie Gibson

46
934 900
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jsluckyj added Madonna

47
374 283
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

48
614 538
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

49
1,135 1,427
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MarkBerzek added Def Leppard

50
1,129 1,233
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