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
2,365 1,772
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New Kids on the Block

2
2,113 1,686
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Milli Vanilli

3
2,759 2,381
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4
2,263 1,723
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
2,194 2,109
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6
2,030 1,632
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Milli Vanilli

7
1,940 1,763
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8
1,900 1,726
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

9
2,099 2,013
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The Beach Boys

10
1,910 1,739
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11
2,137 2,308
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George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,785 1,810
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,955 1,718
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Olivia Newton-John

14
1,855 1,638
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Bobby Brown

15
1,813 1,874
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16
1,521 1,808
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Huey Lewis & the News

17
1,830 1,850
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Riot18 added Warrant

18
1,475 1,263
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19
1,631 1,640
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

20
1,785 1,838
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Toni Basil

21
874 783
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Pat Benatar

22
1,850 1,733
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

23
985 676
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artsyldyrae added DJ porny

24
1,467 1,481
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Rick Astley

25
1,684 1,821
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26
1,192 864
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RobinGallego added

27
975 718
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Revolting Cocks

28
942 772
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

29
1,287 1,212
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slackMFr added Culture Club

30
1,543 1,345
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31
911 771
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

32
1,758 2,027
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Riot18 added Poison

33
1,450 1,338
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34
905 754
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

35
1,469 1,588
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Riot18 added

36
1,424 1,327
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37
1,476 1,541
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Martika

38
1,334 1,249
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39
1,280 1,132
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

40
639 485
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

41
1,405 1,409
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Peter Cetera

42
1,174 1,109
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43
1,047 1,082
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Debbie Gibson

44
1,173 1,371
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MarkBerzek added Styx

45
844 671
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RobinGallego added Laid Back

46
1,403 1,431
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Deniece Williams

47
1,329 1,288
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MarkBerzek added

48
992 931
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RobertJohnston added Ted Nugent

49
831 740
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RobinGallego added Cher, Meat Loaf

50
808 768
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EnFinneIgen added Pet Shop Boys