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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2,067 1,527
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New Kids on the Block

2
1,827 1,451
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Milli Vanilli

3
2,398 2,049
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4
1,914 1,483
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
1,899 1,826
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6
1,701 1,519
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7
1,751 1,403
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Milli Vanilli

8
1,674 1,489
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9
1,827 1,731
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The Beach Boys

10
1,653 1,504
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

11
1,888 2,014
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George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,535 1,522
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,341 1,542
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Huey Lewis & the News

14
1,702 1,482
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Olivia Newton-John

15
1,616 1,411
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Bobby Brown

16
1,581 1,628
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17
688 590
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Pat Benatar

18
1,560 1,562
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Riot18 added Warrant

19
1,563 1,566
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Toni Basil

20
1,254 1,071
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21
1,412 1,422
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

22
1,627 1,517
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

23
732 492
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1491971760840 added DJ porny

24
767 536
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Revolting Cocks

25
1,278 1,268
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Rick Astley

26
1,477 1,570
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27
1,554 1,728
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Riot18 added Poison

28
972 724
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RobinGallego added

29
750 628
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

30
1,084 1,019
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slackMFr added Culture Club

31
1,104 946
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

32
1,280 1,362
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Riot18 added

33
1,262 1,164
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34
1,345 1,185
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35
1,309 1,348
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Martika

36
1,248 1,216
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Peter Cetera

37
1,242 1,156
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38
1,029 948
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39
1,169 1,090
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40
892 918
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Debbie Gibson

41
740 650
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

42
744 637
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

43
1,236 1,239
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Deniece Williams

44
974 1,145
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MarkBerzek added Styx

45
1,165 1,125
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MarkBerzek added

46
489 378
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

47
979 1,000
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s1bamafan added Mambo Kurt

48
1,258 1,384
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49
787 759
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RobertJohnston added Ted Nugent

50
1,265 1,402
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