80s The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked  

Ranker Music
Originally by
288.1k votes 9k voters 193.7k views 147 items

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.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, Ranker may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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.

list ordered by

1
2,392 1,783
Ranker Video
New Kids on the Block

2
2,137 1,697
Ranker Video
Milli Vanilli

3
2,293 1,735
Ranker Video
MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

4
2,788 2,413
Ranker Video

5
2,224 2,134
Ranker Video

6
2,053 1,649
Ranker Video
Milli Vanilli

7
1,926 1,746
Ranker Video
Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

8
1,961 1,785
Ranker Video

9
2,124 2,040
Ranker Video
The Beach Boys

10
1,932 1,761
Ranker Video

11
2,161 2,339
Ranker Video
George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,806 1,834
Ranker Video
MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,981 1,743
Ranker Video
Olivia Newton-John

14
1,535 1,829
Ranker Video
Huey Lewis & the News

15
1,835 1,895
Ranker Video

16
1,876 1,655
Ranker Video
Bobby Brown

17
1,494 1,272
Ranker Video

18
1,850 1,875
Ranker Video
Riot18 added Warrant

19
1,653 1,659
Ranker Video
Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

20
1,873 1,746
Ranker Video
Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

21
887 791
Ranker Video
Pat Benatar

22
1,808 1,864
Ranker Video
Toni Basil

23
1,019 683
Ranker Video
artsyldyrae added DJ porny

24
1,700 1,837
Ranker Video

25
1,482 1,497
Ranker Video
Rick Astley