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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1,673 1,162
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New Kids on the Block

2
1,468 1,090
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Milli Vanilli

3
1,891 1,610
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4
1,478 1,099
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
1,501 1,388
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6
1,390 1,037
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Milli Vanilli

7
1,315 1,132
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8
1,320 1,151
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

9
1,436 1,323
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The Beach Boys

10
1,368 1,203
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11
1,530 1,580
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George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,200 1,111
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,077 1,169
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Huey Lewis & the News

14
1,287 1,076
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Bobby Brown

15
1,344 1,138
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Olivia Newton-John

16
1,267 1,262
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17
415 321
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Pat Benatar

18
1,197 1,153
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Riot18 added Warrant

19
1,233 1,185
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Toni Basil

20
1,318 1,183
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

21
1,211 1,204
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22
981 820
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23
1,025 960
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Rick Astley

24
1,103 1,094
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

25
429 257
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Revolting Cocks

26
404 243
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1491971760840 added DJ porny

27
829 663
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

28
1,228 1,347
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Riot18 added Poison

29
1,077 1,053
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Martika

30
709 505
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RobinGallego added

31
1,078 918
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32
936 841
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33
995 949
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Peter Cetera

34
521 425
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

35
992 1,051
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Riot18 added

36
803 753
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slackMFr added Culture Club

37
1,011 922
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38
302 199
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

39
989 921
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40
543 457
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

41
997 976
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Deniece Williams

42
812 751
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43
938 882
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MarkBerzek added

44
540 452
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

45
710 836
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MarkBerzek added Styx

46
723 733
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s1bamafan added Mambo Kurt

47
1,019 1,299
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MarkBerzek added Def Leppard

48
663 704
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Debbie Gibson

49
823 797
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jsluckyj added Madonna

50
706 723
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Richard Marx