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 upvote which songs you think are the absolute worst, and downvote 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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Hangin' Tough New Kids on the Block

2
1,185 852
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Girl I'm Gonna Miss You Milli Vanilli

3
1,157 849
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MarkBerzek added Party All The Time Eddie Murphy

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1,189 1,078
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1,475 1,293
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878 875
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Stuck With You Huey Lewis & the News

7
1,075 896
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That's What Friends Are For Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

8
1,121 940
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1,085 808
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BLAME IT on The RAIN Milli Vanilli

10
924 807
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MarkBerzek added Sussudio Phil Collins

11
1,059 887
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1,248 1,252
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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go George Michael, WHAM!

13
1,154 1,044
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Kokomo The Beach Boys

14
1,045 834
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My Prerogative Bobby Brown

The Absolute Best '80s Dance Moves (in GIF Form)

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219 138
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Ooh Ooh Song Pat Benatar

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1,035 997
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1,079 897
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Physical Olivia Newton-John

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995 919
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979 912
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Mickey Toni Basil

20
915 865
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Riot18 added Cherry Pie Warrant

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1,076 936
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Ebony and Ivory Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

The Best Dogs for City Living

22
892 855
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Riot18 added Lady in Red Chris de Burgh

23
783 651
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818 758
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Together Forever Rick Astley

25
155 64
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Me So Horny Revolting Cocks

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992 1,040
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Riot18 added Every Rose Has It's Thorn Poison

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876 843
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Toy Soldiers Martika

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882 722
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The Best '80s Rappers

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833 716
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808 733
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Glory of Love Peter Cetera

31
151 70
Russ Abbott Atsmosphere is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked
steveresin added Russ Abbott Atsmosphere

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824 752
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Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams

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601 484
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RobinGallego added Walk the Dinosaur Was (Not Was)

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762 668
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825 738
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15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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158 80
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1491971760840 added Me So Horny DJ porny

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603 565
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slackMFr added I'll Tumble 4 Ya Culture Club

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778 831
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Riot18 added Puttin' on the Ritz

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831 999
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MarkBerzek added Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard

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554 533
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s1bamafan added The Final Countdown Mambo Kurt

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668 617
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151 100
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Don Walthrop added Too Shy David Puniani

The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1980s

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362 303
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EnFinneIgen added Geronimo's Cadillac Modern Talking

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641 594
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jsluckyj added Like a Virgin Madonna

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506 387
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RobinGallego added that's the way i like it

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764 715
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MarkBerzek added Say You, Say Me"

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901 968
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MarkBerzek added The Final Countdown

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517 611
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MarkBerzek added Mr. Roboto Styx

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EnFinneIgen added When Will I Be Famous Bros