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
2,170 1,616
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New Kids on the Block

2
1,921 1,539
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Milli Vanilli

3
2,527 2,174
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4
2,033 1,572
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
2,004 1,938
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6
1,794 1,602
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7
1,845 1,487
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Milli Vanilli

8
1,748 1,573
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

9
1,928 1,826
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The Beach Boys

10
1,764 1,581
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11
1,964 2,139
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George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,629 1,624
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,791 1,568
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Olivia Newton-John

14
1,704 1,492
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Bobby Brown

15
1,408 1,641
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Huey Lewis & the News

16
1,671 1,718
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17
1,664 1,660
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Riot18 added Warrant

18
759 654
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Pat Benatar

19
1,330 1,139
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20
1,645 1,655
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Toni Basil

21
1,715 1,588
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

22
1,493 1,499
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

23
819 561
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1491971760840 added DJ porny

24
842 600
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Revolting Cocks

25
1,349 1,346
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Rick Astley

26
1,555 1,660
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27
1,052 773
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RobinGallego added

28
1,641 1,830
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Riot18 added Poison

29
817 678
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

30
1,154 1,084
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slackMFr added Culture Club

31
1,314 1,209
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32
1,412 1,242
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33
1,325 1,225
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34
1,372 1,413
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Martika

35
1,342 1,446
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Riot18 added

36
1,305 1,282
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Peter Cetera

37
1,226 1,142
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38
1,162 1,020
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

39
798 689
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

40
1,083 1,005
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41
800 675
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

42
949 971
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Debbie Gibson

43
1,294 1,307
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Deniece Williams

44
538 414
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

45
1,221 1,182
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MarkBerzek added

46
1,031 1,227
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MarkBerzek added Styx

47
854 811
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RobertJohnston added Ted Nugent

48
733 663
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RobinGallego added Cher, Meat Loaf

49
1,029 1,065
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s1bamafan added Mambo Kurt

50
742 608
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RobinGallego added Laid Back