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
2,365 1,769
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New Kids on the Block

2
2,111 1,683
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Milli Vanilli

3
2,756 2,377
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4
2,261 1,721
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
2,193 2,106
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6
2,029 1,628
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Milli Vanilli

7
1,937 1,760
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8
1,896 1,726
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

9
2,097 2,010
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The Beach Boys

10
1,909 1,737
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11
2,134 2,306
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George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,782 1,808
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,953 1,714
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Olivia Newton-John

14
1,853 1,636
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Bobby Brown

15
1,520 1,806
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Huey Lewis & the News

16
1,809 1,873
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17
1,828 1,848
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Riot18 added Warrant

18
1,474 1,261
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19
1,628 1,640
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

20
873 781
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Pat Benatar

21
1,847 1,731
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

22
1,781 1,838
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Toni Basil

23
984 674
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artsyldyrae added DJ porny

24
1,465 1,479
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Rick Astley

25
1,191 861
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RobinGallego added

26
1,682 1,820
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27
974 716
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Revolting Cocks

28
939 771
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

29
1,286 1,210
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slackMFr added Culture Club

30
911 769
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

31
1,541 1,344
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32
1,757 2,023
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Riot18 added Poison

33
1,448 1,335
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34
904 753
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

35
1,468 1,587
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Riot18 added

36
1,422 1,327
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37
1,475 1,540
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Martika

38
1,333 1,248
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39
1,279 1,131
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

40
638 485
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

41
1,403 1,409
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Peter Cetera

42
1,173 1,109
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43
1,045 1,082
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Debbie Gibson

44
1,172 1,367
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MarkBerzek added Styx

45
843 671
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RobinGallego added Laid Back

46
1,328 1,287
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MarkBerzek added

47
1,401 1,430
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Deniece Williams

48
991 930
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RobertJohnston added Ted Nugent

49
830 739
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RobinGallego added Cher, Meat Loaf

50
807 766
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EnFinneIgen added Pet Shop Boys