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
2,155 1,608
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New Kids on the Block

2
2,513 2,148
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3
1,908 1,533
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Milli Vanilli

4
2,013 1,569
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MarkBerzek added Eddie Murphy

5
1,987 1,925
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6
1,782 1,589
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7
1,834 1,480
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Milli Vanilli

8
1,754 1,567
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9
1,736 1,567
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Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elton John

10
1,915 1,817
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The Beach Boys

11
1,954 2,117
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George Michael, WHAM!

12
1,619 1,612
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MarkBerzek added Phil Collins

13
1,777 1,561
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Olivia Newton-John

14
1,398 1,629
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Huey Lewis & the News

15
1,689 1,485
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Bobby Brown

16
1,660 1,705
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17
1,652 1,648
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Riot18 added Warrant

18
749 649
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Pat Benatar

19
1,321 1,133
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20
1,631 1,644
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Toni Basil

21
1,480 1,492
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Riot18 added Chris de Burgh

22
1,700 1,583
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Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney

23
810 554
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1491971760840 added DJ porny

24
1,338 1,337
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Rick Astley

25
832 595
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Revolting Cocks

26
1,542 1,651
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27
1,044 767
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RobinGallego added

28
1,627 1,819
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Riot18 added Poison

29
809 674
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EnFinneIgen added Modern Talking

30
1,145 1,080
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slackMFr added Culture Club

31
1,304 1,202
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32
1,363 1,404
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Martika

33
1,316 1,217
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34
1,404 1,239
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35
1,335 1,435
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Riot18 added

36
1,157 1,009
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RobinGallego added Was (Not Was)

37
1,300 1,273
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Peter Cetera

38
1,218 1,134
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39
792 682
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EnFinneIgen added Bros

40
1,078 998
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41
793 672
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kiwifan added Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

42
943 964
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Debbie Gibson

43
1,284 1,297
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Deniece Williams

44
1,214 1,169
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MarkBerzek added

45
532 410
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steveresin added Russ Abbott

46
1,022 1,219
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MarkBerzek added Styx

47
846 804
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RobertJohnston added Ted Nugent

48
726 659
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RobinGallego added Cher, Meat Loaf

49
1,021 1,059
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s1bamafan added Mambo Kurt

50
1,308 1,443
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