Top 10 Worst Songs of the 1980s

The Top Ten

1 We Built This City - Starship We Built This City - Starship

This is pretty overhated to be honest. It can be annoying since it’s overplayed though. - Misfire

Despite a lot of 80s songs being called "the worst of the decade", they are still good and can be considered bad in a good way. - Gehenna

This song is considered by many critics to be one of the worst songs ever, and it's quite obvious why. With its cheap instrumentation, stupid and nonsensical lyrics, and terrible singing performances, it definitely deserves a place as one of the worst songs of the 80s and one of the worst songs of all time. - TheMusicNerd

Awful, dreadful, formulaic

2 Mickey - Toni Basil Mickey - Toni Basil

This was the epitome of a Video song. I don't know why it's getting SUCH a bad rap. It was a cheerleader song, with cheerleaders. Kinda kookie, but real. 100% novelty, but not deserving of "the worst". - Mandi7882

This song is so annoying.

I've lost faith in humanity

I will never understand why or how this embarrassingly bad song exists. Seriously, why was this made, who was it directed to, and how did it chart? Someone please tell me, I have no idea. - worstmusicoftheyear

3 Fade to Black - Metallica Fade to Black - Metallica

OK whatever ya say bud. - OnlyInDreams

This isn't a bad songs you douches.

I don't listen to much metal, but this doesn't belong at number 3. It's a great song. Overrated? Sure... but definitely not 3rd worst. - Gg2000


4 Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money

Annoying, catchy, repetitive, cheap, bad singing, talentless, poppy, bad instrumentation, boring, and uninspired.

I love this song - 445956

The Ronettes' sound sucks!

5 Physical - Olivia Newton-John

I will never, ever, ever, ever understand how this was the biggest hit of the decade. - emraldYE

Also, loved this song. Hated the video. - Mandi7882

LOVE this song and it was a BIG HIT for Olivia. Shouldn't be on this list!

This song stinks. I think that Olivia hit a new rock bottom in terms of selling out when she recorded this. - Gg2000

6 Heartbeat - Don Johnson

Good God, what the hell is this song? Why the hell was it made? Why did someone decide to make this horrible song? lyrics, instrumentation, singing performance, everything. This is not only the worst song of the 80s, it is one of the worst songs ever. - TheMusicNerd

The dumb bastard who made this list put my favorite Metallica and definitely leppard song

Total crap

Actors singing. ug.

7 Muscles - Diana Ross

Some worst 80s songs that SHOULD be on this list:

Feels Like I'm in Love by Kelly Marie (annoying); Shaddup Your Face by Joe Dolce (need I say more); most of Britain's Eurovision entries; upwards of two thirds of Stock,Aitken & Waterman's pappy synthesiser hits. - rjjcms

What the hell?! How is guns n roses sweet child of mine the worst song of the 80's? What retard made this list?! Guns 'n roses sweet child of mine might be the best song of the 80s.

8 Live to Tell - Madonna

Get this song off the list NOW!

What genius with crap taste in music put Metallica and Guns 'n Roses in this list - Danielsun182

Madonna is the queen of pop

When *doesn't* Madonna put out garbage? Overrated, talentless

9 Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

Why the hell is this a bad song. You obviously don't know good music.

Oh, come on! This song is great! - Mandi7882

You guys know that when you comment to say you love this song you're voting for it to be the worst song, right? Or whatever. I like this song, especially the solo, but I never really was a big fan of Axl's voice. Especially when I was a kid, I used to cry whenever my dad put Welcome to the Jungle because I found it scary. But this song shouldn't be here, honestly. Oh, the irony!

This is an amazing song!

10 Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

Oh my goodness, hated it then and the Progressive Insurance Commercials just made it even worse.

Song is better than you think dingus top tens. Go listen to the Go-Go's to know who Belinda Carlisle is.

This song is the worst thing in the history of humanity

The Contenders

11 Japanese Boy - Aneka

Her voice is excruciating and painful to hear...this is a disrespect to the Japanese!

12 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

I don't know. I don't think this is the worst, but I think it's overrated beyond belief. The fact that it's excessively played on the radio doesn't help either. - Gg2000

This is my favorite song ever, and I am shocked. Get this song off right now.

Yes. Especially when you realize definitely Leppard had so many great songs before that.

Really? this track is good - christangrant

13 Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy

This is one of those songs that is so bad, when you see the title and the artist, you can't help but laugh. Then you hear the song and just REALLY laugh. But he was serious. That's what makes it so bad. - Mandi7882

If you put out a couple of blockbuster movies, of COURSE you are automatically worthy of a meaningless top ten "hit".
Just another example of why the 80's sucked zoo much, ESPECIALLY if you were there.

14 Sara - Fleetwood Mac

Any Fleetwood Mac song really - DenyYourMaker

This song is from 1979.

Bad song from a has-been band.

So glad 2c this on a "worst"list! I always wondered what anybody possibly
liked about it. Terrible, boring song by has-been band, is right! It used to be torture for me when it came on the radio.

15 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

My exception of liking girls on saxophone :-( - Interrogator

Rindy is as cold as ice!

16 Sunglasses at Night - Corey Hart

You know those Youtube commenters who say that "modern music sucks (which is kinda true, although I don't really care about it since to me it does sound generic) and that the 80s had awesome music" Haha, yeah no.

The 80s had a huge amount of horrible music (plus corny fashion), even then almost everything sounded the same (personally I think the late 80s though is when music started to become good again, except hair metal it still sucks no matter what. Thank god Grunge caused it to decline), and this song is one of the reasons why I think the music of the 80s weren't great as everyone makes it out to be.

Horrible lyrics, annoying synth noises, terrible "singing", yeah do I need to explain more? In a nutshell this song is everything wrong with the 80's new wave/Second British Invasion craze.

Amazing. The lyrics "don't switch the blade on a guy in shades" is valuable life knowledge.

I don't even need to explain why this is here. This is horrible. - TheMusicNerd

17 I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses

I prefer the version sung by Herbert from Family Guy. If that doesn't tell you how much I hate this, I don't know what will. - Gg2000

Sung with no emotion. It's a laughable song.

True. "oh listen to us, we're SO naughty..."

I know one of this bqnd's members died but that doesn't stop this song from sucking - 445956

18 Like a Prayer - Madonna

Madonna good - DenyYourMaker

This is actually Madonna’s only good song. - emraldYE

19 Alone - Heart

Nooo! This is one of Hearts masterpieces. One of the best of the 80s not the worst!

20 Roam - The B-52's
21 Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie

Lionel songs are all the best. I see no reasons why dancing on the ceiling be rated as 10th worst love songs ever. Don't merely judge a book by its cover, dig deeper and you'll find the reasoning of my objection in this rating.

So commercial it hurts...

Metallica at number 1? - gemcloben

Just another song about using drugs in the 80s. This song deserves to be on this list.

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22 Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol

Boring song

I always (intentionally) mis-hear these lyrics as 'Arse About Face'. It's better that way.

This belongs on the list

23 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

How the hell is this on the list

I love this song! Why is it even on here? - RiverClanRocks

Shouldn't this be on the list of one of the best songs to come out of the 80s.

What the hell is Metallica and Guns N Roses, as well as a bunch of other artists, doing here? Whoever made this list is either a Belieber or a Directioner for the most part.

24 Lover's Moon - Glenn Frey
25 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

It's a cover not really her song by the way the real one was made by a boy

It’s not bad, just a bit annoying. - Misfire

I really wish that Love is Like A Rock was on this list because that song really is the most pointless song of all time. And it was a massive hit for some reason. But eh I'll just vote for this because I also dislike this song a lot. - Anonymousxcxc

This ain't a bad song. Don't like female empowerment or something?

26 Missing You - John Waite

so boring - emraldYE

27 Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen

Wrong. I have yet to hear a bad Springsteen song. - emraldYE

No. I think it needs to be further down the list. - Gg2000

28 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

We were so starved for novelty we paid attention to this piece of schlock

This song is disgusting. I have no idea why it charted so well. - shnoziyahu

29 The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

This song is the epitome as to why the 80's sucked and are overrated!

Hold on, man. I know this song is one of the worst songs ever, but the 80s were quite good. - TheMusicNerd

How dare you put such a good song on this list
and the people below me are dicks

30 Kids In America - Kim Wilde

I even hate the covers >:-( - Interrogator

31 In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel

You kidding? This is a great song! So was a really good album. - Gg2000

32 Thriller - Michael Jackson

Why is this song here?! The video was groundbreaking. The song is became so Halloween, spoofing horror films, the choreography, etc. Sorry this does NOT belong here. - Mandi7882

One of the most overrated songs of all time. Michael Jackson is one of my favorite musical artists ever. This is my least favorite song from him.

Over produced video, incessant radio play and a question mark to a lot of his fans

Yeah very overrated

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33 I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
34 Never Surrender - Corey Hart

Its underratef - PinkF

This song should be way higher. This is one of the many bad songs the 80s had. - TheMusicNerd

35 Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
36 Ride On Time - Black Box
37 Bad - Michael Jackson

Why is this here? This song is great.

By the way you qaz9999 he is amazing and most influential artist of all time. Bad is a funk song. You may not like it. But that doesn't means he sucks, He rocks

Just to clarify:
The most influential artist of all time?
THE Beatles
The biggest-selling artist of all time?
THE Beatles
Most #1's of all time?
THE Beatles
Most successful musicians of all time?
THE Beatles
Thanks for your time.

When WE look at the way you put that, we automatically assume that the Beatles are also overrated! - aceboogieog

This is real bad...

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38 Love Shack - The B-52's

One of the most overplayed songs of the 80's. Maybe it was good the first couple of plays, but after hearing it 24+ times a day, every single day for more than a year, that's it, no more. GTFOH with this. If I never hear this song again in this lifetime, it will still be too soon!

The most terrible thing to happen to music when I was in school, flat flat sharp! Really are they all tone deaf? And who wants to make love in a rusty old dirty shack? Yuck!

This song needs to be higher. It is, in my opinion, a terrible song. The man talking on all the verses has a very annoying voice, and the chorus is really the only listenable and halfway interesting part of the song. Also, lyrics aren't impressive whatsoever either:
"Hop in my Chrysler, it's as big as a whale and it's about to set sail
I got me a car, like, it seats about 20
So come on and bring your jukebox money" - Element119

39 Let's Dance - David Bowie

Whoever adds one of David Bowie's songs to this list is an absolutely ironic hipster!

He went really downhill in the 80s. - gemcloben

40 Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys

For keeping Fairytale of New York off Christmas Number 1 in 1987.

I love the Pet Shop Boys. I think they always have, and always will produce great music.

You gonna diss the British synth-pop masters?

41 Sussudio - Phil Collins

This is the reason why people trash talk Phil Collins despite the fact that he's a talented drummer and singer. It needs to be higher up the list. - Gg2000

I forgot about this! It just blended in with all the other nonsense.

Completely nonsensical and retarded.

42 Purple Rain - Prince

yeah no - DenyYourMaker

Shut up! Prince is a legend of Pop, folk, rock, and funk.

43 Toy Soldiers - Martika

It spawned an Eminem song, so it sucks. - 445956

44 Luka - Suzanne Vega

Worst song EVER! Sorry Luka... you're on you're own/bringing me down. No one wanted to listen to this hippie coffee shop drivel in the 80s...

45 Agadoo - Black Lace

Why is this so low? This song is absolutely horrendous. I'd argue THE worst song of the 80s, even worse than We Built This City.

Also made so much worse by Haven and Butlins. No lie, heard this song every summer. I also had ear bleeds every summer. Coincidence?

This should be at or very close to the top of this list,surely. - rjjcms

Fun to listen to but awful - 445956

This belongs on this list,many of the other songs people have put on here don't at all.

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46 These Dreams - Heart

This is where they started to suck.

47 Master of Puppets - Metallica

It's like I said with Fade to Black... not even the 60th worst. - Gg2000

It's a good song - PinkF

One of the best from them. Great song.

You got to be kidding...this a fantastic song by Metallica. Take it off this list.

48 Turbo Lover - Judas Priest

Judas Priest rocks, but this song is very lame

Weakest song they've ever made, not the Priest I know

This song is in Gran Turismo 3. It's so annoying.

49 Cruel Summer - Bananarama

The video made it suck. - Interrogator

50 C'est la Vie - Robbie Nevil
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1. Let's Dance - David Bowie
2. I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
3. Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys
1. Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
2. Mickey - Toni Basil
3. Physical - Olivia Newton-John
1. We Built This City - Starship
2. Mickey - Toni Basil
3. Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy

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