Worst '80s Songs

The Top Ten

1 We Built This City - Starship

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

While I don't think this is the worst song ever, I can't help but notice how ironic and hypocritical it is. It claims to preach a universal message of "rock and roll" while sounding as radio-friendly as any 80s song. Calling this song a "classic" is insulting to actual classics, like Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody. - Elijah_Cook

Don't know why people hate this song so much.

This song sucks and worse it makes a mockery of when this group was actually good and relevant. I hated it in the 80's and still can't listen to it now.

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2 Mickey - Toni Basil

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

Most of these are not bad, in fact they are great, this however - Martinglez

This song sounds like something that would come out today.

*Listens to song

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3 Fade to Black - Metallica

This isn't a bad songs you douches.


This is one of the best metal songs ever! This should never in a million years be on this List! So please, take it Off! It has a good riff, good lyrics, and one of the best solos in heavy metal history! Don't vote for it folks!

Whoever put Metallica on here is a dumb troll. - Elijah_Cook

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4 Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money

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

The Ronettes' sound sucks!

I love this song - 445956

5 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

6 Physical - Olivia Newton-John

This song just deserves to be somewhere in this list. Horrible lyrics, cheap instrumentation, being very unmemorable. This song is one of the worst songs ever. - TheMusicNerd

This is only on here for its video, right?

Should be number 1. Olivia Newton John is a talentless bitch. I don't know why this was voted the biggest hit of the decade. I don't believe it. What a bad song.

7 Muscles - Diana Ross

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

Madonna is the queen of pop

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

Get this song off the list NOW!

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.

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!

What?!? This is one of the best songs of all time!

Get it off the list I hate this website. - Elijah_Cook

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10 Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

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 Sara - Fleetwood Mac

This song is from 1979.

Bad song from a has-been band.

12 Japanese Boy - Aneka
13 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

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.

Take it off here. - Elijah_Cook

Really? this track is good - christangrant

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14 Sunglasses at Night - Corey Hart

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

I'm one of the few people that hates this song. My mom loves it. The guy has barely any talent; put it at least above Metallica. - Elijah_Cook

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

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.

15 Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
16 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

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

Rindy is as cold as ice!

17 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

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?

This is actua lly a good song. And It was made in the 70s.

The Cyndi Lauper version came out in '83 and because the list is referring to the Lauper version it qualifies as a candidate on this list. - Anonymousxcxc

This song sucks.

18 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.

Metallica at number 1? - gemcloben

So commercial it hurts...

Dumbest effing song ever

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19 I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses

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

20 Like a Prayer - Madonna
21 Alone - Heart

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

So cheesy it's good. - Elijah_Cook

22 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.

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23 Eyes Without a Face - Billy Idol

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

This belongs on the list

24 Lover's Moon - Glenn Frey
25 Roam - The B-52's
26 Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
27 Missing You - John Waite
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 In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
31 Kids In America - Kim Wilde

I even hate the covers >:-( - Interrogator

32 Thriller - Michael Jackson

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

It sucks... Why it so overrated?

33 Never Surrender - Corey Hart

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

34 I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder

Hate this song. Hated it when it was new and hate it even more now. "I just called to say.. I'm Gaay".

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.

This is real bad...

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38 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...

39 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

40 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

41 Liberian Girl - Michael Jackson
42 Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys

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?

43 Toy Soldiers - Martika

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

44 Sussudio - Phil Collins

Gotta admit, that synth melody is catchy... - Elijah_Cook

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

Completely nonsensical and retarded.

45 Purple Rain - Prince
46 These Dreams - Heart

This is where they started to suck.

47 Master of Puppets - Metallica

One of the best from them. Great song.

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

Whoever put this on the list has no taste in music! - Elijah_Cook

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 Agadoo - Black Lace

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.

More like Aarghadoo... - Entranced98

50 All 4 Love - Color Me Badd
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Top Remixes (12)

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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