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 Newcomers

? Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

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
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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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