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

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

I don't know this song, but I'll do anything to GET Metallica OFF THIS LIST.

If you don't know this song you have no business voting on "worst 80s songs," because you clearly do not know any 80s music.

Should be Number Two. not behind definitely Leppard top tens!?! why is DL on the list anyway weirdos

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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

I have to say this is my least favorite 80s song. It gets on my nerves quite quickly and the song just seems extremely stupid. And worstmusicoftheyear, it did chart at least in the top 40, because I remember hearing it on a Top 40 Countdown rerun. - Element119

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

*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!

The fact this is number 1 makes me want to commit suicide just at the fact at how stupid people are - christangrant

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4 Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money

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

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5 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.

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

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 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!

Shouldn't even be on this list - christangrant

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9 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!

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

? All 4 Love - Color Me Badd

The Contenders

11 Sara - Fleetwood Mac

Bad song from a has-been band.

This song is from 1979.

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.

Please, this song is an 80s anthem.

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 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 Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

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

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16 Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
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

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

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

Dumbest effing song ever

19 Like a Prayer - Madonna
20 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..."

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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
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2. Mickey - Toni Basil
3. Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy

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