Top 100 Most Awesomely Bad Songs of the 80s

I went through a lot of adjectives when thinking about how I should title this list. Words like cliche, gimmicky, corny, tacky, sappy, embarrassing, over-the-top, egregious of course flooded my mind. Since the 80s, these memorable songs have served dutifully in commercials, had prominent roles in bad movies and of course made myriad, sardonic appearances in TV shows. Regrettably, upon further analysis I have to admit that the the 'brains' at VH1 somehow nailed it when describing such songs. So now, you have my own version of the 100 Most Awesome Bad Songs of the 80s. Don't deny it, you love most of them...

No.SongArtistAlbumTRC Honest OpinionYear
1The Final CountdownEuropeThe Final CountdownHate it1986
2We Built this CityStarshipKnee Deep in HooplahDislike it1985
3I just Died in your ArmsCutting CrewBroadcastHate it1986
4Come on EileenDexy's Midnight RunnersToo-Rye-AyLike it1982
5How am I Supposed to Live Without you (Cover)Michael BoltonSoul ProviderDislike it1989
6Don't Worry be HappyBobby McFerrinSimple PleasuresAbsolutely Hate it1988
7She Blinded me with ScienceThomas DolbyGolden Age of WirelessEh1983
8Walk like an EgyptianBanglesDifferent LightDislike it1986
9Mr. RobotoStyxKilroy was hereEh1983
10MickeyToni BasilWord of MouthHate it1982
11Blame it on the RainMilli VanilliGirl you Know it's TrueHate it1989
12You Spin me Round Dead or AliveYouthquakeLove it1985
13The Future's so Bright, I Gotta Wear ShadesTimbuk 3Greetings from Timbuk 3Like it1986
14Pour Some Sugar on MeDef LeppardHysteriaHate it1987
15Everybody have Fun TonightWang ChungMosaicLike it1986
16Believe it or NotJoey ScarburyThe Greatest American HeroSeinfeld…1981
17Sunglasses at NightCorey HartFirst OffenseEh1983
188675309Tommy TutoneTommy Tutone IIEh1982
19Rock me AmadeusFalcoFalco 3Hate it1986
20Whip itDevoFreedom of ChoiceAbsolutely Hate it1980
21Putting on the Ritz (Cover)TacoAfter EightHate it1983
22Any way you want itJourneyDepartureHate it1980
23When I See you SmileBad EnglishBad EnglishHate it1989
24Down UnderMen at WorkBusiness as UsualLove it1982
25Hot Hot Hot (Cover)Buster PoindexterBuster PoindexterAbsolutely Hate it1987
26You're my Heart, You're my SoulModern Talking1st AlbumLike it1984
27Get Outta my Dreams, get into my CarBilly OceanTear down These WallsEh1988
28It's Raining MenThe Weather GirlsSuccessDislike it1982
29Chariots of FireVangelisSoundtrack: Chariots of FireHahaha1982
30I RanA Flock of SeagullsA Flock of SeagullsLike it1982
31Opposites AttractPaula AbdulForever your GirlHate it1988
32CenterfoldJ Geils BandFreeze FrameEh1981
33Don't you want me?The Human LeagueDareLike it1981
34Don't Leave me this Way (Cover)The CommunardsThe CommunardsLike it1986
35Too ShyKajagoogooWhite FeathersEh1983
36Somebody's Watching meRockwell and Michael JacksonSomebody's Watching meHate it1984
37How can we be LoversMichael BoltonSoul ProviderHate it1989
38Cheri Cheri LadyModern TalkingLet's Talk About LoveLove it1985
39Girls Just want to have Fun (Cover)Cyndi LauperShe's so UnusualLike it1984
40I want to be RichCallowayAll the WayHate it1989
41Bang on the Drum all DayTodd RundgrenThe Ever Popular Tortured Artist EffectEh1983
42Electric AvenueEddy GrantKiller on the RampageDislike it1983
43Heaven is a Place on EarthBelinda CarlisleHeaven on EarthDislike it1988
44Bad BoysInner CircleOne WayDislike it1987
45Break my StrideMatthew WilderI Don't Speak the LanguageLike it1983
46Talking in your SleepThe RomanticsIn HeatEh1983
47Every Woman in the WorldAir SupplyLost in LoveDislike it1980
48Party all the TimeEddie MurphyHow Could it beHate it1985
49Mexican RadioWall of VoodooCall of the WestDislike it1982
50Private EyesHall & OatesPrivate EyesDislike it1981
51Safety DanceMen Without HatsRhythm of YouthEh1982
52Never gonna give you upRick AstleyWhenever you Need SomebodyHate it1987
53Walking on SunshineKatrina & the WavesKatrina & the WavesEh1985
54All out of LoveAir SupplyLost in LoveEh1980
55Say you, Say meLionel RichieDancing on the CeilingLike it1986
56Key LargoBertie HigginsJust Another Day in ParadiseDislike it1982
57Don't Stop Believin'JourneyEscapeLove it1982
58Wake me up Before you go goGeorge Michael/WhamMake it BigDislike it1985
59The StrokeBilly SquierDon't Say NoDislike it1981
60Tell it to my HeartTaylor DayneTell it to my HeartEh1988
61KokomoBeach BoysSoundtrack: CocktailLove it1988
62Dead Man's PartyOingo BoingoDead Man's PartyLike it1985
63Red Red Wine (Cover)UB40The Labour of LoveLike it1983
64Careless WhisperGeorge Michael/WhamMake it BigLove it1985
65Everybody wants youBilly SquierEmotions in MotionDislike it1982
66Word upCameoWord up!Hate it1986
67Broken WingsMr. MisterWelcome to the Real WorldLike it1985
68AlwaysAtlantic StarrAll in the Name of LoveLike it1987
69Hit me with your Best ShotPat BenatarCrimes of PassionDislike it1980
70Look AwayChicagoChicago 19Dislike it1988
71I won't let the Sun go Down on meNik KershawHuman RacingEh1983
72SussudioPhil CollinsNo Jacket RequiredHate it1985
73Simply IrresistableRobert PalmerHeavy NovaEh1988
74GirlsBeastie BoysLicensed to IllAbsolutely Hate it1986
75Uptown GirlBilly JoelAn Innocent ManHate it1983
76If this is itHuey Lewis & the NewsSportsHate it1983
77After allPeter Cetera & CherHeart of Stone Like it1989
78The WarriorScandalThe WarriorDislike it1984
79RelaxFrankie Goes to HollywoodWelcome to the PleasuredomeEh1984
80Right here WaitingRichard MarxRepeat OffenderLike it1989
81Straight upPaula AbdulForever your GirlLike it1988
82TRUESpandau BalletTRUELove it1983
83Oh YeahYelloOne SecondHate it1987
84Cold HeartedPaula AbdulForever your GirlDislike it1988
85Glory of LovePeter CeteraSolitude/SolitaireEh1986
86KyrieMr. MisterWelcome to the Real WorldLike it1985
87GhostbustersRay Parker Jr.Soundtrack: GhostbustersLike it1984
88The Morning TrainSheena EastonTake my TimeDislike it1981
89I Know what Boys LikeThe WaitressesWasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?Absolutely Hate it1982
90We BelongPat BenatarTropicoLike it1984
91Turning JapaneseThe VaporsNew Clear DaysDislike it1981
93Stuck with youHuey Lewis & the NewsFore!Hate it1986
94Hangin' ToughNew Kids on the BlockHangin' ToughHate it1988
95I'm so ExcitedThe Pointer SistersBreak outDislike it1983
96Eye of the TigerSurvivorEye of the TigerLike it1982
97You give Love a Bad NameBon JoviSlippery when WetHate it1986
98Hold me NowThompson TwinsInto the GapDislike it1984
99Cars that go BoomL'TrimmGrab it!Absolutely Hate it1988
100Baby come to mePatti Austin & James IngramEvery Home Should have OneLike it1981
Posted on 04/25/11 by the Rock Czar


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