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(St. Petersburg Times)   Worst songs the 80s -- the Top 10: It took 45 artists to combine for the ultimate disaster   (sptimesphotos.com) divider line 423
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2006-06-03 07:52:04 AM
What number is "We Built This City" by Starship?

Because the constant barrage of that song for months and years, is when I lost faith there was a God.
 
2006-06-03 07:58:30 AM
Sunglasses at Night

Tell me you didn't wear your sunglasses at night at least once after hearing this song.
 
2006-06-03 07:58:39 AM
www.80smusiclyrics.com

'Nufff said.
 
2006-06-03 07:58:40 AM
Confabulat: What number is "We Built This City" by Starship?

It went to 11.
 
2006-06-03 08:01:02 AM
Confabulat: What number is "We Built This City" by Starship?

1-20. I am sure all of you children of the 80's can think of at least 20-30 songs worse than those. I disagree wholly with this list.
 
2006-06-03 08:02:31 AM
Spots 1-10 should all have been Phil Collins songs.
 
2006-06-03 08:04:19 AM
That has to be the worst ever worst of list ever. A fwe of the songs are very well written very good songs. Most of the rest are quite good. Only saw about four or five songs on the whole list I'd peg as bad.
 
2006-06-03 08:04:37 AM

9. I Wanna Be a Cowboy (Boys Don't Cry)


I would like to second, third and fourth this nomination. Along with "You can call me Al" and "Mind set on you".
 
2006-06-03 08:06:19 AM
"In a big country..." I thought that was a decent song. The video on the other hand
 
2006-06-03 08:07:09 AM
ebony and ivory
 
2006-06-03 08:07:24 AM
well written very good songs

Wake me up before you go-go
Don't leave me hanging on like a yoyo?

Dude.
 
2006-06-03 08:07:52 AM
SnitzL: "In a big country..." I thought that was a decent song. The video on the other hand

Yeah but they got to ride ATCs in the video.
 
2006-06-03 08:08:45 AM
Another One Bites the Dust was in the Top 80 worst songs of the Eighties?
It's not THAT bad.
 
2006-06-03 08:10:00 AM
SnitzL: The video on the other hand

Considering when it came out, it wasn't that bad of a video. I can remember much worse videos. And have you seen MTV lately? I mean the ten minutes a day when they play videos.
 
2006-06-03 08:12:16 AM
8. Sunglasses at Night (Corey Hart)

I only like this song as it was the first "new" song I heard after pulling into port after getting my dolphins. Other than that I think it's high on the stupid lyrics list of all times.
 
2006-06-03 08:13:09 AM
We are the squirrels
We are the chipmunks
We are the ones who gather nuts in May
To feed our children
 
2006-06-03 08:13:11 AM
Sweater Girl: Dude.

I said a few of them, I did not say which ones. And Wake Me Up is a great dance tune. Catchy and bouncey, good for dancing.
 
2006-06-03 08:15:15 AM
Oh 1-20 definitely are in the right place.
 
2006-06-03 08:21:11 AM
And I'm wondering why is Puttin' on the Ritz there. Taco just did a cover. The song itself is a bit on the older side.
 
2006-06-03 08:24:08 AM
Well, I guess I just have bad taste in music...
/like over half those tunes, probably listened to most of them in the last week.
 
2006-06-03 08:25:33 AM
33. Tainted Love (Soft Cell)

Come on! This was a great 80s song. This list sucks.
 
2006-06-03 08:27:33 AM
I'm calling bullshiat on putting "Everybody Wang Chung Tonight" and "Walking on Sunshine" in this list. Those are great songs. They're not Chaucer, they're not Beethoven. They're just good, poppy songs.
 
2006-06-03 08:29:41 AM
Oh and this guy is too dumb to know what a "Dutchie" is?
 
2006-06-03 08:31:33 AM
Starship's "We Built this city" should be #1. 'Nuff Said.
 
2006-06-03 08:32:54 AM
Nightsweat: Oh and this guy is too dumb to know what a "Dutchie" is?

Shuffled around, this list could be called the "best songs of the 80's. Who wrote this list? And I agree with you, "Walking on Sunshine"? 10? Thats bullshiat. That would be in my top 10 songs from the 80s. The music in and of itself was great. Had a little ska feel to it with the horns.
 
2006-06-03 08:33:11 AM
This list is apparently written by one of those goth kids that sat in the back of the class and hated everything popular. Most of those songs were the greatest hits from the 1980s!
 
2006-06-03 08:33:45 AM
fish head=wedding song!
 
2006-06-03 08:33:50 AM
Perhaps this list should be subtitled, '...that were overplayed to death.'

'Cause I'm certain there were worse songs in the 80s than 'We Are The World'.
 
2006-06-03 08:35:13 AM
There is no such thing as a bad 80's song.
 
2006-06-03 08:36:20 AM
11-20 would have made a much better 1-10.
 
2006-06-03 08:36:25 AM
Say Say Say!!
 
2006-06-03 08:38:52 AM
Nightsweat: Oh and this guy is too dumb to know what a "Dutchie" is?

hehe I was just thinking of how many of those songs were a big deal for me growing up. Worst songs? No.

/anyone remember B-96 in the 80's in Chicago?
 
2006-06-03 08:38:58 AM
"Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo shouldn't even be on there (#56). That song kicks so much ass it's not even funny.
 
2006-06-03 08:39:13 AM
The list was invalidated when they put Seger's "Like a Rock" lower than Milli Vanilli.

/Complete BS
 
2006-06-03 08:40:17 AM
Hip to be Square wasn't my favorite song, but their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83,I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consumate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
 
2006-06-03 08:40:21 AM
I think the list is closer to an overrated songs of the 80s than a worst of, even then it isn't particularly good.
 
2006-06-03 08:41:44 AM
Oh look, a pretentious "on-line editor" wants to tell us all what was the best (or worst or whatever). We should definitely take his opinion as holy gospel.

Look, he's even got his own blogger page. Isn't he special?

http://www.blogger.com/profile/9284321

/Bah
//Humbug
 
2006-06-03 08:43:52 AM
Wang Chung?

Don't Worry, Be Happy?

WTF?
 
2006-06-03 08:47:06 AM
Remember the ever so sing-songy: "It's no fun being an illegal alien"?

Wow. The social consciousness of Phil Collins was astounding.
 
2006-06-03 08:47:30 AM
I'm pretty sure the people that made this list either don't like 80's music (on principle if nothing else) or have not actually listened to the lyrics. My friend absolutely HATED One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer. I asked him why. He said it was because he heard it in the form of elevator music a dozen times a day for the past year. NO-one is going to like ANY song if they hear it that way. Just because a song doesn't initially sound good, try hearing it done by a different group.

Also: judging songs that were made for a different generation. It's like making fun of the way people danced in 1800 vs 1950 vs 2000.

I don't like Hello done by Lionel Richie, but I like the Me First & the Gimme Gimmes

/Does that make me a bad person?
//have I just spent way too much farking time on this?
///somebody shoot me
 
2006-06-03 08:47:47 AM
This list was made based on the readers' votes for worst '80s songs. If you're gonna be mad at the writer, then at least make it for the right reason: He gave the asshatted people of Tampa Bay a forum.

I like "Sunglasses At Night," dammit.
 
2006-06-03 08:48:57 AM
www.skylineonline.com

Fish Heads wasn't 'zackly meant to be a serious song, now was it. Anything played on this guy's show doesn't really belong on any mainstream lists.
 
2006-06-03 08:49:17 AM
Dancin_In_Anson: 'Nufff said.


Dude, I thought you were a pretty cool guy... until now. You are lucky you didn't see me face to face when you decided to diss The Safety Dance, becuase you would have to install wheelchair ramps at your living quarters.

/ *j/k*
// *maybe.....*
 
2006-06-03 08:49:50 AM
lelio
Hip to be Square wasn't my favorite song, but their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83,I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consumate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.

Nice, beat me to it. Do you like Phil Collins?
 
2006-06-03 08:50:36 AM
Videos for lots of these: http://www.milinkito.com/los80.php

Looks like this list is just a top 80 of the 80s list, reversed.
 
2006-06-03 08:51:02 AM
glenlivid: The social consciousness of Phil Collins was astounding.

Listen to Man on the Corner. One of the most underappreciated songs of social commentary ever.
 
2006-06-03 08:52:17 AM
Hip To Be Square, #2 worst song?!?

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.
 
2006-06-03 08:52:46 AM
awfulperson: 11-20 would have made a much better 1-10

I agree with you on that. Some of the 1-10 songs were fun/catchy/etc. and very popular. 11-20 are mostly dogs.
 
2006-06-03 08:53:16 AM
"7. Fish Heads (Barnes and Barnes)
Fictional brothers Art and Artie Barnes are really artists Robert Haimer and Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson in the TV series "Lost in Space."


Crush! Kill! Destroy!
 
2006-06-03 08:53:25 AM
Righteously Indignant

I like "Sunglasses At Night," dammit.

I was pissed when I saw eMpTV making fun of this song. They had a half-dozen famous idiots saying it was stupid because "Look at me, I'm cool, I wear sunglasses when it's dark out!". Uh. That's not why he's wearing them. Listen to the song. They also made fun of Meatloaf's I Would Do Anything For Love. "What won't he do? What's the point of the song?, all he says is I would do anything for love!" Hey, jackhole. It's pretty clear what it's about if you, uh, Listen to the song!

/now I know I'm spending too much time on this
 
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