The Worst #1 Hits of the 1980s


Every decade has its fair share of great music and its fair share of awful music. For this playlist, I've chosen to focus on the awful. Namely, the worst #1 hits of the 1980s. Any song that reaches the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart will be remembered forever, but like a 30-year old yearbook photo, the fashion of the era screams "What were you thinking!" This doesn't seem to change from generation to generation.

For this playlist, I've selected one song from each year of the 1980s. To qualify, the song had to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and it has to be what I consider an "abomination." Some of these songs are novelty songs without any substance like "Mickey" or "Walk Like An Egyptian", some are complete cheesefests like Escape (The Pina Colada Song), "All Night Long (All Night)", There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) or "I Want To Know What Love Is", some are manufactured trash like "Blame It On The Rain" by Milli Vanilli, and some represent the very worst of a subcategory like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", which is without any doubt the worst power ballad ever created, and that's quite an accomplishment.

What would your 10 worst songs of the 80s be?

The Worst #1 Hits of the 1980s

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