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Are you ready for the ultimate 80s list?

A few weeks ago, I set out to compile a list of the 50 worst songs of the 80s. To be honest, I didn't think I'd find 50 truly awful songs. Truth is, I found so many more.

It's obvious 80s fans are passionate about the music they love -- and the music they hate. So when it came time to finally compile the songs into a list, I found that I have enough to offer 80 songs instead of 50. The 80 worst songs of the 80s. It has a nice ring to it.

The general criteria in picking the songs is:
-- They needed to be recorded in the 1980s.
-- They needed to be somewhat familiar to the average 80s fan, preferably making a decent run in the top 40 charts.
-- The songs didn't necessarily need to be awful from the first time you heard it. But given a few decades of fermentation, these are some real bio-terrors.

Songs that were suggested by more than one reader will be found closer to the top of the list. Some of the most-requested loser songs unfortunately didn't fall in the 80s, including Charlene's "I've Never Been to Me" (1977) and Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" (1991).

Several people suggested "anything by" these artists: Tiffany, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, Whitney Houston, Sheena Easton, Ray Parker Jr., Culture Club, Poison, Warrant, Cinderella and Bobby Brown.

I'm going to roll out these songs in groups of 10, beginning tonight with numbers 71 through 80 and continuing each day through the week. Feel free to make comments, either agreeing or disagreeing.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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