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Worst songs of the 80s: 11-20

Finally, we reach the top 20 songs from our countdown of the 80 worst songs of the 80s. It must leave you wondering what 10 songs are left, eh? (Click here to see 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70 and  71-80).

20. Pacman Fever (Buckner & Garcia)
A No. 8 hit in the U.S. back in 1982; the album it's on has a song about seven more different arcade games (Frogger, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Defender, Mouse Trap, Berzerk)
"I'm gonna eat 'em all up, just as soon as they turn blue."

19. Walk the Dinosaur (Was Not Was)
The group's earlier work featured guest vocals by Mel Torme and Ozzy Osbourne; also known for the song "Out Come the Freaks."
"That night we split a rattlesnake and danced beneath the stars."

18. Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band)
Best known for The Joker (and the "pompatus of love"), he gave up recording in 1993. This song ought to be the reason why.
"Keep me burnin' for your love, With the touch of a velvet glove"

17. Puttin' on the Ritz (Taco)
Truly a one-hit wonder around the world, Taco Ockerse was born to Dutch parents in Jakarta and now is only still popular in Germany. Hasselhoff and Taco? What is it with the Germans?
"Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)"

16. Dirty Laundry (Don Henley)
A song about lousy TV news was a Top 5 hit; Henley's next solo album is due out later this year. (Will it feature a tune about this lousy song?)
"We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five"

15. The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades (Timbuk 3)
Husband/wife team of Pat and Barbara MacDonald; song featured on "My Best Friend is a Vampire."
" Fifty thou a year buys a lot of beer "

14. Who's Johnny (El DeBarge)
Best known as the theme song to the Steve Guttenberg masterpiece "Short Circuit."
"Who's Johnny? she said. And smiled in her special way"

13. Dancing on the Ceiling (Lionel Richie)
The last of Richie's top 10 work; video pays homage to Fred Astaire.
"People were starting to climb the walls. Ooh, it looks like everybody is having a ball"

12. Heartbeat (Don Johnson)
A popular European music group -- Don Johnson Big Band -- is named after him.
" I can feel it in the rhythm of the heartbeat in the street. "

11. We Built This City
(Starship)
Though a No. 1 hit, it was named the worst song of all time by a variety of publications
"Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight. Too many runaways eating up the night"

Sneak preview of the top 10: Don't worry, you'll find out tomorrow.

By the way, our Stuck in the 80s podcast this week is also about the worst songs of the 80s. Click here to download it or click here to subscribe to us for free on iTunes.

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

    

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