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Worst songs of the 80s: 21-30

The countdown of the 80 worst songs of the 80s is on the home stretch with numbers 21 through 30. Cover songs -- and two tunes by Stevie Wonder -- litter the list at this point. (Click here to see 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70 and  71-80).  30. I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder) 13th in the all-time list of best-selling singles in the UK; mocked by Jack Black in the film High Fidelity. "No first of spring. No song to sing. In fact here's just another ordinary day"

29. Morning Train (Sheena Easton)
Known as "9 to 5" in England but changed in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton's song. Also the fight song of Manchester United fan club of Ohio.
"All day I think of him, dreamin' of him constantly. I'm crazy mad for him, and he's crazy mad for me."

28. I Think We're Alone Now (Tiffany)
cover of the Tommy James & the Shondells song from 1967. Tiffany finished second in Star Search in 1985.
"Children behave. That's what they say when we're together"

27. California Girls (David Lee Roth)
Recorded in 1985, while DLR was still a member of Van Halen.
"I dig a French bikini on Hawaii island. Dolls by a palm tree in the sand"

26. Wild Boys (Duran Duran)
The last top 10 hit by the band in the 80s, released on the concert album Arena.
"You got sirens for a welcome. There's bloodstain for your pain. And your telephone been ringing while you're dancing in the rain"

25. The Final Countdown (Europe)
Song by the Swedish rock band was No. 1 in 26 countries.
"We're leaving together, But still it's farewell And maybe well come back. To earth, who can tell?"

24. Ebony and Ivory (Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder)
This song was named as the 10th worst song of all time by Blender magazine.
"We all know that people are the same where ever we go"

23. Mickey (Toni Basil)
A cover of a 1979 hit called "Kitty" by UK band Racey. Later parodied by Weird Al as "Ricky."
"Oh Mickey what a pity you don't understand. You take me by the heart When you take me by the hand"

22. Can't Fight This Feeling (REO Speedwagon)
Second No. 1 hit for REO (after "Keep on Lovin' You).
"And even as I wander, I'm keeping you in sight. You're a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter's night."

21. Sugar Walls (Sheena Easton)
Tipper Gore named this song one of the "Filthy 15," a list of "indecent songs" by the PMRC.
"Blood races to your private spots, that let's me know there's a fire"

Sneak peak at the top 10: Wham, Whitney and more horrors.

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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