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Worst songs of the 80s: 31-40

The countdown of the 80 worst songs of the 80s is halfway home with numbers 31 through 40. A lot of Prince references in this particular list of 10. No wonder he gave these songs away. (Click here to see 41-50, 51-60, 61-70 and  71-80).

40. I Feel For You (Chaka Khan)
Written by Prince (harmonica by Stevie Wonder)
"I wanna love you, wanna hug you, wanna squeeze you too"

39. Sussudio (Phil Collins)
Critized for -- among many things -- sounding too much like Prince's 1999.
"Now she don't even know my name. But I think she likes me just the same"

38. Heaven is a Place on Earth (Belinda Carlisle)
Carlisle posed nude for Playboy in 2001. Song's video directed by actress Diane Keaton
"When I'm lost at sea, I hear your voice, And it carries me"

37. All She Wants to do is Dance (Don Henley)
Kool & The Gang covered the song on their 1989 album.
"Rebels have been rebels since I don't know when. And all she wants to do is dance"

36. She's Like the Wind (Patrick Swayze)
He also wrote the song for the movie Dirty Dancing.
"Just a fool to believe I have anything she needs"

35. Manic Monday (The Bangles)
Prince wrote it and offered it to the group while wooing Susanna Hoffs.
"These are the days when you wish your bed was already made"

34. Hangin' Tough (New Kids on the Block)
In 1990, the band made more money than Michael Jackson.
"Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, just hangin tough, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, hangin tough."

33. Tainted Love (Soft Cell)
Originally recorded in 1964 by northern soul artist Gloria Jones.
"Don't touch me please. I cannot stand the way you tease"

32. To All the Girls I've Loved Before (Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias)
One of Willie's two most popular tunes, along with "Always On My Mind"
"To all the girls I once caressed. And may I say I've held the best"

31. Kyrie (Mr. Mister)
Band name comes from Mr. Misty, a drink sold by Dairy Queen.
"Somewhere between the soul and soft machine is where I find myself again"

Sneak preview of 21-30: Two stinkers each by Stevie Wonder and Sheena Easton.

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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