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Worst songs of the 80s: 41-50

The countdown of the 80 worst songs of the 80s finally reaches the top 50 with numbers 41 through 50. (Click here to see 51-60, 61-70 and  71-80).

50. Kokomo (Beach Boys)
Band deemed an "undesirable element" in 1980 by Reagan's secretary of the interior.
"To Martinique, that Monserrat mystique"

49. Pass the Dutchie (Musical Youth)
Based on song "Pass the Kouchie," which -- yes -- is about smoking pot.
"How does it feel when you've got no food?"

48. Who's Crying Now (Journey)
One of the band's top 3 singles is also the most overplayed.
"And in a lover's rage, they tore another page. The fightin' is worth the love they save"

47. All Out Of Love (Air Supply)
Played before 175,000 fans in Cuba in 2005.
"I'm reaching for you. Are you feeling it too?"

46. Ride Like the Wind (Christopher Cross)
Cartoon character Chris Griffin in Family Guy is thought to be named after Cross.
"And I got such a long way to go. To make it to the border of Mexico."

45. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Jermaine Stewart)
His backup vocals work for Culture Club helped him land a solo record deal.
"You just took for granted that I want to skinny dip"

44. Come on Eileen (Dexys Midnight Runners)
Band name taken from the energy drug Dexedrine.
"Go Toora Loora Toora Loo-Rye-Aye and we can sing just like our fathers"

43. I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
Only No. 1 hit for the band, though they had several top 10 singles.
"Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life"

42. Uptown Girl (Billy Joel)
Written about his future wife, Christie Brinkley. Came out same year as Michael Jackson's Thriller.
"I bet she never had a back street guy. I bet her mama never told her why"

41. Hearts (Marty Balin)
Vocalist for Jefferson Starship, which has a more recognizable song in the top 20 of this list.
"I just thought I'd write a song to tell the world how I miss you"

Sneak preview of 31-40: Gee, Mister, that song sucks. And nobody hates Monday so much that they wish it were Sunday.

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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