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Worst songs of the 80s: 51-60

The countdown of the 80 worst songs of the 80s marches on with numbers 51 through 60. (Click here to see 61-70 and  71-80).

60. Say Say Say (Paul McCartney with Michael Jackson)
In Cantonese, the title sounds like "Sei, Sei, Sei," which means "Die, Die, Die" (I feel the same way!)
"Baby through the years, you know I'm crying, Oo oo oo oo oo..."

59. Somebody's Watching Me
(Rockwell)
Features Michael and Jermaine Jackson on guest vocals.
"All I want is to be left alone in my average home"

58. Electric Avenue (Eddie Grant)
A 2001 remix was a top 10 hit in the U.K.
"No place to hang out our washing, and I can't blame all on the sun, oh no"

57. I Eat Cannibals (Total Coelo)
The group's name is Latin, and roughly translates to "totally different."
"Fancy a bite, my appetite. Yum, yum, gee it's fun"

56. Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo)
A classic video on MTV, the song never made the Top 40.
"I hear the talking of the DJ, Can't understand just what does he say?"

55. Think of Laura (Christopher Cross)
Though usually associated with General Hospital's Luke and Laura, the song is about a friend who died from a stray bullet.
"Think of Laura but laugh don't cry. I know she'd want it that way."

54. The War Song (Culture Club)
A No. 2 single in 1984 in the U.K., it wasn't nearly as popular in the U.S.
"War war is stupid. And people are stupid. And love means nothing. In some strange quarters"

53. Party All the Time (Eddie Murphy)
Produced by Rick James, the song was recently named of the 50 worst of all time by Blender magazine.
"I buy you champagne, roses and put diamonds on your fingers. But still you hang out all night, what am I to do?"

52. 19 (Paul Hardcastle)
Featuring samples of TV narrator Peter Thomas, it was a huge hit outside the U.S.
"All those who remember the war. They won't forget what they've seen. Destruction of men in their prime, whose average was 19"

51. Never Surrender (Corey Hart)
The first, but not the last, time we'll hear from this Canadian singer.
"Just a little more time is all we're asking for. 'Cause just a little more time could open closing doors"

Sneak peak at 41-50: What's a "Dutchie" anyway? Guess it takes an Uptown Girl to know.

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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