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Worst songs of the 80s: 71-80

The first installment of the Worst 80 songs of the 80s. Lionel Richie takes the honors here, scoring two songs in the last 10 singles of the list. (Click here for the methodology between the picks.)

80. All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
No. 1 in the U.S. for 4 weeks in 1983.
"We're going to party, Karamu, fiesta, forever. Come on and sing along!"

79. Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley):
No. 1 in U.S., U.K., Canada in 1987.
"Never gonna make you cry. Never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you."

78. We Didn't Start The Fire (Billy Joel):
No. 1 in U.S. in 1989.
"We didn't start the fire. No we didn't light it. But we tried to fight it."

77. Stuck With You (Huey Lewis):
No. 1 in U.S. for 3 weeks in 1986.
"Yes, it's true, I am happy to be stuck with you."

76. Another One Bites The Dust (Queen):
Queen's best-selling single ever.
"Steve walks warily down the street, With the brim pulled way down low."

75. Maniac (Michael Sembello):
Third highest grossing song from Flashdance soundtrack.
"It can cut you like a knife, if the gift becomes the fire. On a wire between will and what will be."

74. Broken Wings (Mr. Mister):
Band's lead singer was offered lead vocalist job in Chicago and Toto.
"The book of love will open up and let us in."

73. I Love a Rainy Night (Eddie Rabbitt):
Rabbitt had more than two dozen No. 1 songs on country charts. Died in 1998.
"Showers washed all my cares away. I wake up to a sunny day."

72. Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites):
Reached No. 2 on charts (couldn't beat "Livin' On a Prayer").
"I got a little change in my pocket going jingle lingle ling."

71. Say You, Say Me (Lionel Richie):
Theme song to "White Nights" won Richie an Oscar.
"As we go down life's lonesome highway, seems the hardest thing to do is to find a friend or two."

No. 61-70: Hello again, Lionel. And it seems that Styx had too much time on their hands back in the 80s.

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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