Worst Music From the ‘80s

storrsroars

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There was a lot of great music in the 80s but most of the stuff that rose to the top of the charts was pure crap. But if I had to name one artist who was the crappiest of the crap for the decade, it would be Christopher Cross and anything he recorded.
 

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Hair metal, all of it, is terrible.
Agreed. I have an omnivorous appetite for music and can usually find something to enjoy about pretty much any type/style, but hair metal is the only genre I categorically dismiss in its entirety.
 

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I was not a fan of synth pop at the time (although decades later I came around to it). Depeche Mode, The Cure, not my cup of tea. I have a hard time differentiating between late 80's/early 90's. Fine Young Cannibals, detested their songs.
 

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Wasn't a big fan of Milli Vanilli either...but they were lip synching, so I guess it doesn't count? Somebody was singing it though, just not the two members of the band.
 
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Nelson
Eddie Murphy
Carl Lewis
Don Johnson
We Built This City

I take Def Leppard, GnR and a few others in to a separate category. Lots of that music still sounds decent today.

Motley Crue is still great strip club music. Mostly because it's fat, balding guys in their 40's and 50's throwing money at the dancers.

 

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Nelson had the hair, but they weren't metal at all.

Most of the 80's metal bands get lumped together as hair metal or butt rock or whatever. There were definitely stylistic differences between some of them. Def Leppard goes back a little earlier, to the late 70's, and of course were from the UK whereas LA was the epicenter of 80's metal. Cinderella's second album went in a bit of a bluesy direction. Poison was definitely very schlocky, but I still liked some of their songs.

Some bands clearly were not a part of the same scene/sound. Speed metal and thrash was something different altogether. Judas Priest wasn't really in the same mold as most of the other 80's stuff.


Now Winger you can bash as much as you want. Warrant was pretty cheesy.
 

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With hair metal I enjoyed:

Ratt (but in small doses)
Crue
Faster Pussycat
Cinderella
 
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