Let’s face it — the 1980s gave us a lot of bad, cheesy and embarrassing music. But is the worst song the decade of Rubik’s cubes and leg warmers produced really the #1 hit “We Built This City” by Starship? It is, according to the readers of Rolling Stone.
The magazine asked its readers to vote in an online poll for the most horrifyingly bad songs of the ’80s, and Starship came out on top — by a huge margin. According to the magazine, it was “what could be the biggest blow-out victory in the history of the Rolling Stone Readers Poll.” Apparently, fans who loved edgy rockers The Jefferson Airplane back in the sixties didn’t appreciate the fact that the band had seemingly morphed into a slick, soulless pop act called Starship.
Coming in at #2 in the poll was Europe‘s awesomely lousy song “The Final Countdown,” and #3 was Chris de Burgh‘s ballad “The Lady in Red.” The rest of the top 10 were as follows:
4. Wham! — “Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)” 5. Men Without Hats — “The Safety Dance” 6. Falco — “Rock Me Amadeus” 7. Bobby McFerrin — “Don’t Worry Be Happy” 8. Toni Basil — “Mickey” 9. Taco — “Puttin’ On the Ritz” 10. Rick Astley — “Never Gonna Give You Up”
It’s worth noting, however, that back in the ’80s, people loved these songs. They all reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, with many reaching #1.