The Most Annoyingly Divisive Songs Of The 1980s

Some songs are fantastic, some are not so good, and the1980s had plenty of examples of both. However, there were also many completely divisive songs in the 80s, and depending on who you speak to they were either fantastic or awful, catchy or just totally annoying! Let’s look at a few of them, and be sure to let us know which side of the fence you fall on for them.


We Built This City – Starship

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Starship’s earworm rock anthem We Built This City has definitely become something of a cult classic, but listeners tend to fall into two camps: those who love how cheesy it is and those who despise it. Do you love or hate this one?

Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

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An unusual song, and it’s definitely the “Ooooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooooooh” bit of the song that winds many people up! Just as many find this toe-tappingly good, though!

Wake Me up Before You Go Go – Wham!

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One of those songs that sums up what 80s music was all about, bouncy, catchy and just good fun, Wake Me up Before You Go Go can also prove simply too much for some people.

Physical – Olivia Newton-John

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Is Physical a little less divisive than the others on this list? Possibly, as we haven’t ever met anyone who dislikes this song, but we have heard rumours that they exist – are you one of them?

I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

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One of the best-selling songs of the 1980s, Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called to Say I Love You obviously has a huge fan base, but it’s also classed by many as simply too cheesy and dull. Would you agree with the haters?

Sussudio – Phil Collins

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Phil Collins had a string of big hits in the 80s and 90s, both solo and with Genesis, and Sussudio was one of them, but many consider it one of his weakest – where do you stand?

Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney featuring Stevie Wonder

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A song with a real message and a deep meaning, but featuring what’s regularly voted one of the worst duets of all time, was Paul and Stevie’s Ebony and Ivory simply too commercial and too ‘in your face’ with its message to be anything other than annoying?

The Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh

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Another song with lots of fans, many people just find The Lady in Red too generic in tone. However, this is also one of those songs where you hear people lambast it as they’re singing along.

Mickey – Toni Basil

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Mickey is one of those songs that people enjoy in the beginning, but the longer it goes on, the more your finger moves to the skip button! We all love that opening and singing along, but how many of us hear the song through to the end?

Together Forever – Rick Astley

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Rick Astley had a number of hit songs in the 80s, including a handful that were incredibly popular. Together Forever, however, just hasn’t stood the test of time.

When Will I Be Famous? – Bros

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A catchy tune, and listening back to it, it seemed a bit ahead of its time with its electronic sounds and subject matter, but When Will I Be Famous was divisive even at the time.

Agadoo – Black Lace

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A deliberately ‘annoying’ song, did Agadoo do-do its job properly? We can’t help singing and/or whistling this one for days after we’ve heard it – how about you?