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Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« on: June 21, 2010, 01:37:19 PM »
Top 40 Worst  Music Videos of the 1980's

From what I've seen on YouTube and tv...

Any omissions or any videos that should/shouldn't been ranked...



40. The Jets "Make It Real" (1988)

While it's a good song, the video looked as if made at one of those places at the mall that people would make their own music videos...

39. Stars on 45 "Stars on 45 Medley" (1981)

Like many early '80's videos, it featured random  black & white movie clips and also some corny scenes that appeared as if they were taken from some second rate sketch comedy show.


38. Don Henley "The Boys of Summer" (1985)

Video of the Year winner from the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards... honestly I find the video extremely boring. Tom Petty's "Don't Come Here No More" &   David Lee Roth "Just A Gigolo" (both were also  nominated Video of the Year) were more deserving for that award, IMHO.

37. Depeche Mode "Never Let Me Down Again" (1987)

Pretty much sums majority of their videos: boring abstract  art films with random imagery

36. Madonna "Express Yourself" (1989)

overrated

35. Bobby McFerrin "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (1988)
34. Pat Benatar "Love Is A Battlefield" (1983)
33. Buster Poindexter "Hot, Hot, Hot" (1987)

32. Def Leppard "Foolin" (1983)

...weird, even by '80's rock video standards
 

31. Van Halen "(Oh) Pretty Woman" (1982)
30. Kenny Loggins "Danger Zone" (1986)

Mainly Loggins trying to look tough while laying on  bed...

29. Latoya Jackson "Heart Don't Lie" (1984)
28. Helix "Heavy Metal Love" (1984)
27. David Bowie & Mick Jagger "Dancing In The Street" (1985)
26. Bon Jovi "Runaway" (1984)
25. Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (1983)
24. Cher "If I Could Turn Back Time" (1989)
23. Billy Ocean "Loverboy" (1984)
22. Madame X "High In Highschool" (1984)
21. The Jacksons "Torture" (1984)
Even Michael Jackson (RIP) didn't appear in the video, which is even more worse than "Bad"

20. Blotto "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard" (1980)
19. Journey "Separate Ways" (1983)
18. Yello "Oh Yeah" (1986)

Wasn't for the song, this would automatically be in the Top 10

17. Wham! "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" (1984)

ditto

16. Prince "Batdance" (1989)

...one of his worst, though "Alphabet St" would be second

15. Winger "Seventeen" (1988)
14. New Kids On The Block "Hangin' Tough" (1989)
13. Billy Squier "Rock Me Tonight" (1984)
12. Twisted Sister "Leader of the Pack" (1986)
11. Olivia Newton John "Physical" (1982)
10. Don Johnson "Heartbeat" (1986)
9. Starship "We Built This City" (1985)
8.. Adam & The Ants "Prince Charming" (1981)
7. Falco "Rock Me Amadeus" (1986)
6. Taco "Puttin' On The Ritz" (1982)
5. Milli Vanilli "Girl You Know It's True" (1989)
4. '85 Chicago Bears "The Super Bowl Shuffle" (1985)
3. Uli Roth "The Night The Master Comes" (1985)
2. The Weather Girls "It's Raining Men" (1983)
1. The Europeans "The Animal Song" (1982)
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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 09:56:16 PM »
I still say "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls was the worst of the worst.  It was bad even for the time.

I did like "Make it Real" though.

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 07:17:13 AM »
"I Ran" was cheesy. Aside from their infamous hair, the reflection of the camera is shown.

 There's a similar scene with the mirrors in Dokken's "Just Got Lucky", which was done better, IMHO.

As for the song, I'm very much indifferent though was overplayed on those '80's flashback hours over a decade ago.




Forgot to mention: "Hip To Be Square" from Huey Lewis & The News with those unnecessary close-ups. Also probably more that I'm unware of or don't remember...


As for the worst of the worst, I ranked horrible music videos with equally bad songs among the Top 10. Also ranked videos that featured good  or semi-decent songs and/or artists from The Jets, Wham!, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Depeche Mode, to name a few.

The most of the  worst   I've seen are from early '80's new wave bands, which many tend to be weird, and artsy college rock groups shown on "VH1 Classic 120 Minutes" (also the original MTV show). 

Also from the early '80's, when music videos became popular with the debut of a certain network and programming like "Friday Night Videos" & "Night Tracks".

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 10:24:28 PM »
"Rock the Casbah" by The Clash.  I just couldn't stand that song and the video was equally bad.  That period was basically the first wave of alternative.

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 09:28:09 AM »
"Games Without Frontiers" Peter Gabriel... very much too weird with the visuals, Peter wearing tights, and the creepy baby doll heads.

Very much prefer the appealing claymation in "Sledgehammer" instead...




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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2010, 12:44:26 PM »
Duran Duran "Wild Boys"

Just because the video was expensive doesn't mean it's good...   


Come to think of it, there's many good/favorite songs with average or bad music videos and good/favorite music videos that were made for average/bad songs.


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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 01:02:59 PM »

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2010, 08:29:34 AM »
Thor: the worst music video ever made!, uploaded by a person who stated to have produced the video.

According to Wiki, Thor was a Canadian metal band from the 1970's & 1980's with a Conan the Barbarian-esque lead singer. The song is titled "Anger" from 1983. (searched for the matching song on YouTube since it's not listed on the link).

Not a good song and the band stunk.

As for the music video, the princess or damsel in distress wore an ugly dress & looked rather plain. Also didn't like the use of the blue screen & few of the visuals. Not to mention the fight scenes were also terrible.

Medieval imagery was common in '80's rock/metal videos (ie Dio "Holy Diver", Krokus "Screaming In The Night", Def Leppard "Rock Of Ages", Kingdom Come "Get It On"), though have seen better.
 
Don't mind the low budget since there's some early MTV era videos that were good and/or atleast campy (the "so-bad-it's-good" category).


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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2010, 11:35:30 PM »
I don't remember Thor.

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2011, 02:55:29 PM »
Alphaville "Forever Young" is probably the creepiest video from the '80's. The video featured a group of people from kids to the elderly sitting at a train station (or something like that) and ventures into a white vortex for no given reason at the end of the music video.

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2011, 11:36:02 PM »
I still say "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls was the worst of the worst.  It was bad even for the time.
It's been more than six months since I posted that and "I Ran" still sucks. 

And yes I posted that as a joke.  ;D


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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2011, 05:34:43 AM »
"Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie


OK if it were some fan made AMV/montage with random film clips put together, but not considering that was the actual music video. Good song despite that it was sampled on one of the worst rap songs ever.

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2011, 12:19:24 PM »
New Order "True Faith"

While it's a good song, the video isn't...

The music video for "True Faith"features people wearing strange costumes (looking like a pincushion) fighting each other & bouncing up & down like some bizarre art film.

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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2011, 06:52:58 AM »
The banned version of "Relax" from Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)


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Re: Top 40 Worst '80's Music Videos
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2011, 11:24:00 AM »

Most Overrated '80's Music Videos.

Not all are bad (well, few and some were more average), but were often kissed-up upon too many times by MTV/VH1 countdowns, magazines, etc. 




Paula Abdul "Straight Up"

While it's her debut, she had done better from "Cold Hearted" & "Opposites Attract"

Michael Jackson "Thriller"
Bruce Springsteen "Dancing In The Dark"

Without Courtney Cox, it's basically an average concert performance clip.

The Police "Every Breath You Take"
Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Van Halen "Jump"
Madonna "Like A Prayer"
Don Henley "The Boys Of Summer"