Unless you’re at an 80’s party sporting a killer perm, it is not socially acceptable to admit that you like these old-school songs. However it is totally to cool to belt out the lyrics, pull out the ole parachute pants, and shout over the music “I hate this song so much that I can’t help but just dance.” These are the 8 songs that you absolutely love to hate.
8. Vanilla Ice- Ice Ice Baby
Vanilla Ice’s name in it itself is a clear indicator at how much rap has changed in the past twenty years. And the song’s lyrics show just how low our standards were for entertainment in the 80’s. Word to your mother.
7. MC Hammer- U Can’t Touch This
Does anyone know the actual lyrics to this song? Everyone mutters through the words until you get to the overly simple chorus. Unsurprisingly, the louder you sing this song in public, the more people don’t want to touch this.
6. A-ha- Take on Me
Talk about a major 80’s power ballad that people still get really into singing. There’s nothing quite like being in a room full of girls yelling TAKE ON ME, TAKE ME ON at the top of their lungs
5. Starship- We Built this City
Apparently construction workers in the 80’s were experimenting with some pretty crazy building supplies. Who knew an entire city could be built with Rock ‘n Roll?
4. Right Said Fred- I’m Too Sexy
Turns out Right Said Fred was too sexy to ever come up with a second hit. I think everyone was anxiously awaiting the assumed smash hit, “I’m actually only moderately sexy so I’ll keep this shirt on.”
3. Player- Baby Come Back
Well this break-up ballad was sitting dusty in the closet until the Swiffer people decided to make it their theme song for the year. Now we can’t listen to this one without getting tearful at the thought of a forgotten mop locked up in the basement. And don’t even get me started on the poor broom sitting in the trash.
2. REO Speedwagon- Can’t Fight This Feeling
We wish we could fight the feeling to belt out the lyrics to this song when we’re in public. Especially the part where REO Speedwagon lays out their romantic plans to break-and-enter, “And if I have to crawl upon the floor, come crashing through your door, Baby, I can’t fight this feeling anymore.” Then again, I guess that was the only way to admit you liked someone before the days of Facebook.
1. WHAM!- Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
The only thing worse than not being woken up before someone go-go’s is dying in a tragic gasoline fight. The lyrics are insanely catchy and the pitches are incredibly high, but that doesn’t stop anyone from dancing along to the number one song we love to hate.
Your hate-to-love song didn’t make the list? Add it below.