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Top 10 Cheesiest Songs by Actors and Actresses

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Script Written by Q.V. Hough. Music and movies go hand in hand. …Well, sometimes they do. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Cheesiest Songs by actors and actresses. For this list, we are looking at those rare occasions where actors dipped their toes into the musical waters. While we are not saying any of these songs are bad, they are most certainly cheesy. Special thanks to our user maciolek1s and akt for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Cheesiest Songs by Actors and Actresses


Music and movies go hand in hand. …Well, sometimes they do. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Cheesiest Songs by actors and actresses.

For this list, we are looking at those rare occasions where actors dipped their toes into the musical waters. While we are not saying any of these songs are bad, they are most certainly cheesy.

#10: “Rappin’ Rodney” (1983)
Rodney Dangerfield


In 1983, some music executive heard “The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow and said, “I like that! Now let’s have an old white man do it!” It seemed to make sense given Rodney Dangerfield’s fame, so the actual writers of “The Breaks” were hired and America was blessed with the appropriately titled “Rappin’ Rodney.” With a theme of “no respect,” Dangerfield rhymes about the difficulties of sex at an old age while expressing his love for a juicy steak. Why, you ask? Well, because it’s “Rappin’ Rodney!” Now break it down…

#9: “Girl It’s Alright” (2005)
Steven Seagal


The album cover says it all: Steven Seagal has arrived to melt your face off with blazing hot lyrics. The production is a highlight, but then Kings of foreign lands are referenced and not before long we realize that Seagal’s lyrics are off the wall. Although knowing Seagal’s background in the action world makes the musical talent all the more impressive, Steven singing a serenading ballad is just too strange to us. We love you regardless Steven.

#8: “Treat Your Mother Right” (1984)
Mr. T


Listen up, fools! Are you ready to be schooled with knowledge? At the height of his “A-Team” fame, Mr. T released an educational video which featured the classic tune “Treat Your Mother Right”. Ok, nobody said that Mr. T lyrically influenced the likes of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., but his message was heartfelt. It’s not clear if any mothers actually made their children watch the “unique” music video, but in the age of the Internet it is certain that it’s been seen by millions.

#7: “Looking for Freedom” (1989)
David Hasselhoff


Imagine the reaction of David Hasselhoff when the news first spread. “What? Number 1? In West Germany?!” Sure, maybe America doesn’t “get” this inspiring David Hasselhoff number, but the song became a surprise anthem for the teardown of the Berlin Wall. In fact, David Hasselhoff performed the song at the Berlin Wall weeks after the wall started being taken down, piano necktie and all. Unfortunately Hasselhoff’s success was minimal outside of Europe, as the song was ranked as the 98th worst song of ever by AOL Radio.

#6: “Rocket Man”
William Shatner (1978)


Welcome to the lyricist lounge aka the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards. Today, everyone seems to have their own unique William Shatner impression, however back in the 70s smoked out audiences were legitimately stunned by the spoken word prowess of Captain Kirk. In 2011 Shatner recorded a studio version, proving that the legacy of his performance decades ago has lived on through the years. With cigarette in hand and posed like Rodin’s “Thinker,” Captain Kirk truly gave his crewmate Spock a run for his money in the music game.

#5: “Respect Yourself” (1987)
Bruce Willis


Oh, the irony. In the late 80s, HBO premiered a mockumentary in which Bruce Willis starred as a “legendary” blues singer named Bruno Radolini, and his subsequent single was not only released by Motown but reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100. What does that mean, Mojoholics? It likely means that you’re parents once decided to pay actual money for this single. And you know what happened next…Bruce Willis played the harmonica all over the world.

#4: “MacArthur Park” (1968)
Richard Harris


In 1968, Richard Harris was hot off a Golden Globe win for his “Camelot” performance and was already an established actor. What’s the logical next step? Perform a chart topping song, that’s what! Written by Jimmy Webb and arguably one of the strangest songs ever recorded, the song made it all the way to number 1 in Australia. Later covered by disco legend Donna Summer and country star Waylon Jennings, Richard Harris no doubt made his mark on music history, despite it being his only major success.

#3: “Heartbeat” (1986)
Don Johnson


50 Shades of “HEY, maybe you shouldn’t do that.” Just a few years before the birth of his daughter Dakota Johnson, the star of “Miami Vice” was rollin’ in the cash and naturally decided it was time to release an album. Dressed in all black like a poor man’s Johnny Cash in the song’s music video, Don Johnson creeped on women in the streets in search of the ultimate heartbeat. Audiences literally bought the message, as this classic 80’s cheesefest reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

#2: “She’s Like the Wind”
Patrick Swayze (1987)


Originally written in 1984 for the film “Grandview U.S.A.,” this power ballad fatefully slipped through the cracks and found itself on the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack. With the opening lyric of “She’s like the wind through my tree,” the singer-songwriter sets the tone for a passionate love affair as seen in the grainy black and white music video. The song isn’t necessarily horrible, it’s simply over-the-top and the worst part of it all is that nobody remembers the name of Wendy Fraser and her beautiful vocal contributions.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“All I Need” (1984)
Jack Wagner

“Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix” (1993)
Joey Lawrence

“Rock On” (1989)
Michael Damien

“Rumors” (2004)
Lindsay Lohan

#1: “Party All the Time” (1985)
Eddie Murphy


Produced by Rick James and performed by stand-up comedian Eddie Murphy, this mid-80s release was a legitimate Billboard hit. In fact, only Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me” kept it from reaching #1. The cheese factor is strong with this one, as people dance like maniacs in the music video while Eddie Murphy becomes more dramatic with each passing moment. Unintentionally hilarious and a classic example of cheesy synthpop, “Party all the Time” remains an American enigma and one of Eddie Murphy’s biggest career moves.

So, do you agree with our selections? What is your favorite cheesiest song by an actor or actress? For more mind-blowing Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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