Billboard #1 Hits: #584: ‘We Built This City’- Starship – November 16, 1985.

  • Single: ‘We Built This City’- Starship
  • Record Company- Grunt/ RCA
  • Genre: Pop Rock
  • Written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, Peter Wolf
  • Time: 4:53
  • B-side:’Private Room [Instrumental]
  • Album- Knee Deep In The Hoopla
  • Grade: F–
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #12 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

This is garbage and by this point so was Starship or whatever they were calling themselves. They should have quit ten years earlier. GQ has called this ‘the worst song of all time’ and ‘the most detested song in human history.’ Rolling Stone’s Readers Poll named it worst song of the 1980’s- and the voting indicated it won by a large margin. Blender also named it the worst song ever. Who am I to argue- it’s crap. Bernie Taupin and Peter Wolf should be embarrassed.

19 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #584: ‘WE BUILT THIS CITY’- STARSHIP -NOVEMBER 16, 1985

  1. How did Peter Wolf have anything to do with this? How? I mean it just doesn’t make sense. At first I thought it had to be another Peter Wolf.

    I know some don’t like Marty Balin’s ballads but compared to this they are wonderful.

  2. Confession: I used to like that song when it came it. But, to creatively borrow from Robert Zimmerman, Ah, but I was so much younger then/I’m wiser than that now! 🙂

    Yes, it’s a silly tune, especially the lyrics. I’m not sure I’d call it “the worst song of all time.” My contender in that department might pretty much be any song by Modern Talking. There were times in Germany where you couldn’t switch on the radio without encountering this annoying German pop duo.

    In general, I rarely have super strong opinions when it comes to songs I don’t like. My response is I simply don’t listen to them. I also recognize at the end of the day music is highly subjective.

  3. Yes it’s up there on my list of worst songs as well. I had same reaction as Max – how did Peter Wolf have anything to do with this…

  4. I’m another one who liked this when it came out. I didn’t pay any attention to who was and was not involved in ‘Starship’ at that time, and in no way associated it with the great Jefferson Airplane. I just thought it was a cool song at the time.

  5. The song always seemed to me to be something a Chamber of Commerce would commission. I always associate “We Built This City” with a day I spent at Candlestick Park where a video of it was played during the seventh inning stretch. There were visual cuts of downtown SF, another cut with driving on the Bay Bridge, and other famous sites. The crowd loved it.

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