During the 1980s, many best-selling artists such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Whitney Houston excelled. It was also during that time when hair bands of the 80s really took center stage and made their presence felt all over the world. Here’s a full list of some of the best hair bands of the 1980s.
Hair Bands Of The 80s
The 1980s was a time of wild music and even wilder hairstyles. It was really a unique era for rock music, and if you were fortunate enough to be around during that time, you know the fashion was also epic.
So what were the best 80s hair bands?
Here are our picks for the best hair bands of the 1980s:
1. Guns N’ Roses
One of the best hair bands that came from the 1980s is Guns N’ Roses, which to this day influences artists from all over the world. Their debut album “Appetite for Destruction” was released in 1987 and it quickly put the band on the map. Over the next few decades, they continued to release new music and still perform.
2. Def Leppard
Just like Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard is another hair band that is known as one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Although they were formed in 1977, the rock band first started releasing albums in the 1980s, with their most notable work from that time being their first number one – “Hysteria” from August 1987.
3. Bon Jovi
One of the best-selling rock bands of all time, Bon Jovi was formed in 1983 and since their formation, this iconic hair band has released 16 highly successful studio albums. Their fame skyrocketed in the mid-1980s with the release of their best-selling albums “Slipper When Wet” and “New Jersey”.
4. Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe is dubbed the world’s most notorious rock band. They were formed in the early 1980s and it didn’t take long for the band to make a name for itself. That decade, they managed to release five successful albums, including their number one of all time – “Dr. Feelgood”.
5. Skid Row
Led by Sebastian Bach, Skid Row is often considered one of the most legendary heavy metal bands of all time. Besides standing out with their heavy metal aggression and appeal, they also became fan favourites with their works – their debut self-titled album from 1989 and “Slave to the Grind” released in 1991.
6. Van Halen
Another hair band that was formed in the 1970s is Van Halen. Named after its lead vocalist, the band managed to release a ton of iconic singles and albums. Their career hit its peak in the 1980s with the number one albums “1984”, “5150”, and “OU812”.
With Bret Michaels as the lead frontman, it didn’t take too long for this hair band to make waves in the music industry. Formed in 1983, the band gained popularity with their number one hit single “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”, which is included in their sophomore album “Open Up and Say… Ahh!” – the band’s most successful release.
8. Hanoi Rocks
Hanoi Rocks was formed in the late-1970s but began releasing music in the 1980s. The Finnish hair band released five acclaimed studio albums, including “Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks” and “Oriental Beat”. Thanks to their success, they’ve been cited as a major influence in the glam metal genre for bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Poison and Skid Row.
Considered one of the bands that formed the Los Angeles glam metal scene in the early 1980s, Ratt is another glam metal band that stands out. Known for their hit singles “Round and Round” and “Lay It Down”, this glamorous band also managed to release several platinum-certified studio albums.
So there are our picks for the most epic 80s hair bands, did your favorite make the list? Regardless any of the above bands are definitely worth a revisit as their music will forever be timeless classics.