Best 80's Hair Metal Band Songs

Updated on July 11, 2015

What's a 'Hair Metal' song? Hair Metal is a genre of music inhabited by 1980s glam rock stars who spend as much or more time on hair & make-up than on writing their music. While being labeled a hair band definitely has negative connotations, obviously some are more talented than others.

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1. Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen

2. Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses

3. Livin' On a Prayer - Bon Jovi

4. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake

5. Photograph - Def Leppard

6. Round and Round - Ratt

7. Shout At The Devil - Motley Crue

8. Metal Health (Bang Your Head) - Quiet Riot

9. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions

10. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

11. What It Takes - Aerosmith

12. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N Roses

13. Looks That Kill - Motley Crue

14. Tell Me What You Want - Zebra

15. Panama - Van Halen

16. Foolin' - Def Leppard

17. Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche

18. 18 & Life - Skid Row

19. No One Like You - Scorpions

20. Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi

21. Paradise City - Guns N Roses

22. Don't Stop Runnin' - Y&T

23. Rag Doll - Aerosmith

24. Bringin' On The Heartbreak - Def Leppard

25. I'll Wait - Van Halen

26. Modern Day Cowboy - Tesla

27. Runaway - Bon Jovi

28. Turn Up The Radio - Autograph

29. Sister Christian - Night Ranger

30. Too Young to Fall In Love - Motley Crue

31. Love Song - Tesla

32. You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi

33. Rock of Ages - Def Leppard

34. Nobody's Fool - Cinderella

35. Lick It Up - Kiss

36. Mr. Brownstone - Guns N Roses

37. Talk Dirty To Me - Poison

38. Still of the Night - Whitesnake

39. Alone Again - Dokken

40. Wild Side - Motley Crue

41. Jump - Van Halen

42. Somebody Save Me - Cinderella

43. Wait - White Lion

44. Little Suzi - Tesla

45. Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row

46. Back for More - Ratt

47. Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue

48. Tears Are Falling - Kiss

49. She Don't Know Me - Bon Jovi

50. Cum On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot

51. Rock Rock (‘Til You Drop) - Def Leppard

52. Coming Home - Cinderella

53. Heaven's On Fire - Kiss

54. I Don't Believe In Love - Queensryche

55. Shot In The Dark - Ozzy Osbourne

56. In My Dreams - Dokken

57. Scared - Dangerous Toys

58. The New Thing - Enuff Z'Nuff

59. Don't Treat Me Bad - Firehouse

60. Madalaine - Winger

61. Nightrain - Guns N Roses

62. Still Loving You - Scorpions

63. Women - Def Leppard

64. Tell Me - White Lion

65. I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister

66. Down Boys - Warrant

67. Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi

68. I'll See You In My Dreams - Giant

69. I Remember You - Skid Row

70. You're In Love - Ratt

71. Shake Me - Cinderella

72. Fallen Angel - Poison

73. It's So Easy - Guns N Roses

74. Seventeen - Winger

75. Blaze of Glory - Jon Bon Jovi

76. Reason To Live - Kiss

77. Dreams in the Dark - Badlands

78. The Way It Is - Tesla

79. Free - Stryper

80. Fly High Michelle - Enuff Z'Nuff

81. Walkin' Shoes - Tora Tora

82. Burning Like a Flame - Dokken

83. Is This Love - Whitesnake

84. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen

85. Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison

86. Shelter Me - Cinderella

87. High n Dry (Saturday Night) - Def Leppard

88. Patience - Guns N Roses

89. Monkey Business - Skid Row

90. Lay It Down - Ratt

91. I Could Never Be Without You - Enuff Z'Nuff

92. Kid Ego - Extreme

93. Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford

94. Gettin' Better - Tesla

95. Burn In Hell - Twisted Sister

96. In & Out of Love - Bon Jovi

97. Dirty Love - Thunder

98. Wanted Man - Ratt

99. Get It On - Kingdom Come

100. I Wanna Be Loved - House of Lords

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        some guy... 11 months ago

        April Wine - I like to rock

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        Metal...Wolf...13 11 months ago

        Bon Jovi keeps showing up on metal band lists...but they were rock and roll, not metal!! And also, I may have missed them, but did Metallica show up anywhere? If not, I'm really going to be pissed.

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        Pete 15 months ago

        There should be way more Van Halen

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        Flip 16 months ago

        Running with the Devil is from the 70's

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        DoveFreexrolo 2 years ago

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        Jim 2 years ago

        Great list man! I grew up in the 80's and this captures many of the more popular songs.

        What about this song, what about that song. Come on guys. Just because it was your favourite song back in the day doesn't mean it must make the list.

        And to the guy that said Europe should be on the list. I grew up in the 80's. They were a joke then, and are still a joke now.

        Iron Maiden? Yes, it belongs on the list. Hair Metal (as you kids call it now) enthusiasts also listened to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, even though it was not hair metal. Same with Van Halen. It was all part of that era. Remember, there was no internet back then so things progressed slower back then.

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        Jason 3 years ago called this article the "Best 80's Hair Metal Songs" and "Running with the Devil" was released in 1978...

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        james 3 years ago

        WTF! where is hanoi rocks?! the founding-father of 80's glam hair metal!

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        Dokken003 3 years ago

        Dokken songs that could have been added:

        Dream Warriors

        Heaven Sent

        Back for the Attack

        Breaking The Chains

        Mr. Scary

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        Matt 4 years ago

        Not a bad list except Runnin with the Devil is one of the best 70's classic rock songs. Not a 80's hair band song. That's like putting Freebird on this list. Just because Van Halen later became a bubble gum hair band they started in the 70's and the first 2 albums were very much from that era.

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        michele 4 years ago

        wish I could find all these songs on one cd

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        Blau 4 years ago

        The #1 song was a B-Side to Eruption released in May of 1978 :-P

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        JT 4 years ago

        If Iron Maiden is not hair metal which I agree, neither is Queensryche!

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        gsurvivor 4 years ago

        Motley Crue all the way! \m/ Loved the hub, a definite vote up from me! :)

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        Ali Torabi 4 years ago from NY

        Nice Selection.

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        rob 4 years ago

        Great List! I agree with another post, Where's Triumph!!!! Amazing vocals, guitar drums etc from the "other" 3 man Canadian Band.

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        Bill Billson 4 years ago

        Hands down whoever made this list is pathetic, home sweet home - motley crue isn't even on the list while a few could be dropped, especially out of the top ten

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        gezginrocker 5 years ago

        Queensryche? Eyes of a Stranger? Glam Metal? I stopped reading the list after seeing that.

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        Valérie 5 years ago

        And EUROPE ? EUROPE is one of the best band in this category

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        davyfetons 5 years ago

        well dennis if your still hanging around this is there web address and some info , there there most competitive in the game ,say mr davy fetons

        recommended you

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        ManChild 5 years ago

        My Awesome new mix.

        Mr Brownstone Guns n Roses

        You could be mine Guns n Roses

        Rocket Queen Guns n Roses

        Bad Medicine Bon Jovi

        Rebel Yell Billy Idol

        Foolin Def Leppard

        Pour some sugar Def Leppard

        Thunder Kiss 65 White Zombie

        Cherry Pie Warrant

        You give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi

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        murrr 5 years ago

        no w.a.s.p. :(

        no dream warriors - dokken?

        love me some motley crue though

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        Lou 5 years ago

        I love the fact that iron maiden isn't included in this list. Nicely placed at the bottom to show the difference between a hair band and non-hair band. Great list

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        sara 5 years ago


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        Pedro 5 years ago

        I love Def Leppard but that's a lot on that list O.O

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        AzTide 5 years ago

        The only problem is that the Number 1 song Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen.. It was recorded in 77 and came out in 78.. But still a pretty good list..

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        Nick 6 years ago

        Where is Kix?

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        Britny Fox Ruled the 80s 6 years ago

        Britny Fox ain't on there? Come on, Long Way To Love is the best damn hair metal song ever! And Girlschool has one of the best MTV videos. You really should re-consider this egregious snub of a kickass band.

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        big8rack 6 years ago

        Dude, good list. Although this list needs to be the top 1,000 songs to really do the hair band - glam era justice!!!

        And if you want to include late 70's early 80's rock like AC/DC, Judas Priest, etc. then the list will have to be the top 10,000...

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        alejandro 6 years ago

        great list thank god i finallly saw tesla on their but for van halen the more popular song is jump other then that great list

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        Chris123 6 years ago

        You know what disgusts me, No one ever mentions "Triumph"

        They are the best hard rock bands of the 80's. They have like 2000-10000 hits on youtube which is just insanely low. Get the word out about TRIUMPH! best singer, best solo's. Also they are the best engineered music you will see other then huey lewis, def leppard, or rush.

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        jason 6 years ago

        i like bon jovi i am a big fan of bon jovi i like the songs like she don't know me runaway and burning for love and living on a prayer and you give love a bad name and more songs

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        Mr. Brownstone, Paradise City, Welcome To The Jungle, Patience, One in a Million, Estranged, Bad Apples, Ba Obsession, Dead horse, Dust n' Bones, Sweet Child O Mine, So Fine, November rain and Rocket Queen!


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        MCLORD 6 years ago

        where is Cat's In The Cradle by UKJ??

        anyway, very good list

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        DJ Funktual 6 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

        Walkin Shoes ain't on there? My sincerest apologies for this grave oversight!

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        roman1 6 years ago

        Where is Tora Tora or XYZ ?

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        rocrollin 6 years ago

        love them songs-loved that era!!!

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        DJChrisC 6 years ago

        What about Cheap Trick??? or Damn Yankees? Dangerous Toys? Nelson?

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        Raevyn14 6 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

        that's one awesome list, most of my favorites is on there

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        TheHeavyReview 6 years ago

        Cool article, my top three are (not in order):

        Guns N' Roses- Welcome to the Jungle

        Motley Crue- Dr. Feelgood

        Skid Row- Monkey Business

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        jason 6 years ago

        electric circus w.a.s.p

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        Helldwarf 6 years ago

        That's a nice list of songs BUT no one has noticed that the #1 song is from 1978...

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        ron 6 years ago

        what about firehouse, partied in the 80s best era ever

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        Savatage 6 years ago

        I think some people missed the fact that this is a "hair metal" list. Although most of the suggested additions are great bands, certainly some are NOT hair metal bands. I won't point fingers so the transgressors don't have to feel bad about themselves.

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        Shreddr09 6 years ago

        Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation

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        Alexandra Leigh 6 years ago

        slip of the lip-Ratt did I miss it?

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        UnderDawg 6 years ago

        Not to beat a dead horse, but the Electric Angels Rattlesnake Kisses is not only a great song from an underrated band, but it has a young Christina Applegate in the video. WIN WIN!!!

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        UnderDawg 6 years ago

        How do we know?

        "Ace is back and he told you so!!"

        Frehley RULES!!

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        UnderDawg 6 years ago

        I really enjoyed the list. Love all those songs. I have a few personal faves to add. First, ANYTHING from the Electric Angels. (1990 but close enough). Hurricane's I'm on To You or Over the Edge. XYZ's Inside Out.Thunder's Dirty Love. the Riverdogs Toy Soldier( i love vivian campbell!) Hardline's Taking Me Down. although some of these are early 90's they still count to me. Oh yeah, and Frehley's Comet with Rock Soldiers! that song kicks MAJOR ass!!

        Just my opinions

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        Erod 6 years ago

        that should definitely make a damn 5 disk boxset of those 100 songs I'd buy it

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        Blitzen73 6 years ago

        Bon Jovi discovered Cinderella? I know they discovered Skid Row...didn't know they got Cinderella their start, as well. Cool! Love Bon Jovi and was happy to see a lot of their work well as most of the others. Long live 80's hair bands!

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        Lee 6 years ago

        No Billy Squier - The Stroke? Serious oversight, probably could have knocked off a couple of songs by artists who already had one on the list like Poison or Motley Crue.

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        Brodie 6 years ago

        I noticed that Play With Me by Extreme wasn't on the list... Nuno Bettencourt was a highly overlooked guitar player

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        Shane 6 years ago

        There should definitely be more leppard so many underrated songs like gods of war, die hard the hunter, billys got a gun, comin under fire plus, where's animal rocket and too late for love

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        Kami no kinzoku 6 years ago

        This finally proves my point to my dad that Cinderella has amazing songs out there.

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        DJ Funktual 6 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

        I do NOT consider Iron Maiden "Hair Metal" thus it isn't included in a list with Enuff Z'Nuff, get it? It's a compliment.

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        Tim 6 years ago

        A lot of good bands, but with no Iron Maiden, the list is useless.

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        savannah Wolf 6 years ago

        Don N. "Here me Calling" Not a hair band but I think you were hearing Steve Miller Band's Here Me Calling

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        debbie 6 years ago

        i was surprised not to see faster pussycat on the list for house of pain.its a great song and a great band.

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        debbie 6 years ago

        so glad to see that someone else appreciates enuff znuffs music.i love them.they so should have made it bigger than they did,they are so talented.

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        does anyone remember the song about whiskey and water, that's the only lyrics I can remember, but it's NOT

        the "Tindersticks" it's some other band from back in the 90's.

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        Stainer 6 years ago

        Winger??? R U serious? I'm headed for an ear ache.

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        sonoo 6 years ago

        la guns need to be on the list the reason is that with la guns their would be no guns n roses so la guns rocks all their songs from 1988 to today rock n rolll

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        Josh Drew 6 years ago

        ... Scorpians an Aersmith??? Their from the era, but they arent hair metal. if your gonna have them in there, you need to include AC/DC!?!

        Where is L.A. Guns, Dio, Metallica, Europe and Duran Duran???

        this list is a dive.

        I am 16, unfortunatly i grew up in the wrong era, cuz im obsessed with hair metal. i love modern day thrash metal and scremo, but hair metal is what broke the bounderies, and make metal what it is today.

        It's better to burn out, Than fade away!


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        Me 6 years ago

        What about Manfred Mann? They even wore HEAD bands and they have a LOT of hair...

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        sunshinedaystar 6 years ago

        what about faster pussycat???

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        goonie 6 years ago

        were is the bullet boys dude

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        banger 6 years ago

        asphalt ballet, check em out!

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        amazinghunter 6 years ago

        this list is awesome! theses are all the songs i have on my ipod! kinda strange for a 16 year old

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        dsizz 6 years ago

        Motley crue is my favorite band and I'm only 16! Their first album is the best of all time

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        Asher 6 years ago

        all amazing bands man but you are missing some songs. and bands for that matter lol. love how you put ratt in there though, they are one of my all time favorite bands. And I SEE WINGER lol by the way other than seventeen...i don't remember a single good song by them.

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        Chris 6 years ago

        Where the hell is Bad Seamstress Blues?

        Epic FAIL....

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        Sean 6 years ago

        No Danger Danger?

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        Mary Merriment 6 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

        This was a great list. Lots of youthful memories here!

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        MathLizard 6 years ago from Reading PA

        I would definitely put Kiss Of Death and Mr. Scary on there...and maybe Dio's "The Last In Line", even though I watched the video for that one the other day and I wonder what the hell it was supposed to mean...

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        Ratt 6 years ago

        Round and Round!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        bchannell 6 years ago

        Great list. I am using it to compile my music list for the 80's Hairband spinning ride I am instructing!

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        DJ Funktual 6 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

        What other Dokken tracks do you recommend?

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        MathLizard 6 years ago from Reading PA

        It's already been said by several responders to this hub, but I have to say it again...great list, but it needed more Dokken!

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        Motorhad 6 years ago

        Whitesnake > Insert Hair band

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        Indeed 6 years ago

        Yeah, Whitesnake's last 2 albums are way stronger than everything Guns n' Roses has ever put out, and way stronger than all that 30 Seconds of a Breaking Theory of a Nickelback in Three Days of Seether crap that is going on and all sound like the same shit.

        But Motley Crue now kind of sucks.

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        JudasPriestrulez 6 years ago

        Guns n' Roses sucks and are overrated, they cannot nearly touch Whitesnake and Motley Crue's guitar work.

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        Don N. 6 years ago

        Cool list. The 80's was my generation's music. Smooth Up in ya by Bullet Boys is a great song.

        CAN ANYONE HELP me on this. I had Hair Nation (Sat radio) on the other day and a song played that I really liked - about the only part I can recall is "Here me calling" or "Here the Calling" (it may have been "Do you" OR "can you" before that. I didn't write the info down at the time. All the google & youtube searches have been dead ends - not finding the actual Hair Band song I heard. I know that is not a lot of info to go off of, but does anyone have any ideas? THANKS!!!

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        Robert Renshaw  7 years ago

        i Agree with the list mostly but you forgot some good ones by alice cooper like: House of fire or Poison.

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        soccer14 7 years ago

        i agree with your list mostly.

        your definitely missing some real good songs tho.

        im surprised you missed a lot of good van halen and poison. oh and mötley too !

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        thejackasss 7 years ago

        LA Guns - never enough is an amazing amazing track! Awesome list though ! Hair metal!!

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        SPLASHX 7 years ago

        Wait...I didn't see Ronnie James Dio.

        ~Rainbow In The Dark~ Anyone.........

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        rock4life 7 years ago

        great choice rock on

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        renato 7 years ago

        slaughter - fly to the angels

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        renato 7 years ago

        winger - miles away

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        HeadBanger 7 years ago

        This is actually one of the better lists I have seen for hair bands and their music, the only problem I have with it is Skid Row, though they came out in 1989 was not technically a hair band AND monkey business came out in 91, after the death of hair metal. All in all though Great list.

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        dustin thrift 7 years ago

        good list. im 16 and i can say you left a bunch of great songs off that really shoulda made it. i just kinda looked through it really quick, so forgive me if they are on the list, but what about Wicked sensation by lynch mob? or heartbreak blvd by shotgun messiah, or baby's on fire by great white, or shoot you full of love by vinnie vincent invasion?

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        Larry Vashon 7 years ago from Tampa Florida

        This list pretty much covers it all. Good work.

        Larry Vashon

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        Jay 7 years ago

        Need some Europe

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        Harrison 7 years ago

        Awesome list but I don't think I saw Rocket by def leppard or Unskinny bop by poison. And forgive me for being wrong,Coz I'm 15, but what about some/more Alice Cooper or iron maiden. And I know it's more rock but what about Joan Jett?

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        PoisonOkie 7 years ago

        Great list!

        What about Mother Lovebone "Stardog Champion" or "Stargazer"

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        ernest mccracken 7 years ago

        i do have one thing to tell nolan fowler, both chris cornell and layne stayley were involved in bands that were catagorized as "grunge" not "hair metal".

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        BlackSteelStudBrett1953 7 years ago

        Great job,boys!!!How 'bout Ozzy's "Crazy Train" though?(And I'm glad you included Quiet Riot's "Cum On,Feel The Noize" to this grouping,and Skid Row's "Eighteen And Life To Go should DEFINITELY not be ignored!!!)

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        METAL STEEL 7 years ago

        "The Ultimate 80's Hair Metal Tribute" We live what your doin! KUDOS

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        Brent 7 years ago

        Kiss hould make the top 10 for sure!