The ULTIMATE list of Hair Metal Bands from the 80s and 90s

Nearly every hair metal band from the greatest decade ('82-'92) shows up on our list of the greatest hair and glam rock groups of all time.

Hair Metal Bands

98 Hair Metal Bands, their albums, and a hit song of theirs, just for you. Consume at will. Learn a thing or two. If you disagree with anyone listed, or you wanna talk hair metal shop, let us know.

We have intentionally left Ozzy Osbourne and Queensrÿche off the list for being heavier metal.


Alias

Canadian rock group led by Freddy Curci and Steve DeMarchi. Other members included Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, and Mike Derosier, formerly of Heart.

Discography

The hit: More Than Words Can Say

Lots of power ballad’ing going on at six o’clock in the morning.


Alice N’ Chains

The precursor to Seattle grunge band, Alice In Chains. Alice N’ Chains, and most notably, Layne Staley, were glam/hair metal before they went dirt.

Discography

The hit: …

Was there one? They had two demos, with 3 and 6 songs each, respectively.


Autograph

9 albums, 1 hit. That hit is better than most bands with more “hits”. Still, 9 albums is impressive.

Discography

The hit: Turn up the Radio

Solidly bitchin’ tune. Pretty self-explanatory what you need to do with it.


Babylon A.D.

Hair metal from The Bay Area, Babylon A.D. had a few worthwhile songs.

Discography

The hit: Bang Go The Bells

Derek Davis sounds a ton like Jeff Keith of Tesla.


Bad Company

Do they belong here? Don’t they …

I mean, some of their stuff? No, absolutely not.

But other songs … I don’t know, this is a tough one.

Discography

The hit: No Smoke Without a Fire

Total hair metal tune.


Bad English

John Waite, some boys from Journey, and a few other guys. What could go wrong? Nothing.

Discography

The hit: When I See You Smile

When Diane Warren calls, you say yes.


Bad4Good

Steve Vai (Guitar God) put together this quartet of glam rockin’ teenagers. One album, one single, and one (?) tour with Damn Yankees.

Discography

The hit: Nineteen


Badlands

Some glam, some blues, some hard rock

Discography

The hit: Dreams in the Dark


Bang Tango

What a name.

Discography

The hit: Someone Like You


Barren Cross

Christian glam metal … sounds like something Pants would like

Discography

The hit: Imaginary Music

Nah, hair metal was real. All of it.


Beggars & Thieves

So hard to believe … Beggars & Thieves rolled out the Triple Name in Band/Album/Song.

That’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.

Discography

The hit: Beggars & Thieves

An almost power ballad.


Bitch

Theatrical, heavy, glam(ish), female-fronted, and quite the name … you tell them, Betsy!

Discography

The hit: Turn You Inside Out

Somewhere between Pat Benatar, Dream Theater, and Europe.


Black ‘n Blue

Discography

The hit: Hold On To 18

Standard hair metal. Power chord chugging. Not knowing how to get what they want. Shreddy fills.


Blonz

Total 80s hair metal move to go from The Dirty Blondes to Blonz, with a z.

Discography

The hit: Bright Lights, Big City

Definitely a hair metal intro with gang vocal chorus.


Bloodgood

Back, with more Christian metal. More metal than hair.

Discography

The hit: Crucify

Wow. That’s something.


Blue Murder

Hey, John Sykes! Former Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy guitarist puts together a metal band.

Discography

The hit: Jelly Roll

Was … uhh … was it a hit? I’m not sure. Got a 12 string in the video though, so that’s bad ass.


Bon Jovi

2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, Bon Jovi, released some of the very best hair metal tunes of all time, including You Give Love a Bad Name and Livin’ on a Prayer.

They had the identity, they had the look, they had outrageous talent, and they crushed it.

The Discography

The hit: Livin’ on a Prayer

Just a phenomenal song.


Bonham

Son of the legend, Jason Bonham puts together a crew for rockin’.

Discography

The hit: Wait for You

Is that Robert Plant on vox? Sounds it.


Bride

Oh look at that, back to Christian metal.

Discography

The hit: Troubled Times

Maybe? I have no idea who these guys are. But that is a mighty wail, so I’m giving it to Troubled Times.


Brighton Rock

Much like your Canadian girlfriend, the band was born in Niagara Falls

Discography

The hit: We Came to Rock

I think? Either way, SLOW MO stick flips in the video. SUPER tough looks from the band. And they say Canadians are a good type of folk. I’m scared of the bad boys from Brighton Rock.

That’s some harsh keyboard playin’, fella!


Britny Fox

Who says Philly doesn’t rock … they had Rocky.

Discography

The hit: Long Way to Love

Yeah. I mean, Yeah.


BulletBoys

Strong band name. Solid tunes.

Discography

The hit: Smooth Up In Ya

What. A. Title. To. A. Song.

Really. Cmon, you were thinking it too.


Candy Harlots

Candy Harlots was Australian for Hair Metal.

Discography

The hit: Danger

Sure, let’s go with Danger.


Child’s Play

Baltimore … nothing says the Sunset Strip like Baltimore. How did they make it onto Headbanger’s Ball!?

Discography

The hit: Rat Race

A crappy version of Play With Me by Extreme!? I don’t know.


Cinderella

Philly, again! But better Philly, I think?!

Discography

The hit: Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)

So whiney, it’s unreal. It’s also unreal cause it’s great.


Circus of Power

Discography

The hit: Motor

Sounds a bit like AC/DC Thunderstruck in the breakdown. Let’s, uhh, check the dates …


Contraband

L.A. Guns, Vixen, Ratt, Shark Island, and Michael Schenker … need we say more!?

Discography

Contraband was essentially an excuse for some friends to get together and party … with some contraband.

The hit: Loud Guitars, Fast Cars, and Wild, Wild Livin’

Just because it was on the If Looks Could Kill soundtrack

Why do ladies of the 80s have to read band’s minds!?


Alice Cooper

I don’t know … should we include him? Sure?

Discography

The hit: Feed My Frankenstein

Guitar heros, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, appear out of nowhere to guest star on this track. Enough said.

Not to mention Wayne’s World.


Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf sounds like a band from San Fran.

Discography

The hit: Back To You

Standard hair metal tune.


Cycle Sluts from Hell

Cause why not. I applaud them.

Discography

The hit: I Wish You Were a Beer

Not a bad thing to wish for.


D-A-D

Disneyland After Dark is a Danish glam band.

I wonder if they ever played the Peach Pit After Dark.

Discography

The hit: I Want What She’s Got

Quite the video. I imagine that is sorta what Disneyland is after dark.


Damn Yankees

American Hair Metal supergroup, with Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent, Jack Blades, and Michael Cartellone.

Discography

The hit: High Enough

Coming of Age was a fun tune, but High Enough is the hit.


Danger Danger

Danger Danger is known for high high vocals, cheesy cheesy lyrics, and lots of fun fun.

Discography

The hit: Bang Bang

I love Bang Bang. It’s so bad and so amazingly awesome at the same time. Ted Poley rocks his trademark sleeveless blue denim jacket with black leather pants look.


Dangerous Toys

Not a bad name for a glam metal band.

Discography

The hit: Teas’n, Pleas’n

You can hear the Austin roots of Teas’n, Pleas’n … until Jason McMaster starts singing.


Def Leppard

One of the best to ever do it. In contention for best hair metal band ever. Just a magnificent band with righteous tunes.

Discography

The hit: Pour Some Sugar On Me

If we are only choosing one of the MANY Def Leppard hits, then I guess it’s Pour Some Sugar On Me. We could have easily gone with Photograph, Rock of Ages, Bringing on the Heartbreak, Hysteria, Animal, Rocket, Let’s Get Rocked … you get the point.


Dirty Looks

Dirty Looks has more ex-members than Bang Camaro, which is impressive.

Discography

The hit: Nobody Rides For Free

Hey, the video made it on to Headbanger’s Ball.

Bitchin’ hair metal tune though.


D’Molls

The lead singer sued Poison, so there’s that.

Discography

The hit: 777

Billy Squier meets Nelson. That is 777 in a nutshell.


Dokken

Ahh, the infamous Dokken, the hair metal band eponymously named for lead singer, Don Dokken. Another band where tons of members subbed in and out over the years.

Discography

The hit: Alone Again

Righteously hair metal in all ways, from the lyrics, to the vocals, to the music video.


Easy Action

Good name for a band. Nice work, Sweden.

Discography

The hit: We Go Rocking

Yeah, this qualifies. Funny story, they sued Poison as well. Multiple bands sue Bret Michaels and crew, yet Poison is global and they are not.

This song is better than Poison’s I Want Action. So there’s that.


Electric Boys

Hurray for Sweden. They really dug their glam metal. Dope album names as well.

Discography

The hit: All Lips N’ Hips

Another tune that made it onto Headbanger’s Ball. Dope sitar intro.

I dig All Lips N’ Hips.


Enuff Z’Nuff

Chip Z’Nuff … it’s a real name.

Discography

The hit: The New Thing


Europe

Not to be confused with the continent, Europe is best known for The Final Countdown, a way overplayed anthem about … well, final countdowns.

Discography

The hit: The Final Countdown

Anthemic. Huge synth. Powerful chorus. Bitchin’ tune. Overplayed, but still great.

Plus, half a billion views on youtube. Pretty insane.


Every Mother’s Nightmare

Gotta hand it to Nashville’s Every Mother’s Nightmare for getting a few tunes on Headbanger’s Ball. Their band name is totally on-brand for hair metal, even if it was a bit too college rock band.

Discography

The hit: Love Can Make You Blind

Somewhere between Tesla’s The Way It Is and Collective Soul’s Shine.


Extreme

Writers of Play With Me, the outrageous, and classicly inspired hair metal hit from the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure soundtrack, Boston’s own, Extreme, were purveyors of the decadence dance.

Discography

The hit: More Than Words

313 million views on youtube should tell you everything you need to know. If all you heard from Extreme was More Than Words, you’d never understand how triumphant some of their work truly is/was.


Ezo

Japan, coming in hot!

Discography

The hit: House of 1,000 Pleasures

House of 1,000 riffs!


Faster Pussycat

A few parts hair metal, a few parts glam punk, a dollop of sleaze … that’s Faster Pussycat for ya.

Discography

The hit: House of Pain

A pretty decent hair metal power ballad.


Fastway

A portmanteau of founders, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Pete Way (though Way didn’t stick around), Fastway did it’s British Metal thing on hits like Say What You Will and All Fired Up.

Discography

The hit: Say What You Will

Brit metal and blues!


Femme Fatale

Originally from Albuquerque, they too joined the Sunset Strip scene. They even appeared on the License to Drive soundtrack, a “Two Coreys” flick.

Bitchin’!

Discography

The hit: Waiting For The Big One

Cause ladies should be allowed to be metal too. AMAZING choreography in the video.

She’s looking for a shocker, an all-night rocker!


FireHouse

Discography

The hit: Love of a Lifetime

Mega power ballad. Love of a Lifetime is not the best song on their debut self-title album, but it’s the most popular.


Lita Ford

One of the baddest babes in rock and roll of all time. Superb talent, legendary music, and epic rock stories, Lita Ford had it all.

Discography

The hit: Kiss Me Deadly

Everything a bodacious 80s rock song should be. Lita kicks all ass on Kiss Me Deadly.


Frehley’s Comet

Ace Frehley going solo.

Discography

The hit: Into The Night

Dudes rock hard into the night in the video, amongst other things.


Giant

Boring name for a band. Another hair metal band out of Nashville. I don’t think I realized that so many hair metal bands came from Nashville growing up. Country with distortion pedals really.

Discography

The hit: I’ll See You In My Dreams


Giuffria

Greg, pick a better band name than Giuffria. At least Jon Bongiovi had the good sense to change to Bon Jovi.

Discography

The hit: Call To The Heart

This song has all the makings of a song layered over an important scene for an Andrew McCarthy flick.


Gorky Park

The only reason I know of Gorky Park is that the Scorpions name dropped in the song of the same name.

Anyway, let’s thank Mother Russia for Gorky Park.

Discography

The hit: Try to Find Me

Here is Try to Find Me being performed at The Moscow Music Peace Festival (1989).


Gotthard

Switzerland getting in on the hair metal band action.

Discography

The hit: Hush

Hush. Shhh. Just enjoy.


Great White

Los Angeles blues rock and hair metal band, best known for a cover (Once Bitten, Twice Shy) and a nightclub fire (officially as Jack Russell’s Great White).

Discography

The hit: Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Tame for hair metal.


Guardian

More Christian rock!

Discography

The hit: Never Say Goodbye

Like a cover of a cover of a cover of a hair metal power ballad. There are luminary talents like Elton John and Billy Joel, and then there is Guardian, alone at the top of lyric mountain.


Guns N’ Roses

Of all of the hair metal bands, perhaps the least deserving of the title.

Sunset Strip legends. Pure and simple, like the illicit drugs they were doing.

Discography

The hit: Sweet Child o’ Mine

I hate, HATE to give it to Sweet Child o’ Mine, but it won an American Music Award. Not their best song, but, it is what it is.

712 million views on Youtube helps solidify that.


Sammy Hagar

The Red Rocker!

Discography

The hit: I Can’t Drive 55

Can anyone?


Halloween

Weak name. Detroit Rock City could do better.

Discography

The hit: I Want Out

Probably a bit more metal than hair, but oh well.


Hanoi Rocks

Discography

The hit: Tragedy

Hanoi Rocks gives us Tragedy, which isn’t exactly hair metal, but it is close enough. The real tragedy was Vince Neil killing one of the Hanoi Rocks guys in a car wreck.


Hardline

Neil Schon was all over the place. Crazy that he was part of Hardline.

Discography

The hit: Hot Cherie

A little bit prog, and I am ok with it.


Harem Scarem

Harem Scarem shouldn’t have a piano rock intro in their hit. For real.

Discography

The hit: Honestly

Honestly? I am not sure how they got Judge Reinhold to appear in the video. Crazy.


Heaven’s Edge

High vocals, shreddy solos … they had what it took to be on any list of hair metal bands, though they might have had a slightly harder edge. no pun.

Discography

The hit: Skin to Skin

Like they are a new mother … Skin to Skin!


Heavy Bones

Their metal, like their bones, was heavy.

Discography

The hit: 4:AM T.M.

Nothing bad about 4:AM T.M. and nothing memorable about it either. It’s just a song.


Helix

Hey kids, look, a band from the Iron Eagle Soundtrack.

Canada knows how to rock! Another band that has a thousand ex-members.

Discography

The hit: Gimme Gimme Good Lovin

more AC/DC riffs, please! more Diamond Dave riffs!


Hollywood Rose

Their music appears on G ‘N R Lies. Why?

Why do you think? It’s in the name!

Discography

The hit: Reckless Life


Holy Soldier

Christian rock! Huzzah!

Forgettable hair metal bands should just go away. That’s Holy Soldier.

Discography

The hit: See No Evil

Check the video for See No Evil, dudes just being tough in the desert.


[Honeymoon Suite]()

The final credits of One Crazy Summer. That’s how you (and I) know Honeymoon Suite.

Discography

The hit: What Does It Take

Duder plays a Steinberger in the video. That’s all you need to know.

That and the chorus is powerful.

I’m edging out Feel It Again because of One Crazy Summer. Sue me.


House of Lords

A Greg Giuffria vehicle.

Discography

The hit: I Wanna Be Loved

So many sounds of so many hair metal bands wrapped up in the intro of I Wanna Be Loved.


Hurricane

Glam and hair metal bands go hand in hand. Just like Hurricane and mediocrity.

Who are these guys?!

Discography

The hit: I’m On To You

Yup. Hair Metal. Whatever.


Icon

Discography

The hit: Night Of The Crime

The full album! Who knows WHAT?! their hit was. I don’t. You don’t.

So here is the full album.


It’s Alive

How many Swedish hair metal bands are there?!

Discography

The hit: Earthquake Visions

The full album! It’s Alive doing Earthquake Visions is worth a listen.

I think?


Jackyl

How many hair metal bands out of Kennesaw, Georgia? Not many? Yeah, sounds about right.

Discography

The hit: The Lumberjack

The Lumberjack is a standard blues riff disguised as hair metal.

The chain solo though is money.


Jetboy

Lotta San Fran hair metal bands on this list.

Discography

The hit: Feel the Shake

Feel the Shake is musically AC/DC and vocally … I don’t know, pretty much every other band.


Johnny Crash

Glam sleaze rock at it’s second best (behind AC/DC).

Discography

The hit: Hey Kid

Gang vocals … Hey Kid! That’s about the best part of this track off Neighbourhood Threat.


Judas Priest

The one and only. That said, running a bit loose by slotting Judas Priest into a list of hair metal bands.

But hey, why not.

Discography

The hit: Breaking The Law


Junkyard

LA band and compared to Guns N’ Roses. Fairly common for the time.

All The Time in the World wasn’t too shabby.

Discography

The hit: Simple Man

Piano, slide guitar, not total sleaze.


Keel

Fun fact, Marc Ferrari, guitar player for Keel, went on to be Cassandra’s guitar player in Crucial Taunt, the fictional band in Wayne’s World.

Fun fact two, Keel covers oft-covered Because the Night, a song written by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith. You should also check out The Protomen’s version.

Discography

The hit: The Right to Rock


Kick Axe

Saskatchewan’s finest hair metal band? Maybe.

They even got themselves onto the Transformers: The Movie soundtrack, appearing as Spectre General.

Discography

The hit: On the Road to Rock

WHAT an intro! Next Kick Axe storms the halls of Degrassi. Then the leader singer throws down some stylin’ parkour moves. Can’t make this up.


Kik Tracee

They found a way to get on Headbanger’s Ball, so let’s give them that. Plus No Rules made it onto Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time list.

Discography

The hit: You’re So Strange

It’s as if Stephen Shareaux was the child of Geoff Tate, Kip Winger, Axl Rose, and Royston Langdon.


Killer Dwarfs

Hey, if Stix (Steel Panther) is vouching for ya, you must have done something right.

Discography

The hit: Dirty Weapons

Just going with it and choosing Dirty Weapons.


[King Kobra]()

Singer’s of the theme song to Iron Eagle. And, like most other hair metal bands, from LA.

Discography

The hit: Hunger

Written by members of Kick Axe, recorded by King Kobra, then recorded again by Spectre General (Kick Axe) for Transformers, Hunger has quite a life.


Kingdom Come

Some say they sounded exactly like Led Zeppelin. And they did. No more or less than Greta Van Fleet.

Discography

The hit: What Love Can Be

Glam metal goes sultry with the erotic power ballad What Love Can Be. Who knew!?

And is that Paula Abdul in the video? I can’t tell.


Kiss

Sure, let’s toss them in here.

Discography

Too many albums - check out the entire Kiss Discography

The hit: Lick It Up

Just rolling the dice and using 1983’s Lick It Up.


Kix

Not much to say, Kix was a band, they had some songs, had enough gumption to make a hit. Kudos.

Discography

The hit: Don’t Close Your Eyes

Perhaps the most annoying vocals in a power ballad ever. Don’t Close Your Eyes is definitely “the hit” for Kix.

This song doubles as a GI Joe style anti-suicide PSA. Yo Joe!


Krokus

Krokus is the answer every time we don’t know the actual answer in the Hair Nation Game.

Discography

The hit: Screaming In The Night

Bitchin’ tune.


L.A. Guns

A history intertwined with Guns N’ Roses.

Discography

The hit: The Ballad of Jayne

Loved this tune growing up. The Ballad of Jayne might be one of the most simple songs ever created in the entire genre.

Plus, the acoustic bass in the video is so harsh.


Leviticus

More Swedish Metal. More Christian Metal. More Swedish Christian Metal.

Sure, let’s include Leviticus.

Discography

The hit: I Shall Conquer (entire album)

Cause why not. The vox actually sound a bit 90s in places.


Lillian Axe

Tons of lineup and sound changes. But the early days of Lillian Axe would label them squarely in the genre.

Discography

The hit: True Believer

Oh, no doubt here. True Believer was such a righteous tune.


Lion

Transformers soundtrack. The Wraith Soundtrack. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter soundtrack. And only two studio albums (plus one EP).

Discography

The hit: Power Love

The real hit is the theme song to Transformers: The Movie. But let’s use Power Love instead.


Little Caesar

Nothing like being better known for having your singer be the biker that gets thrown through the window in the bar in Terminator 2.

Discography

The hit: In Your Arms

Pedestrian lyrics.


Lizzy Borden

So much glam.

Discography

The hit: Me Against the World


London

Another band that had a bunch of people before they got famous elsewhere, including Nikki Sixx and Izzy Stradlin.

Discography

The hit: Ride Through The Night (as D’Priest)

Headbanger’s Ball! Nice work.


Lord Tracy

Lord Tracy didn’t take themselves too seriously. And the public didn’t either.

Discography

The hit: Out With The Boys

Out With The Boys feels more Jeff Healey Double Deuce blues Roadhouse than hair metal.

Absolutely bitchin’ bass solo!


Loudness

Japanese metal!

Discography

The hit: Crazy Nights

Crazy nights … it is exactly that.


Love/Hate

I’m not sure whether I love or hate Love/Hate.

Discography

The hit: Blackout In The Red Room

Just what the hell is this?!


Lynch Mob

Of COURSE you would call your band Lynch Mob when you have a last name like (George) Lynch.

Discography

The hit: Wicked Sensation


Madam X

A co-ed hair metal band (2 guys 2 girls). They didn’t make too many of those. Madam X is probably best remembered for being a stepping stone for the Petrucci sisters and Sebastian Bach, joining Vixen and Skid Row respectively.

Discography

The hit: We Reserve The Right To Rock

Hilarious video. Fun solo. Total power move by the band to end the We Reserve The Right To Rock video.


Magdallan

Members of tier 4 hair metal bands, Shout and House of Lords, made up Magdallan, who later changed their name to Magdalen and released a few more albums.

I’m sure they are good people, but whatever, who cares about Magdallan other than their mothers.

Discography

The hit: Big Bang (Full Album)

Some strongly paced drumming and some screechy vocals. Ok, it’s growing on me. Here is the whole Big Bang Album for ya.

Consume that Christian Metal!


Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe, the lead singer of Hanoi Rocks went solo! He even plays saxophone. Such a talent.

Probably wouldn’t have happened without drummer Razzle dying in a car wreck with Vince Neil.

Discography

The hit: Dead, Jail Or Rock’N’Roll

Dead, Jail Or Rock’N’Roll is a pretty bitchin’ tune. Check it out.


Mötley Crüe

So much can (and has) been said about Mötley Crüe. They are THE hair metal band of all hair metal bands.

They walked the walk and talked the talk. 100 million records sold, arrests, drugs, near death experiences. They did it all.

Discography

The hit: Kickstart My Heart

You could take your pick, they had a ton of hits. But perhaps none so fun and kick ass as Kickstart My Heart.


Montrose

Sammy Hagar was once in Montrose. That said, their glam metal days featured Johnny Edwards, Ronnie Montrose, Gleen Letsch, and James Kottak.

Discography

The hit: Pass It On

No idea here. Not sure what their hit was on Mean, but Montrose was winding down in the 80s.


Mr. Big

Mr. Big was an all-star team of performers. The late Pat Torpey played with Robert Plant, Montrose, The Knack, and more. Eric Martin had exceptional pipes. Billy Sheehan has sat in with Steve Vai and David Lee Roth. And, Paul Gilbert is one of the most heroic of all guitar heros.

And yet they are known for an acoustic ballad (not even a power ballad).

Discography

The hit: To Be With You


Nasty Idols

Winners of the greatest album title of all time, Gigolos on Parole, Nasty Idols were Swedish glam metal

Discography

The hit: Cool Way Of Living

Would be cooler if it was the Cool Ranch Way Of Living, cause Cool Ranch Doritos are dope, but Cool Way Of Living works.


Vince Neil

Paging Mr. Wharton! Vincent Neil Wharton!

Discography

The hit: You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)

Straight from the Encino Man soundtrack, You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come) is righteously excellent. Pauly Shore even appears in the video.


Nelson

Whoa whoa whoa, stop the record. THEY wrote Two Heads are Better than One from the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure soundtrack with Dweezil Zappa?!

The list of outrageous Nelson facts include:

AMAZING!

Additionally, the infinitely quotable, Butt-Head, said, “These chicks look like guys!”

And they do. They absolutely do.

Discography

The hit: (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection

Oh my gosh, you need to watch the Love and Affection video. Beavis and Butt-Head weren’t lying. All in all a catchy pop metal tune.

Actually, not much metal to be found here. Just cowboy boots and white leather.


Night Ranger

If a Michael J. Fox movie (Secret of My Success) calls and says we need a song, you say YES!

Discography

The hit: Sister Christian

Motoring!

Night Ranger revels in power balladry with the hit, Sister Christian, a song written by drummer, Kelly Keagy, about his sister.


Nitro

SOLID gold in the name department. Instead of excessive Aquanet, they had excessive talent. Lead singer, Jim Gillette, could hit incredibly high vocal notes.

Nitro rocked.

Discography

The hit: Freight Train

The quad guitar. More than the shredding solo, the air raid vocals, the punishing rhythm section, is Batio’s quad guitar.

Freight Train is an absolutely righteous song.


Pantera

Glam metal until they weren’t, starting with Cowboys from Hell.

Discography

The hit: All Over Tonight

They rock as hard as the Pantera you know, they just look and act a bit different in the All Over Tonight video.


Poison

Bret, C.C., Rikki, and Bobby are OG Glam gangstas. And, if you are ranking hair metal bands, you need to include Poison near the top of the list.

Discography

The hit: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Legendary enough to be quoted in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Every Rose Has Its Thorn power balladry at its finest.


Pretty Boy Floyd

Of COURSE Pretty Boy Floyd would be from Hollywood, CA.

Discography

The hit: I Wanna Be With You

Nothing original to see here. Just your run of the mill glam metal song.


Pretty Maids

These Danish fellas were not exactly Pretty Maids. Tons of ex-members, touring members, guests on records, with only two original members of the band.

Discography

The hit: Future World

I don’t know enough about the Pretty Maids, so I picked out of a hat. Future World sounds pretty decent.


Quiet Riot

Phenomenal band name. A major hit in the 80s with Cum On Feel the Noize. Put out tons of albums.

Discography

Skipping Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II as they were Japan releases.

The hit: Cum On Feel the Noize

Quiet Riot didn’t exactly put the “quiet” in the riot, with mega hair metal hit, Cum On Feel the Noize.


The Quireboys

Tramps and Thieves they were, The Quireboys that is. Nothing too outstanding, otherwise you would have heard of them.

Discography

The hit: Hey You

Slide guitar in hair metal is rare. Hey You gives The Quireboys a glam Black Crowes feel.


Ratt

Hair metal bands like Ratt had a bit more dirt and grit to both their sound and image. They too partook of the glory of hosting Ms. Tawny Kitaen in their music videos, an A+ move.

Discography

The hit: Round and Round

Round and Round is a crushingly good tune.


Return

Norweigan metal > Norweigan wood. Just saying.

Discography

The hit: Bye Bye Johnny

Keytar! All in all, Bye Bye Johnny is a decent cut of off 1988’s Attitudes.


Rock City Angels

You would only remember the Rock City Angels for having Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar before his hollywood star rose.

Discography

The hit: Deep Inside My Heart

A sleaze rock glam blues song.


David Lee Roth

The consummate frontman. Diamond Dave is everything you want as the frontman of a hair metal band, lacking only exceptional vocal power.

Discography

The hit: Just Like Paradise

Because Just Like Paradise is more fun than California Girls and Just a Gigolo. Diamond Dave slays on Just Like Paradise. Well, he and guitar god Steve Vai.

Not many people can replace EVH … but Steve Vai can.


Rough Cutt

Another band where its members went on to greater fame elsewhere, including Jake E. Lee.

Discography

The hit: Piece of My Heart

Like a Billy Madison birthday party, Rough Cutt covers Joplin’s Piece of My Heart with all of the drama, bravado, deep camera stares, and power chords that Janis left out.


Roxx Gang

St. Petersburg, Florida’s own, Roxx Gang. These guys are definitely the type to spend more time at Club Lust than the Mandarin Hide.

Discography

The hit: No Easy Way Out

Average tune. The video was straight ouf of the glam template, babes, leather, eyeliner, etc.


Saigon Kick

Back to back Floridian metal.

Discography

The hit: Love is on the Way

Love is on the way has a Dream Theater feel to the verse, before a glam gang vocal chorus.


Sea Hags

Sleaze glam at its best, if it had a best.

Discography

The hit: Half The Way Valley

Dirty hair metal, as evidenced by the smoke machines in the junkyard.


Shark Island

Members of the prestigous Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Soundtrack club AND the Point Break soundtrack.

Discography

The hit: Paris Calling

Richard Black throws the first shocker ever at the beginning of the Paris Calling music video.


Shotgun Messiah

Shotgun Messiah is a bad ass name for a band. Stixx Galore is an amazing name for a drummer.

Swedish sleaze glam is where it’s at. That and Heartbreak Blvd.

Discography

The hit: Heartbreak Blvd.

Heartbreak Blvd. conjures the spirit of the Sunset Strip.


Shout

A Ken Tamplin vehicle to evangelize his west coast Christian glam metal to the masses.

Discography

The hit: Shout

It’s got the riff, the harmonizing, the vocals, and the song structure.

Not sure why Shout wasn’t more famous.


Skid Row

Sebastian Bach, Dave “The Snake” Sabo, Rachel Bolan (a dude), Scotti Hill, and Rob Affuso made excellence on their self-titled debut album.

Youth Gone Wild and 18 and Life were the epithome of bad ass in a world filled with fluffy, teased, pretty boy hair metal bands.

Discography

The hit: I Remember You

Amazing that I Remember You is the major hit. They were so harsh and bad ass. Slave to the Grind was even more harsh and bad ass.


Slaughter

Along with Winger, members of the Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey soundtrack club.

Slaughter is/was a reformation of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, sans Vinnie Vincent.

Discography

The hit: Fly to the Angels

Mark Slaughter vocally lifts to some altitude on Fly to the Angels.


Sleeze Beez

Sleeze Beez are from the Netherlands! Yes!

Discography

The hit: Stranger Than Paradise

Power chord chugging verses and a power vocal belting chorus. Stranger Than Paradise rocks.

Love the nylon strung classical guitar pre-solo solo, into the shredding solo.


Sleze

The first incarnation of Alice N’ Chains.

Discography

Played mostly cover songs.

The hit: None


Slik Toxik

Sure, you could argue Slik Toxik shouldn’t be included in a list of hair metal bands because their two albums came out in 1992 and 1994, but, they were Canadian and Canada is a few years behind.

Discography

The hit: White Lies/Black Truth

The right look, the right sound, White Lies/Black Truth is lighter fare hair metal.


Smashed Gladys

Sally Cato led Smashed Gladys on the mic, with Bart Lewis, J.D. Malo, and Matt Stelluto on drums. They even convinced Ozzy to do some backing vocals on a song. Impressive.

Discography

The hit: Legs Up

Time, Bottoms, and Legs … all things that can be up.

Legs Up off of Social Intercourse has got plenty of attitude.


Sons of Angels

More Norweigan metal. Cowgirl made it onto Headbanger’s Ball. So there’s that.

Discography

The hit: Cowgirl

Wow … Just a masterclass in song titling, if you’re a hair metal band.


[SouthGang]()

No doubters on a list of hair metal bands … sayyyy the Top 200. SouthGang was a lesser Warrant, Poison, Trixter mix.

Discography

The hit: Tainted Angel

Tainted Angel is definitively a hair metal tune. Gang vocals, glam riff, leather, denim, probably a stick twirl or two in the video.


[Spinal Tap]()

Discography

The hit:


Spread Eagle

A New York/Boston mashup of a band. Spread Eagle is just like a bunch of other failed hair metal bands. At least they tried.

Discography

The hit: Switchblade Serenade

Switchblade Serenade isn’t bad by any means, just feels creatively licensed from Sebastian and the boys from Skid Row.


Stage Dolls

Norway had more hair metal bands than you and I remember.

Discography

The hit: Love Don’t Bother Me

Amazingly enough, Kate Moss appears in the Love Don’t Bother Me music video.


Steeler

Not to be confused with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Steeler consisted on Ron Keel (Keel) and guitar superhero Yngwie Malmsteen, Mark Edwards, Rik Fox (not ex-NBA), Bobby Eva, Tim Morrison, and a host of others.

Discography

The hit: Cold Day in Hell

Standard shreddy guitar parts, falsetto, and power chorus lines … it’s a COLD DAY IN HELL!!!


Steelheart

Hailing from the very first flyover state, Norwalk, CT’s own, Steelheart, hits some unbelievable vocal notes across their catalog of work.

I mean, Miljenko Matijevic could really belt it out.

Discography

The hit: I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)

SUPER high vocals on Steelheart’s 1990 hit, I’ll Never Let You Go. Just an amazing final note.

That’s what I remember most, and you should too.


Stryken

More Christian metal from Austin, TX.

Discography

The hit: Rock On

Rock On … actually has a little bit of a Justin Hawkins / The Darkness thing happening.


Stryper

Even more Christian metal, now from the O.C.

I didn’t listen to Stryper then, not going to start now.

Discography

The hit: Always There For You

Hair metal dedicated to the Christian message. You know, if that’s the case, why are they walking on an image of what looks like a hundred dollar bill in the Always There For You music video?


Takara

Takara is from Los Angeles and formed in 1987. And there ya go.

Discography

The hit: When Darkness Falls

When Darkness Falls has a good sound, so I’m picking it.


Tempest

Evansville, Indiana Christian metal band, Tempest, wrote the same songs that every other Christian hair metal band out there.

Discography

The hit: Eye of the Storm

Actually, Eye of the Storm is not too bad.


Tesla

Jeff Keith’s excellent, Steven Tyler inspired vocals really helped solidify Tesla’s place in hair metal history. Combine that with the tasty riffage of Skeoch and Hannon and you’ve got instant success.

Discography

The hit: Love Song

Another song where the band could shred, but they end up being known for the ballad.

The one problem with the Love Song music video is they cut Tesla’s amazing acoustic intro.


Thunder

Could there be a more metal band name? No. Thunder is it.

Discography

The hit: Backstreet Symphony

I really dig this tune. Backstreet Symphony’s got a lot going for it.


Tigertailz

Welsh hair metal!

Tigertailz weren’t ladies, they were Love Bomb Babies!

Discography

The hit: Love Bomb Baby

Wow! What an intro! Super huge gang vocal chorus. I love every party of Love Bomb Baby.

YOU’RE NOT A LADY, YOU’RE A LOVE BOMB BABY!


TNT

TNT! Stellar name for a band. Norway really reallllly loved their glam metal.

Discography

The hit: 10,000 Lovers (In One)

Just an amazing concept … 10,000 Lovers (In One)


Tora Tora

Because “Free Beer” was taken, the guys in Tora Tora went with … uhhh … Tora Tora.

Discography

The hit: Wild America

Powerful intro. Wild America is rock club gold.


Treat

Treat had some songs that were a treat.

… Yeah.

Discography

The hit: World of Promises

Living in a World of Promises … and mountains of blow.


T-Ride

Funk glam metal from The Bay Area.

Discography

The hit: Zombies From Hell

If Faith No More was a hair metal band, it would be T-Ride.


Triumph

Triumph, the rock of Canadia!

Canadian hair metal is always a treat. Especially when it calls back to the 70s like Triumph did/does.

Choirs, crowd chants, synths, keyboards, gang vocals, all used to effect for Triumph.

Even Sebastian Bach did a stint in Triumph.

Discography

The hit: Lay It On The Line

Lay It On The Line lays down 70s hair metal.


Trixter

Paramus, New Jersey’s own, Trixter. Trixter brought flannel to glam metal, making it not as glam. Or as metal.

Steve Brown was a bad ass though.

Rumor had it that Trixter appears on the Richard Greico opus, If Looks Could Kill.

Discography

The hit: Give It To Me Good

Hey hey baby! Always a good intro to a lady before demanding she “Give It To Me Good”.


[T.S.O.L.]()

These fellas definitely changed their sound over time. But, they were good enough to get on Headbanger’s Ball.

Discography

The hit: The Name is Love

The Name is Love is more punk hair metal than true glam.


Tuff

Best known for rock ballad I Hate Kissing You Goodbye.

I think.

Discography

The hit: I Hate Kissing You Goodbye

Solid yacht rock intro. I Hate Kissing You Goodbye is sooooo Tuff.


Twisted Sister

Great name (Twisted Sister), good songs (I Wanna Rock), ass kickin’ frontman (Dee Snider).

Discography

The hit: We’re Not Gonna Take It

An 80s anthem if there ever was one. We’re Not Gonna Take It embodies the true spirit of rock and roll.

The music video even had Mark Metcalf, famous for many things, including being Mr. Beckersted in One Crazy Summer.


Ugly Kid Joe

Sporting original hits like Neighbor and Everything About You, and a near chart topping version of Cats in the Cradle, Ugly Kid Joe gained a fair share of popularity in the early 90s.

Perhaps they don’t belong here. They looked grunge, they sounded a bit more grunge, but they opened for plenty of hair metal bands.

So they stay.

Discography

The hit: Everything About You

Ugly Kid Joe wrote the anti-hero of glam tunes in Everything About You. Instead of wanting to get in good with the ladies, they openly (and deeply) expressed their distaste of whomever the song was about. Presumably ladies.


Vain

Perhaps a little more heavy metal than glam, Vain still had all of the hair, bracelets, eyeliner, and crane kicks required of the (sub)genre.

Discography

The hit: Who’s Watching You

So many risers, so much scaffolding for the lights. Who’s Watching You is formulaic glam.


Van Halen

The kings of the sunset strip. Van Halen isn’t reallllly a hair metal band, but whatever, they fit the genre they pretty much created.

Whether it was Diamond Dave or Sammy Hagar, this band tore apart clubs and arenas with their Jack Daniels fueled stage show.

Plus, they had excellent album covers.

Discography

The hit: Jump

Whhhhhoooooooooooooaaaaa! Jump is fun. Jump is a blast. Jump is a damn good time.

They have so many hits that the band’s midpoint just felt right.


Vanadium

Perhaps a bit more Iron Maiden than any hair metal band should be. Italy needed some representation though.

Ciao!

Discography

The hit: Run Too Fast

Shredding nicely here. Even some keyboard shredding.


Vandal

Vandal probably rocked. Probably.

Discography

The hit: Whole Lotta Love (live)

Only video I could find.


Vandenberg

A Adrian Vandenberg vehicle.

Discography

The hit: Burning Heart

This burning heart of mine!!! Weak verse (lyrically) into a halfway decent chorus.


Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Vinnie Vincent and a crew of all-stars teamed up for invade the Sunset Strip.

Discography

The hit: Boyz Are Gonna Rock

Tons of hair, tons of tapping, tons of power chords, tons of intensity, and teasingly fun vocal riffage by Robert Fleischman.


Vixen

These chicks actually look like chicks, cause they are chicks, unlike Nelson.

Edge of a Broken Heart and How Much Love were bad ass tunes.

Discography

The hit: Edge of a Broken Heart

Just good ol’ rock and roll. Vixen wrote a bitchin’ tune in Edge of a Broken Heart.


War Babies

Seattle, right before the big grunge takeover. War Babies does display some grunge tendencies.

Discography

The hit: Hang Me Up

A bit more grit than your typical glam song.


Warlock

Let’s give it up for Germany for getting on the act. Warlock went on tour with harder acts like Judas Priest, Dio, and Megadeth. But shows with Def Leppard, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi pulled them a bit more toward the middle.

Discography

The hit: All We Are

Pretty strong rock vibe. All We Are has a confusing chorus though, it requires some mental punctuation.


Warrant

Warrant had 5-6 solid hits, including the power ballad Heaven, the nuanced blues heavy Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the arena rock anthem, Cherry Pie.

Discography

The hit: Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie is everything you want it to be and more.


W.A.S.P.

W.A.S.P. went for it and made a whole career.

Discography

The hit: Wild Child

Desert toughness! Wild Child is W.A.S.P. and W.A.S.P. is a wild child.


Whitecross

Whitecross should be left in the past.

Discography

Who cares … not even going to list it.

The hit: In The Kingdom

This song sucks.


Whitesnake

Whitesnake possesses perhaps the most powerful of all power ballads … Here I Go Again.

Discography

The hit: Here I Go Again

Tawny. Kitaen.


White Lion

Vitto Bratta was a bad ass. White Lion had some crankin’ tunes too.

Discography

The hit: When The Children Cry

All in all a pretty good ballad. When The Children Cry got them some notoriety.


White Tiger

“Let’s be Whitesnake!” Taken

“Let’s be White Lion!” Taken

“Ok, any other White animals left?!”

White Tiger

Discography

The hit: Rock Warriors

White Tiger can’t speak for the other guy, but they themselves are Rock Warriors.


Wildside

Wildside recorded at Van Halen’s 5150 studios. Kinda cool.

Discography

The hit: Hang On Lucy

Hang On Lucy made it onto Headbanger’s Ball. Rad.

Interesting, the vocals don’t start until after a minute into the song.


Winger

Kip Winger took a lot of flak, but I’m not totally sure why. The band could play.

Discography

The hit: Seventeen

Seventeen is quite a tune. Quite a music video too. Quite a lot of things … lyrically.


Wrathchild

Wrathchild is total glam.

Discography

The hit: Stakk Attakk

Stakk Attakk, Zack Attack.


XYZ

France gets repped in XYZ, before their move to LA.

Fun fact, Don Dokken was their producer.

Discography

The hit: Inside Out

Inside Out is a song any hair metal band could have written, except maybe Guns N’ Roses.


Y&T

Originally Yesterday and Today, then shortened to just Y&T.

Discography

The hit: Summertime Girls

Summertime Girls is a rollicking good time. There is even homage paid to 80s flick Splash in the video. Or, maybe just mermaids were cool then.

Besides, who doesn’t love Summertime Girls!?

Love the bazooka, so 80s!

This song could easily have been in an Cusack movie in the 80s.


Zebra

I think Zebra just wanted to be found at the bottom of our (future) list of hair metal bands.

Discography

The hit: Who’s Behind the Door

Got a happy Zeppelin intro. Who’s Behind the Door takes a long while to get going.