Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Top 100 Songs by Hair Bands

First posted 1/23/2018; updated 6/3/2020.

Hair Bands:

Top 100 Songs

Ah, the hair bands. This much-maligned genre was a mix of rock and pop wrapped up in big hair and leather pants. The bands – almost all white men – were known for lifestyles filled with debauchery and depravity. It was no wonder teens in the ‘80s flocked to the bands like moths to a flame.

Regardless of these bands' lack of critical acclaim, some of these bands (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard) when on to become some of the biggest rock bands in the world – even after they cut their hair and opted for more sensible jeans. Here – love ‘em or hate ‘em – are the top songs from hair bands as determined by aggregating 21 lists and then ranking those songs featured on 3 or more lists in order of their overall DMDB points.

Note: click here to see other genre-specific song lists.

1. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
2. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
3. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
4. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
5. Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (1987)
6. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” (1991)
7. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1988)
8. Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (1987)
9. Kiss “Rock and Roll All Nite” (1975)
10. Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” (1987)

11. Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name” (1986)
12. Def Leppard “Photograph” (1983)
13. Europe “The Final Countdown” (1986)
14. Twisted Sister “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (1984)
15. Scorpions “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (1984)
16. Ratt “Round and Round” (1984)
17. Quiet Riot “Cum on Feel the Noize” (1983)
18. Van Halen “Runnin’ with the Devil” (1978)
19. Extreme “More Than Words” (1990)
20. Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive” (1986)

21. Whitesnake “Is This Love” (1987)
22. Def Leppard “Love Bites” (1987)
23. Mr. Big “To Be with You” (1991)
24. Night Ranger “Sister Christian” (1984)
25. Def Leppard “Rock of Ages” (1983)
26. The Scorpions “No One Like You” (1982)
27. Guns N’ Roses “Patience” (1988)
28. Quiet Riot “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” (1983)
29. Mötley Crüe “Home Sweet Home” (1985)
30. Skid Row “I Remember You” (1989)

31. Kiss “Detroit Rock City” (1976)
32. Tesla “Love Song” (1989)
33. Mötley Crüe “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1987)
34. Van Halen “Panama” (1984)
35. Warrant “Cherry Pie” (1990)
36. Mötley Crüe “Dr. Feelgood” (1989)
37. Skid Row “18 and Life” (1989)
38. Warrant “Heaven” (1988)
39. Poison “Nothin’ But a Good Time” (1988)
40. Whitesnake “Still of the Night” (1987)

41. Cinderella…Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone (1988)
42. The Scorpions “Still Loving You” (1984)
43. Poison “Talk Dirty to Me” (1986)
44. Mötley Crüe “Kickstart My Heart” (1989)
45. Def Leppard “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” (1981)
46. Alice Cooper “Poison” (1989)
47. Lita Ford “Kiss Me Deadly” (1988)
48. Queensrÿche “Silent Lucidity” (1990)
49. Lita Ford with Ozzy Osbourne “Close My Eyes Forever” (1988)
50. Bon Jovi “Bad Medicine” (1988)

51. Bon Jovi “Runaway” (1983)
52. Autograph…Turn Up the Radio (1984)
53. Great White “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (1989)
54. Cinderella “Nobody’s Fool” (1986)
55. Twisted Rock “I Wanna Rock” (1984)
56. Kiss “Lick It Up” (1983)
57. Mötley Crüe “Shout at the Devil” (1983)
58. White Lion “When the Children Cry” (1987)
59. White Lion “Wait” (1987)
60. Skid Row “Youth Gone Wild” (1989)

61. Def Leppard “Foolin’” (1983)
62. Van Halen “Hot for Teacher” (1984)
63. Poison “Something to Believe In” (1990)
64. Poison “Fallen Angel” (1988)
65. Damn Yankees “High Enough” (1990)
66. Ozzy Osbourne “Shot in the Dark” (1986)
67. Dokken “In My Dreams” (1985)
68. Winger “Seventeen” (1988)
69. Slaughter “Fly to the Angels” (1990)
70. Kix “Don’t Close Your Eyes” (1988)

71. Ugly Kid Joe “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1992)
72. Cinderella “Gypsy Road” (1988)
73. David Lee Roth “Yankee Rose” (1986)
74. Cinderella “Shake Me” (1986)
75. Tesla “Signs” (live, 1990)
76. Dokken “Alone Again” (1984)
77. Kiss “Heaven’s on Fire” (1984)
78. Van Halen “I’ll Wait” (1984)
79. L.A. Guns “The Ballad of Jayne” (1989)
80. Firehouse “Love of a Lifetime” (1991)

81. Mötley Crüe “Without You” (1989)
82. Slaughter “Up All Night” (1990)
83. Winger “Miles Away” (1990)
84. Winger “Headed for a Heartbreak” (1988)
85. Warrant “Down Boys” (1988)
86. Great White “Rock Me” (1987)
87. Kiss “Tears Are Falling” (1985)
88. Ratt “You’re in Love” (1985)
89. Mötley Crüe “Looks That Kill” (1983)
90. Firehouse “Don’t Treat Me Bad” (1991)

91. Guns N’ Roses “Nightrain’ (1987)
92. Vixen “Edge of a Broken Heart” (1988)
93. Mötley Crüe “Too Young to Fall in Love” (1983)
94. Cinderella “Coming Home” (1988)
95. Warrant “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1990)
96. Mötley Crüe “Live Wire” (1981)
97. Faster Pussycat “House of Pain” (1989)
98. Ratt “Lay It Down” (1985)
99. Trixter “Give It to Me Good” (1990)
100. Mötley Crüe “Wild Side” (1987)

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