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Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

With big hair and tight pants, Bon Jovi was one of the many bands that made a name for themselves in the hair band genre. While not as extreme as some of their counterparts, Bon Jovi was no stranger to a bottle of hairspray. Bon Jovi got their start in 1984 with their debut album, Bon Jovi. Their success was immediate, and they quickly began playing with rock legends like ZZ Top and KISS. WIth the release of their 1986 album, Slippery when Wet, they hit the top of the charts. Living on a Prayer and Wanted Dead or Alive got heavy airplay on the radio and MTV. The only thing missing was the hair band power ballad, which 1988's I'll Be There for You fulfilled. Bon Jovi is still making music, and using less hairspray for their luscious manes.



Motley Crue

Motley Crue

The bad boys of hair metal, Motley Crue ruled the 80s with leather pants and crazy antics. While Motley Crue was not known so much for their hair as the bad boy habits, the hair was certainly present and in your face. Literally. Motley Crue was an illustration of the hair and heavy metal culture of drugs, girls and more drugs. Bassist Nikki Sixx almost died of a heroine overdose, and all the members of the band were notorious for their drug and alchol abuse. Their music was a reflection of their lifestyle with songs like Girls, Girls, Girls and Wild Side. Motley Crue is still touring and are now sober, their 80s partying a thing of legend.





Poison

Poison

A quick glance at the band Poison in the 80s might have left you a bit confused at the gender of the band's members. With big teased hair, perfect cherry red pouts and copious amounts of jewelry you might have mistaken these guys for girls. Poison was an extreme even in the extreme world of glam and hair metal. Their charm was their performance, which were filled with wild antics and crazy stunts more than actual music. Not to say that their songs were not catchy. In fact, it is hard to go out for karaoke without hearing a rendition of their hit Talk Dirty to Me. They also stayed true to the hair metal genre with their power ballad Every Rose has its Thorn.