Greatest Hair Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Guns n Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

I Really don't see how anyone can say they suck ill give you a change to explain yourself, explain to me how one of rock greatest singers, a very soulful guitarist and a bunch of kick ass song writer who created some of the worlds greatest anthems and by everyone who knows anything about music can at least respect. but some random citizen who don't know about music can judge that better than professionals this is directed at UFasten8Me

and dude honestly Dragonforce has no soul and there songs are not even catchy and they will never be recognized as one of rock greatest because they suck seriously that a closer look there songs don't even have meaning...

Axl Rose is not one of rock's greatest singer's. Maybe worst singers. His voice is irritating as hell. - hype

I vote Guns N' Roses because they are the best, whether you like it or not.

Problems with hair metal lists like always. You have to make up your mind if you want bands like Guns, Van Halen, or Aerosmith on this list because they are all borderline. But if they are on the list, guns and VH are 1 and 2. Aerosmith influenced the bands who influenced hair metal. They came before.

I seriously love guns n roses. They're my favorite band. But it pisses me off whenever someone calls them "Hair Metal". They're a Hard Rock band. Not "Hair Metal".

2 Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

guns n roses wouldn't have been born without the motley crue . motley crue is the best Hair metal band

Motley Crue is much better compared to Guns N' Roses... Motley crue is the best Hair metal band of the 80s

This is more than simple glam metal, this is some kind of passage between the glam and the heavy metal...

Best band ever

3 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.

Guns n' Roses is NOT a hair band. They were great but should not be on this list. They were a reaction against the polished look of the hair bands.

Statistically, Bon Jovi is actually the most popular Hair Metal band there was. They have made some really popular anthems like "Livin' On A Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name" - ClassicLover

Oh please guns n roses is so overrated. Axl rose's voice is so terrible. But Bon Jovi is awesome. IT RULES! Slash is amazing though

Love these guys

4 Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Their style is cool and awesome, you can't hate this guys - rock2metal

Definitely Leppard is classic hard rock!

I gotta say, they should be number 1.

Pyromania Greatest Album too - LADodger1

5 Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Eddie's diddly diddly guitar solos David's bravado Alex's skill Michael's cool factor-Sammy's awfulness=Best hair metal band ever.

Since when is X-Japan and DragonForce hair metal?

Not only the first ever hair band, but also the best

Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue aren't half as good as Van Halen - Sabbath

6 Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.
7 Twisted Sister Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.

Great band, and better than bon Jovi. - Zookatoo

Guns N Roses ain't No Hair Metal, Twisted Sister only real hair meal band out there - copkiller


Let's set the record: Guns N' Roses- were good but now it's just Axl and his band and Bon Jovi- CRAP OVERRATED! He destroyed Skid Row! Twisted Sister kick more ass than Bon Jovi ever could!

8 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

I love Aerosmith, but they came before hair metal. They should not be on this list. - ClassicLover

Yes and no band could have good hair when getting older

Aerosmith is not hair metal. - STLovesTrash

The BEST! HANDS DOWN! ALL Their songs are AMAZING! - rockerchic18

9 Poison Poison is an American glam and hard rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

great band "Every Roes Has its Thorn" - rickkybobby

I thought everybody hated them - JoLeKosovo

10 Quiet Riot Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of more.

Van Halen and Aerosmith aren't hair metal

It's the best

The Contenders

11 Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

Totally my favorite. Even after Bach left the band they were still good. With Bach I have to say my favorites are Sweet Little Sister, 18 and Life and Monkey Business. Without Bach Ghost is probably my favorite but old school Skid Row was the best.

12 Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

Whitesnake '87 album is the best glam metal album!

Whitesnake and Iron Maiden are way better than Guns n' Roses.

13 Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

Ironic, since they're not from the 80's.

14 X-japan

DragonForce isn't hair metal, and they're not from the 80s.

Hide had the craziest hair over the years but they all looked good. - TD17

... All I got to say is hide had pink hair and it was AMAZING! Enough said! ~toshi's hair just stuck right up hehe! And pata died it so much from red pink brown yet he looked the most normal out of all of them and taiji he had his hair like this one guy from poison! Yoshiki had it spiked on one side and the rest just hung down but still epic as hell love it all of them are a boss enough to do it! ~

15 Ratt Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

I love ratt they are a hair metal band they have the best music I love there song round and round it is a awesome song to listen to - rocknrollhorselover

16 Dokken Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later.

The unique voices of Don Dokken combined with the nifty guitar work of George Lynch brings out a classic glam/hair metal line up, that works well considering they were around the time that hair metal was roaring, oh and DragonForce, albeit a fantastic band, I mean the guitarists, come on, they are not a hair metal band and Guns n' Roses are one of the bands that truly shaped the concept of hair metal, that went on to influence many other bands, including Dokken, so many consider them to be awesome

More people need to listen to these guys!

17 Zi:Kill

Tusk's horsetail is so attractive!

They are the king of J-Rock.

18 Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.
19 Cinderella Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation.

I'd put them in the top 5, great musicians, one of the best lead singers, amazing vocals, catchy lyrics and the best bluesy sound in the genre. Much more than some hair and makeup, completely underrated.

So underrated!

20 Ugly Kid Joe

I'm not sure that I agree these guys were a "hair band", but I like some of their music and will give them my vote. Pretty sure Guns N' Roses isn't hair either.

21 Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
22 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Not a hair metal band, don't take the piss

23 D'erlanger

copkiller said the wrong thing, 80s are filled with hair metal bands like this one - ronluna

kyo also had the craziest hair over the years but looked good better than x-japan - ronluna

24 Steel Panther Steel Panther is an American comedy glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics, as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that parody the stereotypical 1980s "glam metal" lifestyle.

They are a new band but trust me listen to them and they will blow you away

Very underrated band... highly skilled musicians... satchel (russ parrish)'s awesome riffs & great solos will blow your head away... funny but great lyrics & great live shows... DEATH TO ALL BUT METAL m/

25 FireHouse
26 Warrent


27 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.
28 Loudness
29 White Lion White Lion was a Danish/American rock band that was formed in New York City in 1983 by Danish vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Tramp and American lead guitarist Vito Bratta. Mainly active in the 1980s and early 1990s, releasing their debut album Fight to Survive in 1985.
30 Stryper Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Perry Richardson, and Robert Sweet.
31 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.
32 Hanoi Rocks
33 Buck-Tick
34 Trixter
35 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.
36 Dead End

just like D'ERLANGER and X-JAPAN, they are legendary but very underrated. morrie, you, crazy cool joe, minato - ronluna

37 Die In Cries
38 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.
39 The Darkness

If it wasn't for Hawkins cocaine addiction I'm almost certain they would've revived hair metal/glam metal - StevoMuzz

40 Winger Winger is an American rock band that has combined elements of glam metal and progressive metal. Formed in New York City, Winger gained popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
41 Pretty Boy Floyd Pretty Boy Floyd is a glam metal band from Hollywood, California formed in 1987. They are most famous for their 1989 debut album Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz and the two singles from it; "Rock and Roll" and "I Wanna Be With You".
42 Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.
43 Autograph
44 Gotthard
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