Hair Metal Bands

With music derisively known as hair metal, glam metal or pop metal, these bands were hugely popular in the mid eighties through to the early nineties, before the scene was promptly killed off by the rise of grunge. Can you guess the names of these bands from the hints provided? Also includes a handful of prominent solo artists.
Bands & artists are in alphabetical order by first name where applicable.
Check out the rest of the Band By Subgenre series here.
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Last updated: March 15, 2024
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Song or Album
Love In An Elevator
1970's rockers who jumped on the glam train in the 1980s with albums like "Permanent Vacation" and "Pump".
1970's Detroit shock rocker who made a successful comeback with the 1989 album "Trash".
Alice Cooper
Livin' On A Prayer
This band's third album, "Slippery When Wet", was hugely successful, selling over 20 million copies worldwide.
Bon Jovi
Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
Fairy tale themed rock band from Philadelphia. Albums include "Long Cold Winter" and "Night Songs".
Yankee Rose
Vocalist allegedly fired from Van Halen who went on to have a successful solo career with albums like "Eat 'Em and Smile".
David Lee Roth
Pour Some Sugar On Me
UK band, originally part of the NWOBHM movement, who's 1987 album "Hysteria" has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
Def Leppard
Burning Like A Flame
Band bearing lead singer Don's last name. Their live album "Beast from the East" was nominated for a Grammy in 1989.
Fly High Michelle
Band founded by singer Donnie Vie and bassist Chip Z'Nuff. Their other hit song is "New Thing".
Enuff Z'Nuff
The Final Countdown
Swedish rockers fronted by Joey Tempest. other hits include "Carrie" and "Rock The Night".
Their 1990 acoustic ballad "More Than Words" reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
Wake Me When It's Over
Feline themed band named after an exploitation film. Songs include "Bathroom Wall" & "Cathouse".
Faster Pussycat
Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Band whose pyrotechnics set a nightclub on fire at a show in 2003, killing 100 people, including band member Ty Longley.
Great White
Welcome To The Jungle
Iconic band featuring members Slash and Axl Rose, once labelled "the most dangerous band in the world".
Guns N' Roses
Oriental Beat
Influential Finnish band whose drummer "Razzle" Dingley died in a drunk driving accident with Vince Neil behind the wheel.
Hanoi Rocks
I was Made For Lovin' You
Famous 1970's shock rockers who ditched the face paint and costumes and went glam for 1983's "Lick It Up" album.
Don't Close Your Eyes
Band featuring Steve Whiteman & members nicknamed 10/10, Damage & Chocolate. Their biggest album is "Blow My Fuse".
Cocked And Loaded
Band featuring guitarist Tracii Guns. Members were also a part of an early incarnation of Guns N' Roses.
L.A. Guns
Kiss Me Deadly
Former guitarist of The Runaways. Her most successful song is "If I Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
Lita Ford
Dr. Feelgood
Famous band featuring Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. A biopic on the band called "The Dirt" was released on Netflix in 2019.
Motley Crue
Song or Album
Lean Into It
Their 1992 ballad "To Be With You" was Number 1 in the US and 11 other countries.
Mr. Big
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Self proclaimed "Prince Of Darkness" and original front man of Black Sabbath who has had a hugely successful solo career.
Ozzy Osbourne
Sister Christian
Band whose albums include "Seven Wishes", "Midnight Madness", "Dawn Patrol" and "Big Life".
Night Ranger
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Band featuring Bret Michaels and Rikki Rockett. Their debut album was 1986's "Look What The Cat Dragged In".
Cum On Feel the Noize
Band cofounded by Randy Rhoads. Their album "Metal Health" was the first heavy metal album to top the Billboard album chart.
Quiet Riot
Round And Round
Rodent themed band widely recognized as instrumental in the formation of the early 1980s LA metal scene.
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Insect themed, German band originally formed in 1965. Albums include "Love At First Sting".
18 And Life
Band formerly fronted by Sebastian Bach. albums include "Slave To The Grind" and "Subhuman Race".
Skid Row
Up All Night
This band's debut album "Stick It To Ya" sold over 2 million copies & featured the hits "Fly to the Angels" & "Spend My Life".
To Hell With The Devil
Band who were the first overtly Christian heavy metal band to gain acceptance in the mainstream.
Band named after a famous inventor. Albums include "The Great Radio Controversy" with the hit "Love Song".
We're Not Gonna Take It
New York shock rockers fronted by Dee Snyder. Their most successful album is 1984's "Stay Hungry".
Twisted Sister
Hot For Teacher
Influential hard rock band featuring brothers Eddie and Alex. Their 6th album "1984" features the Number 1 single "Jump".
Van Halen
Edge Of A Broken Heart
Band sometimes described as "the female Bon Jovi".
Cherry Pie
Successful band whose original singer Jani Lane died in 2011. Other hits include "Down Boys" and "Heaven".
I Wanna Be Somebody
Insect themed, L.A. shock rockers who have a somewhat darker image than most glam metal bands.
When The Children Cry
Big cat themed band whose albums include "Pride", "Big Game" and "Mane Attraction".
White Lion
Here I Go Again
English band featuring former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale who went glam for their 1986 album "Slide It In"
White Snake
Headed For A Heart Break
Band bearing singer/guitarist Kip's last name. They were often mocked on the show Beavis and Butthead.
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