If there is one thing that is certain of the ’80s, it’s that we never had to worry about a shortage of hair bands. Big hair, makeup, tight pants — sometimes even tight LEATHER pants — we all know a good hair band when we see one. Jim Florentine, host of That Metal Show, stopped by VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live today to help sort out the Top 5 Hair Bands of the ’80s. Here is the list that they came up with:
5. Def Leppard. If you had a pulse in the ’80s or have ever been to a strip club (OR maybe even thought about taking up stripping as a profession, we don’t judge) you probably know the chorus of their iconic song “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Let’s be real, EVERY TIME you hear this song you have to fight the urge to “take a bottle, shake it up” and of course sing “Pour Some Sugar On Me” at the top of your lungs. This iconic song came off their 1987 album Hysteria that sold over 20 million copies to date and spawned six hit singles. The band is still touring and STILL rocks to this day.
4. Skid Row. It’s hard to ignore Skid Row, not only because front man Sebastian Bach stands at 6’5”, but because his hair is just as amazingly big today as it was in the 80s. The American rock band produced hits like “18 and Life”, “Youth Gone Wild,” and others, selling over 20 millions records worldwide.
3. Whitesnake. What is the first thing you think of when you think of British hard rock band Whitesnake? Is it Tawny Kitaen in white lingerie doing the splits on David Coverdale’s Jaguar in the “Here I Go Again” video? (You’re welcome for that visual by the way.) The suggestive band broke in the United States after releasing the video for “Here I Go Again” and can be heard in most karaoke bars across America.
2. Bon Jovi. It’s safe to say the guys of Bon Jovi had better hair than the ladies of the 80s. 1986’s Slippery When Wet features some of the most iconic sing along love songs “Like You Give Love A Band Name,” “Livin’ On A Prayer,” and of course the infamous “Wanted Dead Or Alive.” Bon Jovi has sold over 130 millions records, performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. NBD.
1. Poison. Of course they are number 1. Have you seen the cover for their 1986 debut album Look What The Cat Dragged In? If they are the definition of Hair Band then you are looking in the wrong dictionary. Their 1988 follow up album Open Up and Say…Ahh! Featured your favorite karaoke sing-along “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”
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