Head Bangin’ Car Blastin’ Hair Bands

hair bands 80s


In the mid 1980’s a rock music explosion happened almost over night. Their hair was big and their music was loud. 

Hair bands.

Some people love them. Others hate them.

Either way, along with helping to tear a hole in the ozone layer with all the hair spray they used, these bands carved out a place in 80’s music history.

There are stations like Hair Nation on Sirius XM dedicated to that head banging era of music. Terrestrial radio stations dedicate afternoons, days and even weekends to the glorious metal hair band music of the 80’s. 

Being the only punk out of my group of friends in my high school class back in the 80’s, I’m proud to say I wasn’t a music snob. I listened to the music of my peers – whether it was pop, metal or r&b. I love musical diversity, and that’s what the decade of decadence was all about.

I’m not ashamed to say I rock out to hair bands! It’s party music. You cannot beat those guitar solos and amazing riffs with the whammy bar.  Plus they were hot guys (mostly) with long hair! I was however, sometimes jealous of the hair some of those guys had, but that’s another story. 

When I’m driving, especially in the summer, I love cranking a good hair band tune with the windows down and wind ripping through my hair. You might even catch me performing air guitar or even air drumming at a stop light. I don’t care – it feels good! 

I have a lot of great memories that go along with the rockin’ music from 80’s (and 90’s) hair bands – they are definitely a part of the soundtrack to my life.

The following 60 song power packed mix tape list could have, like my favorite classic punk and alternative music, gone on forever. There’s an awesome mix of high energy and power ballads in this list. Either way, I’m sure you’ll be flashing the horns, head banging and rockin’ away to this list!

When I hear these killer tunes, I crank the music and let loose! I hope you enjoy this trip down hair band memory lane with me! 




  1. The Final Countdown – Europe
  2. Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
  3. I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister
  4. Cum on Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot
  5. Up All Night – Slaughter
  6. Wicked Sensation – Lynch Mob
  7. Strutter – KISS
  8. You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi
  9. Modern Day Cowboy – Tesla
  10. New York Groove – Ace Frehley
  11. Hot For Teacher – Van Halen
  12. Talk Dirty to Me – Poison
  13. Cherry Pie – Warrant
  14. Give it to me Good – Trixter
  15. Don’t Tell Me You Love Me – Night Ranger
  16. In My Dreams – Dokken
  17. You’re In Love – Ratt
  18. Last in Line – Dio
  19. Symphony of Destruction – Megadeth
  20. One – Metallica
  21. Panama – Van Halen
  22. The Audience is Listening – Steve Vai
  23. Fool for Your Loving – Whitesnake
  24. Shake Me – Cinderella
  25. Rock Me – Great White
  26. Eyes of a Stranger – Queensryche
  27. Rocket – Def Leppard
  28. Get The Funk Out – Extreme
  29. Wild Thing – Sam Kinison
  30. Seventeen – Winger
  31. Coming of Age – Damn Yankees
  32. Bang Bang – Danger Danger
  33. Girlschool – Britny Fox
  34. Bathroom Wall – Faster Pussycat
  35. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  36. Breaking the Law – Judas Priest
  37. Poison – Alice Cooper
  38. Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue
  39. Mr. Brownstone – Guns & Roses
  40. Smooth Up in Ya – Bullet Boys
  41. Don’t Need Rules – Kik Tracee
  42. Edge of a Broken Heart – Vixen
  43. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection – Nelson
  44. Jelly Roll – Blue Murder
  45. Nobody’s Fool – Cinderella
  46. Bringin’ on the Heartbreak – Def Leppard
  47. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
  48. When It’s Love – Van Halen
  49. Fly to the Angels – Slaughter
  50. Every Rose has its Thorn – Poison
  51. Never Say Goodbye – Bon Jovi
  52. Forever – KISS
  53. Hand on Heart – Queensryche 
  54. The Deeper The Love – Whitesnake
  55. Love of a Lifetime – Firehouse
  56. I Remember You – Skid Row
  57. Close Your Eyes Forever – Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
  58. Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
  59. Love Song – Tesla
  60. Headed for a Heartbreak – Winger