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Favorite forgotten hairband songs: A playlist

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Playlists

Jana of JanaSays.com is in her late 30s, and Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand is in her early 40s.  #noshame #oldladieswin 

 Aquanet … Spandex … Blue eyeshadow … MTV … BIG HAIR … all of these things were part of our childhood and teen years.  So was the genre of music that gets a lot of teasing (pun intended) and ridicule known as Glam Metal, Hair Bands, Cock Rock….but these bands and songs are beloved by the two of us.  In fact, as we got to know each other, we instantly connected with our mutual love of books and hair bands. This is not the list of songs that are played in sports stadiums or classic rock stations.  C’mon.  Admit it.  You guys know Welcome to the Jungle, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, and Livin’ on a Prayer.  You probably even know Pour Some Sugar on Me, Cherry Pie, and Here I Go Again. (You’re probably singing one of them in your head right now. You’re welcome.)

These are the songs that you have to turn to a specialty station like SiriusXM’s Hair Nation (in the U.S.) for a chance to hear them. Or be an avid fan of this music from days gone by.  This list is a combined effort of our favorite forgotten hair band songs.

1. Wait for You by Bonham – 1989 – Do you recognize this name?  John Bonham, the drummer of a little band called Led Zeppelin, who died in 1980…he had a son named Jason Bonham.  He can play drums too.  He had a band that had a song, and this is it.

2.  Call to Your Heart by Guiffria – 1984 – Honestly don’t remember anything about Guiffria except this song.  And, this is a good song. 

3.  Edge of a Broken Heart by Bon Jovi – 1987 – Back in the day, pop radio had djs and you could actually call and request to hear your favorite songs.  The local Houston station (104 KRBE) had a “Top 8 at 8:00” most requested program.  From Erin: “I’d wait for this song to play, so I could record it on my cassette tape each night, so I could have an entire cassette of just this song playing over and over.”  The work and commitment we had to give for our favorites…..

4.  Burning Like a Flame by Dokken – 1987 – To be honest, we could give you a whole list of Dokken songs of fantastic songs from Dokken, but this is a fave.  From Erin: “Is this the time that I tell you about getting my picture taken with Don Dokken when my friend was getting beers or going to the bathroom, and she’s the one that really loved Dokken and she missed the photo opportunity??”

5.  Tell Me by White Lion – 1987 – Don’t know many girls
that didn’t find Mike Tramp (the lead singer) pretty dreamy back in the
day.  The last time I (Erin) saw him was 2008, and he was still pretty dreamy. 

6.  Coming of Age by Damn Yankees – 1990 – Once upon a time, a supergroup was formed with a member of Night Ranger, a member of Styx, and Ted Nugent.  Fun fact from Erin: “I saw them open for Poison in Fargo, ND.”

7.  Bang Bang by Danger Danger – 1989 – From Jana: “They were my
favorite and I was obsessed. Meeting Ted Poley and Andy Timmons was the
highlight of 8th grade.” 
No other words are needed.

8.  Love Song by Tesla – 1989 – Serious now.  If you aren’t going to listen to any other of the songs on this list, listen to this one.  It truly is one of the greatest anthemic love songs ever created.  Yes, we are biased about this list, but we speak the truth about this song. 

9.  Dirty Love by Thunder – 1990 – This British band has 9 studio albums, 7 live albums, and 22 singles released.  Sure, they’ve had a lot of band members in and out during that time…but that’s more albums produced than Taylor Swift or Rhianna or One Direction or many of the other big sellers of popular music.

10.  Big Talk by Warrant – 1989 – Awww Warrant.  The band known for Cherry Pie.  In fact, that song was part of the demise of lead singer, Jani Lane, who died a few years ago from an alcohol fueled death.  They really were a talented band.  (Feel free to fast forward the first minute of this film clip.)  R.I.P Jani

11.  One in a Million by Trixter – 1991 –  This song hit radio airwaves the same year as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.  Poor Trixter was just a little too late for any serious music people to listen to them.  Wait.  We ain’t about those music snobs anyway.

 12.  Mad About You by Slaughter – 1991 – Not sure this song made it to the music charts.  There were actually some songs on this album that got more airplay.  But, we’re rebelling and going with this lesser known gem for our list.

13.  Tainted Angel by Southgang – 1991 – We knew this one was a given.  Erin loves Butch Walker (he’s the hunk of a brunette guitarist in this video clip).  Admittedly, most of the love is for the artist that Butch is now.  (No joke.  He is a hugely talented singer-songwriter-producer-and yes, guitarist.)  Jana saw Southgang in concert New Year’s Eve 1991.  Jana frickin’ wins!

14.  I’ll Never Let You Go by Steelheart – 1990 – This is Jana’s favorite power ballad, and it was going to be left off the list “because his voice may hurt the ears of others” (that’s actually verbatim), but Erin said “Hell no!  I’m totally including Steelheart!”, and here you have it.  (Get to the chorus – the vocals are seriously insane!)

You really have no idea how difficult it was for us to narrow down this list.  It was like selecting our favorite child or something (even though Erin doesn’t have a child, but she does have step-children, and Jana has one, so obviously, that one is the favorite).   So, really, this was more difficult than picking our favorite child.  We’re still questioning how
Ratt, Cinderella, Mr. Big, Skid Row, Firehouse, Whitesnake, and others didn’t make this list.  But, we wanted to  keep it short enough that you may stay with us.

 

If you’re actually still with us, tell us some of your favorite songs from big hair bands.

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29 Comments

  1. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

    Best playlist ever! Best collaboration! These are just a couple of blogger awards we are sure to win. Get your acceptance speech ready.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      We definitely set the blogging world on fire with this playlist!

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  2. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    anything Motley Crue, Platnium Blonde or GnR.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I heart Motley Crue and Appetite for Destruction is essential hairband listening.

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    2. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

      The Crue and GnR were too popular for this list 🙂 Platinum Blonde would’ve made it. A week doesn’t go by in my life that I don’t listen to Motley Crue and Guns n Roses.
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  3. Kelli

    Great post, you guys picked some good songs! I want to listen to Pandora hair bands all day now.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I need to listen to more hairband radio on Spotify (since I don’t have Pandora). I listen to my playlists quite often, though.

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  4. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

    “Don’t know what you got…till it’s gone…don’t know what it is I did so wr wr wrong…” Cinderella! 🙂 My roommates and I would go around singing that Tesla song and the top of our lungs too. College roommates. Me…old. So many good ones. I love that JBJ has sustained such a long and cool career, even getting into acting. Many of his counterparts did not do so well.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Shelter Me is one of my favorites of all time…can’t believe I didn’t include it. And you’re not that old.

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    2. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

      Give me any and all Cinderella – I think that’s why they didn’t make my list…I couldn’t pick ONE song that was a favorite.
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  5. Mackenzie

    In addition to “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, I also like their song “Is This Love?” Oh, and also “Headed For a Heartbreak” by Winger. 🙂
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      WINGER!!! I can’t believe we forgot about Winger!

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    2. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

      Headed for a Heartbreak as well as Easy Come Easy Go were in our Honorable Mentions 🙂
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  6. Amber

    Nice playlist. I like a lot of Bon Jovi songs.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      My favorites are Runaway and Bad Medicine.

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    2. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

      Livin’ on a Prayer is tattooed on my foot. I have a “slight” obsession with Bon Jovi.
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  7. Nadine

    YES!!!!!!!!!! I grew up listening to big hair bands because I have young parents and they were super in to music. Bon Jovi is my everything and I actually go to see him in concert with my mom and dad as an adult and it was basically in the top 10 nights of my life!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      I can’t imagine ever going to a concert with my parents, although my dad did take me and 3 friends to GNR.

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    2. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

      I can be quoted as saying that Jon Bon Jovi is the love of my life 🙂
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  8. Kerry

    Okay you had me at the intro but then you lost me at the list. These are so obscure I don’t remember any of those songs. Mr. Big To Be With You and Winger still gets played.
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Mr. Big is one of my favorite hairbands. Top 5, definitely. We have one of their songs coming up in our next playlist!

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    2. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

      We definitely went with a little more obscure; honestly, Jana and I could have listed 100 songs (no exaggeration). We were aiming for the lesser known personal faves & goodies.
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  9. ellesees.net

    knew the bands, but not all of these songs!! love song is one of my karoke go-tos. it’s just so good! random: my boss is good friends with jbj and he is the sweetest guy and a good business man. i feel like a slacker on my hair band songs now!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Love Song is probably the best power ballad after I’ll Never Let You Go. Such a beautiful song.

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    2. Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand

      I’m sorry. Your boss is friends with JBJ. I squealed as I read that. I’ve actually said out of all celebrities, people assume I want to meet him most. I don’t. I’m scared. I have him up on such a pedestal that I wouldn’t want to be disappointed. It makes my heart happy that you say “he is the sweetest guy”.
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  10. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    My favorite version of that Tesla song is of course the live one from Philly – but don’t you even worry Philadelphia, cause I know you’ll find love again…
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  11. Amanda

    I was def dancing in my seat to the intro but during the list I was scratching my head… lol
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  12. Kristen

    I commented on Erin’s post as well, but I really love this collaboration idea.

    And, even though I already mentioned it over there, my one and only favorite hair metal song is “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella. I was never a huge hair metal fan, but that song is just amazing.
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