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My Top Ten Ballads by 80's Hair Bands

Updated on March 11, 2015
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Cari Jean is a freelance writer and author. Her inspiring memoir "Having Faith" is available on Amazon. She resides in North Dakota.

It's hard to forget about the hair bands from the 80's when you see them headlining the local casino, small town rock festivals and yes, if they're lucky, major venues. But back in their day, all of the hair bands were performing to sell-out crowds across the world. And if one of those hair bands came to North Dakota, I was usually there, rockin' out with the rest of 'em.

Today, every now and then while listening to K-LOVE (my favorite Christian station), I'll tune in to a classic rock station. Suddenly, a song from one of those hair bands transports me to a different time and a different place. Like the time I was a care-free high school student and my only challenges in life were getting my driver's license and passing AP Calculus. When fun times consisted of a day at the bowling alley or an evening at the lake. When my friends and I cruised Main endlessly, with songs from the 80's and the early 90's blaring through the speakers. For me, the following ten songs epitomize that time of my life - when my friends and the guys I liked were the only ones I wanted to be with.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison

Released in 1988 by Poison, it was their first and only number one hit ever in the U.S.

I Remember You by Skid Row

Released in 1989 on Skid Row's debut album. This power ballad was the number one prom song of 1990.

Hysteria by Def Leppard

Released on Def Leppard's multi-platinum album, Hysteria in 1987, their best-selling album to date.

Angel by Aerosmith

Released on their 1987 album, Permanent Vacation. Angel was written by Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler along with songwriter, Desmond Child.

Love Song by Tesla

Released in 1989 on their album, The Great Radio Controversy. After the video was placed on MTV, the song soared to number 10 on the U.S. charts, becoming one of Tesla's biggest hits.

I'll Be There for You by Bon Jovi

Released on their 1988 album, New Jersey. The song quickly rose to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Patience by Guns & Roses

Released on Guns and Roses album, G N' R Lies in 1988. In 2006, country superstar, Carrie Underwood began performing this song during her concerts.

Coming Home by Cinderella

Released on Cinderella's album, Long Cold Winter in 1988. The song was used on the TV series October Road.

Love of a Lifetime by Firehouse

Released on Firehouse's debut album in 1990. The song became a popular wedding song.

Honestly by Stryper

 Released on Stryper's 1987 album, To Hell with the Devil. "Honestly" became one of the most requested songs on MTV.


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      thomseye 4 years ago

      impressive list.

      it's rare that i agree with so much with someone on a list like this.

      especially Hysteria, Love Song, Angel, I Remember You, Honestly and Coming Home.

      If I really think hard, I might add Sometimes She Cries by Warrant, Is This Love by Whitesnake, I Won't Forget You by Poison and The Ballad Of Jayne by LA Guns.

      Well done.

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      Evil Stepmother 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I didn't go to prom, but we would never have had that interesting a song. Maybe I would have gone if we did lol.

      I did, however, have my first dance with my boyfriend to Without You (at a Motley Crue concert). Try beating that for romantic at the wedding though (I'm sure Motley Crue won't play it for us there). It's between that and Firehouse's Love of a Lifetime for our wedding song.

      I cannot imagine getting sick of any of those songs, even though I like to play them over and over too. :O)

      No one does romantic songs like the 80s hair bands.

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      Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Evil Stepmother - thanks so much for your comment - yes, I like all those songs as well. WE had Without You as our prom song in 1990 and it played over and over and over so I was tired of it for a while!

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      Evil Stepmother 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I love them all, but my other faves are:

      Motley Crue: Without you

      Firehouse: When I look into your eyes

      Whitesnake: Now you're gone

      White Lion: When the children cry

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      Cari Jean 8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Disturbia - I know! I rock out to them everytime I hear them!

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      Disturbia 8 years ago

      I will always love Def Leppard.

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      Cari Jean 8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      eovery - thanks for stopping in!

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      That's some good music

      Keep on hubbing!