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Break Out The Aqua Net! Crucial Greatest Hits From The Best Of The Hair Bands!

  • Sep 14, 2010
If you're a big 80's/early 90's hair/glam metal/hard rock fan, you've probably got most of the songs in these collections on their original albums. However, if you're just getting into the 80's rock scene (where ya been?) or don't have the time or money to track down the original albums, these collections should give you a nice dose of what your lookin' for. Many of the bands on this list have multiple greatest hits collections, but I've only listed the ones that I personally own. Also, this list is in no way complete. It's just a small sample of the music I enjoy.
Greatest Hits
Night Ranger loaded the 80's with great hits like "When You Close Your Eyes" and "Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight." Oh, and everyone knows the massive "Sister Christian."

See the full review, "Radio-Friendly Rockers' Best".
Vault: Greatest Hits
Def Leppard's catalogue of great music is massive. There've been a couple of greatest hits packages released by the band, but this one is my favorite. Features hits like "Hysteria," "Photograph," "Rock Of Ages," and "Animal."

See the full review, "The Epitome of Eighties Hard Rock".
Cross Road
Bon Jovi became one of the biggest acts of the 80's (and still holds up pretty good now) due to hits such as "Livin' On A Prayer," "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Bad Medicine," and "Always." This particular album features a forgettable update of "Livin' On A Prayer" as well as the original and "Blaze Of Glory," from Jon Bon Jovi's solo "Young Guns II" soundtrack album.

See the full review, "Decent Beginner's Set".
Greatest Hits 1986-96
Few bands could match the success of Poison in the 80's and early 90's. They played plenty of infectious rockers like "I Want Action," "Talk Dirty To Me," and "Unskinny Bop." They also put a huge dent in everyone's hairsprayed heart with tunes like "Something To Believe In" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

See the full review, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Every Genre Has Its Poison".
Best of
Warrant was a band that wasn't quite as big as acts like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, but they had a considerable following and produced a number of radio-ready hits. Songs like "Cherry Pie," Heaven," "Down Boys," and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" all showed that this band had its finger on what people wanted to hear in the late 80's and early 90's.

See the full review, "Where'd The Down Boys Go?".
Once Upon A...
Perhaps the bluesiest sounding hair band in this list, Cinderella separated itself from the pack through frontman Tom Kiefer's voice and a ton of great hits like "Gyspy Road," "Nobody's Fool," "Shake Me," and the wonderful "Shelter Me."

See the full review, "The Best Blue Hair Band of the 80's(No, Really!)".
Very Best of Dokken
With Don Dokken on vocals and the legendary George Lynch on the strings, Dokken ripped out many great classic hair tunes. This album features "Breaking The Chains," "Tooth and Nail," and a live version of "Paris Is Burning." Oh, and they've also included George Lynch's sonic barrage, "Mr. Scary."

See the full review, "Paris Still Burns Thanks To This Greatest Hits Album".
Best of Both Worlds (Dig)
While some might argue with me on my classification of Van Halen as a hair band, you have to admit that they've had plenty of hits that fall into that genre. This particular collection features a mix of tunes from both of there most popular frontmen (Gary Cherone is no where on this album for those wondering). It features hits like "Panama," "Hot For Teacher," "Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love."

See the full review, "Great Tunes, Bad Compilation".
Ratt & Roll 8191
While RATT didn't necessarily burn up the charts, they did produce a number of radio-friendly hits and actually have a decent amount of good songs that you might not have heard. This collection packages their two biggest songs "Lay It Down" and "Round and Round" with plenty of their other songs that you might enjoy.

See the full review, "Ratt's Biggest Tracks and Seventeen Other Songs".
Greatest Hits
Whitesnake rounds out this list with frontman David Coverdale proving he can rock with songs like "Still Of The Night" and "Judgement Day," or he can croon a power ballad like "Is This Love" or "The Deeper The Love." This album also features the wonderful "Here I Go Again" and "Crying In The Rain."

See the full review, "This Snake Bites(In A Good Way)".

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September 21, 2010
whoa. Love this list. I own almost half of these cd's and I really loved the fact that you included Whitesnake. Thanks!
September 17, 2010
Thanks for infusing my day with some 80's. I'm going to have to make an Aqua Net station on Pandora somehow ;)
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