L.A. Weekly lists that some of the most popular hair metal bands in the 1980s included Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, Warrant and Twisted Sister. The music genre was known as glam metal, or "hair metal," due to the outrageously teased hairstyles and revealing clothes the musicians wore onstage.
Out of the 1980s hair metal movement, Guns N' Roses was one of the most popular and enduring bands. Although Guns N' Roses had a loud, aggressive sound similar to traditional heavy metal music, the band originally had a glam edge to its image, featuring wildly sprayed hairstyles, eye makeup and tight clothing, such as leather pants. The band released its debut album, "Appetite for Destruction," in 1987, and it remains one of the best rock albums of all time. The hit song "Welcome to the Jungle" is one of the most popular and recognizable songs from the hair metal era.
Bon Jovi was another hair metal band that shot to fame. When the band released its song "Runaway" in 1984, Bon Jovi developed a rabid fan base and began a series of hit songs. The iconic 1986 album, "Slippery When Wet," solidified the band's status as a cult metal band, and its members became rock stars. According to L.A. Weekly, Jon Bon Jovi had one of the strongest and most recognizable voices in hair metal music.