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Hair Metal Song Lists

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by lfmn16, Jun 21, 2017.


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  1. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I did a search, but only found one thread. Does anyone have a good song list for a big hair metal band? Looking at the '80's, but any suggestions in the genre are welcome.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Well, you'll have to incorporate a bunch of the ballads in there in addition to the rockers

    Still Loving You
    Home Sweet Home
    I Remember You
    Sweet Child O Mine
    Here I Go Again
    Talk Dirty to Me
    Dead or Alive
    Pour Some Sugar On Me
    Living on a Prayer
    Every Rose Has It's Thorn
    Paradise City
    Kickstart My Heart
    Nothin' But a Good Time
    Still of the Night
    Kiss Me Deadly (if female vox)
    Love Bites

    It's a start anyway....
     
  3. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Thanks!
     
  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Here's a few more

    18 and Life - Skid Row
    Youth Gone Wild- Skid Row
    Panama - Van Halen
    Once Bitten, Twice Shy - Great White
    Up All Night - Slaughter
    Fly to the Angels - Slaughter
    Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
    Shake Me - Cinderella
    Round and Round - Ratt
    Wildside - Crue
    Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
     
  5. SHE'S MY CHERRY PIE!!!!
     
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  6. fretter

    fretter

    May 24, 2012
    PA
    There are lots of CDs with titles like Hair Metal Anthems.

    I would think "Still of the Night" has the potential of becoming a train wreck. "Is This Love" is a Whitesnake ballad, "Give Me All Your Love Tonight" is more uptempo. Obscure but with a great Zeppelin vibe is "Lay Down Your Love".

    Britney Fox - Long Way to Love
    Dangerous Toys - Teas'n, Pleas'n
    Junkyard - Hollywood
    Dirty Looks - Ruby
    L.A. Guns - Electric Gypsy
    Faster Pussycat - Bathroom Wall
    Warrant - Cherry Pie
    RATT - Lay It Down
    Cinderella - Shake Me

    That's all I got.
     
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  7. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Georgia
    I recently played in an 80s hair tribute for several years. My advice? Stick to the radio hits. And I mean the big radio hits. There were several songs we tried that we as a band liked, but the audience had no idea what they were. Even something like "Still Of The Night" is way too long to hold a crowd's attention.
     
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  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This. If you want to indulge your own sensibilities this will be a garage band. Probably a good idea would be to google up the top 100 songs for every year in the 80s. That should produce your set list easily.
     
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  9. Not sure about the easily part. Below are links to the top 100 from 1987 and 1988, essentially the height of hair metal, and of the 200 songs 7 fit the criteria. The hair metal thing was more video based than radio.

    And for everyone who wants to fixate on Still of the Night, fine ignore that one, though I disagree.

    Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1987 - Wikipedia
    Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1988 - Wikipedia
     
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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Not a bad point. So go with the video countdowns then? The Top 100 videos of '89 didn't produce a whole lot more that I find useful for a set list.
    MTV's Top 100 Videos Of 1989 | Pulse Music Board
     
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  11. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    So I Googled "hair metal anthems" and it produced a bunch of top-10 (or top-20, etc.) lists, anthology albums, and whatnot.
     
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  12. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    POISON - TALK DIRTY TO ME
    we do it, it always goes over HUGE
     
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  13. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    We do Still of the Night and it kills. We actually do the first half as part of a medley...it works famously.
     
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  14. LCAirPasta

    LCAirPasta

    Apr 12, 2016
    Some songs in the hair metal vein my last band used to cover-

    Round & Round- Ratt
    Don't Go Away Mad- Motley Crue
    Smooth Up In Ya- The Bullet Boys
    Nightrain- Guns N Roses
    Bad Medicine- Bon Jovi
    Have A Drink On Me- ACDC (not really hair metal but it fits with this stuff and is a GREAT opener)
    Still of the Night- Whitesnake
    Uncle Tom's Cabin- Warrant
    Drop Dead Legs- Van Halen
    Fight For Your Right To Party- Beastie Boys (Again, not a hair metal song but the audience LOVES this and most people respond to this as a general 80s rock song everyone knows)
     
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  15. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    My band does still of the night, 18 and life, Ice cream man, Jamie's cryin, atomic punk, Here I go again, sweet child of man and we are adding a few more
     
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  16. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    If you want to be a Top 40 or variety band, those lists are very useful. However, when it comes to Rock, those charts can be pretty misleading (especially in the bar band arena). When you think of the 70s, you think of iconic Rock bands like the Who, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc.. However, if you look at the charts it's filled with acts like Burt Bacharach, Donnie and Marie, and Helen Reddy. The reality is that iconic Rock started out somewhat cult and over the course of time become classic. It's similar for 80s metal. Even though the 80s were the heyday of hair, it was still a niche genre in a time when radio and the charts were dominated by the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Hall and Oates, and Geroge Michael. Consider this: The New Kids on the Block have charted in the Billboard end of year top 100 4 times in that decade, while bands like Motley Crue, Metallica, Dokken, Tesla, never cracked that mark. Even an iconic album like the Joshua Tree from a band that helped define Rock in that era only had 2 songs hit the Billboard top 100 for 1987. And the New Kids on the Block beat out U2 4 to 3 on the Billboard top 100 in the 80s.
     
  17. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    This has been a useful thread to help me get thinking about places to look. I wanted to see what other bands were doing. I don't know where the self-indulgent comment comes from. If I was self-indulgent I wouldn't be looking for feedback on what other people were playing.
     
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  18. This is not my normal milieu, but I would like to purpose:

    Un-skinny Bop - Poison

    It just gets stuck in my head.

    [edit - added video]
     
  19. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    You have my sympathy...
     
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  20. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Cum on Feel the Noize ( Bang Your Head ) - Quiet Riot
    Fly High Michelle - Enuf Znuff
    Still Rock in America - Night Ranger
    Midnight Maniac - Krokus
    Lick it Up ~ Kiss ( it's about as hair metal as Kiss got imo )
    Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
     
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