Can You Name These ’80s Artists From Their Hair?

By: Lauren Lubas
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Can You Name These ’80s Artists From Their Hair?
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About This Quiz

'80s music has made a little bit of a comeback in terms of popularity. People seem to have a sweet nostalgia for the rockers and pop stars who had big sounds and big hair. The hair in the '80s made its pop culture kind of a joke in the mid-'90s to the early 2000s (when people were working toward tightening up their images and reducing the hairspray usage). However, these days, we can look back at the music of the '80s and appreciate it for what it was: a telltale sign that the general population was embracing who they were and allowing their wild side to come out ... And for the artists of the '80s, nothing said you were a rebel more than changing your hair in ways that made the older generations uncomfortable. This brought about some very creative hairstyles and single-handedly kept Aqua Net in business for a decade. If you're a fan of the '80s and the music it created, you are most likely able to identify your favorite artists on sight and by their sound, but if we strip that away and only show you their hair, would you be able to tell us who they are? Take this quiz to find out if you can name all of these '80s artists by their 'dos!


Jon Bon Jovi He'll tell you that you give love a bad name. Who is he?
Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi (the band) was formed in 1983. Their first hit was "Runaway," released in 1984. Jon Bon Jovi has since gone to write, produce and sing various hit songs, and even dabble in acting.
Alice Cooper
Pat Benatar
David Bowie

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Cyndi Lauper Her hair was wild, just like her music. Who is she?
Madonna
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper had multiple hits that include "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Time After Time." Her career lasted over 40 years. She was a singer, songwriter, actress and now an activist.
Pat Benatar
Eddie Van Halen

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Michael Jackson He was the king of pop. What was his name?
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's career began long before the 80's, but his solo career hit it big in 1982 with "Billie Jean."
David Bowie
Nikki Sixx
Jon Bon Jovi

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David Bowie Who owned this mane in the '80s?
Rick Sanchez
Neil Young
David Bowie
David Bowie was a singer, songwriter and actor. He was born in 1947 and recorded 27 studio albums beginning in 1967.
Vince Neil

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George Michael Who is this front man for Wham!?
David Bowie
Sebastian Bach
Paul McCartney
George Michael
George Michael had a resume that included singer, songwriter, producer and philanthropist. His given name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. Try saying that three times fast (or even once for that matter).

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Sting Who does this hair belong to?
Cherry Chree
Sting
Sting made a great career as the front man for The Police, beginning in 1977. In the '80s they had such hits as "Every Breath You Take" (1983) and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" (1981).
Bowie
Martins

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Diana Ross She has a career that spanned decades. Who is this diva?
Madonna
Diana Ross
Diana Ross was one of the original divas. She started recording in 1970, but her hits of the '80s are what we remember.
Sheena Easton
Rebel Wilson

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Tom Petty He embraced the hippie culture, but ultimately had a country sound. Who is this?
Tom Petty
Tom Petty's career spans from the 1970s all the way to the 2010s, but we really know him from the work he did with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His hits in the '80s included "You Got Lucky."
Tommy Lee
Rhett Johnson
Garth Brooks

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Michael Hutchence Whose beautiful curls are these?
George Michael
Robert Wilson
Mick Jagger
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence was the lead singer of INXS. They had some great hits in the '80s, including "Need You Tonight." Sadly, the singer committed suicide in 1997.

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James Hetfield He cut his hair in the '90s, but who had these flowing locks in the '80s?
Bret Michaels
Bobby Dall
Rob Affuso
James Hetfield
James Hetfield, the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the 80's band Metallica. While they made some music in the '90s, they are most remembered for the albums they released in the '80s, including "Master of Puppets" and "Ride the Lightning."

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Mike Score You know he's from A Flock of Seagulls, but do you know this lead singer's name?
Robert Shore
Mike Score
A Flock of Seagulls members had some of the most memorable hairstyles of the '80s. Their biggest hit of the '80s was "I Ran" which came out in 1982.
Paul Rodriguez
Ed Berner

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Sebastian Bach He never got rid of his long mane. Who is this lead singer?
Scotti Hill
Sebastian Bach
Sebastian Bach was the lead singer of Skid Row. They wrote several anthems that described what it was like for those living in tough times in the '80s. With songs like "18 and Life" (1989) and "Youth Gone Wild" (1989), they were rockers everyone wanted to hear.
Dave Sabo
Rick Roller

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Neil Peart He's considered one of the greatest drummers of all time. Who is he?
Gerry Felding
Peter Gabriel
Vince Neil
Neil Peart
Neil Peart was the drummer for the band Rush in the '80s. The Canadian rock band is known for songs such as "Tom Sawyer" (1981) and "Limelight" (1981).

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Geoff Tate Who is this front man for the band Queensryche?
Geoff Tate
Geoff Tate was the lead singer of Queensryche. While they had success in the 90's, they really hit the scene with commercial success in their 1988 album, "Operation: Mindcrime." That included the song, "I Don't Believe in Love."
Jeff Andrews
Angeleano Gustov
Gustov Roderick

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C.C. DeVille He was the guitarist for Poison. Whose hair is this?
Robert Englund
C.C. DeVille
C.C. DeVille was a guitarist who could hit some interesting sounds from the six-string. He played for Poison since the mid-'80s, and plays some intense solos.
Rich Purdell
Bret Michaels

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Bret Michaels Before he did a reality show to find love, he was the front man for a famous '80s band. Who is this?
Robert Rickie
Sebastian Bach
Brett Michaels
The lead singer of Poison wrote and sang some of the greatest rock ballads of the '80s. Later, he had to find love through an elimination game show known as "Rock of Love."
Tom Petty

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Lionel Richie He's saying "Hello." Who is he?
Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie's solo career in the '80s brought some great love songs and ballads. They include "Hello" (1983) and "Endless Love" (1981).
Richard Marcus
John Taylor
Little Richard

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Steven Tyler He's the lead singer of a band that had seemingly endless hits in the '80s. Who is he?
Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler is best known as the singer of Aerosmith. Their '80s hits even crossed genres into the rap scene. From "Angel" (1987) to "Janie's Got a Gun" (1989), they had multiple hits on the rock scene in the '80s.
Harmon Jerry
Stephen Duffy
Dominic Brown

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Slash His signature hat should give him away. Who is this guitarist?
Slash
Slash is one of the most memorable guitarists, wild rumors always spread about why he covered his face. Ultimately, he just liked wearing top hats and focusing on the music.
Gash
Rash
Flash

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Morten Harket Who was the lead singer of the one-hit wonder band A-Ha?
William Blake
Blake Webert
Morten Harket
Morten Harket was the lead singer for the Norwegian band A-Ha. If you don't know that band, they had one excellent song: "Take on Me" (1985). Their other songs didn't make it very far on the charts.
Walter Roberts

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Axl Rose Who is this wild redhead of the '80s?
Brett Michaels
Kirk Hammett
Jason Newsted
Axl Rose
Axl Rose was known to be a little bit crazy, but his wild voice sent a message to the rock lovers of the world. He's been the front man for Guns N' Roses since 1985, and the only member who has made it that long.

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Kenny Loggins His songs made it into several movies in the '80s. Who is he?
Richard Marcus
Lionel Richie
Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins made some inspirational music in the '80s, and was commissioned to write and sing songs for several movies including Footloose and Top Gun.
Rod Stewart

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Prince His name is royalty. Who is he?
Prince
Minnesota native had several hits, including several in the '80s. These hits include "Let's Go Crazy" and "Purple Rain." He was known for his amazing stage presence.
Michael Jackson
Regal Jones
Doug E Fresh

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Tina Turner She became a solo artist in the '80s. Who is she?
Natalie Brown
Whitney Houston
Tina Turner
Tina Turner had a rough go of it, but after leaving her husband Ike, she went on to have an incredibly successful music career.
Mariah Carey

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Janet Jackson You may know her as Miss Nasty. Who is she?
Christina Aguilera
Cyndi Lauper
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson's career lasted for decades. She worked in film as well as music. One of her most prominent songs of the '80s was "Nasty."
Tina Turner

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Steve Perry His songs are still popular today. Who is he?
Steve Perry
Though Steve Perry is no longer the lead singer of Journey, his music lives on. 1983's "Separate Ways" is still sung at karaoke clubs around the world.
Michael Jackson
Joe Jackson
Robert Perry

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Annie Lennox She's the lead singer of the Eurythmics. Who is she?
Stevie Nicks
Nikki Sixx
Pat Benatar
Annie Lennox
The Eurythmics were a popular New Wave band in the '80s. Their 1983 hit, "Sweet Dreams," had a unique sound and the video had a unique look.

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Dave Mustaine He was considered too wild to be in Guns N' Roses. Who is he?
Tommy Lee
Vince Neil
James Hetfield
Dave Mustaine
The lead singer of Megadeth was so intense, he was kicked out of Guns N' Roses. Megadeth released three albums in the '80s including "Killing Is My Business ... and Business Is Good!"

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Ozzy Osbourne His career spanned decades, but he bit the head off a bat in the '80s. Who is he?
Michael Jackson
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy was known as quite the partier on the road. He was the front man for Black Sabbath and later went on to have a solo career.
Kenny Loggins
Robert Marshall

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Jani Lane He was a member of the band Warrant. Who is he?
Jani Lane
While many know the band Warrant as the group that sung "Cherry Pie" (1990), they had several great songs in the '80s, including 1989's "Heaven."
Axl Rose
Sebastian Bach
Phillip Hope

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Ann Wilson We guess you could say she has a lot of HEART. Who is she?
Phyllis Moore
Ann Wilson
Heart was a band that was known for over five decades. One of their most memorable songs of the '80s was "These Dreams" (1985).
Rachel Rogers
Annie Lennox

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Bruce Springsteen He wrote about the heartland. Who is he?
Steve Perry
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen was a member of the E Street Band, and later went on to have a solo career. His memorable works in the '80s were "Born in the USA" and "My Hometown."
Vince Neil
Tommy Lee

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Kip Winger Who is this member of Winger?
Joseph Black
Kirk Roderick
Kip Winger
Winger was a glam metal band that had a dash of progressive metal. Some of their more memorable songs of the '80s were "Headed for a Heartbreak" and "Seventeen," both released in 1988.
William Penn

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Alice Cooper This artist is incredibly intelligent. Who is he?
Axl Rose
Sebastian Bach
Slash
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper is a hardcore rockstar, but he is also very intelligent. His career has spanned over 50 years, and those who have seen his shows know that his stage presence is beyond compare.

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Eazy-E Who is this rapper?
Axl Rose
Tommy Lee
Eazy-E
Eazy-E was known as the Godfather of Gansta Rap. He wrote hardcore verses, and didn't care who he offended. He tragically died of AIDS in 1995.
Doug E Fresh

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Debbie Gibson She was a star, and not only in her dreams! Who is she?
Cyndi Lauper
Teena Marie
Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson released her first album in 1987. It had hits such as "Foolish Beat" and "Only in My Dreams" included on it.
Sheena Easton

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Joseph Simmons He's one of the founding members of Run-D.M.C.
Adam Yauch
Kyle Burke
Mike D
Joseph Simmons
Run-D.M.C. was a rap group from Queens, NY, in the '80s. They created such hits as "It's Tricky" (1986).

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Ice-T He was a hardcore rapper. Who is he?
Mix Master
Biggie
Ice-T
While you may recognize Ice-T from "Law and Order" reruns (or maybe his reality show), he was once a hardcore rapper who was very political. His 1988 hit "Colors" was a look at gang life in LA.
Eazy-E

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Stevie Nicks She sang for Fleetwood Mac. Who is she?
Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks is known for her work as the singer and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac. She also had a solo career that included 1981's %0D"Edge of Seventeen."
Cyndi Lauper
Madonna
Tina Turner

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Vince Neil He was the front man for Motley Crue. Who is he?
Tommy Lee
Mick Mars
Nikki Sixx
Vince Neil
Motley Crue was known as a wild band. They had a penchant for getting into trouble, and spilled all the beans in their tell-all memoir, which has been turned into a Netflix original.

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