Picture it. A screaming crowd. A smoke machine. A veritable cornucopia of leather pants, candy-colored guitars and enough hairspray to bug-bomb a hotel. That's hair metal, man! These are the bands that stormed to the front of rock and roll at the end of the 1970s and all through the 1980s. They helped truly define the rock star image of a hard-partying bad boy with suspect fashion sense and no regard for rules of polite behavior.
Now the real question is do you know hair bands like you think you know hair bands? Can you listen to the opening chords of a rock ballad and know right away if it's Whitesnake or White Lion? If you take this quiz, are you going to rock it like a hurricane or will you be livin' on a prayer by the time it's all over? Can you channel your inner Poison and root out every single Def Leppard hit? it's going to take a true hair rock aficionado to pull this one off. But if you think you're up to the task, then you better best out your eyeshadow and teased bangs and prove. Take the quiz and go down in hair metal history!
What intense band got aggressive in their hit "We're Not Gonna Take It?"
Twisted Sister, fronted by singer Dee Snider, recorded a Christmas album many years after "We're Not Gonna Take It" was released featuring "O Come All ye Faithful" sung to the same tune.
"The Final Countdown" by Europe was not a particularly well-liked song when it came out. That said, thanks to the show "Arrested Development," it received a second lease on life and became rather popular.
This single was the biggest hit ever for the band Van Halen.
Sweet Child O' Mine
David Lee Roth wrote the song "Jump" after having a single phrase stuck in his head. "Go ahead and jump" were the words that inspired the whole song. He wrote the rest after listening to the instrumental track.
Ratt is one of the longest-lived hair metal bands, with origins dating back to the early 1970s and plans for an album all the way up to 2018. The video for the song "Round and Round" featured comedian Milton Berle in drag.
Def Leppard had a big hit with a song that asked you to pour some what on them?
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" came out in 1987 and rocked it all the way to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song almost didn't even make it onto the album until the band's producer told them he felt they needed another track.
What's the name of Guns N' Roses iconic lead guitarist?
Slash was born in England as Saul Hudson and rose to fame with Guns N' Roses throughout the '80s. Slash's appeal came from not just his incredible guitar playing but also his fashion sense. Few people ever actually saw his face since he constantly wore a top hat that kept him obscured behind his own hair.
Bon Jovi was fronted by Jon Bon Jovi. Jon Bon Jovi is actually the singer's stage name. He was born John Francis Bongiovi Jr. in New Jersey and was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame back in 2009.
Whitesnake was a British rock band and one of their biggest hits was "Here I Go Again." The video featured actress Tawny Kitaen mostly just looking sexy around some cars intercut with the band performing.
Who taught us that nothing would last forever in the cold November Rain?
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses proved to be one of the biggest acts of the 1980s but problems within the band between lead singer Axl Roses and lead guitarist Slash as well as the other band members eventually led to the band falling apart. They swore they'd never work together again for many years until they eventually worked together again.
The Scorpions were going to rock you like what natural disaster?
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions has been an enduring hit that has been co-opted by numerous sports teams including the Miami Hurricanes, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks.
This Los Angeles band wanted you to come on and feel the noise.
Quiet Riot's biggest hit was "Cum on Feel the Noize" and it was actually a cover version of a song by a British band called Slade. It was so successful for Quiet Riot they actually covered additional Slade songs later on.
What kind of pie did the band Warrant really seem to like in their famous song?
"Cherry Pie" is arguably the most famous song the band Warrant ever recorded. Ironically, most of the band members didn't like the song that much and had to reluctantly acknowledge it's mostly the reason they're famous.
"Turn Up the Radio" was a hit song from what band?
Autograph enjoyed some moderate success throughout the 1980s but none of their singles ever got as bit as "Turn Up the Radio.'" The band eventually broke up but most of the original members reunited again in 2013.
Who was the Sister that Night Ranger is famous for singing about?
"Sister Christian" was Night Ranger's biggest hit and was actually inspired by the younger sister of the band's drummer. He wrote the song after going home one weekend for a visit and being surprised by home much his little sister had grown up.
Cinderella was discovered by Jon Bon Jovi and managed to sell 30 million albums in a 3-year span without ever having a hit single at the time. That was a feat no one in rock music had ever done before.
"More Than Words" was a huge ballad for what band?
Extreme was one of those bands that found itself in the awkward position of being most well known for a song that was quite a bit different than their usual sound. "More than Words" was much softer than the rest of their music.
The drummer of this band lost his arm in a car accident in 1984.
Guns n' Roses
Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen suffered a devastating car accident that resulted in his arm being amputated. Amazingly, he not only recovered, but he was also able to continue drumming with the band.
"Honestly" was a huge hit for this Christian rock band.
Stryper may have been a hair metal band but their music was still Christian. The name of the band comes from this Bible quote - "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes, we are healed."
Sebastian Bach's real name is Sebastian Bierk. Not only did he front the band Skid Row for many years, but he's also had success on Broadway performing in "Jekyll & Hyde" as well as "The Rocky Horror Show."
One of the biggest rock bands of all time was fronted by both David Lee Roth and also Sammy Hagar.
Van Halen was named after Eddie Van Halen and his brother Alex Van Halen. Neither Van Halen brother was a lead singer, though, so vocal duties went to David Lee Roth until he was replaced by Sammy Hagar.
The single "Rock You" was the biggest hit of what Canadian band?
Helix may not have achieved a ton of commercial success in the United States, but they did make a dent into the Canadian market. Their single "Rock You" hit the Canadian Billboard charts and became something of a rock anthem.
This band's iconic hit starts with the bizarre lyrics "Gunter Gleiben Glauchen Globen."
The song "Rock of Ages," which is arguably one of the biggest rock songs of all time, starts with the words "gunter gleiben glauchen globen" that literally don't mean a thing, in case you were wondering.
What band wrote "Paradise City" in the back of a van?
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses were on their way back from a gig when Slash started playing a riff. The rest of the band joined in and Axl Rose busted out the famous chorus line, all pretty much off the top of their heads.