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

By: Lauren Lubas
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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!


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.

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.

Michael Jackson's career began long before the 80's, but his solo career hit it big in 1982 with "Billie Jean."

David Bowie was a singer, songwriter and actor. He was born in 1947 and recorded 27 studio albums beginning in 1967.

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).

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).

Diana Ross was one of the original divas. She started recording in 1970, but her hits of the '80s are what we remember.

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."

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.

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."

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.

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.

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).

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."

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.

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."

Lionel Richie's solo career in the '80s brought some great love songs and ballads. They include "Hello" (1983) and "Endless Love" (1981).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tina Turner had a rough go of it, but after leaving her husband Ike, she went on to have an incredibly successful music career.

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."

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.

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.

The lead singer of Megadeth was so intense, he was kicked out of Metallica. Megadeth released three albums in the '80s including "Killing Is My Business ... and Business Is Good!"

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.

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."

Heart was a band that was known for over five decades. One of their most memorable songs of the '80s was "These Dreams" (1985).

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."

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.

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.

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.

Debbie Gibson released her first album in 1987. It had hits such as "Foolish Beat" and "Only in My Dreams" included on it.

Run-D.M.C. was a rap group from Queens, NY, in the '80s. They created such hits as "It's Tricky" (1986).

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.

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."

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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