Hair metal bands was all over the charts in the late 80s and early 90s. If they only had one hit, chances are it was a chart melting power ballad.
Just so we’re clear, when we say one-hit wonder, we really mean it. It means the band only had one hit song in the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 chart. So while lesser known bands might make the list, A-list hair metal bands can also make the list because, well, technically they only had “one hit”.
Did you know hair ballad classic Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue only peaked at #89 when it was released in 1985? However, the ’91 re-release went all the way to #37. Go figure.
Let’s stroll down memory lane and raise your fists or cigarette lighters to these gems.
[Band – Song (highest position chart #Number)]
Kix – Don’t Close Your Eyes (#11)
Ratt – Round and Round (#12)
Saigon Kick – Love Is On The Way (#12)
Steelheart – I’ll Never Let You Go (#23)
Faster Pussycat – House of Pain (#28)
L.A. Guns – The Ballad Of Jayne (#33)
So close, but not close enough. We still feel like you should check them out, especially if you’ve never heard of these artists.
Danger Danger – Bang, Bang (#49)
Dokken – Alone Again (#64)
Britny Fox – Girlschool (#81)
Tora Tora – Walkin’ Shoes (#86)