The hair band movement was a relatively short-lived one, characterized by the wild looks just as much as the music. But if you dig deeper, it was also full of band lettering that featured glorious chrome letters, sharp edges, and 3D type treatments.

There's a popular theory that the hair band movement was ushered in by Van Halen. Although I don't think Van Halen is an actual hair band (though David Lee Roth fits as a frontman), they did set the blueprint by re-introducing hard rock to the mainstream. I also think that they set the blueprint for hair band lettering. The cover of their 1978 debut album had stylized chrome lettering (with wings!), and they took it a step further with their follow-up album in 1979. Van Halen II introduced the isolated "VH" mark while also making the chrome letters 3D. That mark was groundbreaking and is one of the most imitated band logos around.

I realize that some of the artists included are questionable fits. Career-wise, Aerosmith only briefly appeared, and Alice Cooper and KISS are probably more in the hard rock/metal category. I also feel like bands such as Guns N' Roses and Bon Jovi are rock bands with hair band influences. As always, if you have any good ones I missed, let me know.


  • Aerosmith

    Permanent Vacation

  • Alice Cooper

    Constrictor

  • Bon Jovi

    Slippery When Wet

  • Britny Fox

    Britny Fox

  • BulletBoys

    Smooth Up

  • Cinderella

    Somebody Save Me

  • Damn Yankees

    Damn Yankees

  • Danger Danger

    Danger Danger

  • The Darkness

    Permission to Land

  • David Lee Roth

    Crazy from the Heat

  • Def Leppard

    Pyromania

  • Dokken

    Tooth and Nail

  • Enuff Z'Nuff

    Enuff Z'Nuff

  • Europe

    Wings of Tomorrow

  • Extreme

    Extreme

  • Faster Pussycat

    Wake Me When It's Over

  • Firehouse

    When I Look Into Your Eyes

  • Great White

    Shot in the Dark

  • Guns N' Roses

    Welcome To The Jungle

  • Hanoi Rocks

    Hanoi Rocks

  • Helix

    Long Way to Heaven

  • Helix

    Walkin' the Razor's Edge

  • Keel

    The Right to Rock

  • Kiss

    Destroyer

  • Kix

    Blow My Fuse

  • L.A. Guns

    L.A. Guns

  • Lita Ford

    Kiss Me Deadly

  • Lizzy Borden

    Love You to Pieces

  • Love/Hate

    Blackout in the Red Room

  • Mötley Crüe

    Too Fast For Love

  • Mötley Crüe

    Dr. Feelgood

  • Mr. Big

    Lean into It

  • Night Ranger

    7 Wishes

  • Nitro

    O.F.R.

  • Poison

    Open Up and Say... Ahh!

  • Pretty Boy Floyd

    Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz

  • Quiet Riot

    Quiet Riot II

  • Ratt

    Dancing Undercover

  • Saigon Kick

    Saigon Kick

  • Scorpions

    Lovedrive (Censored Cover)

  • Scorpions

    Lovedrive (Censored Cover)

  • Skid Row

    Skid Row

  • Slaughter

    The Wild Life

  • Steelheart

    Steelheart

  • Stryper

    To Hell with the Devil

  • Tesla

    Five Man Acoustical Jam

  • Thunder

    Backstreet Symphony

  • Tuff

    What Comes Around Goes Around

  • Twisted Sister

    Stay Hungry

  • Twisted Sister

    Bad Boys (Of Rock N' Roll)

  • Twisted Sister

    Twisted Sister

  • Vain

    No Respect

  • Van Halen

    Van Halen

  • Van Halen

    Van Halen II

  • Vinnie Vincent Invasion

    All Systems Go

  • Vixen

    Live & Learn

  • Warrant

    Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich

  • W.A.S.P.

    The Last Command

  • White Lion

    Fight to Survive

  • Whitesnake

    Saints & Sinners

  • Winger

    In the Heart of the Young

  • Y & T

    Mean Streak