As a modern bride and groom, you are probably looking to do something different for your wedding playlist. Some of the standard responses from a lot of client meetings I've attended are: " We don't want our wedding sounding like everyone else's we've been to in recent years." Welcome to my blog. It's my area that I share my viewpoints on the current state of the wedding DJ industry, provide helpful tips on finding the best wedding DJ for you, and share music inspiration through a variety of wedding playlists. If you've spent just a little bit of time on my website, you probably have come to realize I am a huge fan of the 80s. Well, I did grow up in the 80s and became an adult in the early 90s so I look back on this decade with great fondness. I don't believe we'll ever have a decade of music like the 80s. I recently was surfing around on You Tube and came across some old episodes of VH1's Behind The Music, one of which was Poison. I had seen this before, but I went ahead and watched it again so that I could travel back to the 80s with the hair and glam metal scene.
The hair and glam metal scene of the 80s had its roots in Los Angeles and would feature bands such as Poison, Ratt, Winger, and Warrant. If you've ever heard the expression "80s excess", this scene out of LA was a world of excess. Excessive hair-spray. Excessive spandex. Excessive alcohol. Excessive partying. Everything was so over the top. Oh, and I cannot forget one big thing. Excessive girls. :) Now I said I grew up in the 80s and back then we did not have Facebook or Twitter or You Tube and we went to the record store to buy tapes and albums and CDs. Things were a lot more innocent back then, and maybe a little on the conservative side. On one side of the 80s, you had evangelists on TV reading their bibles, and on the other side of the 80s, teenage girls were rebelling and throwing their underwear on stage at their favorite rock concerts. Modern brides and grooms should never be afraid to do something different for their cocktail hour. Check out these Hair and Glam Metal songs from the 80s and 90s that marked a golden era in rock music.
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"Kiss Me Deadly" | Lita Ford
Lita Ford played in a band called The Runaways back in the 70s along with the great Joan Jett. In 1988, she would release her album Lita, which would feature what most DJs would call "Kiss Me Deadly" her signature song. The song would peak at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Wild Side" | Motley Crue
Back in 1987, the Crue would release the album Girls, Girls, Girls. "Wild Side" did not enter the Hot 100 charts, and to be honest I am not sure why. There was a music video that was created for the song that you can see by clicking the link inside the title up above.
"Round And Round" | Ratt
Back in the summer of 1984, Ratt would release their first album, Out Of The Cellar. The first single to be released off the album would come with it an iconic music video that featured the late Milton Burle. "Round And Round" would peak at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Here I Go Again" | Whitesnake
"Here I Go Again" was originally recorded in 1982 for the Saints & Sinner record, but would be re-released for their 1987 self-titled record. Tawny Kitaen would be featured in the music video and she would eventually marry the lead singer David Coverdale. "Here I Go Again" would make it all the way to #1 on the Hot 100.
"Unskinny Bop" | Poison
Back in the hot summer of 1990, Poison would release their album Flesh And Blood. "Unskinny Bop" would be the first song to be released off the record with another over the top music video. Back in the 80s and early 90s, record labels would spare no expense on music videos spending thousands and thousands of dollars to create iconic videos. "Unskinny Bop" would peak at #3 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Once Bitten Twice Sky" | Great White
This song was originally written and recorded by Ian Hunter in 1975. Great White would cover the song in 1989. The song would enter the Hot 100 in the spring of 1989 and become a Top 5 hit of the summer that year. "Once Bitten Twice Shy" was also featured on another Wedding Playlist Featuring The Top 80s Rock Songs. <---Click HERE to check out this playlist.
"Sweet Child O'Mine" | Guns & Roses
With over 1 billion views on You Tube, "Sweet Child O' Mine" was the first single to be released from their 1987 album Appetite For Destruction. Their signature song would be released in the summer of 1988 and peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Turn Up The Radio" | Autograph
Autograph was a glam metal scene that had it's origins from Pasadena, California. In late 1984, the band would release their first record Sign In Please. "Turn Up The Radio" would be the first song to be released off this album and would break into the Top 30 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Cherry Pie" | Warrant
Unfortunately the lead singer of Warrant, Jani Lane passed away in 2011, but even then, "Cherry Pie" had already become their signature song. Released in the fall of 1990, "Cherry Pie" would peak at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Over the years, I've had some of my clients use "Cherry Pie" for their Garter Toss Song. <---- Click Here for more choices of garter toss songs.
"We're Not Gonna Take It" | Twisted Sister
Back in the spring of 1984, Twisted Sister would release their album Stay Hungry. "We're Not Gonna Take It" would be the first song to be released off the record. The music video for the song features the very cliche theme that a lot of 80s music videos had with parents telling their teens to turn the music down. "We're Not Gonna Take It" would peak at #21 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Wanted Dead Or Alive" | Bon Jovi
In 1986, Bon Jovi would release their epic album Slippery When Wet. The album would feature one of the biggest songs of 1986 in "Living On A Prayer". For more of the best songs from 1986, <----click this link. Released in March of 1987, "Wanted Dead Or Alive" would peak at #7 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Cum On Feel The Noize" | Quiet Riot
In 1973, the British rock band, Slade would record and release this song, but in 1983 would cover the song and score a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Just Like Paradise" | David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth was the original lead singer of Van Halen. He'd leave the band in 1985 and embark on a solo career for the rest of the 80s. "Just Like Paradise" can be found the album Skyscraper and would peak at #6 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Is This Love" | Whitesnake
If you had the radio on or MTV on in the fall of 1987, you probably could not help but see and hear Whitesnake. "Is This Love" would be the follow-up to "Here I Go Again" and would peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Gypsy Road" | Cinderella
"Gypsy Road" would be featured on the 1988 album Long Cold Winter and would peak at #51 on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1989.
"Poison" | Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper had not released any music for almost all of the 80s until he would drop the album Trash in the latter part of 1989. "Poison" was the first single to hit radio and peak at #7 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Seventeen" | Winger
Winger would release their self-titled album in 1988. "Seventeen" would be the first single to be released and would become their signature song. "Seventeen" would peak at #26 on the Billboard chart.
"Up All Night" | Slaughter
Back in the spring of 1990, Slaughter would release their album Stick It To Ya. "Up All Night" would be the first song to be released to radio and peak at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Heaven's On Fire" | KISS
KISS would remove their iconic makeup in 1983 but would still release a string of records in the 80s that would morph them into a hair and glam metal band. "Heaven's On Fire" was released as a single in the fall of 1984 from their Animalize, and would peak at #49 on the Hot 100.
"Dude Looks Like A Lady" | Aerosmith
Back in 1987, Aerosmith would release the album Permanent Vacation. "Dude Looks Like A Lady" would be the first song to be released off the album and would peak at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Blaze Of Glory" | Jon Bon Jovi
In the summer of 1990, Jon Bon Jovi would release his first solo album Blaze Of Glory. The title track was featured on the movie soundtrack of Young Guns II. "Blaze Of Glory" would peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Kickstart My Heart" | Motley Crue
Back in the late summer of 1989, Motley Crue would release their long awaited album, Dr. Feelgood. "Kickstart My Heart" would be the second single to be released off the record in November of 1989. The song would peak at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Talk Dirty To Me" | Poison
In 1986, Poison would release their debut record Look What The Cat Dragged In. "Talk Dirty To Me" would be the second song to hit radio and MTV and would make Poison a household name. "Talk Dirty To Me" would peak at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and become one of the Top songs from 1987. <---Click HERE for more songs from 1987 for your wedding playlist.
"Rock Me" | Great White
Great White was formed in the 70s, but it was not until 1987 that they would gain mainstream popularity when the song "Rock Me" would be released. "Rock Me" was released in the summer of 1987 from the album Once Bitten and would peak at #9 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
"Paradise City" | Guns & Roses
The end of the 80s was an amazing time in music. At the beginning of 1989, Guns & Roses would release "Paradise City", which was the second song from their iconic album Appetite For Destruction. "Paradise City" would peak at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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Wow. This was an awesome post to put together. It brought back the memories of my high school years. Let this playlist serve as one of the many ideas designed to give you inspiration when putting together the music for your wedding playlist. I invite you to click back over to my website and find out more about me. I am one of the most passionate wedding DJs as it pertains to music. I would love to be your wedding DJ. Click the link up above to be taken over to my contact form, where you'll be asked for some details about your big day. I look forward to hearing from you!