80s Rock Stars

They were talented, famous, and super cool.

We idolized them, bought their albums, and put their posters on our walls.

Let’s crank it up and look at some of the biggest 80s rock stars.

Men - 80s Rock Stars

Axl Rose was one of the biggest, baddest 80s rock stars around.

He had a superstar attitude and frequently cancelled shows, but that somehow made him even cooler. Rose formed Guns ‘N Roses in 1985 after recording with Rapidfire, L.A. Guns, and Hollywood Rose.

The band had new music, a determined lead singer, and new members, including Slash, one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Ozzy Osbourne was already famous as the lead singer of Black Sabbath from the 70s. He was fired from the band in 1979, but as hard as that was for Ozzy back then, it turned out more than okay.

With the help of Sharon, Ozzy became a solo act and released ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ in 1980. He will go down in rock history.

Before Poison, Bret Michaels – along with his guitarist, bass player, and drummer, formed a band called Paris. They played in Pennsylvania bars before heading out to California to hit it big.

They met C.C. Deville, renamed themselves Poison, and recorded ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In’ – and the rest is history.

Some other big rock stars of the 80s were John Bon Jovi, Tommy Lee, Steven Tyler, David Lee Roth, and David Bowie.

Women - 80s Rock Stars

She loves rock and roll, so after the Runaways split up in the late 70s, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were formed. Jett has been called both the ‘Queen of Rock’ and ‘Godmother of Punk’ – and she had the voice and guitar skills to back up the nicknames.

She inspired women of all ages to pick up a guitar and jam while also proving that the rock star status wasn’t just for men.

Lita Ford was one of the original members of the Runaways with Joan Jett. She had serious guitar skills and like Jett, went solo after the band broke up due to musical differences.

Ford was more into heavy metal and was only moderately successful early in the decade – until she teamed up with Sharon Osbourne as her manager and did a duet with Ozzy in the late 80s.

Pat Benatar was another prominent figure of rock in the 80s – and has since become a legend. Though she was a classically trained musician and actress, she found success by proving that she was a ‘Heartbreaker’ and that ‘Love is a Battlefield,’ and dared people to ‘Hit Me with Your Best Shot.’

As the lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry proved that it was okay to bleach your hair, have a ‘Heart of Glass,’ and belt it out with the best of them. The band started in the late 70s, but powered forward into the 80s, including her solo album that was released in 1981.

These 80s rock stars gave us the voices and music that made up the soundtrack of the 80s. They are the legendary icons that have inspired many up-and-coming musicians – and will continue to do so for generations to come.