We all have them: our list of annoying 80s rockers we love to hate. But do we agree on our top five? The 80s were prime time for mainstream hair metal. Over-the-top fashion, fighting, and lude tomfoolery were celebrated in music videos and rock magazines. We’re looking back at our pick of annoying 80s classic rockers. Let’s jump in!
Coming from the underbelly of rock were the subgenres of new wave and college rock. New wave and post-punk were what the cold war plus the end of punk gave us. Bands like The Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and A Flock of Seagulls had that art school edge. And MTV lapped it up.