Flashback Friday: 24 Vintage Photos of Musicians from the 1980s

From Guns N' Roses to Cyndi Lauper, look back at the era known for its big hairdos -- and even bigger voices

The decline of disco in the early 1980s allowed hair metal, dance pop and new wave to define the go big or go home era.

In honor of iconic musicians like Michael Jackson, and glam metal bands such as Motley Crue dominating the '80s charts, we're looking back at the artists who left their mark on the decade.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images

Motley Crue

Motley Crue

Ebet Roberts/Redferns

Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses

Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/GettyImages

Madonna

Madonna

Paul Natkin/WireImage

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

Rob Verhorst/Redferns

Freddie Mercury

Queen

Rob Verhorst/Redferns

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

George Michael

George Michael

Rob Verhorst/Redferns

U2

U2

Ron Galella/WireImage

Van Halen

Van Halen

Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Debbie Harry

Blondie

David Redfern/Redferns

David Bowie

David Bowie

Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Poison

Poison

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Kirk West/Getty Images

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

Prince

Prince

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block

Michel Linssen/Redferns

Run DMC

Run DMC

Ebet Roberts/Redferns

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

Fin Costello/Redferns

The Cure

The Cure

Paul Natkin/WireImage

Sting

Sting

Keystone/Getty Images

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

The Bangles

The Bangles

Sony Music Archive/Getty Images/Terry Lott

Def Leppard

Def Leppard

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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