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Take your ears on a trip through the decades

Take your ears on a trip through the decades
Boyz II Men were huge in the 1990s, and few groups scored more hits during the course of the decade. (Al Powers)

From '70s Southern-style country to '80s hair metal, '90s big ballads and alt-rock to the modern, edgy pop of the 2000s, this winter, Vegas showcases the most iconic artists from across the decades. Here's a taste.

’70s

Olivia Newton-John
The '70s belonged to Olivia Newton-John. From "I Honestly Love You" to song after song from the 1978 mega-hit "Grease," Newton-John embodied the more wholesome side of the otherwise disco-obsessed decade. She still looks and sounds fab, and if you close your eyes, you can picture her as Sandy — minus John Travolta.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 1–5, 15–19 & 29–31
Donny and Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

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Alabama
With more than 40 No. 1 singles, including "I Love That Mountain Music" and "Dixieland Delight," Alabama changed the face of country music with its trademark combo of country and Southern rock. So don your big belt buckle and cowboy hat, tease your hair, and get ready to sing along.

10 p.m. Dec. 10 & 11
Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Las Vegas
Tickets: www.excite.com 

Charlie Daniels
At 78, Daniels is still going strong. Over the course of his 50-year career, he has scored hits on the rock, country, pop and Christian charts. And if you need a reminder of Daniels' greatness, check out the classic John Travolta/Debra Winger flick "Urban Cowboy," featuring Daniels' memorable song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

7 p.m. Dec. 11 & 12
Orleans Showroom at Orleans
Tickets: www.lasvegas.com

’80s

Styx
Hair extensions anyone? Defying the laws of time, Styx band members still rock the long hair of their '70s and '80s days. A band out of Chicago known for power ballads such as "Come Sail Away" and "Mr. Roboto," Styx was one of the biggest arena rock headlining groups in America back in the day. And if the hair is any indicator, they're still rockin' it.

8 p.m. Jan. 16
Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
Tickets: www.lasvegas.com

Mötley Crüe
They put the metal in heavy metal, and now Mötley Crüe is going out with guns blazing in their final "All Bad Things Must Come to an End" tour. This is your last time to see the hard rockers — who helped usher in the "hair band" trend of the 1980s and scored hits with songs such as "Dr. Feelgood," "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Home Sweet Home."

7 p.m. Dec. 27
MGM Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand Las Vegas
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

’90s

Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men were huge in the 1990s, and few groups scored more hits during the course of the decade. Their 1992 single "End of the Road" topped the charts all over the world and became the single biggest Motown hit ever, and that's a label with a lot of hits. They're no longer "boyz," but they still put on a great show.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 18–20
Terry Fator Theater, The Mirage Hotel & Casino
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

Mariah Carey
Bursting onto the scene in 1990 with hits like "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time" and "Someday," Carey was the best-selling female performer of the decade. She's still pumping out hits, but we like to think of her way back when.

8 p.m. Feb. 2, 5, 6, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19 & 20
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Tickets: www.axs.com

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

When Big Bad Voodoo Daddy made their debut in the '90s, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. With their vibrant fusion of jazz, swing and Dixieland combined with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture, BBVD still knows how get the crowds dancing.

8 p.m. Dec. 29 & 30
Orleans Showroom at Orleans
Tickets: www.lasvegas.com, www.orleanscasino.com

’00s

Jennifer Lopez
Lopez made headlines with the green belly-baring Versace dress she wore as a presenter at the 2000 Grammys, now considered one of the most iconic garments of all time. And her music, from "I'm Real" and "All I Have" to "On the Floor," made her the quintessential superstar of the 2000s.

9 p.m. Jan. 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 & 30
AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

Maroon 5
Even if you're not in love with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine — People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" and star of "The Voice" — you can't help but love the band, which won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. Their catchy (and occasionally heartfelt) tunes, from "Makes Me Wonder" to "Moves Like Jagger," will stay in your head for days.

8 p.m. Dec. 30 & 31
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

— Andrea Kahn, Tribune Content Solutions