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100 Greatest Hair/Glam Metal Bands


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Found this on Metal-sludge.com, and thought I would share/ask for opinions etc....

 

Here you go. Fun, interesting, silly and whack all in one. Clearly someone was smoking crack when they made this list.

 

Criteria: - Hair/Glam Metal bands were ranked for popularity, influence, impact, talent, creativity, history (how long the band lasted), musical and lyrical quality within the genre.

 

1. Motley Crue

2. KISS

3. Guns N' Roses

4. Def Leppard

5. Scorpions

6. Whitesnake

7. Dokken

8. Aerosmith (80's era)

9. Tesla

10. Bon Jovi

11. Skid Row

12. Alice Cooper

13. Cinderella

14. Poison

15. W.A.S.P.

16. RATT

17. Stryper

18. Quiet Riot

19. Hanoi Rocks

20. Twisted Sister

21. Extreme

22. Great White

23. Warrant

24. Y & T

25. Kix

26. White Lion

27. L.A. Guns

28. Mr. Big

29. Damn Yankees

30. Faster Pussycat

31. Firehouse

32. Slaughter

33. David Lee Roth

34. Vinnie Vincent Invasion

35. Winger

36. Love/Hate

37. Night Ranger

38. Enuff Z Nuff

39. Nitro

40. Helix

41. Europe

42. Lita Ford

43. Thunder

44. Steelheart

45. Lynch Mob

46. Badlands

47. Vixen

48. Autograph

49. Keel

50. Dangerous Toys

51. Bang Tango

52. Whitecross

53. Jackyl

54. Micheal Monroe

55. Vain

56. Kick Axe

57. Giant

58. Bullet Boys

59. Steeler

60. EZO

61. Trixter

62. Danger Danger

63. Tyketto

64. Lizzy Borden

65. Britny Fox

66. Jetboy

67. Zodiac Mindwarp

68. Pretty Boy Floyd

69. Junkyard

70. Hurricane

71. Tuff

72. Roxy Blue

73. Black 'n' Blue

74. Aldo Nova

75. Angel

76. House of Lords

77. Wildside

78. Candy Harlots

79. Wrathchild

80. The Darkness

81. Babylon A.D.

82. Tora Tora

83. T.N.T.

84. Sleeze Beez

85. Blue Murder

86. King Kobra

87. Vince Neil

88. The Scream

89. Shotgun Messiah

90. Contraband

91. Killer Dwarfs

92. Mr. Nasty

93. Wild Boyz

94. Kik Tracee

95. Southgang

96. Rockhead

97. Beau Nasty

98. Ace Frehley

99. Saigon Kick

100. Nelson

 

Note: A few bands on their may not be pure hair/glam metal (Tesla, GNR, Aerosmith), but they share a lot of characteristics of hair/glam metal. Their hairstyle and image was more or less the same. Their music was standard hair metal, although they were more sleazier, edgier, bluesier than most hair metal bands, they had the pop hooks, shout along gang choruses, and killer heavy guitar riffs. Plus their music was catchy and memorable too. So, if they don't fit into hair metal, they surely fit into hair/glam metal, which is why they are included on this list.

 

OK sorry but Kiss?? NOT a Hair band.. Least not in the 70s anyways.. SOME of their 80s stuff ok maybe, but come on... Someone was definitely smoking crack alright.... :tumbsup:

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No Lillian Axe? Beau Nasty, Roxy Blue, Contraband, The Scream and Rockhead who made only one disc (not much for a history, one of the criterias) are on the list and yet Lillian Axe who released 4 of the best hair rock releases between 1988 and 1993 aren't there!?!?!

 

That list looks like the rotation of bands played on Hair Nation, OK only the top 40 bands get heavy rotation, the bottom 60 get a song or hit played every once in awhile.

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You could pick problems with this list all day. Here's a few points from me:

 

-As already mentioned - no Lillian Axe???

-I don't believe Scorpions should be on here (not because they're bad but because they don't fit the genre all that well).

-Extreme should be much lower in the list IMO

-Zodiac Mindwarp???

-Candy Harlots??? I like 'em cus they're Aussie but I can't say they have earned a spot in the top 100 hair bands poll.

-Danger Danger at 62 ??

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OK sorry but Kiss?? NOT a Hair band..

 

Oh puh-leeeeeze. If it weren't for KISS (and DLR era Van Halen) the hair bands would not have existed.

 

Besides, you tellin' me that KISS weren't jumpin on that bandwagon with both feet from '85 (ASYLUM) thru '90 (HOT IN THE SHADE)?

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OK sorry but Kiss?? NOT a Hair band..

 

Oh puh-leeeeeze. If it weren't for KISS (and DLR era Van Halen) the hair bands would not have existed.

 

Besides, you tellin' me that KISS weren't jumpin on that bandwagon with both feet from '85 (ASYLUM) thru '90 (HOT IN THE SHADE)?

 

I believe Sean said at least they weren't in the 70's but maybe in the 80's.

I agree Asylum through Hot in the Shade but that's it.

They should of put late 80's era like they did with Aerosmith. :tumbsup:

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To me this is just a list of 80's hard rock bands... 90%+ US bands (did I only count about 7 or 8 non-US bands?). How there is any supposed structure to it is beyond my comprehension.

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yawn.

 

Gosh, narcolepsy is so cool. Have you ever fallen asleep while pooping?

 

Anyway, KISS and Alice Cooper are influences on hair metal, but they are not hair metal bands anymore than the New York Dolls are punk. Same goes for Angel and Aerosmith.

 

Tigertailz are as hair metal as you can get, but they get no ranking?

 

Badlands? Scorpions? Aldo Nova? (Okay, the boots are kinda glam, but seriously.)

 

This list sucks.

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Motley at No.1 and then VInce at 87.

 

Okay, Motley has claims on #1, but Vince solo at 87?!!?!?!

I can't see vince's solo stuff ranking in the top 1000, let alone top 100.

 

Amen, brother.

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Since I saw Rolling Stones' stupid List of 100 Greatest Guitar Players several years ago, I already lost confidence in lists like this. Thank you Rolling Stones.

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I can't see vince's solo stuff ranking in the top 1000, let alone top 100.

 

woah there!! you dont like the Exposed album?!?! i LOVE that album! theres some great tunes, some great musicians and overall, im listening to it more than i listen to The Crue these days :s

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The term "hair band" was coined as an insult by morons in the industry, hoping to push the likes of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany as having more musical ability than the performers in those bands. It's a term any competent musician has every right to be pissed off about. The media jumped all over it and began using it to describe ANY band with long-haired personnel - ignorant of the fact that most of the musicians they were slighting could actually play rings around the flavor-of-the-month shit they chose to promote to appease stuffed shirt assholes at the record labels. I don't buy into the term "hair band"; I don't use it, and for the reasons set forth in my argument, I refuse to even acknowledge it. A stupid list compiled by stupid idiots with god only knows what kind of stupid agenda. Badlands? Blue Murder? Killer Dwarfs? KISS??????? Alice Cooper???????? Scorpions??????? Aerosmith?????? Some fools have nothing better to do than compile a list of names and slap a hokey label on it. I take this slop with a whole shakerful of salt - like when some doofus makes up a list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Players and lists C.C. DeVille on it. Can we please call a moratorium on inane "Top 100 Lists"?

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The term "hair band" was coined as an insult by morons in the industry, hoping to push the likes of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany as having more musical ability than the performers in those bands. It's a term any competent musician has every right to be pissed off about. The media jumped all over it and began using it to describe ANY band with long-haired personnel - ignorant of the fact that most of the musicians they were slighting could actually play rings around the flavor-of-the-month shit they chose to promote to appease stuffed shirt assholes at the record labels. I don't buy into the term "hair band"; I don't use it, and for the reasons set forth in my argument, I refuse to even acknowledge it. A stupid list compiled by stupid idiots with god only knows what kind of stupid agenda. Badlands? Blue Murder? Killer Dwarfs? KISS??????? Alice Cooper???????? Scorpions??????? Aerosmith?????? Some fools have nothing better to do than compile a list of names and slap a hokey label on it. I take this slop with a whole shakerful of salt - like when some doofus makes up a list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Players and lists C.C. DeVille on it. Can we please call a moratorium on inane "Top 100 Lists"?

Yeah i agree,f**k the 'hair' term! Beyond sick of hearing this 'after the fact adjective'.Bands getting slagged with that gloss are basically having their entire body of work pissed on,especially the bands who weren't even glam/pop metal who get lumped in there.Even the speed metal/thrash bands who didn't dig the whole glam /strip scene back then never used the term.Like someone mentioned in another thread the f**king hair didn't play the solos and write the songs.

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I agree with Axelinger and Metal T. The term "hair metal" or "hair band" is derogatory, incorrectly used to describe a lot of bands with nothing in common between them other than long-haired members. I prefer to stick to the band genre (i.e. Hard Rock, AOR, Glam, etc). If it was for the length of the hair even early Metallica and Megadeth would have been "hair bands".

Of course, the list is incorrect. Does Hanoi Rocks have anything in common with Scorpions?, Lizzy Borden with Danger Danger?

By the way...don't you hate when some guy/girl asks about your favorite bands, and when you tell him/her about them, the answer is "ahhh...you like hair metal!" I hate that!

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Well here's ome songs from top glam/rock/sleaze bands...

Giuffria Do me right

Ratt Way Cool Jnr

Def Leppard Action! Not Words

Lynch Mob Sweet Sister Mercy

Britny Fox Dream On

Trixter Bad Girl

Nasty Nasty Gamblin' With Life

Sleeze Beez Save Myself

KISS Reason To Live

Sons Of Angels Fly

Autograph Blondes In Black Cars

Bang Tango Untied And True

Heaven's Edge Come Play The Game

Van Halen Secrets

Mr. Big Addicted To That Rush

Dokken Breaking The Chains

Bulletboys Hell Yeah!

Slaughter Up All Night

Babylon A.D. So Savage The Heart

Lillian Axe Letters In The Rain

Tigertailz Twist And Shake

Dirty Looks Oh Ruby

Faster Pussycat Don't Change That Song

Quiet Riot Wild And The Young

Firehouse Reach For The Sky

House Of Lords Laydown Staydown

Stryper Rockin' The World

Warrant Uncle Tom's Cabin

Faster Pussycat 
Bathroom Wall 



Hurricane 
Dance Little Sister 



Stryper 
To Hell With The Devil 



Europe 
On Broken Wings 



Jackyl 
The Lumberjack 



Aerosmith 
What It Takes 



Ace Frehley 
Breakout 

 


Ratt 
Body Talk 



Danger Danger 
Under The Gun 



Guns N' Roses 
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Salty Dog 
Slow Daze 



Badlands 
Seasons 



Damn Yankees 
Runaway

House Of Lords 
Chains Of Love 



Thunder 
She's So Fine 



Motley Crue 
Home Sweet Home 



W.A.S.P. 
Mean Man

Twisted Sister 
Love Is For Suckers 



Tigertailz 
Love Bomb Baby 

 


Steelheart 
I'll Never Let You Go 



D.A.D. 
Grow Or Pay 

 


Shotgun Messiah 
Squeezin' Teazin' 



Poison 
I Want Action

Blue Tears 
Racing With The Moon 



Odin 
Fight For Your Life 



Cinderella 
Night Songs

Firehouse 
Don't Treat Me Bad 



Hurricane 
Reign Of Love 



D.A.D. 
Smart Boy Can't Tell Ya' 

 


Headpins 
Don't It Make Ya Feel 



Ace Frehley 
Remember Me (Live) 



Skid Row 
Big Guns 

Played

Vinnie Vincent Invasion 
Love Kills 



Lita Ford 
Back To The Cave 

 


Dokken 
Heaven Sent 



King Kobra 
Ready To Strike 



Vixen 
Edge Of A Broken Heart 



White Lion 
Lonely Nights 



Thunder 
Until My Dying Day 



Tesla 
Call It What You Want 



Babylon A.D. 
Slave Your Body 



Vain 
Secrets 



Damn Yankees 
Where You Goin' Now 



Bon Jovi 
Wild In The Streets

Keel 
If Love Is A Crime (I Wanna Be Convicted) 

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Stryper 
Co'mon Rock 



Trixter 
One In A Million 



Shark Island 
Get Some Strange 



Cry Wolf 
Red Shoes 



Winger 
Seventeen

Chrissy Steele 
Love You 'Til It Hurts

Motley Crue 
Live Wire 



Bulletboys 
For The Love Of Money 

 


House Of Lords 
Edge Of Your Life 



Spread Eagle 
Thru These Eyes 



Enuff Z'Nuff 
Fly High Michelle 



Ratt 
You're In Love 



Nasty Nasty 
So Much To Do, So Little Time 



Danger Danger 
Comin' Home 



Cinderella 
Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) 



Shotgun Messiah 
Nobody's Home 

 


Bang Tango 
Dancin' On Coals 



Faster Pussycat 
House Of Pain 



Europe 
Rock The Night 



Huricane Alice 
Wild Young And Crazy 



Poison 
Something To Believe In 



Badlands 
Dancing On The Edge 



Rough Cutt 
We Like It Loud 



 

You know where you can hear them...

http://www.radioio.com/channels/hairbands

 

Tc

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Criteria: - Hair/Glam Metal bands were ranked for popularity, influence, impact, talent, creativity, history (how long the band lasted), musical and lyrical quality within the genre.

 

Now reading this how do they justify Wildboyz being above:

 

94. Kik Tracee

95. Southgang

96. Rockhead

97. Beau Nasty

98. Ace Frehley

99. Saigon Kick

100. Nelson

 

Most of these bands had more success than Wildboyz, and lasted longer.

 

I'm stunned though that one hit wonders like of Rockhead,Wildboyz and Beau Nasty make the list, and yet Tigertailz dont!

Simply laughable!

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