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We all know about the "Big 4" of Thrash Metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer). 

What would be the Big 4 of our genres in their heyday? I have been thinking about it for these:

The Big 4 of Glam Metal: Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison and Dokken (Twisted Sister, WASP?)

The Big 4 of Sleaze Metal: Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Ratt and L.A. Guns (Hanoi Rocks, Faster Pussycat?)

The Big 4 of Hard Rock: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen and KISS (Scorpions, Whitesnake?)

The Big 4 of AOR: Journey, Foreigner, Boston and REO Speedwagon (Survivor, Toto?)

Do you agree with the above or would you swap some other bands into the Big 4, maybe from those in brackets or other?

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Posted (edited)

Great thread idea!

Although I'd consider Sleaze/Glam as one genre and I'd add "Metal".

I'll have to put my thinking cap on.

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30 minutes ago, Darkstone said:

I'll have to put my thinking cap on.

 

Actually, my thinking cap just exploded.

This is almost impossible. 

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2 hours ago, auslander said:

We all know about the "Big 4" of Thrash Metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer). 

What would be the Big 4 of our genres in their heyday? I have been thinking about it for these:

The Big 4 of Glam Metal: Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison and Dokken (Twisted Sister, WASP?)

The Big 4 of Sleaze Metal: Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Ratt and L.A. Guns (Hanoi Rocks, Faster Pussycat?)

The Big 4 of Hard Rock: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen and KISS (Scorpions, Whitesnake?)

The Big 4 of AOR: Journey, Foreigner, Boston and REO Speedwagon (Survivor, Toto?)

Do you agree with the above or would you swap some other bands into the Big 4, maybe from those in brackets or other?

I'd pretty much agree but I'd change that to Hair Metal (even tho I hate the term, as only Poisin were bordering on Glam 🤔)

Glam would be more Hanoi Rocks, Sweet, Cheap Trick, Queen

 

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31 minutes ago, Darkstone said:

Great thread idea!

Although I'd consider Sleaze/Glam as one genre and I'd add "Metal".

I'll have to put my thinking cap on.

Metal :

Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Rainbow 🌈 

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48 minutes ago, Glen said:

Metal :

Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Rainbow 🌈 

It's hard to argue with that. 

Deep Purple over Rainbow, maybe? 

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My three for AOR would be,

Survivor 

Foriegner 

Journey, 

But I'm having trouble with number four.

 

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I have three for Sleaze/Glam.

Motley Crue

Gun's n' Roses

Skid Row,

Again, number four is hard.

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5 hours ago, Glen said:

Metal :

Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Rainbow 🌈 

Yeah I thought about adding metal. 

I was thinking:

70s Heavy Metal Big 4: Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Scorpions

80s Metal Big 4: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne

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15 hours ago, Darkstone said:

My three for AOR would be,

Survivor 

Foriegner 

Journey, 

But I'm having trouble with number four.

 

Air Supply

Me I Think Thinking GIF

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I wasn't alive, so I have no idea. ;}

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On 5/30/2022 at 12:29 AM, Darkstone said:

It's hard to argue with that. 

Deep Purple over Rainbow, maybe? 

Dio, Maiden, Priest, Ozzy

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17 hours ago, KarpetRydOFunk said:

I wasn't alive, so I have no idea. ;}

Haha, lucky we have this thing called recorded music...

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On 5/31/2022 at 2:33 AM, Metal T said:

Dokken'  were never a glam / hair band....even though they do get lumped into the category.

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1 hour ago, auslander said:

Haha, lucky we have this thing called recorded music...

Yeah, but I wasn't alive at the time to have fully experienced the impact each band had in their prime. I mean, my four favourite bands in each of those categories were probably not the biggest.

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6 hours ago, Dead Planet said:

No one...just giving Darkstone a fourth....although if I was booting out one of your 4 it would be REO....

Night Ranger never as big as REO, they were huge. 

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