Greatest Hair Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Guns n Roses Guns n Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

I Really don't see how anyone can say they suck ill give you a change to explain yourself, explain to me how one of rock greatest singers, a very soulful guitarist and a bunch of kick ass song writer who created some of the worlds greatest anthems and by everyone who knows anything about music can at least respect. but some random citizen who don't know about music can judge that better than professionals this is directed at UFasten8Me

and dude honestly Dragonforce has no soul and there songs are not even catchy and they will never be recognized as one of rock greatest because they suck seriously that a closer look there songs don't even have meaning...

Axl Rose is not one of rock's greatest singer's. Maybe worst singers. His voice is irritating as hell. - hype

Problems with hair metal lists like always. You have to make up your mind if you want bands like Guns, Van Halen, or Aerosmith on this list because they are all borderline. But if they are on the list, guns and VH are 1 and 2. Aerosmith influenced the bands who influenced hair metal. They came before.

I seriously love guns n roses. They're my favorite band. But it pisses me off whenever someone calls them "Hair Metal". They're a Hard Rock band. Not "Hair Metal".

Not a damn hair band! cliche crap bands like Bon Jovi, Poison, Warrant and mötley crüe (although Mick Mars is good) are damn hair "metal" bands not g n' r

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2 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Oh please guns n roses is so overrated. Axl rose's voice is so terrible. But Bon Jovi is awesome. IT RULES! Slash is amazing though

Love these guys

Axl rose is the devil. Jon bon jovi is way better

3 Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

Motley Crue is much better compared to Guns N' Roses... Motley crue is the best Hair metal band of the 80s

This is more than simple glam metal, this is some kind of passage between the glam and the heavy metal... - somekindofaguy

Axl and Bon live are just
But the whole Mötley live is amazing
And obviously they are the best glam/hair metal - hard rock band ever

4 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Their style is cool and awesome, you can't hate this guys - rock2metal

Definitely Leppard is classic hard rock!

5 Kiss Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.
6 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Yes and no band could have good hair when getting older

The BEST! HANDS DOWN! ALL Their songs are AMAZING! - rockerchic18

Aerosmith is not hair metal. - STLovesTrash

7 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Eddie's diddly diddly guitar solos David's bravado Alex's skill Michael's cool factor-Sammy's awfulness=Best hair metal band ever.

Since when is X-Japan and DragonForce hair metal?

Not only the first ever hair band, but also the best

They are hard rock, not hair metal. - Lucretia

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8 Twisted Sister Twisted Sister Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.

Guns N Roses ain't No Hair Metal, Twisted Sister only real hair meal band out there - copkiller

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9 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

Whitesnake '87 album is the best glam metal album! - somekindofaguy

Whitesnake and Iron Maiden are way better than Guns n' Roses.

10 Poison Poison Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

great band "Every Roes Has its Thorn" - rickkybobby

This band... the singers a idiot. - Lucretia

The Contenders

11 Quiet Riot Quiet Riot Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of ...read more.

Van Halen and Aerosmith aren't hair metal

It's the best

12 Cinderella Cinderella Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation.

I'd put them in the top 5, great musicians, one of the best lead singers, amazing vocals, catchy lyrics and the best bluesy sound in the genre. Much more than some hair and makeup, completely underrated.

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13 Dragonforce Dragonforce DragonForce are a British power metal band based in London, England. Formed in 1999, the group are known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics, and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

Ironic, since they're not from the 80's.
P. S. GUNS N' ROSES SUCKS - UFasten8Me

14 X-japan

DragonForce isn't hair metal, and they're not from the 80s.

Hide had the craziest hair over the years but they all looked good. - TD17

... All I got to say is hide had pink hair and it was AMAZING! Enough said! ~toshi's hair just stuck right up hehe! And pata died it so much from red pink brown yet he looked the most normal out of all of them and taiji he had his hair like this one guy from poison! Yoshiki had it spiked on one side and the rest just hung down but still epic as hell love it all of them are a boss enough to do it! ~

15 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

Totally my favorite. Even after Bach left the band they were still good. With Bach I have to say my favorites are Sweet Little Sister, 18 and Life and Monkey Business. Without Bach Ghost is probably my favorite but old school Skid Row was the best.

16 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
17 Zi:Kill

Tusk's horsetail is so attractive!

They are the king of J-Rock.

18 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

What is wrong with this list? Journey is not hair metal! - Lucretia

19 Ugly Kid Joe

I'm not sure that I agree these guys were a "hair band", but I like some of their music and will give them my vote. Pretty sure Guns N' Roses isn't hair either.

20 Ratt Ratt Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

I love ratt they are a hair metal band they have the best music I love there song round and round it is a awesome song to listen to - rocknrollhorselover

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