Top Ten Reasons Hair Metal Is a Poser Metal Subgenre

Think metalcore/deathcore is ruining metal? Think again - hair metal bands got the job done first! Here are the reason why.

The Top Ten

1 Hair metal bands have the most ridiculous image.

You think modern metalcore/deathcore makes metal look "gay" or "girly"? Okay then. Let's have a look at Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Jackal, Cinderella, any hair metal band... A bunch of dudes with girly hair, wearing girly makeup and girly clothes. Gee, I've seen emo kids cross-dress better than freaks like Dee Snider. - ThatStrangeKid42

The image of Hair Metal isn't ridiculous, it's awesome


In my opinion, some hair metal bands are good (definitely Leppard) and some are bad (Warrant).

V 1 Comment
2 They aren't actually heavy.

Hair metal does not work well as a metal subgenre, but they can be lit when compared to most pop rock bands. - yungstirjoey666

Some songs are heavy. - MegadethFan07

Seriously, I could fall asleep listening them. Now, I have nothing against soft music or ballads, but if your music is going to sound like you're not even trying to strum your guitar, PLEASE DON'T CALL YOURSELF A METAL BAND. - ThatStrangeKid42

I know they are the least heavy genre of metal, but that doesn't mean that the bands are posers.

V 4 Comments
3 The lyrics are all the same.

They aren't as complex and diverse as other metal sub-genres,but called it all the same is stupid. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

All the songs sound like the cheesiest 80's pop music and all they sing about is how they get girls.-DarkBoi-X

Iron Maiden lyrics- "they summoned me over to join in to the dead of the dead, into the circle I followed them, into the middle I was led"
Motley Crüe lyrics - "Girls girls girls long legs and burgundy lips, girls down on sunset strip, girls red lips fingertips

No wonder they were mainstream in the 80s. Like mainstream radio pop today, hair metal band lyrics were the same thing over and over again. "Woo-hoo let's rock n' roll! " Oh come now, the 80s are over. - ThatStrangeKid42

V 1 Comment
4 They're basically the 1980s versions of Black Veil Brides.

Nope,i see no similiarity. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Motley Crue and BVB said the same thing: " we're such outcasts because we have a huge mainstream fanbase. But seriously, it's okay because we dress like 12 year old scene girls! " - ThatStrangeKid42

This is one of the best lists that I have ever seen. - KoolGuy2218

Stop it! Triggered.Black Veil Brides is better than stupid glam metal or real metal.#PosersUnite.-ButthurtEmoSceneKid

V 1 Comment
5 The bands only play for money. The bands only play for money. The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson more.


This can be said for a lot of other bands too. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

You know what? Stop calling yourself metal. Just stop. Now, leave the word "hair" in your name, but add the word "pop" onto that. We only need to take away your makeup for you to be another Backstreet Boys ripoff. And NO, that's not a good thing. - ThatStrangeKid42

Of course, sex sells. - Metal_Treasure

V 1 Comment
6 Music and lyrical themes are not metal

Sure, some of the bands with that 80's hair style played metal, most of them were just pop rock.

First, 99% of their songs are based on blues and not on classical music which immediately speaks hard rock. Not metal. For that reason ACDC, GNR and Led Zep were labeled as hard rock and not metal. How about Poison then?
Second, metal doesn't focus on having fun. So hair "metal" lyrics also fall into typical hard rock lyrical themes.

Metal and hair/glam are opposites. The term 'hair/glam metal' bears logical and musical contradictions. It's a misconception and it's time to admit those bands are not metal from any viewpoint. By calling themselves 'metal' they only gave metal a bad name.
- Metal_Treasure

Yes most of the bands were not metal.But some were such as W.A.S.P,Twisted Sister,Skid Row.But stop hating them so much. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Out of all the items on this list this one should be number 1. I agree most hair metal songs aren't metal they are Hard Rock songs (however there are some Metal songs by hair metal bands those are few though)
But lets be honest Hair Metal at its worst is just medicore but other "bad" metal genres at their worst they are near unbearable. (Metalcore, Nu Metal) - christangrant

7 Too many fangirls.

When Bring Me The Horizon wanted fangirls, they looked to hair metal bands for advice. - ThatStrangeKid42

8 Band members are obnoxious.

Dave Mustaine and Kerry King too. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Especially the singers. I'd rather be locked in a room with Once Direction than have to deal with Nikki Sixx's huge ego. I'd prefer neither option, but at least with 1D I would have the chance to punch Harry Styles in the face. - ThatStrangeKid42

9 Annoying singing voices.

Not really.Not as good as the metal singers from the other sub-genres,but they were not annoying. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

And you think you're even remotely screaming? No, you're just annoying. Even Kellin Quinn would have a heart attack listening to you sing. - ThatStrangeKid42

10 They have no musical skill.

They are talented, I will give them that - ryanrimmel

I've heard more complexity in a rap song. I'm not joking. - ThatStrangeKid42

Agreed with ryanrimmel, its not like that they are talentless. Is Axl Rose talentless? or slash? - zxm

They have some skills because they can play music. But in general, their skills don't meet metal standards which are higher. Compare the 80s Metallica and Iron Maiden, with Poison and Motley Crue - you will get the picture.
By the way, I don't think Guns N' Roses are hair metal - they are a heavier version of hard rock and their music isn't that poppy for the most part though their looks are similar to the hair metal looks. - Metal_Treasure

V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 They think they're hocking when they're really just stupid.

You want shocking? Cannibal Corspe, Dying Fetus, Carnifex, Death's first album. Not this gender-confused sports mascot crap. Hey, Dee Snider! YOU ARE A MALE. YOU HAVE A PENIS, NOT A VAGINA. So stop acting like you don't know the difference. - ThatStrangeKid42

They're nowhere near as shocking compared to acts like Rammstein and Marilyn Manson.

12 They are precursors of nu-metal and metalcore and all mallcore music.
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top Ten Non-Poser Metal Bands Top 10 Things You Should Know About Video Games If You are a True Fan of Them and Not a Poser Top Ten Punk Rock Poser Bands Top 10 Songs Guitar Posers Play Top 10 Cartoon & Song Combinations that Can Only Be Meant for Posers

List Stats

12 listings
4 years, 189 days old

Top Remixes

1. Hair metal bands have the most ridiculous image.
2. They aren't actually heavy.
3. The lyrics are all the same.
1. Music and lyrical themes are not metal
2. They aren't actually heavy.
3. The bands only play for money.


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.