2. Def Leppard, 'Photograph'
Rolling Stone readers have named Def Leppard tunes as the top two hair metal songs of all time. This may not feel like a huge victory to the band. "We may have once accidentally had one picture taken where we let the hairdresser run riot with the hairspray," frontman Joe Elliott told Rolling Stone in 2006. "But generally speaking, we were a long-haired band. If we’re hair metal, so are Led Zeppelin. Warrant and Ratt were hair metal, we’re not. We were always better than that. For a start, we didn’t come from Sunset Boulevard like Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Poison, Warrant, whatever. And we get lumped in with that – I don’t get it. It's lazy journalism and it gets annoying."
Call it whatever you want: Def Leppard's 1983 single "Photograph" was their first huge hit in America and it's been in regular rotation in Classic Rock radio for many, many years.