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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Greatest Hair Metal Songs

From “Kickstart My Heart” to”‘Welcome to the Jungle” to “Girls, Girls, Girls”


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Very few bands bands refer to their own work as "hair metal." They feel the term reduces their art to haircuts they had three decades ago, and many prefer "glam metal" or just simply "hard rock" or "metal." The media and many fans have a different take and groups like Poison, Cinderella and Mötley Crüe are widely labelled "hair metal" despite their fierce objections. It gets a little more complicated when you talk about bands like Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses. They certainly had big hair in the 1980s and one might feel that "Sweet Child O' Mine" isn't all that different from "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Still, it's clear to many people that GN'R and Def Leppard don't quite qualify since they have a broader spectrum of influences and their songs didn't celebrate a lifestyle of sex and hedonism, and least not to the extent of Poison and Mötley Crüe's work. We asked our readers to select their favorite hair metal songs, allowing them to interpret that however they saw fit. Click through to see the results. 


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