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Readers’ Poll: The Best Hair Metal Songs of All Time

Your picks include tunes by Guns N’ Roses, Poison and Def Leppard

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Rock of Ages may not have done very well at the box office this weekend, but that doesn't mean people have stopped caring about hair metal; they just don't want to watch Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin sing the songs. They want the original artists; that's why Poison and Mötley Crüe keep playing to the big crowds, summer after summer. The music was dismissed as cheesy at the time, but many of those bands are doing much better on the road these days than some the grunge bands that supposedly vanquished them.

Last week, we asked readers to vote on their favorite hair metal songs of all time. Here are the results. 

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1. Def Leppard, ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’

Def Leppard have a lot of huge hits, but "Pour Some Sugar on Me" is undoubtedly their signature song. In 1988, MTV basically played the video every 15 minutes, and it was absolutely inescapable anywhere you went.

Just three years before its release, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car accident and the band was unsure how they'd carry on. Fortunately, the release of Hysteria turned them into one of the biggest bands on the planet. The hits dried up by the 1990s, but they have so much momentum from the 1980s that they've never struggled to sell concert tickets. This past year, they re-recorded "Pour Some Sugar on Me" in conjunction with the release of Rock of Ages. 

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