This Week's Question: Best Hair Metal Bands?

What fluffy-headed hard rockers will stand the test of time? Vote here.

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Hair metal (otherwise known as Glam Metal) is possibly the only genre to be better known for its appearance than its history. Forged as much from pop and punk as heavy metal, it amplified everything flamboyant about the 70s and multiplied it with the plastic excess of the '80s.

Hair metal might look like a joke to younger rock listeners, but for a time before Nirvana helped grunge explode onto the mainstream in 1992, hair metal ruled the world.

This week's question is:

Who is the best hair metal band of all time?

You could pick an authentic '80s staple like Motley Crue, or a modern tribute like Steel Panther. Whoever it is, let us know in the comments and we'll put them into a head banging top 10 for you this week.

Post one nomination per comment and up vote others you agree with. Thanks!

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    Hoover7
    I love the change from Wednesday Question to This Weeks Question because UG can't seem to get the question out in time.
    ryanbwags
    Skid Row
    paulyg
    Maybe first album. I think 'Slave to the Grind' was less 'hair metal'. Not sure how to describe it, but i think it's heavier than 'hair metal'.
    Everlong729
    Spinal Tap
    third(-)eye
    Since basically the only good hair metal bands are parodies of hair metal bands, I'll second this.
    Buccaneer89
    Pantera.
    sideslick
    I'm so glad to see those upvotes. They started as a glam-metal band that got sick of the scene attached to it, so they went in a different direction, and we got groove-metal! Pantera all the way! \m/
    GrahamDowney
    Too bad their Hair Metal albums sucked ass
    GrahamDowney
    Not too hate on Pantera as a whole because I found Vulgar Display and Cowboys from Hell to be quite remarkable especially for the lack of quality metal the 90's had but I found their few glam stints to be quite gimmicky and bland not to mention had to horrible cover art
    District
    Scorpions!!!
    Sebo
    What ? Are they really hair metal ? They just had 80s hair in the 80s like everybody else, or am I mistaken ?
    kratos379
    I kind of struggle calling them hair metal, since they were around for quite a while before the 80's, but they did adapt to the sound. They're definitely really talented. Both Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker are great guitarists.
    yappapie
    The Scorpions are not really a hair metal band,maybe a hairless band!They came out in the early seventies,and had many albums before the eighties! More of a hard rock /metal band than glam.
    nino.scholz
    Poison probably captures the vibe of hair metal in a nutshell. Girly looking dudes, bug choruses, happy drummer in the back...
    rorywal
    Warrant, everyone seems to just focus on "Cherry Pie" but they have some killer tracks
    maxbesnard
    Extreme ftw
    jhymadesh
    wouldnt count them as hair-metal
    ridelightning95
    if you don't like what you see here, get the funk out.
    jhymadesh
    Whats with all the hate? I love Extreme! Just don't think they are hairmetal. More hard-rock/funk. Its in no way a latex and makeup wearing (eccept nuno's nailpolish), puffed-up hair, glitter band. IMO.
    theclassicrock
    Def Leppard
    toasty333
    What has seven arms and sucks? Def Leppard! Nah, I love them, I just think that joke is hilariously dark. Motley Crue, more than definitely.
    esky15
    They have 5 members.
    sideslick
    And? What point are you trying to make? Why does member count matter? Def Leppard and Motley Crue are still some of the best Hair-acts to come out of the '80's.
    Hoover7
    The comment he responded to said Def Leppard has 7 arms because of their one armed drummer. However, Def Leppard has 5 members. Do the math.
    Dannym95
    9*
    iommi600
    What has 5 bellends and sucks?
    third(-)eye
    Dannym95.
    iommi600
    He'd make millions doing porn, then.
    codyjt5150
    There's a man that has 2 fully developed penises. He's bisexual and has one dude on one and one babe on the other. That would be Danny Bellend. I think the website is called adult humor. Looks like a pretzel.
    rip3149
    Mr. Big counts as hair metal...you can't deny their awesomeness. Father Gilbert reign supreme!
    codyjt5150
    Dokken. Hands down. Between George Lynch, EVH, and Jerry Cantrell (Randy Rhoads will always be my #1) I can't even come close to deciding on who's better. But since it's Hair Metal it's definitely Dokken. Dokken - Mr Scary
    Way Cool JR.
    RATT and Dokken are my top 2 Hair Metal bands of all time. But for me RATT holds the #1 spot, followed very closely by Dokken. They are 2 very spectacular bands of that time that made some very solid music.
    MichaelScarn
    stryper!
    sn00ze
    Can't think of any other band trying to prove/say they are not a hair metal band than Def Leppard.
    Punk-Goth-Angel
    Mötley Crüe!!!!
    refizzled
    Cinderella. Tom Keifer is one UNDERRATED frontman.
    JuanABgr8
    Cinderella and White Lion, easy to hate on, but not a lot of bad songs from either of those bands. And Vito Bratta was MAGNIFICENT.
    Turi_the_Dragon
    Gonna have to give it to Motley, also not quite sure if they're considered a 'hair metal' band, but Skid Row has some cool stuff
    mykahl88
    Nitro
    kiba56
    Whitesnake
    megaslaythrax
    I'm pretty partial to Firehouse and Extreme myself, but Skid Row and Motley Crue are good too
    kiba56
    Van Halen