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Posted on Mar 10, 2014 10:24 am
Hair metal, glam metal, indulgent metal... whatever you call it, mainstream metal from the '80s has made its mark on this history books and will stand up for a long time to come - and not just because of all the hairspray.
But who is the best hair metal band of all time? That's what we asked UG readers this week. Here's the results.
10. Def Leppard
The Sheffield outfit started in the late '70s, but hit the big time when glam kicked off in the mid '80s.
With almost 100 million album sales under their belts, Scorpions are one of the best selling bands of all time. They've have plenty of time to rack up those sales, though, having formed in 1965.
RATT went from gold and platinum to multi-platinum as they smashed into the Billboard charts through the '80s. They were figureheads in the early LA glam scene alongside Motley Crue.
7. Twisted Sister
The cross-dressing frontman Dee Snider once won our "Sexiest Chick" poll, which shows how popular this flamboyant lot are around these parts.
When Deep Purple's '70s singer David Coverdale left the band, he probably never realised his new act Whitesnake would take him to greater heights. They split in the '80s, though reformed twice in the succeeding decades.
5. Mötley Crüe
A beacon of hedonism in rock history. If you haven't read "The Dirt," an autobiography by the band about their heady days of excess, do it - you're in for a treat.
4. Van Halen
Another band whose lineup spun around and was turned inside out over the years. They're back on top with their most recent album "A Different Kind of Truth" with original singer David Lee Roth.
Not so much a traditional hair metal band, but certainly the next generation to pick up the torch and follow in the footsteps of traditional glam metal. Just look at early videos of Phil Anselmo swinging his hair around.
2. Steel Panther
Equal parts a parody and sincere tribute to their '80s forefathers, Steel Panther are one of the few modern acts to fly the flag for true glam metal.
1. Spinal Tap
Spinal Tap might be a fictional act, but today they're your favorite hair metal band ever. Most listeners would associate them with traditional metal than the glam variant on show today, but their outrageous live performances (both on film and on stage) have been an influence on everyone on this list, for better or worse.
That's the end of our top 10 list today. Who is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.