Rolling Stone ranks the greatest hair metal albums



lookwhatthecatdraggedinLove it or hate it, hair metal was a big part of so many people’s lives and still is today for some rock fans. It was most certainly part of my coming-of-age experience — Dial MTV and Headbangers Ball with Adam Curry used to be mandatory viewing, I had an impressive collection of hair metal cassette tapes (and still have a few of them), and my hair metal concert-going resume was impressive (Motley Crue, Warrant, Winger, Cinderella, Bullet Boys, Tesla, and Poison twice, off the top of my head). Say what you want about the music, and I guess I’m still glad that Gn’R came along to punch hair metal in the gut with Nirvana later ultimately delivering the final nail in the coffin, but it sure was a fun era. The shows were a blast and the music put a smile on many faces.

So what were the best albums to come from the hair metal genre? Rolling Stone published their list of choices on Tuesday. The top ten is as follows:

10. Cinderella – Long Cold Winter
9. Motley Crue – Too Fast For Love
8. Kix – Blow My Fuse
7. Faster Pussycat – Faster Pussycat
6. Ratt – Out of the Cellar
5. Skid Row – Skid Row
4. Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil
3. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Whet
2. Poison – Look What the Cat Dragged in
1. Def Leppard – Hysteria

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Hysteria wasn’t my personal favorite (I’d probably pick something by Motley Crue) but the album was so huge that it’s hard to argue with their choice. What were your favorites? Or do you hate hair metal and wish it never existed? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments or on the Rocknuts Fan Forums!

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3 comments on “Rolling Stone ranks the greatest hair metal albums
  1. Some of our favorites are in the top ten such as Def Leppard, Poison, and Bon Jovi. Would reverse the order of Poison and Bon Jovi on the Rolling Stone list, though. We think Faster Pussycat made enough of a splash to crack the top 50, but top ten?! No way. FireHouse not being on the top 50 list is a shame. Guns N’ Roses not being on the list is a shame as well. Yes, we read RS’s reasons for not including GNR, and we did read your comment about GNR punching hair metal in the gut. We still feel GNR is hair metal. Watch the GNR videos, look at the band members’ outfits, look at who GNR toured with in the late 80s, and listen to the songs – enough GNR hit songs had that identifiable ‘hair metal sound’ (Sweet Child O’ Mine, Patience, November Rain, and You Could Be Mine, to name some) to categorize them as hair metal. Also, GNR’s Appetite came out in 1987….several years before the hair metal genre fizzled….so GNR didn’t put an end to anything hair metal related….in fact, several multi-platinum selling hair metal albums were released after GNR’s Appetite. Thanks, and rock on!

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