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Are These the Best Hair Metal Songs of All Time?

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I love hair metal and I also love a good debate, so here we go. Two things I love in one. Are these the best hair metal songs of all time? 

According to the readers of Rolling Stone Magazine, they are and I’m so glad that they asked the readers and not the critics because the critics tend to hate everything.

10. Guns n’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

The opening lick, right down to the “Where do we go NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW” it’s best when played on 11.

9. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

I don’t think that this is a particularly great song. I think the video starring Tawny Kitaen was what put it on the list.

8. Poison – Nothin’ But a Good Time

Yes, yes, yes! I think it should have been higher on the list. I think that most weekends especially summer weekends can be summed up with the phrase “Nothin’ But a Good Time”.

7. Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls

This basically says it all. Why do guys start bands? Because the chicks dig it. Motley Crue also has been known to like the female species and this was the perfect ode to women.

6. Warrant – Cherry Pie

Catchy little ditty about delaying “the big O” by wandering thoughts. I know my mind has been known to water and not just because I want to delay anything, but sometimes I get bored. Warrant singer Jani Lane said in no uncertain terms to VH1 that he hated the song, but said later that the music channel caught him “on a bad day” and was actually quite proud of the song.

5. Motley Crue – Home Sweet Home

The Theater of Pain version, of course. This one was definitely one of the first power ballads of the hair/glam metal era and Vince Neil performed it just perfectly at Halfway Jam. It still sounds great 27 years later.

4. Guns n’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle

When the “Axl wail” kicks in at the beginning of the song, you know you’re in for something awesome and it was inspired by Axl being yelled at by a random stranger in a school yard. The man said to him, “You know where you are? You’re in the jungle! You’re gonna die!” The line stuck with him and he made it into a hit song.

3. Guns n’ Roses – Paradise City

The drum noise in the intro was one of the reasons I wanted to take up drums. Still one of my favorite songs ever and it was written on a journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Slash and Izzy started playing, Slash hummed a melody and Axl just started singing. They were going back to “the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.” When the group performs even now (or what Axl now calls Guns n’ Roses) it’s their finale.

2. Def Leppard – Photograph

Really, Rolling Stone? I don’t agree. Any of the Guns n’ Roses songs on this list deserve this spot. I loved Def Leppard. Their show at the Minnesota State Fair in 1991 was one of my first concerts, but I disagree with the placement of this song at number two on this list. Singer Joe Elliott also thinks it’s odd. He said that they weren’t part of the Sunset scene, but somehow got lumped in.

1. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me

When it was released, you couldn’t get away from this song. It was all over the radio and MTV when they played videos, but the best hair metal song of all time? No.

What would be on your Top Ten List? Would you use these songs or different ones? Would Def Leppard even be on the radar?

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