As I clamor for the next headline, I thought it would be cool to take a look back at a time period that is near and dear to my heart. That time period of course was eighties metal...more specifically the glam metal sunset strip movement.
For me, this is where my passion for heavy metal first began....yes that's right. A time when bands were most known for their hair spray infested long hair and their playboy modelized makeup. An era where bands were measured by how many groupies they could fill a bus with. Groups that were fueled by a steady diet of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Glam metal became one of the quintessential genres of the 1980's.
Sometimes referred to as "hair metal", the glam era was a subgenre of heavy metal that mixed pop like hooks and riffs with 70's style glam rock. Please note that I truly don't prefer the term "hair metal" as it really is a derogatory term that only came into existence after the grunge movement had started.
So who are the top glam metal bands of all-time? We are looking for the definitive list of the top ten metal bands of the glam era...
Please take note...I have excluded bands like Def Leppard, KISS, Van Halen, Guns n' Roses, Skid Row, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi among others who, while they were huge during the era and may have even gone "Glam" during that time period; they were not truly glam bands because they predated the scene, transcended the scene, or just really were not glam metal bands at all by definition.
Honorable Mentions- Autograph, Stryper, Quiet Riot, Tesla, Hanoi Rocks.
Without further ado...here is the definitive top ten glam metal bands of all-time...