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The s and early s were the heydays of hair metal. These bands sold out concerts around the world and their songs dominated the airwaves.
Their biggest hits tended to be ballads, the type of songs that had fans waving lighters in the air, way back in the dark ages before cell phones. We scoured our memory banks to bring you what we consider the 20 best hair metal ballads. But we do think it's a great song. To us, this is the quintessential hair metal ballad. It starts off with an acoustic guitareventually kicks into power ballad mode, and then mellows out again at the end. Poison is also No. Skid Row held on to their success a little longer than most hair bands, due in no small part to lead singer Sebastian Bach's impressive vocals.
The group had several Band 6 - The Monkees - Headquarters hits, the biggest being "18 And Life. The band that wrote the rousing "Cherry Pie" and "Down Boys" were also great balladeers. It has a really catchy chorus, Víra V Temný Trůn - Sekhmet / Evil Dead - Victims Of The Cult nice harmonies, and the signature hair metal acoustic start followed by power guitars and soaring vocals.
Unfortunately, lead singer Jani Lane battled alcohol and drug problems for many years and passed away in Hair band lyrics were generally about girls and partying or partying and girls.
White Lion got a little more political, with a ballad about the impact of war on the next generation. Mike Tramp has a unique-sounding voice, and this was White Lion's biggest hit.
Instead, it remains mellow throughout—even the guitar solo is subdued. The lyrics, about a friend who died, packs an emotional punch, and the music has a lot of interesting tempo and intensity changes. It's an unabashed love song, with no cynicism or double entendres, just a heartfelt ode to finally finding lasting love.
The single version cuts it out, which is a shame because it's really good. Tesla made I Saw Red - Various - Forever #1 - Best Metal Ballads presence known when their debut spawned the hit singles "Little Suzi" and "Modern Day I Saw Red - Various - Forever #1 - Best Metal Ballads.
Mark Slaughter probably has one of the most distinctive voices in hair metal, and it really shines in this song about love and loss that the group dedicated to Amelia Earhart. And rightly so, because if the soaring beauty of the chorus doesn't send shivers down your spine, we don't know what would. After their double platinum debut, Stick It To Ya, they never again had another hit.
They still tour, though, and Mark Slaughter's voice is as powerful as ever. Tom Kiefer's high-pitched, raspy voice was pretty polarizing, and Cinderella had a few more haters than most of their contemporaries. They cracked the pop charts with singles like "Gypsy Road" and "Shake Me. We think it has held up better over the years. Out of all the bands on this list, Steelheart is probably the least well known, even though this song is still in heavy rotation on classic rock and metal stations.
He also recorded some of the vocals for Mark Wahlberg's character in the movie "Rock Star. Kix was another second-tier hair band that some people think should have been more successful than they were. As one of the pioneers in the genre, they released their first album back in It starts with a piano, and then gradually builds in intensity before kicking in. Vocalist Steve Whiteman has a great voice, and Kix The Old House On The Hill Chapter I: A Death In The Family - Dragonland - Astronomy to reunite periodically to play live.
This song was a huge pop hit, peaking at No. The combination of Blades' lower-pitched voice and Shaw's higher register works really well together, and there are some great harmonies throughout the song. We realize that including Ozzy Osbourne in the hair band category is controversial. Lita's hit "Kiss Me Deadly" peaked at No. Ozzy and Lita basically alternate vocals throughout the song, rarely singing together.
The result showcases their distinctive vocal styles—and Lita's first-rate guitar work. They've had a ton of hits, which range from good-time fist-pumpers like "Girls Girls Girls" and "Dr. Although a lot of music fans derided them for their "metal lite" style, they did have some good songs. Dokken's string of hits include "In My Dreams" and "It's Not Love," but although singer Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch made a great musical team, they just couldn't get along on a personal level. It's a shame because they were a sold band that garnered a loyal following.
They eventually got back together, but the era of the hair bands had passed by that time. If you had only this song to go by, you'd likely think Extreme were nothing more than a mellow pop band. There was a time in the s when you couldn't turn on the radio without Is It Love Youre After - Rose Royce - Greatest Hits Live a song by this German powerhouse metal I Saw Red - Various - Forever #1 - Best Metal Ballads.
The prescient "Wind Of Change," with its whistling intro, was much more commercially successful, but "Still Loving You" is in our opinion a superior song. Faster Pussycat were in the second tier Synchroniser - Dub Syndicate - One Way System hair bands, but they had some decent songs, like "Bathroom Wall" and "Poison Ivy.
Chad Bowar is a music journalist specializing in the heavy metal genre. He publishes in national music publications and reviews major music festivals including Ozzfest and the Warped Tour. Continue Reading.