Basically the Nu-Metal and Metalcore of the 80's. Characterized by generic faggotry of all musical aspects. The vocals induce cringing whenever heard, the riffs are bullshit power chords, the drumming is "bum-chick-bum-chick", the bass doesn't exist, and the lyrics are standard tool/douche material. The solos are not bad, but still relatively mediocre.

Oh, and it's NOT METAL.

See also: Glam Metal or Cock Rock.
"Hair Metal" faggots often got scared when they saw a metalhead or heard actual Metal such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Savatage, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, Dio, King Diamond, Vio-Lence, Annihilator, Venom, Metal Church, Accept, Suicidal Tendencies, Queensryche, and Helloween.
by NiggerMutilator September 17, 2011
A genre that like most genre of music has some good bands but also has some posers. The posers really make the genre look bad.

An example of a good bands would be Motley Crew.

An example of a poser band would be Kiss. They are more of a travelling theatrical group than they are actually a band.

But I must say Hair Metal really isn't metal at all. Nothing is heavy about it.
Me: What is your fav. type of metal.
Person: I like hair metal.
Me: But I said metal.
Person: They are metal, they have alot of hair.
Me: That has nothing to do with anything.
by Okita-Kun October 04, 2005
The future of rock and roll
Man, they sucked, but they sure had HAIR!
by Boob Titson June 30, 2003
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