Sprang up in LA (and at the same time Finland) in the early eighties as a backlash against punk, which many people believed was quickly selling out. The most famous hair metal band was (and still is) Motley Crue, who really kicked it all off. Influences of hair metal include Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and many other hard rock acts of the 70's. Is actually completely different to 'poodle rock'
hair metal: Motley Crue, Hanoi Rocks, early Guns n'Roses

poodle rock: Poison, Europe, Warrant
by Amy the great October 27, 2004
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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
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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.
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