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Primary Stylistic Influences:
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Secondary Stylistic Influences:
+ Glam Rock, Punk Rock
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->''Don't need nothing but a good time\\
How can I resist?\\
Ain't looking for nothing but a good time\\
And it don't get better than this''
-->--'''Music/{{Poison}}''', "Nothin' But a Good Time"

A subset of HardRock and HeavyMetal popular mainly during TheEighties, so called because of the tendencies of the musicians to sport EightiesHair. Some bands accentuated this by wearing gender-neutral (at best) clothing and sometimes makeup as well. While none of this was actually originated by Hair Metal itself, the decade's emphasis on visual presentation has made the style synonymous with the term (which, today, is commonly used in a decidedly derisive tone). To the ire of fans of other metal sub-genres, hair metal codified the general public's image of metal; when a layperson refers to "heavy metal" (or even "hard rock"), [[SmallReferencePools they most likely mean this genre]], when they don't think of some weird Frankenstein of DeathMetal, BlackMetal, and Music/{{Slipknot}}.

This is something of a hard genre to pin down musically, considering its name really refers to fashion more than anything else. Naturally, more bands than just the ones of this designation had EightiesHair at the time, and, also naturally, bands vary heavily. However, a few ''generalized'' aspects common across many bands are comparatively high-pitched vocals (compared to other metal, some of which has a noticeable bias for ''low'' voices), and a sound that seems to echo. Hair Metal also tends to be less "raw"-sounding, making full use of studio engineering equipment and audio modification devices such as reverb and other electronica. It is worth noting that hair metal came into vogue around the same time ArenaRock was on its way out (indeed, Music/BonJovi's breakthrough album ''Slippery When Wet'' was released in the same year as ''Raised On Radio'', the last Music/{{Journey}} album to feature Steve Perry on lead vocals for nearly ten years) and consequently inherited much of that genre's penchant for melodicism which leavened its heavier riffs, vocal harmonies and guitar pyrotechnics.

Hair Metal bands often became as famous, if not more so, for their hard-partying lifestyles as for their music, as befitting the "decade of excess".

It should also be mentioned that, while some of these bands are still around, practically none of them these days stick to the Hair Metal sound and image of its glory days. So their newer music may not fall under this label.

Hair Metal may have fallen out of fashion for many people, but it still has a dedicated fanbase. If you meet any of them today, you might not want to risk [[BerserkButton mentioning]] [[ReplacementScrappy grunge]] (though ironically in the 90s, many of these bands did try and change their sound to be more Grunge-esque in a desperate attempt to stay relevant, which backfired as it alienated loyal fans and failed to attract Grunge fans, who already had their own bands to listen to and weren't interested in 80s bands trying to jump on the bandwagon; to add to the irony, several prominent grunge acts, namely Alice in Chains and Mother Love Bone, actually started out as glam acts)...and also, in a recursive way, the appearances are actually beginning to come back into style due to a variety of factors, those mostly being that the most rabid {{hatedom}} has itself become less respected or calmed down via EnemyMine when ''all'' rock and metal died out in the mainstream, that many people began to realize that the ''looks'' weren't the reason for the flood of un-artistic, unoriginal music, and that with the resurgence of metal and hard rock outside of the West and in the underground in the West, many of the artists involved never saw the problem to be looks and/or have influences from VisualKei or scene or similar.

Also see VisualKei, which is what happened when Hair Metal [[IncrediblyLamePun was allowed to]] [[GrowingTheBeard grow]] to its fullest, diversify as a genre of music and fashion, and become a cultural phenomenon, rather than die.

Often associated with GlamRock. Almost all of these bands also overlap with HardRock, as contrary to the name, it is mostly the '80s equivalent of hard rock, with few metal elements.
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!!Direct influences
* Music/NewYorkDolls certainly helped create the image, and their combination of trashy glam aesthetics and raw, sloppy, attitude-driven protopunk was a major influence on acts like Hanoi Rocks, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses; furthermore, [[Music/{{WASP}} Blackie Lawless]] was a brief live member near the end of their original run.
* Music/OzzyOsbourne (As the forefather of metal music, he had a lot of clout with all the hair bands, who were keen to tour with him. Dabbled with the genre himself on ''The Ultimate Sin'' and ''No Rest for the Wicked''.)
* Music/{{Queen}} in their earliest years (around 1972-74) could be seen as a pioneering example, but did not record any hair metal-style music when the genre was most popular, instead performing their signature arena rock sound.
* Music/{{Sweet}} (partial trope maker/codifiers. They were a British bubblegum group in the early seventies, then became heavier without abandoning their pop melodies, and turned into a heavy PowerPop band.)
* Music/VanHalen (arguable trope-makers along with Hanoi Rocks, they were at least were ''very'' influential in its creation)
** Music/DavidLeeRoth's solo career also qualifies, especially ''Eat Em And Smile'' and ''Skyscraper''.

!!Classic hair metal bands (1980s and 90s)
* 220 Volt (started out as melodic metal before changing to a more commercial sound with ''Eye to Eye'')
* Alcatrazz (''Dangerous Games'', notable for having both Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai as guitarists at one point)
* Autograph
* Babylon A.D.(not to be confused with the Vin Diesel film)
* Bangalore Choir
* Bang Tango
* Banshee
* Baton Rouge
* BB Steal
* Beau Nasty
* Bitch (as well as vocalist Betsy Bitch's 1988 self-titled solo album)
* Bloodgood
* Blue Murder
* Blue Tears
* Bonfire
* Bonham (founded and named after their drummer Jason Bonham, son of late Music/LedZeppelin drummer John Bonham)
* Music/BonJovi (One of the genre's biggest names, they switched their style to adult contemporary pop-rock in the 1990s, and kept on having hit singles every few years up through the late 2000s)
* Britny Fox
* Bulletboys
* Cats in Boots
* Child's Play
* Cinderella (Another big name in the genre. Converted to a more blues-based sound on subsequent albums)
* Gilby Clarke (The former lead guitarist for the obscure band Candy, who got a big break in 1991 when he replaced Izzy Stradlin in Music/GunsNRoses. He was fired in 1994, but has continued to maintain a high profile. His 1994 solo album ''Music/PawnshopGuitars'' is a mix between alt-rock and glam metal)
* Cry Wolf
* Dagger
* Damn Yankees (a supergroup featuring Music/{{Styx}}'s Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger's Jack Blades and solo-star Ted Nugent)
* D'Molls
* Music/DangerDanger (until the mid-90s when Ted Poley left and the band went for a more alternative sound with ''Dawn'' then they reunited with Ted and returned to their roots with ''Revolve'')
* Dangerous Toys
* Diamond
* Diamond Rexx
* Digger (spin-off of HeavyMetal band Grave Digger, who already were moving to a more commercial sound with "War Games")
* Dirty Looks
* Music/{{Dokken}}
* Easy Action
* Eric Steel
* Enuff Z'nuff (these guys were actually a slightly hard sounding, Cheap Trick-influenced PowerPop band who were [[ExecutiveMeddling marketed as a Hair Metal band by their record label]] despite not actually being, you know, a ''metal band'', whatsoever. The fact that they're remembered as a hair metal band is a particularly sore spot with the members, who would have preferred being categorized alongside power pop bands like The Smithereens instead. As a consolation, they're among the few bands that received the "hair metal" label that critics loved.)
* Music/{{Europe}} were a shining example during the ''Final Countdown'' years, but the album they recorded after that was closer to arena rock than hair metal, though the styling stayed same.
* Music/{{Extreme}} (influenced by funk metal; attempted to become a deconstructive parody in the early 90s)
* EZO (A Japanese band whose singer Music/MasakiYamada later became a pioneer in the Music/VisualKei metal genre)
* EZ Livin
* Faster Pussycat
* Fastway
* Fate
* Femme Fatale (One of the rare hair metal bands which feature a female lead singer)
* Fiona
* Firehouse (notable for managing to win the American Music Award for "Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist" in 1992 over both Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/AliceInChains. They also actually managed to keep having Top 40 hits as late as 1995.)
* Music/LitaFord
* Giuffria
* Great White (started out as straight hard rock similar to Ratt before changing into their signature BluesRock/HairMetal sound)
* Hanoi Rocks (generally treated as a trope codifier, but they were musically closer to Cheap Trick, New York Dolls, and The Stooges, who incidentally were among their main influences)
* Harem Scarem
* Haywire
* Heaven's Edge
* Heavy Bones
* Hellion
* Helix (Started out as BluesRock before changing their sound in "No Rest for the Wicked")
* Holy Soldier
* House of Lords
* Hurricane
* Idle Cure
* Ivory Tower
* Jackyl
* Jagged Edge
* Jetboy
* Jet Circus
* Keel (vocalist Ron Keel became, much to his fans surprise, a country singer in the 1990s before reuniting the original band members)
* Kik Tracee
* Killer Dwarfs
* Kingdom Come
* King Kobra
* Kix
* L.A. Guns
* Lillian Axe
* London (a band with [[RevolvingDoorBand constant line-up shifts]]. At different times, the band included [[Music/MotleyCrue Nikki Sixx]] and [[Music/GunsNRoses Izzy Stradlin]], but neither lasted long enough in the lineup to appear on one of their records.)
* Love/Hate (one of the darker and more experimental acts)
* Love on Ice
* Mammoth
* Magdallen
* Messiah Prophet
* Music/MotleyCrue
* Music/MrBig
* Nelson (led by the twin sons of 1950s teen idol Ricky Nelson. Their sound often bordered on straight-up pop music)
* Odin
* Music/{{Poison}}
* Precious Metal
* Pretty Boy Floyd
* Princess Pang
* Music/QuietRiot
* Ransom
* Music/{{Ratt}}
* Rock Goddess
* Romeo's Daughter
* Rough Cutt
* Roxx Gang
* Salty Dog
* Saigon Kick (similar to Enuff Z'Nuff, they were never really HairMetal but marketed as such, they had a myriad of different styles including HeavyMetal, but most people assumed they were HairMetal since their one big hit happened to be the PowerBallad "Love is on the Way")
* Saraya
* Sea Hags
* Seduce
* Shark Island
* Shotgun Messiah
* Shy
* Silent Rage
* Music/SkidRow
* Slaughter (not to be confused with the Canadian thrash band)
* Sleez Beez
* Smashed Gladys
* Spread Eagle
* Steelheart
* Strangeways
* Southgang
* Music/{{Stryper}} (a Christian-rock variant, famous for giving away Bibles at their shows)
* Sweet FA
* Tangier
* Tesla (A blues-y band that was characterized by the influential rock magazine ''Kerrang!'' as "the thinking man's Van Halen" upon their debut. They were particularly notable for being decidedly un-glam for a hair metal band: They typically performed in their regular street clothes and had an affinity for performing acoustic versions of their songs in concert. Although this meant that they didn't have a defining image back in the genre's heydey, their lack of one resulted in them being relatively unaffected by the rise of grunge. For one, they kept having hits on the Billboard rock charts up through 2004.)
* Thor
* Thunder
* Tigertailz
* TKO
* Tobruk
* Tokyo Blade
* Tora Tora
* Treat
* Trixter
* Tuff
* Music/TwistedSister (though they personally define themselves as "Hid-Metal")
* Vain
* Valentine
* Vinnie Vincent Invasion
* Vixen, a rare example of an [[DistaffCounterpart all-female]] Hair Band
* Music/{{Warrant}}
* Whitecross
* Whiteheart
* White Sister
* White Lion (unlike most--if not all--other bands of the genre, these guys relied a lot on environmentalism as a lyrical theme--though Loudness and EZO were also well known for the occasional Green Aesop)
* Wildside
* Music/{{Winger}} (sold mostly on the strength of lead singer/bass guitarist Kip Winger's looks, which often overshadowed their technical skills--they've been called "the hair band version of Dream Theater"--and eventually went down with the rising popularity of Grunge. Their reputation has improved of late to some degree due to both their musicianship and ''Pull'', which was easily one of the darkest, most mature albums to ever come from a glam act.)
* Music/{{XYZ}} (not to be confused with Minoru Niharara's solo group)
* Y&T
* Music/YokosukaSaberTiger (first band for both [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] and Rolly, both of whom would go on to be influential in VisualKei, hide as [[Music/XJapan X]]'s lead guitarist, Rolly as an image actor and solo vocal.)
* Zebra

!!Older artists that underwent GenreShift to hair metal during its heydey
* .38 Special (Started out as a SouthernRock band and had several Top 40 hits in the late 70s and early 80s in that style. They changed their style with the times, and in 1988, they had their first hit in years with the Hair Metal-styled ballad "Second Chance". Interestingly, they didn't update their look to accommodate for their slight GenreShift, and still looked like an aging Southern rock band, long beards and all.)
* Music/{{Accept}} (''Eat The Heat'' though they quickly went back to heavy metal once David Reece left and Udo returned to the group)
* Andy Taylor (having grown dissatisfied with Duran Duran's New Wave style, the guitarist tried a kind of hair metal sound during his solo career in the late 1980s).
* Bad English (A supergroup that included solo star John Waite as the lead vocalist and two members of Music/{{Journey}}. Best known for their #1 hit "When I See You Smile")
* Blackfoot (started out as SouthernRock, then went into this starting with ''Siogo'' and continuing on until ''Medicine Man'')
* Black N Blue (Started out as HeavyMetal, then went into this with ''Without Love'')
* Music/CelticFrost (The ''Cold Lake'' album, considered an OldShame by the band)
* Music/CheapTrick (on their albums ''The Doctor'', ''Lap of Luxury'', and ''Busted'')
* Music/AliceCooper (''Constrictor'', ''Raise Your Fist And Yell'', ''Trash'' and ''Hey Stoopid'')
* Music/DeepPurple (on the four albums they released between 1984 and 1993)
* Music/DefLeppard (originally a NWOBHM band influenced by glam rock and arena rock, the melodic hard rock of their breakthrough album ''Pyromania'' in 1983 - not to mention its immensely popular music videos - influenced virtually every successive band in this genre)
* Music/{{Girlschool}} (Started out as a female version of Motorhead, then went for more of a HairMetal sound starting with 1983's ''Play Dirty'' and continiuing until their self-titled 1992 album, where they went back to their punk-metal roots. Today they're mostly notable for being the [[LongRunner longest lasting]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome all-female band of all time]])
* Music/{{Heart}} (starting with their self-titled album in 1985 and continuing until ''Desire Walks On'' in 1993)
* Music/JoanJett (some examples in her mid- and late-80s releases, though mostly punk rock or straight hard rock)
* Music/JudasPriest (''Turbo'', though it was heavier then most examples)
* Music/{{KISS}} (during their 1983-1996 unmasked phase)
* Krokus (''The Blitz'', ''Change of Address'' and ''Heart Attack'')
* Michael Schenker Group (Became this when Robin [=McAuley=] joined the band in 1989 and their name was changed to [=McAuley=] Schenker Group from 1989-1992)
* Molly Hatchet (like Blackfoot, they began as a SouthernRock group before changing styles with ''The Deed is Done'' and continuing on until returning to their old style with ''Devil's Canyon'')
* Night Ranger (had most of their success - including their hit single "Sister Christian" - as an arena rock band, and are often incorrectly labeled as a hair metal band because they happened to be performing hard rock music at the same time the genre was popular. Only recorded a single album in the genre, 1988's ''Man in Motion'', long after their success had waned.)
* Petra (one of the earliest ChristianRock bands, having recorded since the early 70s. Their mid and late-80s albums featured a hair metal-inspired sound that they dropped by 1991.)
* Raven (during the mid-80s. Otherwise a straight-up metal band.)
* The Rods (went into this with ''Hollywood'')
* SammyHagar(went into this with ''VOA'' and ''I Never Said Goodbye'')
* Savatage (only on ''Fight for the Rock'')
* Saxon (Started out as HeavyMetal then started showing traces of this on "Crusader" before going more commercial with "Innocence is No Excuse" and continuing until "Forever Free")
* Music/{{Scorpions}} (went into this starting with ''LoveAtFirstSting'' up until ''FaceTheHeat'', mostly known for being the most successful intercontinental band of all time and one of the longest lasting bands ever, having formed in ''1965''!)
* Triumph (started out as ProgressiveRock, then became Hair Metal starting with ''Thunder Seven'' and retained that sound for the rest of their career)
* Tygers of Pan Tang (like Def Leppard they started out as NWOBHM band before changing their sound with ''The Cage'')
* UFO (went into this with ''Obsession'')
* Uriah Heap (''Equator'', ''Raging Silence'', ''Different World'')
* Music/{{Whitesnake}} (One of the very few hair bands in which its lead singer (David Coverdale) had a baritone voice. Jumped on the hair bandwagon in the later stages of their career, but had existed for years as a bluesy, Bad Company-style band, and were actually the remnants of a broken-up Deep Purple).


!!Artists [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness that started out]] as hair metal before finding success in another genre
* Lee Aaron (changed musical styles multiple times since 1991, first to Grunge, then Jazz and finally Pop)
* Alice N' Chainz (Yep, ''that'' Music/AliceInChains, ''Facelift'' is SLIGHTLY less dark than their later albums and has noticeable traces of their glam era, particularly on the second half. The box set has a few demos from before they found their own sound)
* Music/MichaelBolton (Yes, THAT Michael Bolton, before he went adult contemporary)
* Music/GunsNRoses (According to Slash, the band went through a "glam period" that was short-lived because the band got tired of borrowing stuff from a carousel of girlfriends. By the time ''Appetite for Destruction'' came out, only trace elements remained. The group actually made themselves staunch opponents of the Hollywood glam scene, particularly Poison, who ironically Slash himself had auditioned for after the band's original guitarist Matt Smith left. ''Music/AppetiteForDestruction'' (1988), the band's wildly-acclaimed debut, was a darker and edgier take emphasizing punk and blues influences. The followup ''Music/UseYourIllusion'' (1991) instead hewed toward arena-sized bombast, contrasting all the more with the incoming grunge craze. The band would have probably retained their massive popularity well into the alternative-era if they didn't implode on themselves in 1993.)
* Music/{{Hardline}} (their first album was their only straight example. Their second album had traces of this, but by their third album, they had successfully transitioned away from that)
* Lizzy Borden (later became a straight Power Metal that just so happens to place heavy emphasis on Alice Cooper-style theatrics)
* Music/{{Loudness}} (from around 1985 until 1992, see Music/MinoruNiihara below. In 1992 they dropped Hair Metal for a heavily thrash-inspired sound...)
* Music/LunaSea (they soon evolved into goth rock)
* Yngwie Malmsteen (for his albums ''Odyssey'', ''Eclipse'' and ''Fire and Ice'')
* Mother Love Bone (along with grunge; like Alice in Chains, they were a bridge between glam and the more metallic side of grunge. Split up when their lead singer Andrew Wood [[AuthorExistenceFailure died of a drug overdose]] just before their debut album was to be released. Just a few months later, band members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard formed Music/PearlJam.)
* Music/MinoruNiihara
* Music/{{Pantera}} (though [[OldShame they'd rather you forgot they were]].)
* Music/SeikimaII (at least early on, being much like [=KISS=]. They became Visual Kei pretty fast)
* Sex Machineguns (They began as this and eventually shifted to straight-up thrash, but kept the hair and costuming as part of their Visual Kei image)
* Show-Ya (All-female Hair Metal band that eventually became Visual Kei)
* Music/{{TNT}} (Have dropped in and out of the genre's purview. In the band's beginning they were a very bluesy Traditional Metal group. When they actually began to fall into this, they kept prog-rock elements[[note]]the band made extensive use of almost-choir-like backing vocals, and almost Queen-inspired pomp[[/note]]. By the mid-90s the band slipped into an almost "Alice In Chains-meets-The Beatles" style of music, and the band themselves have denied actually being glam)
* Music/{{WASP}} (while they were often lumped into the the glam scene thanks to their image early on, musically they were closer to traditional heavy metal, and they continued to grow heavier as time went on. By the late 80s they had dropped most of what little hair metal influence they had.)
* Music/XJapan (at the very beginning as "X". Combining thrash metal and a heavy punk sensibility and far darker lyrics, it became one of the founding bands of Visual Kei at the same time as a truly genre-busting act encompassing everything, eventually, from thrash metal and speed metal and power metal to goth rock to classical-inspired piano ballads and more.)
* XYZ-A (Music/MinoruNiihara's solo band. Was a recursive combination of this and Visual Kei. The guitarist was actually Visual Kei and the band was formed way after Hair Metal had crashed and burned, but the singer was Hair Metal trying to be Visual Kei, until the end of the 1990s and the reformation of his old band, Loudness, when he dropped the vestiges of the style.)

!!Post-1990s bands
* 69 Eyes
* Music/{{Black Veil Brides}} (They started as metalcore but switched to this and made it their signature style; also another rare example where the singer has a low voice)
* Music/{{Buckcherry}} (Had a couple hits in the late 90s, where they were one of the few rock bands of the era openly declaring an influence of hair metal bands. Broke up a few years later, but later reunited and scored a top 10 hit in 2007 with "Sorry".)
* Crashdiet (A fusion of Hair Metal and punk, currently active as of 2013, having replaced vocalists due to Dave Leppard's death)
* Music/TheDarkness (notably not an [=80s=] band; this English band is pretty much the possible love child of T. Rex and Judas Priest, hence hair metal as per formula. The music video for their 2003 breakthrough hit "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" helps hammer it home)
* Nitro, a stealth parody band which took all of Hair Metal's aspects to their logical extreme.
* Music/SteelPanther (a modern-day example beloved of our own ad server!)
* Vains of Jenna

!!Fictional bands
* Arsenal, the main fake band from ''Film/RockOfAges''.
* Bullet Train (a fictional example from the video game ''CSIHardEvidence'')
* [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Limozeen]]
* [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]] (a parody from the titular film)
* Steel Dragon (from the movie ''Film/RockStar'')
* Wolfgang von Colt (another fictional example, from ''Film/RockOfAges''. Well, almost the movie's entire soundtrack is hair metal.)

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!!Tropes associated with the genre:

* AmbiguousGender: Many artists early on. Some of them would eventually change into a less androgynous appearance as they matured.
* BarBrawl: Unfortunately, the genre became almost synonymous with these both in the US and Japan. Band rivalries were common, and when rival bands or fans of rival bands met, the result was so often one of these that some bars and venues banned specific bands, specific people (Axl Rose and Yoshiki were both frequent ban targets), a characteristic look of the worst troublemakers ("no blondes," "no all leather outfits," "no spikes"), or even imposed a ban on people discussing or promoting bands known to cause brawls in a variant of BanOnPolitics.
* BlackSheepHit: Almost all hair bands have at least one, usually a PowerBallad (see below).
* TheBeautifulElite: The most popular bands were these.
* CostumePorn: Almost all hair metal bands provided this in one form or another.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Apparently the trope namer was written about the guys in Music/MotleyCrue (specifically, Vince Neil), and Poison pulled out an issue of Cosmo on their first photoshoot and told the makeup artist to "Make us look like this".
* GroupieBrigade: Because hair metal was a genre of music with a lot of female fans, groupies were often found backstage at shows. In Motley Crue's autobiography, Vince Neil mentions that when they were on tour he would frequently have sex with several different women in a single night. Nor were/are all of the groupies AlwaysFemale - one of the rumors/stories about Michael Monroe's bisexuality involved a male groupie.
* HoYay: Not as much as in {{Glam Rock}} but you know in Poison's ''Talk Dirty To Me'' when Brett yells to C.C. "C.C. pick up that guitar and talk to me" yeah, that happened.
** A few of the artists from Michael Monroe to Minoru Niihara have been rumored to be gay or bisexual. This has led to an actual ''slash fandom'' subset in Hair Metal (or pairing up Hair Metal artists with early VisualKei artists in crossover FanFic.)
** And of course, pretty much any of the early VisualKei bands that began as Hair Metal. X and SEIKIMA-II, for example, once had thriving slash fandoms that only died out with time, newer visual kei bands becoming more popular for YaoiFangirl attention leading to attrition, and FlameWar over whether it was "okay" to write slash or not. The bands that would become Visual Kei also happened to attract far more gay or bisexual male fans/groupies/roadies than most US HairMetal bands did, both from the Japanese metal scene of the time's higher population of out gay and bisexual men, from the perceived availability of some of the bandmen, and from the Visual Shock scene's open acceptance of male bisexuality as it developed. As in where US HairMetal tried to downplay Glam Rock HoYay, the Japanese scene that would become Visual Shock and then Visual Kei took it and ran with it.
* {{Intercourse With You}}: Unskinny Bop by Poison, Slice of Your Pie by Motley Crue, Hell On High Heels by Crue, Lick Summer Love by Hanoi Rocks, Tragedy by Hanoi Rocks, Rattlesnake Shake by Skid Row... basically the favorite theme of this genre.
** ''Stab Me In The Back'' by Music/XJapan fused IntercourseWithYou and HoYay in a way few other bands of the era would have even dared to approach, being a blatant song about male/male sex. It's ''arguable'' that ''Lick Summer Love'' by Music/HanoiRocks could be another fusion of HoYay with IntercourseWithYou in hair metal, though heavily disguised by the female backing vocals and far less blatant than ''Stab Me In The Back'' - the rumored bisexuality of the lead singer and that the lyrics are ''just'' vague enough that they could describe man on man sex as well as man on woman are the main argument there.
* {{Improbable Hairstyle}}: Young C.C. Deville's physics defying do' for one. [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] when he wore the "french fries" hairdo - a common joke being his hair was half his height.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: How the genre got its name.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most bands are in the 5-6 range, with a few getting up to 7.
** A couple of the more thrash-oriented bands have approached ''eight.'' Those would be Loudness and Sex Machineguns, ''especially'' in their post-80s work.
* PowerBallad: A staple of the genre. During the hair metal era it was common for an album to contain at least one power ballad, the reason being that ballads often became mainstream radio hits and sold a lot of singles.
* PrettyBoy: Young Poison, young Motley Crue, young Hanoi Rocks, young X (and arguably most everyone there still ''is'')
* {{Outlaw}}: Bon Jovi's ''Wanted Dead Or Alive'' plays with this archetype and even Skid Row's ''18 and Life'' references it. Music/{{Ratt}}'s "Wanted Man" plays it straight.
** [[Music/XJapan X]] was literally a band featuring three ''real'' outlaws (in a certain sense of the word) in its early days, as were most of the first round of Creator/ExtasyRecords bands. Yoshiki, Taiji, and Toshi were all ''bosozoku'' at one point (JapaneseDelinquents and bikers). Music/Tokyo Yankees and Grand Slam were also bosozoku/yankii heavy bands, with Tokyo Yankees even naming themselves after ''yankii.'' This actually led to major problems in X's and the label's early days, as they (and some of their rougher fans) would get into repeated BarBrawl with rival bands, and even outright threaten their critics or haters with actual violence, going as far as to mail them bloody knives and harass them at their homes. It was officially ended as a practice by the bands and label around 1988-89 when X signed major with Sony and the realization that it could do more harm than good to their image, but some of the fans still continue it against everyone's wishes.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: The musicians who played in hair metal bands were often infamous for the debauchery of their personal lives.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Visual Shock, as pioneered by X, SEIKIMA-II, EZO/Masaki Yamada, and Loudness, which would later evolve to the VisualKei phenomenon.
** In a very real way, HairMetal is the 80s version of HardRock.
* StageNames: Rikki Rocket, Nikki Sixx, Michael Monroe, His Excellency Demon Kogure, and many, many others.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The costumes for both the bands and their groupies.
* TropeCodifier: Either Music/MotleyCrue or Music/{{Poison}}.
* WordSaladLyrics: ''Ride the Wind'' by Poison features the unforgettable "Taste the fire, lick the wind" and keeps bringing up "The Midnight Sun" (which is something that's usually tied to references to Alaska) in a song that seems to be about riding motorcycles.
** ''Unskinny Bop'' also by Music/Poison is this combined with {{Title Only Chorus}}.
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