Here's how I see it: the subgenre of popular music known as Hair Metal blossomed between the fall of "Classic Rock" and the rise "Alternative", but the category's roots, albeit in a basic way, stretch back to the 1950s. For a variety of reasons a number of bands that could've been included are not - particularly from the late 1970s transitional period and from the heyday of Hair Metal in the 1980s (Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Journey, Dio, Judas Priest, Dokken, Cinderella, Scorpions, Queensryche, LA Guns etc). I did, however, try to capture key bands and inflection points that I think make Hair Metal distinct from other similar subgenres such as Speed, Death, or Heavy Metal - e.g. the emergence of glam around 1972/73, the simultaneous zenith and nadir of the form from 1984 - 1989, and its death knell (as a major mainstream subgenre) in 1992. The included selections are in chronological order by year. Hope you like it.

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