The songs were ordered in a way to make the perfect mixtape, and we only picked one song per artist for maximum variety!
'Cum on Feel the Noize'
Kevin DuBrow & company rode this supercharged cover of Slade's party anthem to the top of the charts.
'Nothin' but a Good Time'
Write enough catchy rock anthems and eventually they'll have to respect you, no matter how weirdly you dress.
'Don't Treat Me Bad'
Try as you might, you won't stop singing along to this pop metal guilty pleasure.
If you want no-nonsense, black and white label hard rock music, you can't go wrong with Kix. This uptempo, AC/DC-styled riff rocker was one of their biggest hits.
'Lick It Up'
The masked marvels drop the makeup and start their second decade with one of their catchiest songs ever.
'The Ballad of Jayne'
This haunting tune shows how easily L.A. Guns, and not Guns N Roses, could have been the Sunset Strip kings.
'Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)'
Cinderella stops rocking, briefly, with this surprisingly touching hair metal ballad about what's important in life.
'In My Dreams'
I'm determined to get the phrase "Rockin' with Dokken" into this blurb. Oh, I did it! And look how smoothly..
'House of Pain'
Named after Russ Meyer's camp-classic film, Faster Pussycat shows depth with this song about domestic abuse.
Tesla stood apart as an image-free band in the glam era, earning lots of fans purely on merit and musicality.
'I'll Never Let You Go'
The video for this song is the best example ever of a romance novel cover coming to life for four full minutes.
'Livin' on a Prayer'
This song is perfectly placed on this list. Why? 'Cause "Whoooooooaaaaaah, we're halfway there!..."
'Screaming in the Night'
Krokus has represented Switzerland proudly in the metal world for decades. Even if they are named after a flower.
'Pour Some Sugar on Me'
Reportedly, this was the hair metal song most often played at strip clubs during the nineties. According to, uh...a friend.
'Rainbow in the Dark'
Who says keyboards can't be evil? Not Ronnie James Dio, acknowledged inventor of the famous devil-horn salute!
'Smooth Up In Ya'
This bass heavy groove-rocker from the late eighties just popped up in the hit comedy 'Hot Tub Time Machine.'
'Round and Round'
The song that started it all for the recently reunited Los Angeles hard rockers. Catch them on tour this summer!
Beavis & Butthead mocked Winger relentlessly. They should make an exception for this ridiculously rocking hair metal song.
'Fly to the Angels'
Slaughter started as a backing band, fired the boss (Kiss's Vinnie Vincent) and became big stars themselves.
'Turn Up the Radio'
Simplicity isn't usually as easy as Autograph makes it sound on this pop-metal call to action from 1984.
'Still of the Night'
Yeah, it's a Zeppelin knock-off. It's a darn good one; you gonna stand on principles or rock the ____ out?
'We're Not Gonna Take It'
Like a cross between James Dean and Kiss, Dee Snider and Company don makeup and rebel against whatever you got.
'Youth Gone Wild'
Bon Jovi's proteges proved themselves to have a nastier streak than their mentors with this rebellious hair metal anthem.
'Kickstart My Heart'
This track is probably responsible for more speeding tickets than any song this side of 'I Can't Drive 55.'