I've created many "Top" and "Best of" lists over the years...for music, movies, TV, etc. But I think this is my most epic ranking yet. As a child of 1974, the 80's shaped my taste in music, and nowhere is that more evident in my love for all things hair band.
The term hair band has come to be somewhat of a pejorative, but not in my mind. Some of these folks were really talented, and I think the stigma betrays the quality of a lot of the work that came from that era. But yes, some of it would fall under the label of "guilty pleasure" (though I feel no guilt).
That said, I'll lay out the (very unscientific) methodology I used to craft this Top 300 list. Below the final ranking, I've included some 130+ additional songs under "honorable mention."
So how did I determine the order in which these songs appear? A few choice criteria, listed in order of highest to lowest importance...
100. Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Anybody Listening? - Queensryche
Gettin' Better - Tesla