the full 2018 march shredness bracket is coming

But as of of 7/11/17 the Selection Committee can release 56 of the 64 songs that will be in next year's tournament. The bracket is coming later. Note that the major bands of the era will have two songs each that will face each other in the first round. (By "major" we set as a minimum two US Billboard Top 10 albums from 1983-1992. We realize that a few bands on the list hit this minimum—Skid Row, Scorpions, etc—but did not receive two bids.) 

Also, in the meantime, you might want to represent with the Official March Shredness Koozie.

  • Aerosmith, Rag Doll
  • Autograph, Turn Up the Radio
  • Bang Tango, Someone Like You
  • Bon Jovi, Livin on a Prayer
  • Bon Jovi, Wanted Dead or Alive
  • Britney Fox, Girlschool
  • Cinderella, Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone
  • Cinderella, Gypsy Road
  • Alice Cooper, Poison
  • The Cult, Fire Woman
  • Damn Yankees, High Enough
  • Def Leppard, Rock of Ages
  • Def Leppard, Pour Some Sugar on Me
  • Dokken, Dream Warriors
  • Europe, The Final Countdown
  • Faster Pussycat, Poison Ivy
  • Femme Fatale, Falling Out of Love
  • Fifth Angel, Time Will Tell
  • Lita Ford, Kiss Me Deadly
  • GNR, Welcome to the Jungle
  • GNR, Paradise City
  • Great White, Once Bitten Twice Shy
  • Grim Reaper, Rock You to Hell
  • Hanoi Rocks, Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Heart, Alone
  • Jackyl, The Lumberjack
  • Kix, Don’t Close Your Eyes
  • Loudness, Crazy Nights
  • Yngwie Malmsteen, Heaven Tonight
  • Madam X, High in High School
  • Motley Crue, Dr Feelgood
  • Motley Crue, Home Sweet Home
  • Nelson, Can’t Live Without Your Love & Affection or After the Rain
  • Ozzy Osbourne, Mama I’m Comin’ Home
  • Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford, Close My Eyes Forever
  • Poison, Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  • Poison, Talk Dirty To Me
  • Queensryche, Eyes of a Stranger
  • Quiet Riot, Cum on Feel the Noize
  • Ratt, Round and Round
  • David Lee Roth, Yankee Rose
  • Scorpions, Rock You Like a Hurricane
  • Skid Row, 18 and Life
  • Slaughter, Fly to the Angels
  • Stage Dolls, Love Cries
  • Stryper, To Hell With the Devil
  • Twisted Sister, We’re Not Gonna Take It
  • Van Halen, Panama
  • Vixen, Edge of a Broken Heart
  • Warlock, All We Are
  • Warrant, Cherry Pie
  • W.A.S.P., I Wanna Be Somebody
  • White Lion, Wait
  • Whitesnake, Here I Go Again
  • Winger, Seventeen
  • Zebra, Tell Me What You Want

 

  • The remaining songs will be decided via play-in games in the January and February tournaments.

Inclusion methodology: songs must be in the style and genre of hair metal, meaning that they were released from roughly 1983-1992, which is about when grunge and the 90s ended the era, at least for most mainstream listeners. Songs feature shreddy, ostentatious guitar solos, big hair, and flashy outfits. As "hair metal" as a genre is one dependent on video, all songs in the tournament must have had videos (and must have them available online). The Committee is typically excluding Serious Metal outfits like Metallica or Iron Maiden unless they really took part in the tropes of the genre. Ditto straight-up hard rock acts like AC/DC or Judas Priest. We're less interested in artists' careers than in individual songs that play all the right notes, so you might see a hair metal song by a band with a longer and more distinguished non-hair-metal career in there. Suggestions? Hit us up on twitter or email


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