the full 2018 march shredness bracket is below

but first, sixteen songs will play-in for eight remaining spots, beginning 1/29:

  • 1/29: Krokus, Eat the Rich VS Danger Danger, Naughty Naughty
  • 1/30: Vain, Who’s Watching You VS Dangerous Toys, Teas’n Pleas’n
  • 1/31: Lizzy Borden, Me Against the World VS Tigertailz, Love Bomb Baby
  • 2/1: Blue Murder, Valley of the Kings VS Pretty Boy Floyd, Rock & Roll
  • 2/2: Helix, Wild in the Streets VS Sleeze Beez, Stranger than Paradise
  • 2/3: Tesla, Love Song vs Bulletboys, Smooth Up in Ya 
  • 2/4: TNT, 10,000 Lovers VS Firehouse, All She Wrote
  • 2/5: Enuff Z Nuff, Fly High Michelle VS LA guns, The Ballad of Jayne

(Writers still needed for the winners of the play-in games, so if you're interested, hit us up.)

now to the bracket

(A fillable excel bracket here. Email yours, filled out, to marchxness--at--thediagram.com before games begin 3/1 to enter.)

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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.

    & our writers are

    • Aerosmith, Rag Doll — Amorak Huey
    • Autograph, Turn Up the Radio — Mark Ehling
    • Bang Tango, Someone Like You — Hanif Abdurraqib
    • Bon Jovi, Livin on a Prayer — Lisa O'Neill
    • Bon Jovi, Wanted Dead or Alive — Laura CJ Owen
    • Britny Fox, Girlschool — Brad Efford
    • Cinderella, Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone — Ander Monson
    • Cinderella, Gypsy Road — Dan Gibson
    • Alice Cooper, Poison — Nick Ward
    • The Cult, Fire Woman — Raquel Gutierrez
    • Damn Yankees, High Enough — Michael Schaub
    • Def Leppard, Rock of Ages — Drew Burk
    • Def Leppard, Pour Some Sugar on Me — Elena Passarello
    • Dokken, Dream Warriors — Steven Church
    • Europe, The Final Countdown — Nick Greer
    • Faster Pussycat, Poison Ivy — Amy Rossi
    • Femme Fatale, Falling Out of Love — Leah Sottile
    • Fifth Angel, Time Will Tell — Josh Borgmann
    • Lita Ford, Kiss Me Deadly — Beth Nguyen
    • GNR, Welcome to the Jungle — John Melillo
    • GNR, Paradise City — Karyna McGlynn
    • Great White, Once Bitten Twice Shy — Kristine Mahler
    • Grim Reaper, Rock You to Hell — Ryan Grandick
    • Hanoi Rocks, Boulevard of Broken Dreams — Adrian Smith
    • Heart, Alone — Susan Briante
    • Jackyl, The Lumberjack — Lawrence Lenhart
    • Kix, Don’t Close Your Eyes — Gabriel Palacios
    • Loudness, Crazy Nights — Todd Kaneko
    • Yngwie Malmsteen, Heaven Tonight — Martin Seay
    • Madam X, High in High School — Aurelie Sheehan
    • Motley Crue, Dr Feelgood — Jennifer Rice Epstein
    • Motley Crue, Home Sweet Home — Cybele Knowles
    • Nelson, Can’t Live Without Your Love & Affection — Joni Tevis
    • Ozzy Osbourne, Mama I’m Comin’ Home — Andy Segedi
    • Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford, Close My Eyes Forever — Matthew Conley
    • Poison, Every Rose Has Its Thorn — Katie Jean Shinkle
    • Poison, Talk Dirty To Me — Janine Arnett
    • Queensryche, Eyes of a Stranger — Mark Athitakis
    • Quiet Riot, Cum on Feel the Noize — Garrett Caples
    • Ratt, Round and Round — Brian Oliu
    • David Lee Roth, Yankee Rose — Kirk Wisland
    • Scorpions, Rock You Like a Hurricane — Matt Fredrickson
    • Skid Row, 18 and Life — Jennifer Gravley
    • Slaughter, Fly to the Angels — Natasha Padilla
    • Stage Dolls, Love Cries — Kenneth Caldwell
    • Stryper, To Hell With the Devil — David LeGault
    • Twisted Sister, We’re Not Gonna Take It — Kathleen Rooney
    • Van Halen, Panama — Joe Bonomo
    • Vixen, Edge of a Broken Heart — Chelsea Biondolillo
    • Warlock, All We Are — Megan Campbell
    • Warrant, Cherry Pie — Dan Kois
    • W.A.S.P., I Wanna Be Somebody — Jonathon Reinhardt
    • White Lion, Wait — James Charlesworth
    • Whitesnake, Here I Go Again — Lisa Wells
    • Winger, Seventeen — Dan Shapiro
    • Zebra, Tell Me What You Want — Will Slattery

    We do, however, still need writers for the winners of the play-in games, so if you're interested, send us a note.

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