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.

the first 56 in

  • 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 — ___________
  • 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 or After the Rain — 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 — __________
  • White Lion, Wait — James Charlesworth
  • Whitesnake, Here I Go Again — Lisa Wells
  • Winger, Seventeen — Dan Shapiro
  • Zebra, Tell Me What You Want — Will Slattery

The remaining songs will be decided via play-in games in the January and February tournaments, with essays to be written about them on somewhat shorter notice.

Play-in songs for the last 8 spots (current longlist; suggestions welcomed):

  • Krokus, Eat the Rich
  • Tigertailz, Love Bomb Baby
  • Blue Murder, Valley of the Kings
  • Pretty Boy Floyd, unsure which song just yet
  • Tesla, Love Song; or Modern Day Cowboy (more hair metally)
  • Sleeze Beez, Stranger than Paradise
  • Helix, Wild in the Streets
  • TNT, 10,000 Lovers
  • Lizzy Borden, Me Against the World
  • Enuff Z Nuff, Fly High Michelle or New Thing
  • LA guns, The Ballad of Jayne
  • Firehouse, All She Wrote
  • Y&T, Contagious or Summertime Girls, Lipstick and Leather
  • Dangerous Toys, Teas’n Pleas’n
  • Junkyard, Hollywood
  • XYZ, Inside Out
  • Bulletboys, Smooth Up in Ya
  • King Kobra, Hunger
  • Danger Danger, Naughty Naughty
  • Lynch Mob, Wicked Sensation
  • Trixter, One in a Million
  • Shotgun Messiah, Shout It Out
  • Lillian Axe, Show a Little Love
  • Vain, Who’s Watching You
  • Roxx Gang, something by
  • Tyketto, Forever Young
  • Gorky Park, Bang
  • Nitro, Freight Train
  • Leatherwolf, The Calling
  • Killer Dwarfs, Dirty Weapons
  • Electric Boys, Hips and Lips

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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