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Glam metal

genre of heavy metal music

Glam metal (also known as hair metal, sleaze metal[1] and pop metal) is a hard rock/heavy metal subgenre. It combines punk rock with pop music. It became popular in the 1970s and 1980s.[2] But it became less popular in the 1990s. This was because grunge music was getting more popular.[3]

Glam Metal
Stylistic originsHeavy metal, hard rock, pop music, punk rock, glam rock
Cultural originsLate 1970s, early 1980s in Los Angeles and New York
Typical instrumentsBass guitars, drums, electric guitars, keyboards

Some bands of this genre include:


  1. Steven Blush, American hair metal (Los Angeles: Feral House, 2006), p. 8
  2. Philip Auslander, Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006), p. 232
  3. Olivia Forman (30 July 2014). "Watch Beastie Boys' Mike D Praise the Influence of Grunge". Spin. Retrieved 25 August 2014.

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