9. Skid Row - Skid Row
By the time the '80s entered its last years, hair metal really needed to die. Once the titans like Motley Crue and Bon Jovi were starting to work beyond the typical pop anthems that made them famous, the run of the mill hair metal acts didn't really have a prayer anymore. Just when you thought that the well of quality had dried up, these couple of buds from Jersey had a few tricks up their sleeve.
Assembled by "Snake" Sabo and Rachel Bolan, Skid Row gave hair metal a smack in the mouth on their first record. Completed with a little help from Jon Bon Jovi, the addition of screamer Sebastian Bach sent these guys into the stratosphere, as songs like 18 and Life started to grace every radio station you came across.
Even though the death knell had firmly been sounded for hair metal at the start of the '90s, Skid Row also don't get as much respect for getting heavier on their next album Slave to the Grind, which kept the hair metal aesthetics while adding a more muscly groove into the mix. The days for hair metal were numbered by the time this record hit shelves, but for a final artistic gasp from a dying genre, you can certainly do a lot worse than this.