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Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

See also: Top 20 Hair Metal Albums Of All Time: The Complete List

It's hair metal week on West Coast Sound! And it's hard to imagine a greater enthusiast for the genre than Chuck Klosterman. His 2001 music memoir Fargo Rock City does an exemplary job of examining what was great about the cock rock era. (It might well be the only serious book-length treatise on the subject.) It also gets into his one-time obsession with Lita Ford, above, who "made me think about sexy women as people -- not just as the subject of some long-haired guy's lyrics."

In the process of putting together our top 20 hair metal albums list -- which we're counting down this week -- we compiled suggestions from writers around the country. We were honored to get input from Klosterman, and you can see his top 25 below. Oh, and check out his most recent novel, The Visible Man, which concerns a character possessing the technology to make himself invisible. Does he use it to visit Lita Ford in her boudoir? There's only one way to find out.

Chuck Klosterman's top 25 hair metal albums

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

24. The Cult

Electric (1987)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

23. Living Colour

Vivid (1988)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

22. Ratt

Out Of The Cellar (1984)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

21. Ozzy Osbourne

Bark At The Moon (1983)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

20. Britny Fox

Britny Fox (1988)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

19. Def Leppard

High N' Dry (1981)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

18. Tesla

The Great Radio Controversy (1989)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

17. David Lee Roth

Eat'Em And Smile (1986)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

16. Ace Frehley

Frehley's Comet (1987)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

15. KISS

Animalize (1984)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

14. Poison

Open Up And Say...Ahh! (1988)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

13. Ratt

Ratt (EP) (1983)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

12. Warrant

Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (1988)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

11. W.A.S.P.

Live...In The Raw (1987)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

10. Skid Row

Skid Row (1989)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

9. Cinderella

Long Cold Winter (1988)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

8. Motley Crue

Too Fast For Love (1981)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

7. Poison

Look What The Cat Dragged In (1986)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

6. Def Leppard

Pyromania (1983)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

5. Faster Pussycat

Faster Pussycat (1987)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

4. Guns N' Roses

G N' R Lies (1988)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

3. Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Invasion (1986)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

2. Motley Crue

Shout At The Devil (1983)

Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums

1. Guns N' Roses

Appetite For Destruction (1987)

See also:

*The Top 20 Hair Metal Albums Of All Time: #20-16

*The Top 20 Hair Metal Albums Of All Time: #15-11

*The Top 20 Hair Metal Albums Of All Time: #10-6