Glam Metal. These two words have had a long and strange journey over the years. From their stint in the ’80s when Glam Metal ruled the world, to the disastrous decade of the ’90s when Grunge killed this once fabled genre, and back to the present day where Glam Metal is making a resurgence across the U.S. and around the world.
Guitar teacher and writer Jim E. James has compiled a list of 10 Glam Metal album that all rock guitarists should have in their collections. If you think we’ve missed some, or want to add any to this list fell free to comment below.
And now the list. (In no particular order).
David Lee Roth – Eat ‘em and Smile
Steve Vai was firing on all cylinders with this 1986 album. Produced by Ted Temple man, the producer behind the Roth-era Van Halen albums, this is often referred to by fans as “the best album Van Halen never recorded”. And while Steve Vai definitely quotes readily from the Gospel of St. Eddie, this whole record manages to be adventurous, unafraid and wildly original, with Billy Sheehan’s crazy bass antics and Roth’s affinity for the Rat Pack putting a bold, fun and trashy new spin on Rock.
Ratt — Out of the Cellar
Mötley Crüe — Shout at the Devil
Skid Row — Skid Row
Poison — Look What the cat dragged In
Twisted Sister — Stay Hungry
Whitesnake — 1987
Faster Pussycat — Faster Pussycat
Guns N’ Roses — Appetite for Destruction
Vinnie Vincent Invasion — Vinnie Vincent Invasion