This just in: Metal heads saying metal subgenres aren't metal. This shit has been going on for forever. First it was glam, then it was nu-metal, now it's metalcore, blackgaze, and pop acts like Ghost.
Quit being an elitist.
Hair metal is NOT metal, it's pop-oriented hard rock. But to be honest, I like some of this music. Sure, it was dumb and carefree but that's part of its appeal and musically, it was not as bad as its reputation. And I'm a 30-year old guy who never actually lived the hair metal days so it's not a nostalgia thing.