Editors' Notes Hair metal may have produced a ton of anthems celebrating debauchery, but the genre’s biggest chart hits are in fact its ballads. Over the course of the ’80s and early ’90s, hair-metal bands developed two distinct approaches. The first, inspired by ’70s power ballads from Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, utilizes piercing vocals, wailing guitars, and sweeping arrangements to convey tales of lost love (see: the lighter-waving epics of Guns N’ Roses) or weary odes to the hardships of touring life (exemplified by the blue-collar-minded Bon Jovi). The second approach, in contrast, eschews high-decibel acrobatics for hushed intimacy. The most famous example is surely Extreme’s “More Than Words,” with its gentle acoustic picking and flowing harmonies. But Mr. Big, Warrant, and White Lion also achieved commercial gold with tender variations on this theme.