music The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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Not to be confused with it's music genre cousin, glam metal, glam rock is one the best and most exciting branches of rock music. Glam rock bands generally featured flamboyant frontmen and outrageous, over-the-top clothes and sonically, they combined traditional rock music with the avant-garde sound of experimental rock. Most of the glam rock (or glitter rock) bands saw their popularity peak in the 1970s, which saw a number of the best glam rock bands emerge. Their outfits often added to their theatrical live performances, that endeared to them to fans of glam rock.

So, what are the best glam rock bands? Well, any list of glam rock bands will span generations and will include the likes of Queen, Alice Cooper, Mother Love Bone, KISS and Marilyn Manson. These bands, though vilified initially by conservative groups, are some of the most beloved figures in rock history and are considered among the greatest rock bands of all time. Between their live shows, catchy songs and knack for the absurd, glam rock bands live on in the pantheon of rock greats because of their ability to push the boundaries of rock music. That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best glam rock bands. Even if they aren't as well known as their contemporaries, glam rock bands should be on this list regardless of popularity. This list answers the questions "who are the best glam rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest glam rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular glam rock bands that you might've heard of. (64 items)

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music Heavy metal

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music Folk rock

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Slade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Slade Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Sweet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Sweet Bubblegum pop, Pop music Rock music

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock Shock rock

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Roxy Music New Wave, Rock music Protopunk

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The Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The Darkness Glam metal, Classic rock Rock music

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul Spoken word

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music Rock music

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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Sparks Synthpunk, Synthpop New Wave

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Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Mott the Hoople Rock music, Soul rock Glam rock

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Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Bryan Ferry New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Suzi Quatro Bubblegum pop, Pop music Rock music

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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk Glam punk

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Wizzard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Wizzard Rock music, Glam rock

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Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Bay City Rollers Bubblegum pop, Pop music Rock music

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Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Ian Hunter Rock music, Glam rock Hard rock

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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The B-52's New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock Experimental classical music

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Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock Glam punk

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The Glitter Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The Glitter Band Pop music, Rock music Glam rock

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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera Rock music

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Mud

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock Rock music

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Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Adam Lambert Pop music, Rock music Electronic music

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David Essex is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
David Essex Pop music, Musical theatre

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Suede is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Suede Britpop, Alternative rock Glam rock

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Silverhead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Silverhead

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Showaddywaddy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Showaddywaddy Rock music, Rock and roll

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Barry Blue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Barry Blue Pop music

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Poison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Poison Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Shabby Tiger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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Alvin Stardust is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Alvin Stardust Pop music, Musical theatre Rock and roll

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John Kongos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
John Kongos Rock music

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Black Veil Brides is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Black Veil Brides Glam metal, Rock music Shock rock

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Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Faster Pussycat Glam metal, Industrial metal Industrial rock

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The Arrows is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The Arrows Pop music, Rock music Glam rock

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Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal Rock music

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Gary Glitter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Gary Glitter Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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Pretty Boy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Pretty Boy Floyd Glam metal, Rock music Hard rock

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Racey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Racey Pop music