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The Best Sleaze Rock Bands

Sleaze rock has a number of connotations associated with it, but the one most common is its association with the hair metal and hard rock movements of the the 1980s. Combining elements of those genres with glam rock, sleaze rock bands were wildly popular during their heyday. A lot of these bands ruled rock radio and were associated with the Sunset Strip scene of Los Angeles. Their songs talked about, well, you guessed it, sleazy topics primarily excess and decadence. This is what help define sleaze rock and their legacies live on today.

So, what are the best sleaze rock bands? For starters, you need to include the likes of Motley Crue, Skid Row, Hanoi Rocks and L.A. Guns on this list. These are some of the most well known sleaze rock bands and with good reason. Their songs have managed to endure and outlive that initial era of popularity. The best sleaze rock bands still managed to tour and sell out arenas and ampitheatres while headlining hard rock festivals as well.

That said it's up to you to decide what are the best sleaze rock bands. If you notice a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best sleaze rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest sleaze 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 sleaze rock bands that you might've heard of. (42 items)

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    Cocked & Loaded, Hollywood Vampires, L.A. Guns

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    Girls Girls Girls, Shout at the Devil, Dr. Feelgood

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    Skid Row, Slave to the Grind, Subhuman Race

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    Whipped!, Wake Me When It's Over, Faster Pussycat

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    Two Steps From the Move, Oriental Beat, Back to Mystery City

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    Rest in Sleaze, The Unattractive Revolution, Generation Wild

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    Hardcore Superstar, Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves), Bad Sneakers ...

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    Dangerous Toys, Hellacious Acres, Pissed

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    In the Dynamite Jet Saloon, Errol Flynn, When Bastards Go to Hell

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    Second Coming, Shotgun Messiah, Violent New Breed

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    A Bit of What You Fancy, Bitter Sweet & Twisted, This Is Rock 'n' Roll ...

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    Buckcherry, 15, Time Bomb

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    No Respect, On the Line, Enough Rope

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    Total 13, Making Enemies Is Good, People Like People Like People Like Us ...

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    Blackout in the Red Room, Wasted in America, Let's Rumble

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    The Demos, Lit Up / Let Down, Reverse Tripped

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    Get Used to It, Pain & Suffering, Pain

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    Drinkin' T.N.T. And Smoking' Dynamite, Things You've Never Done Before, ...

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    Nothing Compares to You, We Are the Ones to Fall, Relentless Renegades

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    Tattooed Beat Messiah, I Am Rock, The Friday Rock Show Sessions: Live at ...

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    Bezerk, Young and Crazy, Wazbones

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    Young Man's Blues, Rock City Angels

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    Devils, Wasting the Dawn, Savage Garden

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    Killing Time, Wasted Youth, My Number: Anthology

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    Stakk Attakk, The Biz Suxx, Delirium

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    Social Intercourse, Social Intercourse, Smashed Gladys

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    Cruel Intention, Heroes for Sale, Vicious

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    Deadboys in Trash City

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    We Reserve the Right, High in High School

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    Horse London

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    Bleeding Hearts and Needle Marks, No Time for Nursery Rhymes

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    Jethearts was founded in late 2009 in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. The story goes as usual: four friends decide they want to play Hard Rock, so they form a band. Their music is best described as

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    In a music world dominated by Top 40, It’s nice to know Rock and Roll is still alive and kickin’ in NYC, thanks to Sweet Cyanide! After three successful album releases, Sweet Cyanide returned to

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    21st Century Pirates, Evel Knievel Factor, Dead Decade

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    Five Wicked Ways

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    Thirty Six Hours Later, Nowhere Ride EP, The Chelsea Smiles

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    Pure Rubbish

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