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The Best Glam Metal Bands 

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The 1980s offered music listeners a new type of sound in terms of glam bands. Before, people glam bands meant over-the-top performances by rock bands. In the decade of excess, glam metal became the next big thing. Fusing hard rock and heavy metal, the best glam metal bands have songs that are still popular today, years after the initial release of those tracks. Glam metal bands put on decadent live shows and their wardrobes were as excessive as their guitar solos. 

So who are the best glam metal bands? If you're starting a list of glam metal bands, you'd need to include the likes of Motley Crue, Skid Row and Ratt. These bands are known to many as some of the top glam metal bands whose music is still looked back fondly by music fans of their time. Many of these bands saw their popularity peak in the mid-1980s, except the Crue, who can rightfully claim to be one of the best glam metal bands.

That said, determining who should be considered among the top glam metal bands isn't easy, but this poll of readers should determine that. This list answers the questions "who are the best glam metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest glam metal 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 metal bands that you might've heard of. If you notice a glam band missing, feel free to add them because this should include all glam metal bands. This list of glam metal bands should feature new glam metal bands like The Darkness and Steel Panther as well. (95 items)
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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Ratt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Poison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Dokken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Tesla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Warrant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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The Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Great White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
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Dio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands