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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. (66 items)
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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
273 115
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

3
250 153
Poison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
255 171
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Skid Row Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

5
231 133
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
262 153
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Cinderella Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
232 151
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

8
252 159
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
221 94
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Dokken Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

10
226 96
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
213 100
Warrant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Warrant Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
185 88
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Quiet Riot Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
113 36
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14
234 104
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Scorpions Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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162 101
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Tesla Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

16
160 121
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
L.A. Guns Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

17
171 112
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
W.A.S.P. Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

18
159 102
Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Slaughter Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
140 107
Great White is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Great White Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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83 16
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

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129 103
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Lita Ford Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

The Best Flowers to Give a Woman

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115 91
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Faster Pussycat Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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125 103
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
128 91
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Night Ranger Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad

25
113 109
Stryper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Stryper Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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117 80
White Lion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added White Lion Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

27
56 19
Dio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Dio Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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89 122
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

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106 124
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Mr. Big Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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90 91
Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Damn Yankees Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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62 34
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66 62
Krokus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Krokus Heavy metal, Hard rock

33
73 90
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

34
64 17
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

35
72 93
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Survivor Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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59 86
Dangerous Toys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Dangerous Toys Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

37
82 93
Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Danger Danger Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Hard rock

38
95 137
Steel Panther is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Steel Panther Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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58 22
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Kiss Pop music, K-pop

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23 20
Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Sammy Hagar Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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10 9
Doro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

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53 103
Bang Tango is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
dan808 added Bang Tango Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

The Best Metal Albums of 2018

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40 84
Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Kingdom Come Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

44
48 115
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Warlock Glam metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal

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6 8
Dirty Looks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Dirty Looks Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

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6 7
Every Mother's Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Every Mother's Nightmare Heavy metal, Hard rock

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22 35
Black 'N Blue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
BrendanJohnson added Black 'N Blue Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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30 24
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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26 18
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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54 77
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