Metal 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. (65 items)
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1
408 175
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
288 160
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

3
251 147
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
162 44
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5
272 185
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

6
271 169
Poison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
286 133
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
249 160
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

9
234 102
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

10
238 107
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
227 109
Warrant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
200 95
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
260 176
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
240 116
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

15
172 106
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

16
173 127
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

17
185 120
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

18
168 110
Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
100 22
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

20
152 119
Great White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

21
138 109
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

22
127 99
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

23
136 101
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad

24
131 113
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
128 86
White Lion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

26
124 119
Stryper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music

27
67 28
Dio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

28
76 43
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29
73 72
Krokus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Hard rock

30
97 132
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

31
76 23
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

32
97 100
Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

33
114 137
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
81 98
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

35
78 29
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Pop music, K-pop

36
66 92
Dangerous Toys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

37
80 101
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock

38
89 101
Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Hard rock

39
102 146
Steel Panther is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock

40
31 25
Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

41
17 20
Doro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

42
13 15
Every Mother's Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Hard rock

43
31 41
Black 'N Blue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
BrendanJohnson added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

44
47 92
Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

45
55 121
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal

46
10 15
Dirty Looks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

47
57 109
Bang Tango is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

48
33 23
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

49
59 82
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50
69 81
Enuff Z'Nuff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal