Bands/Musicians 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. (97 items)
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513 190
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
2
281 76
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urmetaldj666 added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
3
330 211
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
4
329 188
Poison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
5
338 184
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
6
298 173
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
7
331 162
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
8
275 119
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music
9
288 185
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music
10
280 126
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
11
266 132
Warrant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
12
303 205
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
13
227 118
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
14
277 134
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
15
201 143
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock
16
198 125
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
17
212 143
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
18
142 33
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
19
186 129
Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
20
149 114
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock
21
170 137
Great White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock
22
153 126
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
23
151 127
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
24
149 103
White Lion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music
25
148 117
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad