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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
424 178
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
197 47
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3
296 164
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
259 151
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
283 189
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

6
300 138
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
281 174
Poison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
255 164
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

9
241 107
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

10
247 112
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
236 114
Warrant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
207 99
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
272 184
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
250 119
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

15
179 130
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

16
177 111
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
193 125
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

18
110 25
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

19
171 114
Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
154 124
Great White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

21
133 100
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

22
140 112
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
134 116
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
134 89
White Lion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

25
138 104
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad

26
127 122
Stryper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music

27
71 34
Dio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

28
85 48
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29
101 133
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

30
84 26
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

31
74 77
Krokus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Hard rock

32
100 103
Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

33
117 140
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
83 100
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

35
88 33
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Pop music, K-pop

36
68 94
Dangerous Toys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

37
92 103
Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Hard rock

38
82 103
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock

39
34 27
Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

40
104 150
Steel Panther is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock

41
19 22
Doro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

42
35 43
Black 'N Blue is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
BrendanJohnson added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

43
15 18
Every Mother's Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Hard rock

44
49 95
Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

45
57 123
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal

46
59 112
Bang Tango is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

47
10 18
Dirty Looks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

48
37 25
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
62 85
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50
70 86
Enuff Z'Nuff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal