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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. (62 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
279 118
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

3
238 137
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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262 175
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Skid Row Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

5
270 154
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Cinderella Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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257 159
Poison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
236 152
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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121 37
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urmetaldj666 added Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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224 95
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Dokken Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

10
257 163
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
228 99
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
219 101
Warrant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Warrant Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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189 89
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Quiet Riot Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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238 105
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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166 101
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Tesla Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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163 122
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

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176 112
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

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163 104
Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Slaughter Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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89 17
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

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145 109
Great White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Great White Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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132 103
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Lita Ford Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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119 93
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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131 92
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Night Ranger Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad

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126 106
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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118 110
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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120 82
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

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59 20
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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69 64
Krokus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Krokus Heavy metal, Hard rock

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65 37
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90 124
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

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93 93
Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Damn Yankees Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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109 127
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Mr. Big Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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69 20
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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76 92
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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75 94
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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83 95
Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Danger Danger Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Hard rock

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59 88
Dangerous Toys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Dangerous Toys Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

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64 22
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Kiss Pop music, K-pop

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96 140
Steel Panther is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Steel Panther Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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26 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 12
Doro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

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54 105
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

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6 10
Dirty Looks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Dirty Looks Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

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40 86
Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Kingdom Come Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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24 37
Black 'N Blue is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
BrendanJohnson added Black 'N Blue Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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6 10
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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48 118
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Warlock Glam metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal

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28 20
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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56 79
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RobinGallego added Y&T

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65 80
Enuff Z'Nuff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Enuff Z'Nuff Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal