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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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396 172
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
247 142
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

3
283 155
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
271 181
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

5
283 128
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
264 164
Poison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
143 41
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8
244 157
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

9
230 100
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

10
236 103
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
225 105
Warrant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
197 92
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
259 171
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
240 112
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

15
172 103
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

16
171 125
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

17
184 117
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

18
166 107
Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
97 19
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

20
150 115
Great White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

21
137 106
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

22
125 96
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

23
130 110
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
134 98
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad

25
126 84
White Lion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

26
121 116
Stryper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Rock music

27
65 25
Dio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

28
73 41
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29
71 70
Krokus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Heavy metal, Hard rock

30
97 97
Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
94 129
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

32
113 133
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

33
73 22
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

34
78 96
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

35
74 27
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Pop music, K-pop

36
64 90
Dangerous Toys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

37
87 99
Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Hard rock

38
77 99
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock

39
99 143
Steel Panther is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock

40
29 23
Sammy Hagar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

41
15 18
Doro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

42
12 13
Every Mother's Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Heavy metal, Hard rock

43
44 90
Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

44
28 40
Black 'N Blue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
BrendanJohnson added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

45
56 108
Bang Tango is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

46
53 121
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Traditional heavy metal

47
9 15
Dirty Looks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

48
32 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
57 82
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50
68 81
Enuff Z'Nuff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal