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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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433 181
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
220 53
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3
303 168
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
291 192
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

5
263 155
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
305 143
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
289 175
Poison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
248 107
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

9
261 169
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

10
254 114
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
241 116
Warrant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
209 101
Quiet Riot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
279 187
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
256 120
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

15
181 112
Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

16
182 132
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

17
195 128
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

18
116 27
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands

19
173 116
Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
158 127
Great White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

21
137 103
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

22
141 117
Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
136 91
White Lion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

24
141 106
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad

25
137 119
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Glam Metal Bands
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal