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Who do you think are the best glam rock bands in history? Not to be confused with its music genre cousin, glam metal, glam rock is one the best and most exciting branches of rock music. Glam rock bands generally featured flamboyant frontmen and outrageous, over-the-top clothes and sonically, they combined traditional rock music with the avant-garde sound of experimental rock. Most of the glam rock (or glitter rock) bands saw their popularity peak in the 1970s, which saw a number of the best glam rock bands emerge. Their outfits often added to their theatrical live performances, that endeared to them to fans of glam rock.

So, what are the best glam rock bands? Well, any list of glam rock bands will span generations and will include the likes of Queen, Alice Cooper, Mother Love Bone, KISS and Marilyn Manson. These bands, though vilified initially by conservative groups, are some of the most beloved figures in rock history and are considered among the greatest rock bands of all time. Between their live shows, catchy songs and knack for the absurd, glam rock bands live on in the pantheon of rock greats because of their ability to push the boundaries of rock music. That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best glam rock bands. Even if they aren't as well known as their contemporaries, glam rock bands should be on this list regardless of popularity. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best glam rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest glam rock 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 rock bands that you might've heard of. 

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325 137
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

2
216 152
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

3
250 163
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

4
321 218
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
189 160
Sweet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

6
162 144
Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

7
96 73
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

8
126 118
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

9
63 72
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

10
71 72
Sparks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

11
117 100
Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

12
67 69
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
vinekayh added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
51 64
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

14
42 51
The Arrows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Pop music, Rock music, Glam rock

15
97 115
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

16
35 52
Wizzard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Rock music, Glam rock

17
71 99
Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

18
82 110
Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

19
67 110
Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

20
25 50
The Glitter Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Pop music, Rock music, Glam rock

21
79 104
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

22
29 52
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23
8 15
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

24
32 38
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
27 52
Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
carlybobarly added Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music