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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. (71 items)

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278 121
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

2
204 144
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

3
260 203
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
139 132
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

5
149 145
Sweet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Sweet Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

6
88 76
Slade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Slade Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
141 127
Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Roxy Music New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

8
73 59
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

9
142 163
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
110 107
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

11
58 59
Sparks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Sparks Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

12
51 53
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
vinekayh added Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
100 93
Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Mott the Hoople Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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47 59
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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39 51
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Suzi Quatro Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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76 99
Poison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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36 42
The Arrows is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added The Arrows Pop music, Rock music, Glam rock

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31 44
Wizzard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Wizzard Rock music, Glam rock

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58 92
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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81 108
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

21
61 92
Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Ian Hunter Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

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72 104
Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Bryan Ferry New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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26 41
Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
carlybobarly added Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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61 104
Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Bay City Rollers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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73 97
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Brian Eno Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

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27 46
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urmetaldj666 added Bachmann Turner Overdrive

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22 48
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
jonathandavis added Faster Pussycat Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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19 45
The Glitter Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added The Glitter Band Pop music, Rock music, Glam rock

The Best Rock Vocalists

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78 119
The Darkness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The Darkness Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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22 33
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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20 47
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urmetaldj666 added Mud

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40 92
Gary Glitter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Gary Glitter Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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2 11
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Grand Funk Railroad Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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20 43
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urmetaldj666 added Rubettes

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8 2
Spiders from Mars is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
PaulJB added Spiders from Mars

21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

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14 43
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urmetaldj666 added Hello

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12 29
David Essex is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added David Essex Pop music, Musical theatre

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3 15
Geordie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Geordie Blues-rock, Rock music, Glam rock

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13 50
Pretty Boy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
jonathandavis added Pretty Boy Floyd Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

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30 80
Hanoi Rocks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Hanoi Rocks Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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16 33
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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77 147
Adam Lambert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Adam Lambert Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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17 38
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Adam and The Ants New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

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2 1
HIM is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added HIM Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

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2 5
Every Mother's Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Every Mother's Nightmare Heavy metal, Hard rock

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42 115
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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8 33
Suede is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Kenny Cheong added Suede Britpop, Alternative rock, Glam rock

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25 81
Steel Panther is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Steel Panther Glam metal, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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3 9
Sailor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Sailor Pop music

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6 34
Alvin Stardust is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Alvin Stardust Pop music, Musical theatre, Rock and roll