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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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297 129
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
226 152
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

3
287 211
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

4
158 142
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

5
167 151
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
150 135
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
81 65
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
116 114
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
55 63
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
63 66
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
107 97
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
56 61
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
42 60
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
38 47
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
32 47
Wizzard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Rock music, Glam rock

16
87 112
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

17
64 96
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
78 105
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
22 46
The Glitter Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Pop music, Rock music, Glam rock

20
62 108
Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

21
75 99
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
28 49
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27 47
Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
carlybobarly added Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

24
5 12
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

25
26 34
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

26
45 92
Gary Glitter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

27
21 49
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11 3
Spiders from Mars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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14 30
David Essex is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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20 44
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14 44
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19 35
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

33
3 16
Geordie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Glam rock

34
20 39
Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
New Wave, Gothic rock, Glam punk

35
2 2
HIM is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Alex Gaginsky added Gothic rock, Rock music, Gothic metal

36
7 35
Alvin Stardust is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Pop music, Musical theatre, Rock and roll

37
8 34
Suede is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Kenny Cheong added Britpop, Alternative rock, Glam rock

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4 10
Sailor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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5 30
Silverhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time

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6 34
Showaddywaddy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
urmetaldj666 added Rock music, Rock and roll

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4 27
Racey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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7 40
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4 28
Barry Blue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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4 33
Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
davmgil added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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3 28
Shabby Tiger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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16 82
Tokio Hotel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Teen pop

47
3 30
John Kongos is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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48
11 67
Malfunkshun is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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3 35
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8 62
Foxy Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock