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The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time 

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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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Sweet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Mott the Hoople is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Foxy Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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The Velvet Underground ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Gary Glitter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Adam and The Ants is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Ian Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time
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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Glam Rock Bands & Artists of All Time