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The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists 

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Updated February 16, 2020 5.7k votes 839 voters 47.9k views 118 items

Over the years, the best shock rock bands have managed to rankle the status quo and scare people outside of the music fans. Shock rock, which incorporates elements of glam rock, hard rock and metal, is one of the most theatrical genres of rock music. The best shock rock bands are known for their edgy, over-the-top live performances. Shock rock peaked in the 1970s when some of the top shock rock bands emerged and the sensational shows laid the groundwork for bands to come in the future.

So, who can be considered the best shock rock bands? For starters, any list of shock rock bands can't be complete without the likes shock rock artists like Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. Though Osbourne may be known more as a heavy metal and hard rock singer, his antics on-stage fall in line with the definition of what shock rock is. As for Cooper, with his use of imagery and makeup, he helped pave the way for the likes KISS and GWAR and other shock rock bands. 

That said, it's up to you to determind wha tare the best shock rock bands. Taking a look at this poll, all shock rock bands should be included on here. This list answers the questions "who are the best shock rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest shock 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 shock rock bands that you might've heard of. (118 items)
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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Lordi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Slayer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Dee Snider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists