Hard Rock The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists  

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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. (113 items)
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1
350 57
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

2
148 81
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

3
63 26
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

4
126 84
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

5
104 66
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

6
28 5
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

7
34 13
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

8
34 17
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

9
44 28
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

10
102 91
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

11
29 15
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

12
93 83
Lordi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Glam metal, Progressive metal

13
85 78
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

14
42 36
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

15
68 67
Dee Snider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

16
63 64
GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Spoken word, Rock music, Garage rock

17
21 17
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
23 20
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

19
40 42
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

20
23 22
Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Noise music

21
23 23
Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Brutal death metal, Death metal

22
5 0
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rickster79 added Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

23
29 31
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

24
18 17
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

25
9 6
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music