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. (111 items)
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1
306 53
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

2
141 77
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

3
121 79
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

4
54 23
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

5
97 63
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

6
39 23
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

7
31 15
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

8
28 13
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

9
91 80
Lordi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Glam metal, Progressive metal

10
98 88
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

11
25 11
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

12
84 74
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

13
67 64
Dee Snider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

14
14 4
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

15
56 63
GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Spoken word, Rock music, Garage rock

16
38 41
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

17
34 36
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

18
16 15
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

19
42 49
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

20
33 38
Demented Are Go! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Psychobilly, Shock rock, Punk rock

21
19 20
Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Noise music

22
15 15
Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black metal, Heavy metal

23
6 4
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
5 3
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

25
24 29
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

26
4 2
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
14 16
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

28
16 19
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

29
46 61
I.D.S.F.A. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
idsfa paul added Shock Metal, Shock Rock, Punk Metal

30
17 21
Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Brutal death metal, Death metal

31
10 12
Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

32
29 39
Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

33
2 1
Deathstars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

34
26 35
Arthur Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Shock rock, Rock and roll

35
3 3
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

36
3 3
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

37
3 3
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

38
9 12
Gorgoroth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black metal, Heavy metal

39
2 2
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

40
8 11
Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

41
2 3
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

42
6 9
Marduk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

43
1 2
Gothminister is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Synth rock

44
1 2
Le Butcherettes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Garage punk, Garage rock, Punk rock

45
1 2
Hanoi Rocks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
17 26
The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock

47
1 3
Adam Ant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added New Wave, Pop music, Power pop

48
1 3
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

49
5 9
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

50
22 35
Dave Brockie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal