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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281 52
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

2
135 76
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

3
118 76
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

4
51 20
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

5
94 59
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

6
37 17
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

7
25 10
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

8
89 77
Lordi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Lordi Horror punk, Glam metal, Progressive metal

9
26 12
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

10
95 85
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

11
81 72
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
W.A.S.P. Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

12
67 59
Dee Snider is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Dee Snider Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

13
21 10
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

14
10 1
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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16 11
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

16
56 60
GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
GG Allin Spoken word, Rock music, Garage rock

17
19 15
Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Anal Cunt Rock music, Folk music, Noise music

18
42 46
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Mushroomhead Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

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14 11
Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Mayhem Black metal, Heavy metal

20
33 35
Demented Are Go! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Demented Are Go! Psychobilly, Shock rock, Punk rock

21
35 39
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

22
17 17
Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Cannibal Corpse Brutal death metal, Death metal

23
30 34
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

24
4 1
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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13 13
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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22 26
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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9 9
Gorgoroth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gorgoroth Black metal, Heavy metal

28
14 16
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Slayer Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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2 0
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Billy Idol New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

30
2 0
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

31
2 0
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added L.A. Guns Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

32
2 0
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

33
2 0
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
2 0
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Faster Pussycat Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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45 59
I.D.S.F.A. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
idsfa paul added I.D.S.F.A. Shock Metal, Shock Rock, Punk Metal

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28 37
Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Lizzy Borden Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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25 33
Arthur Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Arthur Brown Rock music, Shock rock, Rock and roll

38
1 0
Adam Ant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Adam Ant New Wave, Pop music, Power pop

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1 0
Hanoi Rocks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Hanoi Rocks Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1 0
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

41
1 0
Le Butcherettes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Le Butcherettes Garage punk, Garage rock, Punk rock

42
1 0
Gothminister is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Gothminister Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Synth rock

43
1 0
Deathstars is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Deathstars Glam metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

44
1 0
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

45
8 10
Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Behemoth Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

46
7 9
Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Skinny Puppy Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

47
5 7
Marduk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Marduk Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

48
16 25
The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
The Amazing World of Arthur Brown Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock

49
2 5
Evil Blizzard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
punksnotdead added Evil Blizzard

50
3 7
The Berzerker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
The Berzerker Deathgrind, Heavy metal, Extreme metal