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

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134 74
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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117 75
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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48 17
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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92 59
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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34 16
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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89 77
Lordi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Lordi Horror punk, Glam metal, Progressive metal

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24 10
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Mercyful Fate Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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94 85
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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25 12
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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67 58
Dee Snider is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Dee Snider Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

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80 72
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
W.A.S.P. Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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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

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16 11
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

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

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19 15
Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Anal Cunt Rock music, Folk music, Noise music

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42 46
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Mushroomhead Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

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33 35
Demented Are Go! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Demented Are Go! Psychobilly, Shock rock, Punk rock

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13 10
Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Mayhem Black metal, Heavy metal

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17 16
Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Cannibal Corpse Brutal death metal, Death metal

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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

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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28 33
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Gorgoroth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gorgoroth Black metal, Heavy metal

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Body Count is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Body Count Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

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Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Faster Pussycat Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added L.A. Guns Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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45 59
I.D.S.F.A. is listed (or ranked) 31 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) 32 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Lizzy Borden Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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20 26
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 33 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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25 33
Arthur Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Arthur Brown Rock music, Shock rock, Rock and roll

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Billy Idol New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Deathstars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Deathstars Glam metal, Industrial metal, Gothic metal

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Hanoi Rocks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Hanoi Rocks Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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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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Gothminister is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Gothminister Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Synth rock

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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

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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

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

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Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Behemoth Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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7 9
Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Skinny Puppy Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

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12 16
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Slayer Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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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

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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

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

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Deicide is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Deicide Heavy metal, Death metal