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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292 52
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

2
138 76
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

3
120 76
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

4
52 21
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

5
95 60
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

6
39 19
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

7
29 12
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

8
27 11
Mercyful Fate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

9
91 78
Lordi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Glam metal, Progressive metal

10
97 86
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

11
83 72
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

12
24 10
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

13
67 62
Dee Snider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal

14
13 2
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

15
56 61
GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Spoken word, Rock music, Garage rock

16
37 39
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
16 13
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

18
42 47
Mushroomhead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Nu metal, Electro-industrial

19
33 36
Demented Are Go! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Psychobilly, Shock rock, Punk rock

20
19 18
Anal Cunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Noise music

21
15 13
Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black metal, Heavy metal

22
31 35
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

23
4 0
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

24
5 2
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
14 14
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

26
23 27
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

27
17 19
Cannibal Corpse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Brutal death metal, Death metal

28
10 10
Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

29
15 17
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

30
3 1
L.A. Guns is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock

31
3 1
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

32
3 1
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

33
29 37
Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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

35
45 60
I.D.S.F.A. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
idsfa paul added Shock Metal, Shock Rock, Punk Metal

36
9 11
Gorgoroth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black metal, Heavy metal

37
8 10
Skinny Puppy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Synthpop, Industrial rock

38
25 34
Arthur Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Shock rock, Rock and roll

39
2 2
Faster Pussycat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Glam metal, Industrial metal, Industrial rock

40
2 2
Body Count is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Thrash metal

41
6 8
Marduk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Black metal, Heavy metal, Blackened death metal

42
1 1
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

43
1 1
Adam Ant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added New Wave, Pop music, Power pop

44
1 1
Gothminister is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Synth rock

45
1 1
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
1 1
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk

47
1 1
Le Butcherettes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
dan808 added Garage punk, Garage rock, Punk rock

48
17 25
The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock

49
5 8
Rotting Christ is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

50
22 34
Dave Brockie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shock Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Shock rock, Heavy metal