Top 10 Glam / Hair Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

Easily the best hair metal band. Guns N' Roses and Van Halen don't count; they're hard rock/heavy metal, not hair metal.

Easily the best hair metal band.


Love them

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2 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Definitely Leppard are classic hard rock!

Was the poster boy for 80s hard rock

Defined a generation.

I don’t consider def. Leppard, Scorpions, G-N-R, Skid Row, Pantera, W.A.S.P., Aerosmith and Motörhead glam bands. KISS and Motley Crue were glam for a short period of time, based on their look. True glam was groups like Poison, Cinderella, Dokken, Britny Fox, Stryper, Slaughter, Enuff Z enough and Bon Jovi. Twisted Sister was too big and brutal looking to be glam. I would have to give top glam band honors to Poison and Cinderella due to their look and sound.

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3 Poison Poison Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

Poison is the definition of glam metal

The band that wanted nothing but a good time

Motley Crue & Poison ruled Hair metal era

OK.Some people hates Poison But It's just because their girly look in ther album cover.They not acted like girls in their live shows or in real life.They should not be underrated.Because they made good songs

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4 Twisted Sister Twisted Sister Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.

Twisted Sister are actualy a Heavy Metal band.

We're not gonna take it, I Wanna Rock, The Kids are back, and what you don't know. All Classics

Best Glam metal band ever!

Best band ever. Why isn't it higher? And VH isn't glam, they're rock.

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5 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.

What Glam Metal band is still producing and selling records to this day like Bon Jovi? Get them up the list pronto

If I'm feeling gay enough to listen to hair I might as well be gay enough to listen to bon jovi

Besides having nice long hair, it's also about what's inside the band members. The band members in Motley Crue and Poison all act like psychopaths, but BJ is actually one of the only popular glam metal bands that act normally.

Most successful band in the history.

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6 Guns N Roses Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

More of a rock band. Guns N' Roses is a fantastic band anyhow.

One of the best hair metal bands ever

if slash was the #1 guitarist then his band should be too!

Don't vote for Guns n roses. They are not Hair metal. Hair metal is a music genre. It is not a Name used to describe bands with members having long hair and plays metal. Hair metal means Pop metal or Glam metal. They are the bands do music Combined with Pop and metal, and probably they will wear fancy clothes and make up. Guns n roses never sounds pop. Their first album shows much heavy metal features not hair metal. They hated Hair metal. Also Slash stated that they hated hair metal. Actually Hair metal bands are Motley Crue, Poison, Warrant etc. Even in "Rolling stone" Magazine's list of "50 Greatest Hair metal albums", There's No any Guns n roses album included. Its not because guns n roses albums are not good, it's because they are not Hair metal. Actually If Axl rose see this list that they are voted as a Hair/Glam metal band, He will beat you all, Definitely Guns n roses is not hair metal.

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7 Dokken Dokken Dokken are an American metal band formed in 1979. They split up in 1989 and reformed four years later.

It should be on the top ten they deserve it

One of my top 10 favorites

Awesome band that was underrated. Great guitar, lyrics, vocals,...the whole package.

Dokken was still my favourite GlamMetalBand! The Vocals of Don Dokken and the Guitarplay of George Lynch really fits together."Under lock and key" is still after 33 years my top number 1 Album! This Band should be in the top 5 of best GlamMetalBands.

8 KISS KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

The best shock glam band ever!

If they didn't ham it out on the outfits, then they wouldn't be popular. They're mediocre musicians, but they're horrible songwriters.

Mötley crüe is really good! But when you think of kickass glam rock stars you think of KISS

For all you people with the “KISS can’t write songs” argument. Explain how KISS made the Hall of Fame? There are a bunch of bands, supposedly better who haven’t even sniffed that honor yet!

9 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Scorpions is classic hard rock!

Are they really hair metal?! - Singer4Freedom

Not really. - zxm

10 Cinderella Cinderella Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation.

So much better than they ever got credit for. I saw them live 2 years in a row. 2007 and 2008. Both times they were phenomenal - Johnnyt800

They are such a underrated band! They rock!

The Contenders

11 Skid Row Skid Row Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey. They were very successful in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their first two albums certified multi-platinum.

Should be higher, they are a very good band - zxm

This list is a little jacked up, half of 'em aren't true glam bands, they just happened to be around during glam's heydey Having said that, Skid Row is better than everyone on here except for Guns N' Roses & maybe Crue.

Way too underrated

Deserves top 5 - EddieVanHalen2001

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12 Quiet Riot Quiet Riot Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of more.

Super under rated band. Been listening to them since I was a kid, love a ton of their songs. There's some incredibly good tracks that aren't recognized at all. Check out Slick Black Cadillac, Terrified, "Stomp your Hands, Clap your Feet" and Mama we're all crazy now. They've got some good, pained love ballads as well such as; Breathless, Love's a Bitch and I can't make you love me. Of course, there's Come on feel the noise and Bang your head - just in case you forgot cuzz they never get any air time these days. Great band just totally overlooked and forgotten.

13 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed more.

Motorhead isn't glam metal/hair metal, they are just flat out heavy metal. - HardRockSam

An amazing jazz band

Not Glam Metal - christangrant

*spits coffee everywhere*
...I've been so blind... - EliHbk

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14 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

1. motley crue 2. definitely leppard 3. Whitesnake 4. bon jovi 5. skid row in my opinion the only glam metal bands that actually had sheer talent all the rest were just pretty boys that don't know how to play there instruments and what hell is guns n roses doing on this list what cause axl had the hair in there first video welcome to the jungle they wasnt glam they were hard rock/heavy metal

15 Europe Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.

The best Glam Metal band,in my opinion.

16 Stryper Stryper Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Perry Richardson, and Robert Sweet.
17 Ratt Ratt Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Ok so realistically they should be number 3 because half the top ten isn’t even glam metal bands smh lol

They should be top 3. I think their stuff holds much better over time than Motley $h1t... I can’t even listen to MC anymore. So aged. Their music doesn’t stand the test of time. But RATT? Still so wicked and the intros to Way Cool Jr and Lay it Down are just bad ass.

18 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

Should Be in the Top 3 Their Glam Metal songs are some of the best - christangrant

Terry glaze is the best frontmen I ever seen in my life and he made the band so popular instead the most underrated glam metal band ever but they replace him with phil anselmo and then they made heavy metal history their songs in the 80s are so epic just pay attention to dimbag darells guitar solos since they were a glam metal so long the songs are way too better than the most known it should be on the top ten list

I like this band too pntera should now be a number 21 top ten for this band as well

Yeah, so glammy and hair metally. Phil anselmo has the bet hair in glam metal - SoldierOfFortune

19 W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the only remaining original member of the band.

Self Titled Debut album and The Last Command are my two favorite albums of all time. They are truly Metal as opposed to Poison - BlackMetalMaven

They should be in the top ten

Sleeping in the fire - Singer4Freedom

Great! - DaringXx

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20 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Aerosmith shouldn't even be on the list. They are not I repeat not a hair metal band!

What the hell come on guys is the best rock band ever and you have aerosmith no. 16 no way bro they must be number one but it they are in my opinion joe perry and steven are one of my favourite members of the band they look aswome it's not fair to have this legendery hard rock band so low in this list put it number one

Their 70's and 90's-present music is awesome too! And why below Bon Jovi? Aerosmith is waaay better! - rockerchic18

21 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Hair metal?

22 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Why he is on 18 place?!

He needs to be higher:/


23 Warrant Warrant Warrant is an American glam metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, California, that experienced success from 1989 to 1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million.

They don't take themselves super seriously, which automatically makes them better. They seem like they're actually having fun. - Pagepage21


24 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

Awesome band


25 Firehouse
26 Kix

By far the most underrated heavy metal band to date

27 Autograph Autograph

Back in the day, just as the party was going to get out of hand we'd play this and turn it up each time the band sang "Turn Up, the Radio! " That's when it would get out of hand.

I still hum send her to me, Night Teen, and of course Turn up the radio

28 Tesla Tesla


29 Hanoi Rocks

THE definitive glam metal band from the look to the sense of shock (dig Mike Monroes nasty deep baritone voice in contrast to his look) to the quality of the songs. The Guns N' Roses song Welcome to the Jungle was inspired by that phrase in the Hanoi Rocks song Underwater World. These guys are woefully underrated.

30 Steel Panther Steel Panther Steel Panther is an American comedy glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics, as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that parody the stereotypical 1980s "glam metal" lifestyle.

They're the best because they mock other glam metal bands and are satire and funny. - SoldierOfFortune

How are these guys not higher their Steel Panther. They don't take themselves to seriously unlike Motley Crue and they actually are glam metal unlike Motörhead

31 Winger Winger

Winger should be in the top 3 along with Ratt and Cinderella, in my opinion. No other band had the groove they did.

32 Ugly Kid Joe
33 Y&T
34 X Japan X Japan X Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.
35 Extreme
36 Vinnie Vincent Invasion

This band is awesome especially with Vinnie Vincent's guitar playing

This is a kick-ass band

37 Dangerous Toys
38 Britny Fox
39 Y&T
40 Keel
41 Great White Great White Great White is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977. The band gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s.

May not be in the top tens here, but they definitely are in my list. I love Jack Russel and Mark Kendall.

42 L.A. Guns


43 Faster Pussycat
44 Steelheart
45 Black 'N Blue
46 Lizzy Borden
47 XYZ
48 White Lion White Lion
49 Slaughter Slaughter Slaughter is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum.
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1. Dokken
2. Mötley Crüe
3. Alice Cooper
1. Guns N Roses
2. Skid Row
3. Quiet Riot
1. Def Leppard
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