Top Ten Greatest Glam Rock Artists of All Time

This list defines the music in the 1970's in the UK, mainly, that dominated the chats between for the majority of the decade. Also, there might be other glam rock bands from other decadel. Glam rock was highly enjoyable party rock music, full of great colourful and glitter outfits. Prog rock and hard may have been the biggest genre of rock worldwide in the early to mid 70's, but glam rock was definitely the biggest and most fun in the UK. This list does not include glam metal artists, which is why there is the obvious gap from the 1980's, this is simply glam rock.

The Top Ten

1 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.

He almost singlehandedly invented the glam genre.

He isn't just greatest glam rock artists he is also most influential glam rock artist - zxm

I love Davis bowie but can someone answer my question, is he gay?

How is David Bowie beaten by ANYBODY?

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2 T.Rex T.Rex T. Rex were an English glam rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, released four folk albums under this banner.

The origins of glam rock.

Definitely my favorite glam rock artist (I love Bowie, but I don't look at him as a dedicated glam rock musician). - Gg2000

Why didn't anyone comment, t rex is a great band

What a sound still fresh today

3 The Sweet The Sweet The Sweet is a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. Their best known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. The group was originally called Sweetshop.

Should be n the rock and roll hall of fame

Not just the best glam band but one of the best rock acts of all time

I would have thought sweet would be number 1

The Ballroom Blitz is amazing but it's not the only one. - Metal_Treasure

4 Slade Slade Slade are an English rock band from Wolverhampton. They rose to prominence during the glam rock era in the early 1970s, achieving 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.

The most succesful band in the UK in the whole of the 70's, they sold more singles than anybody. Including 6 no. 1's in 3 years, 3 of which went directly to number 1 in one year 1973, something which hadn't been seen since The Beatles. They enjoyed a total of 12 top 4 hits between 1971 to 1974, and consecuatively 17 from 71-76. Their singles and albums were higly succesful across Europe and Oceania, having 3 no. 1 albums and 5 top ten's in total. Their 1974 film "Flame" has often been called "the greatest rock film of all time"and the album that came with it is often said to be one of the best film albums ever, and their 1972 live album Slade alive has been descried as one of the most important live albums ever. They are most remebered for their two 1973 hits come on Feel the Noize and Merry Xmas Everybody, but all of their music, whether their 60's start, their 70's peak or the hits they produced between 1980-91, it's all great. Slade have been incredibly influential on popular ...more

The best and so underrated. Noddy is a legend, one of the best down and dirty bluesy rock voices ever. Steve Marriott is another.

Very underrated great songs what a voice noddy

5 Roxy Music Roxy Music Roxy Music were an English rock band formed in 1970 by Bryan Ferry, who became the band's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson.
6 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 ...read more.

David Bowie = #1, I Totally Get It. Queen = #7, what IS WRONG WITH YOU?! Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Don't Stop Me Now, Another One Bites the Dust, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You, shall I go on?

How can Queen be 9th? Watch a QUEEN video, any video and that is Glam Rock at it's finest

7 Mott the Hoople Mott the Hoople Mott the Hoople are an English rock band with strong R&B roots, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s.

If bowie liked them say no more

8 New York Dolls
9 Sparks Sparks Sparks are an American pop and rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael. The duo formed in 1968 under the name Halfnelson.
10 The Darkness

The Contenders

11 Mud
12 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

Good candidate for the list, but he's American. The OP specifically wanted British artists. - Gg2000

Should be right up there with David Bowie. - PewPewAssassin

13 Wizzard

Roy wood in three successful bands say no more talent

See my baby jive and angel fingers played at every disco/fair I went to in the 70's. and a christmas smash. they had the look as well - what more can you ask

14 Gary Glitter Gary Glitter Gary Glitter is a former glam rock singer and songwriter. He sold over 20 million records and regained media attention in 1999 when child pornography were found on his laptop and committed sex offences with children. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison in 2015.

Legecy ruined by lifestyle choice s sick man pity

15 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.

Ratt is the least respected band of the glam era! Maybe, it was their ability to really rock, when they wanted to? They only had one significant hit but they had all types of gems packed away in their albums. Come on, give Ratt some love.

Not glam rock. - Gg2000

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

They're glam metal, not glam rock. - Gg2000

17 Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is an American hard rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music.

Yes, she is awesome. - Metal_Treasure

18 The Glitter Band The Glitter Band
19 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.
20 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.

Again, not glam rock. - Gg2000

21 Dokken

They were a lot like Ratt, they ran under the radar while bands like Poison and Motley Crue got all the attention.

22 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.
23 Cockney Rebel
24 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.
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