Top Ten Rock and Metal Bands that are Mistakenly Called Glam Bands

The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

They have Heavy Metal traits in their more aggressive songs, but that's about it. Also, Glam Metal is just a pseudonym, I don't think there is such a genre, just a codename for Hard Rock bands. - CrimsonShark

Straight hard rock. Nothing is glam about them.

Well, a lot of people think that because they're heavier than average hard rock, but it's still hard rock, not metal. I don't blame anyone who think they're metal, I thought so 2-3 years ago.

2 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.

Widely considered as a glam rock band. Nope. They made some disco songs but overall they're an art rock band.

3 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.

They made 2 albums that contained glamish elements but overall they weren't glam. They were a blues/hard rock band with some metal elements in their music.

Don't vote for Whitesnake.Whitesnake is glam metal for sure.Even they never used make up,They combined their music with pop & metal.Glam metal = Hair metal = Pop metal.I agree that Guns n roses,queen,scorpions & Van Halen are not glam metal.Even by professionals of Rolling Stone Magazine have never added albums of Guns N' Roses,queen etc for their list of "50 Greatest Hair metal albums ",But they have added Whitesnake Album.

4 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.

Not even close to glam.

5 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Nothing is glam in their music. Straight hard rock with metal elements. Some poppy songs on the album 1984 doesn't make them glam metal.

6 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".

They made some cheesy power ballads, and so? They're automatically a glam band then?

7 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.

Hard Rock at its best.

8 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.

Hard Rock & Heavy Metal. Not glam.

9 The Stooges The Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are ...read more.

Glam rock my ass. They're early punk.

10 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

Called partly glam metal for their 1986 album 'Turbo'
But it isn't a glam metal album - it's hard rock.

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.
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