Top Ten Shock Rock Bands

Not based solely on music style or talent. This list is simply the a time bands that scare the hell out of you live.
The Top Ten
1 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.

Everything about him is perfect! From his amazing performances, to his wonderful songs he truly deserves to be classed as the best. He is very abstract and even though it can be pretty controversial, you've got to admit that he does it well! His voice really goes with his songs which makes it all the more pleasurable to listen to. His intellegence is quite surprising actually. So with a good personality, intellegence and perfect music, he truly deserves this place!

Marilyn Manson is the most controversial and shocking musicians in music history. His theatrical stage antics have sparked protests; which have included burning the American flag and ripping and burning the bible.

Although alice was the creator of shock rock, his antics are out shon by mansons. Alice was feared back in the day but marilyns hard on for eating bibles, ripping bibles and flags, burning bibles and wiping his ass with flags also don't forget cutting himself on stage and humping a camera earned him his place here

Manson is just AWESOME.. The only musician I never ever get bored on listening again and again. And he is my favourite. His songs are rich in sounds. Variety of sounds. And everything perfectly matches.

2 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.

No one does it better than Alice and that includes even today in late 2017. He still tours 9 months a year and still uses all of his trademark theatrics and the music stands the test of time and he is never crude or vulgar to make his point. A class act and the greatest hard rocker ever.

There was nothing shocking about R&R until this man arrived with his (original) band; Alice Cooper. They made music feel dangerous which is what every kid in America wanted. "Billion Dollar Babies" is still one of the greatest albums ever produced. RIP Glen.

KISS, Marilyn manson, GWAR, slipknot and misfits (that horror punk band) can NEVER top alice cooper. He IS the original shock rocker... Although in his early years he was really controversial. In the billion dollar babies tour (which was more of a less friendly alice) anyway you see the infamous boa constrictor onstage, stabs a baby doll and puts it between a maniquiens legs, screwed one of the maniquiens (as in... You know) and having his head chopped off by a gillotine. The first time seeing this I was like "..." Then "that was bizzare" then I saw the brutally live one. I found that one a little better than the other one. But overall HE TOPS MANSON! MANSON CAN NEVER TOP HIM

How can Alice cooper not be number one he practically invented shock rock. Also wasp isn't even shock rock they're just glam metal

3 GWAR Gwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.

While Alice Cooper did all the stuff to himself and all of mansons stuff was super anti religion and sexual. They didn't maim animatronics of celebrities and politicians, their lead singer didn't a cuttle fish thing around their penis that sprayed fake blood, they didn't have fake blood cannons worked by slaves, on the topic of the slaves non of those bands had slave characters but gwar did. Also the crowds at the other shows didn't sprayed with fake piss, sperm and blood

Gwar guts animatronic celebrities on stage and let the fake blood, urine and sperm spray on the crowd.

Gwar is awesome thrash metal!

4 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

They are the godfathers of shock rock. They should be higher.

They influenced so much music; they definitely should be higher

5 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.

Kiss are awesome, heavy,mean and dirty when they need to be and also downright poppy and disco at other times. Shocking! But seriously their live shows are what defined shock rock in the 70's and influenced bands like Slipknot.

I absolutley love Alice Cooper, but I had to vote for Kiss since it was so low. Along with Alice Cooper, Kiss pretty much invented shock rock. They perfected it.

After Alice Cooper in the early 70's there was nothing more terrifying to parents other than KISS

Black Sabbath is heavy metal lol not shock rock! Kiss tare the loudest and best shock rock. Manson how many years? Kiss 1971-present!

6 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.

They were formed in 1982, and KISS was formed in 1973. KISS did it first. But W.A.S.P. did it better. The thing I hate about KISS is that every member of the band is scum. That is not true of W.A.S.P.

They should be #1... They invited shock rock (along with KISS), true true legends... They began it all, man!... Ahh memories when I was a kid, damm--how time flys---sunset strip where are you know? , man, laugh out loud.

7 Mercyful Fate Mercyful Fate was a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann.

Shocking music and lyrics. King Diamond was always a little sloppy on stage. I wish he had the energy the music of Mercyful Fate exerted

8 Lordi Lordi are a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi.
9 White Zombie White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound.

So much better than Manson, where's John 5 now? Enough said.

10 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.

Their songs, music videos, and performances are all very controversial. They're the masters of shock rock.

The Contenders
11 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.

Iron Maiden has no place in shock rock. Maiden is top tier music

Bring your daughter to the slaughter!

12 King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
13 Misfits Misfits are an American Horror Punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery.
14 Motley Crue 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.

The most shocking moment is when Nikki Sixx was lit on fire during the filming of live wire. So they were considered shock rock at that time.

Honestly after reading their book they are more shocking than manson, only ozzy can surpass them in crazy. My fave band of all time but not really shock rock

Mick Mars also had blood spitting out similar to Gene Simmons of Kiss.

15 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy/Nu-Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired ...read more.

Anyone who has seen these guys live knows why they made the list. Every time I see them I bring extra pair of pants incase I piss myself from watching one of them almost get their head ripped off.

16 Arthur Brown

This guy is so damn influential and inspirational to so many weirdos. This man was an absolute original. He shaped rock and roll. A genuine oddball imitated for decades since.

I don't care what anyone says. This guy was the original shock rocker that started it all.

17 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.

They have some of the most blasphemous songs you can ever imagine. Just listen to Raining Blood, Angel of Death, Disciple, and Jihad and come back and tell me that wasn't shocking! Not to mention their graphic and offensive album covers.

The funny thing is that the lead singer of this band is Catholic.

18 Gorgoroth Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band based in Bergen. Formed in 1992 by Infernus, the band is named after the dead plateau of evil and darkness in the land of Mordor (a fictional location in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings).

Gorgoroth's live shows are brutal. They are also the only band that actually worships the devil. And they have reportedly murdered people on stage. Think ill stick to watching these guys on YouTube..

19 Ramstien

Clearly nobody has seen Rammstein live otherwise they would be number one. Marilyn Manson is woeful live. A mention that Tool could have been included in the top ten.

They're far more edgy than Marilyn Manson.

They're already on the list.

20 Cannible Corpse

CC is on here because of their lyrics. Truely some of the grossest song names and album covers in music came from cannible corpse.

21 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. ...read more.

Real shock rock bands!

22 Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

One of the first bands to play the satan worshipers card. Hugely influential on shock bands to come.

23 Christian Death
24 GG Allin Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; 1956-1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. He was best known for his graphic live performances which included self-mutilation, parading around the stage naked, fighting ...read more.

Anyone that disagrees obviously has absolutely zero knowledge about "shock rock"

25 Anal C*** Anal C*** was an American grindcore band founded by vocalist Seth Putnam in 1988 in Newton, Massachusetts. The band is known for their highly offensive lyrics which included themes of misogyny, homophobia, racism, Nazism, antisemitism, and schadenfreude (ridicule of the unfortunate). Their music has ...read more.
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