Glam Metal Bands

by admin on May 31, 2012


  • PoisonAerosmith (1987-1990)
  • Angel
  • Autograph
  • Bad English
  • Bang Tango
  • Black Veil Brides
  • Bon Jovi (early albums 1984-1988)
  • Britny Fox
  • Cinderella
  • Crashdiet
  • Damn Yankees
  • David Lee Roth
  • Def Leppard (1983-1992)
  • Dokken
  • Europe
  • Extreme
  • Faster Pussycat
  • FireHouse
  • Great White
  • Hanoi Rocks
  • Hardcore Superstar
  • Heaven’s Edge
  • Kix
  • LA Guns
  • Lita Ford
  • Lordi
  • Motley Crue
  • Mr. Big
  • Negative
  • Night Ranger
  • Poison
  • Pretty Boy Floyd
  • Queen (some songs)
  • Quiet Riot
  • Ratt
  • Saigon Kick
  • Shameless
  • Sister
  • Skid Row (some songs)
  • Slade
  • Slaughter
  • Steelheart
  • Steel Panther
  • Stryper
  • Tesla
  • The Relapse Symphony
  • TNT
  • Twisted Sister
  • Vixen
  • Warrant
  • White Lion
  • Whitesnake
  • White Tiger
  • Winger
  • Wrathchild
  • XYZ

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandro January 23, 2013 at 2:33 am

Aerosmith was glam too


Mike February 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Very true of their 1980’s material. We will add them for the 1980’s dates. Thank you Sandro


er November 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Actually Twisted Sister aren’t glam metal. here are reasons:

**They sound more like Iron Maiden, Saxon and Ozzy Osbourne than bands like Poison and Ratt. (Obviously)
**While glam has catchphrases or romantic lyrics, Twisted have more ”non”-glam lyrical themes like rock n roll, rebellion, motorcycles, violence and many other topics common of bands like Judas Priest, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne but with even rebellion.
**Contrast songs like I Wanna Rock, You Can’t Stop Rock n Roll, Under the Blade, Don’t Let Me Down, Burn in Hell, etc with glam songs like Talk Dirty to Me, Smoking in the Boys Room, Cherry Pie, etc. Notice lots of differences.
**Notice that Metallica were fans of them since the 80s, and have always loathed glam and went against it. Metallica even opened for them in London back in the 80s.
**Notice they don’t sound all poppy or catchy and like bands like Poison, Ratt or Winger.
**They only get called glam for the frontman’s makeup, even though it has more of a shock rock look than a glamour-friendly look.
**They didn’t make many power ballads and even Anthrax and Overkill, who were against glam metal covered the band’s songs and like the band a lot.

They’re just heavy metal

the only album by them that is glam was love is for suckers


Mike November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

We’d like to respond to your comments about early Motley Crue and Twisted Sister not being glam metal. We respect your opinion a ton and love that you backed up your opinions with fact. You have excellent knowledge of metal. We appreciate that your criticism was both constructive and respectful unlike some others who comment with swears and name calling. Although we respect your opinion, we respectfully disagree with it. There has been some argument over the years as to what qualifies as glam and what doesn’t. You have to look at the bigger picture here. Glam is one of those rare musical subgenres that is more than just music. It encompasses the look, where the bands were from and where they played (Sunset Strip) and what era they came out in. Did Twisted Sister and early Crue sound like Poison or Warrant? Nope. Does that mean they’re not glam metal? Absolutely not. Because of the way they looked and the fact that they were from the same area (L.A.) and played with the other Sunset Strip bands, it qualifies them as glam metal. The best example we can use to help make our point is grunge. Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains all sounded totally different, but were all classified as grunge. Pearl Jam was hard rock. Nirvana had more of a punk and noise rock influence. Soundgarden had a Black Sabbath, doom metal and sludge metal inspired sound and AIC had big influence from sludge. Yet they were all called grunge because they wore flannel shirts, came from and played in Seattle and broke out around the same time. Have you ever seen the Shout at the Devil video from 1983? Or Looks That Kill? One could actually argue that Crue became less glam in 1985 because they toned down the makeup and really there are not huge differences between songs like Shout at the Devil and Wild Side. Twisted Sister is categorized there for the same reason. Unfortunately even Ozzy’s 80’s stuff gets lumped here by some even though his sound was more traditional heavy metal. If we’re talking about strictly just the music we would call Crue and Twisted Sister hard rock or straight heavy metal and Ratt and Poison glam rock or pop rock, but unfortunately all of this gets lumped into glam metal because of where they played, the era of their music and their clothing style. Both glam metal and grunge are more descriptive words of an overall style than they are musical genres. Watch documentaries on glam. Both Motley and Twisted Sister will be featured heavily with band member interviews. Sam Dunn’s Metal Evolution and A Headbangers Journey come to mind. Also on Metallica’s behind the music, late Exodus vocalist Paul Baloff recalls playing with Metallica at the time of the release of Kill Em All which came out in 1983. He said the fans all hated kids with Motley Crue patches because they were associated with glam metal. Yes Twisted Sister influenced bands like Metallica and Anthrax but so did Aerosmith and Lou Reed. Just because a band takes influence from another, it doesn’t make the influencing band straight heavy metal. It is possible for bands to crap on a stylistic movement while still respecting the more talented bands associated with that movement. Thank you again. We love the debate and will post all opinions that are different from ours as long as they are respectful and are backed up with knowledge, as yours were.


Sandro January 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

Aerosmith was glam too in some songs, like rag doll, dude looks like a lady, let te music do the talking. And welcome to the jungle, for me, is really a glam metal videoclipe.


Nancy Chandler April 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

There are alot of good glam metal bands out there now… Delinquent Records has managed to find some amazing new glam metal/sleaze rock bands in the search to put the best tracks on “Girls, Fire & Hairspray” (DR026) The artwork is perfect, too!
If you know of an awesome modern glam metal band – please direct them to – – – Thanks so much!


Dudech October 5, 2014 at 4:24 am

Don’t forget Kiss, Lizzy Borden and Guns N’Roses


Mike Lawrence October 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

KISS is hard rock and Guns is really much better than anything in the Glam Metal subgenre. Would be considered close to just plain heavy metal.


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