Glam Rock Bands | List of Best Glam Rock Artists/Groups

Not to be confused with it's music genre cousin, glam metal, glam rock is one the best and most exciting branches of rock music. Glam rock bands generally featured flamboyant frontmen and outrageous, over-the-top clothes and sonically, they combined traditional rock music with the avant-garde sound of experimental rock. Most of the glam rock (or glitter rock) bands saw their popularity peak in the 1970s, which saw a number of the best glam rock bands emerge.

David Bowie - Starman

"Starman" by David Bowie (1972)

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Bowie was a glam rock pioneer in the early '70s. He is one of the most famous figures of the genre.

The 10 Greatest Glam Rockers of All Time - Oldies Music

Glam rock - the real thing, not the '80s hair metal genre which mutated from it - was a cultural revolution that, in its own way, was as much a reactionary movement as punk would become a few years later. It shrugged off years of hippie psychedelia and proggish pretension to make rock fun again, returning to the classic three-chord boogie but augmenting it with a camp androgyny, a tribal beat, and a steadfast post-ironic refusal to take anything too seriously. The result was a birthing ground for hair-metal but also punk, art-rock, and power-pop. Here are the legendary artists which made it happen.

T. Rex - Jeepster

"Jeepster" by T. Rex (1971)

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T. Rex's album Electric Warrior was a major influence on glam rock and received critical acclaim.

Suzi Quatro - Can the Can

"Can the Can" by Suzi Quatro (1973)

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"Can the Can" was Quatro's second solo single and her first #1 hit in the U.K.
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