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50 Greatest Glam Rock Artists

Criteria: Artists are ranked according to their popularity, critical and peer acclaim, influence with impact specifically on glam rock music and culture prioritized.

Last Updated: 2017-11-15
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Glam rock is short-lived yet influential rock subgenre reaching its peak during 1971-1975, and going into sharp decline since that, primary a British phenomenon with some artists outside of UK following suit. Visually characterized by flamboyant clothing, make-up and androgynous style. Musically glam rock is divided in two schools. One, lead by T. Rex and followed by the likes of Sweet and Slade, was drawing influences from classic rock and roll, bubblegum pop and hard rock, resulting in catchy hooks and simple melodies. Others, lead by David Bowie and Roxy Music and followed by Sparks and Brian Eno, was strongly influenced by prog and art rock which resulted in more ambitious and dramatic style, both musically and lyrically. Some artists from same time period, which were apart either group musically, like New York Dolls, still got grouped in with glam rock, thanks to their visual aesthetics.

Subgenres which draw influence from glam rock include glam metal, visual key, punk rock, gothic rock and New Romantic, among others.
  1. David Bowie
  2. T. Rex
  3. Roxy Music
  4. Queen
  5. Alice Cooper
  6. New York Dolls
  7. Sweet
  8. Slade
  9. Elton John
10. KISS
11. Lou Reed
12. Mott the Hoople
13. Brian Eno
14. Sparks
15. Bay City Rollers
16. Suzi Quatro
17. Gary Glitter
18. Iggy Pop and the Stooges
19. Mud
20. Wizzard
21. The Glitter Band
22. Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
23. Be-Bop Deluxe
24. David Essex
25. The Tubes
26. Roy Wood
27. Bryan Ferry
28. Alvin Stardust
29. Alex Harvey
30. Jobriath
31. Richard O'Brien
32. Kenny
33. Smokie
34. Showaddywaddy
35. Geordie
36. Skyhooks
37. The Rubettes
38. Doctors of Madness
39. Fox
40. Neil Merryweather
41. Mick Ronson
42. Silverhead
43. Ian Hunter
44. Jet
45. Hollywood Brats
46. Kim Fowley
47. Hello
48. Angel
49. Metro
50. Racey
rock artist David Bowie
David Bowie
rock band T. Rex
T. Rex
rock artist Roxy Music
Roxy Music
rock band Queen
Queen
Greatest Glam Rock Albums
  1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
  2. Hunky Dory - David Bowie
  3. Electric Warrior - T-Rex
  4. For Your Pleasure - Roxy Music
  5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
  6. Transformer - Lou Reed
  7. New York Dolls - New York Dolls
  8. Aladdin Sane - David Bowie
  9. Sheer Heart Attack - Queen
10. Roxy Music - Roxy Music
11. Queen II - Queen
12. School's Out - Alice Cooper
13. Country Life - Roxy Music
14. Here Come the Warm Jets - Eno
15. Mott - Mott the Hoople
16. Kimono My House - Sparks
17. Too Much Too Soon - New York Dolls
18. The Slider - T. Rex
19. Million Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
20. Rock 'n' Roll Animal - Lou Reed
21. KISS - KISS
22. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
23. Desolation Boulevard - Sweet
24. Slayed? - Slade
25. The Human Menagerie - Cockney Rebel
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album cover

Hunky Dory album cover

Electric Warrior album cover
Greatest Glam Rock Songs
  1. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
  2. Changes - David Bowie
  3. Bang a Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex
  4. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed
  5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
  6. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
  7. Rock and Roll, Part 2 - Gary Glitter
  8. School's Out - Alice Cooper
  9. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
10. Bennie and the Jets - Elton John
11. Love Is the Drug - Roxy Music
12. Starman - David Bowie
13. Killer Queen - Queen
14. Personality Crisis - New York Dolls
15. Rock and Roll All Nite - KISS
16. Cum on Feel the Noize - Slade
17. Fox on the Run - Sweet
18. Crocodile Rock - Elton John
19. 20th Century Boy - T. Rex
20. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music
21. This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us - Sparks
22. Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
23. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
24. Search and Destroy - Stooges
25. Elected! - Alice Cooper
Ziggy Stardust single record cover

Changes single record cover
Greatest Glam Metal Artists
  1. Van Halen
  2. Def Leppard
  3. Mötley Crüe
  4. KISS
  5. Poison
  6. Ratt
  7. Alice Cooper
  8. Skid Row
  9. Cinderella
10. Quiet Riot
rock artist Van Halen
Van Halen
Greatest Neo-Glam Artists
  1. Suede
  2. Placebo
  3. Scissor Sisters
  4. The Auteurs/Luke Haines
  5. Spacehog
  6. Marion
  7. Of Montreal
  8. Manswear
  9. Nancy Boy
10. IAMX
rock artist Suede
Suede




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