Top 13 Glam Metal Bands

Recently I did a top 13 list of heavy metal bands. I did not include any bands in that list that could be classified as glam metal or hair metal so this list is exclusively for those type of bands.

Glam metal, aka hair metal, aka pop metal, is a type of rock music that combines hard rock/heavy metal and glam rock.

These bands are listed in chronological order by the year the band got together. Also listed with the band’s names is (besides the year of formation), I am also listing the city they originate from and a list of some of my favorite albums of theirs.



1. Scorpions
Year established: 1965
City of Origin: Hannover, Germany
Career highlights: Blackout, Love at First Sting, Savage Amusement, Crazy World




2. KISS
Year established: 1973
City of Origin: New York City, New York
Career highlights: Kiss, Dressed to Kill, Destroyer, Love Gun, Music from the Elder, Lick It Up, Animalize, Crazy Nights


3. Dokken
Year established: 1976
City of Origin: Los Angeles, California
Career highlights: Tooth & Nail, Under Lock & Key, Back for the Attack, Erase the Slate

4. Def Leppard
Year established: 1977
City of Origin: Sheffield, England
Career highlights: Pyromania, Hysteria, Adrenalize, Euphoria






5. Whitesnake
Year established: 1978
City of Origin: Middlesbrough, England
Career highlights: Slide It In, Whitesnake, Slip of the Tongue



6. Motley Crue
Year established: 1981
City of Origin: Los Angeles, California
Career highlights: Too Fast for Love, Shout at the Devil, Girls Girls Girls





7. Tesla
Year established: 1981
City of Origin: Sacramento, California
Career highlights: Mechanical Resonance, The Great Radio Controversy, Five Man Acoustical Jam






8. W.A.S.P.
Year established: 1982
City of Origin: Los Angeles, California
Career highlights: The Last Command, Inside the Electric Circus, The Headless Children, The Crimson Idol, K.F.D.





9. Stryper
Year established: 1983
City of Origin: Orange County, California
Career highlights: Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With the Devil, In God We Trust, Murder by Pride



10. Poison
Year established: 1982
City of Origin: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Career highlights: Look What the Cat Dragged In, Open Up and Say Ahh!, Flesh & Blood




11. Bon Jovi
Year established: 1983
City of Origin: Sayreville, New Jersey
Career highlights: Bon Jovi, Slipper When Wet, New Jersey, Crush, Have A Nice Day



12. Skid Row
Year established: 1986
City of Origin: Toms River, New Jersey
Career highlights: Skid Row, Slave to the Grind



13. Mr. Big
Year established: 1988
City of Origin: Los Angeles, California
Career highlights: Mr. Big, Lean Into It

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