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Glam rock

Most popular artists in Glam rock

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre glam rock by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
52,626,909
50,047,703
2
50,759,662
13,364,279
3
17,165,710
10,475,802
4
14,888,902
4,031,649
5
13,837,092
9,500,065
6
10,405,563
3,440,483
7
6,718,202
2,579,298
8
5,069,702
3,696,637
9
4,892,967
1,825,439
10
4,452,958
1,624,189
11
3,914,374
1,481,809
12
3,806,377
1,057,824
13
3,555,002
712,510
14
2,863,569
990,554
15
2,715,908
437,263
16
2,541,769
790,066
17
2,497,875
388,558
18
2,459,235
601,432
19
2,361,168
6,957,444
20
2,194,920
461,615
21
2,174,414
406,233
22
2,080,267
551,378
23
1,739,680
743,094
24
1,635,567
701,140
25
Spacehog
964,609
133,153
26
Slade
798,593
418,424
27
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
714,660
54,750
28
Steve Harley
693,655
33,004
29
Pilot
619,394
47,432
30
Mott The Hoople
592,268
222,883
31
Sparks
411,797
225,048
32
The Rubettes
367,987
107,568
33
Wig Wam
315,244
40,469
34
Jeff Lynne
228,206
221,447
35
Brian May
226,938
380,771
36
David Essex
221,037
82,038
37
New York Dolls
219,105
280,231
38
Racey
194,693
43,550
39
Mud
190,366
81,610
40
Skyhooks
185,519
175,805
41
Showaddywaddy
185,355
86,828
42
Tom Robinson Band
141,058
31,212
43
Doctor & The Medics
117,030
5,402
44
Hanoi Rocks
114,127
84,853
45
Ian Hunter
110,800
56,113
46
Alvin Stardust
90,162
38,534
47
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
69,184
69,201
48
Milk 'N' Cookies
68,935
2,711
49
Johnny Thunders
68,569
94,042
50
Klaatu
63,931
44,525
51
The London Suede
58,527
29,220
52
Marc Bolan
57,362
145,077
53
Wizzard
57,210
46,206
54
Chicory Tip
56,395
18,747
55
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
51,928
40,853
56
Geordie
40,107
22,262
57
Be Bop Deluxe
35,137
24,507
58
Bonnie St. Claire
34,926
12,485
59
Phil Manzanera
26,810
21,118
60
Barry Blue
25,211
13,382
61
Mick Ronson
20,518
34,020
62
Roy Wood
17,507
19,663
63
David Johansen
15,669
11,446
64
Ricky Wilde
11,317
485
65
Magic Tramps
7,970
1,807
66
Jobriath
7,326
8,733
67
Radio Stars
6,979
5,015
68
Semi Precious Weapons
4,545
7,207
69
Sylvain Sylvain
3,774
4,177
70
Heavy Metal Kids
3,575
2,669
71
Supernaut
2,673
829
72
Tuff Darts
2,240
2,254
73
The Hollywood Brats
1,921
4,037
74
Jimmy Jukebox
1,780
69
75
Jayne County
1,573
4,695
76
Brett Smiley
1,464
1,629
77
Andy Mackay
1,068
1,199
78
White Witch
651
1,324
79
Hello
566
7,242
80
Zolar X
560
1,197
81
Doctors Of Madness
517
1,274
82
John Howard
428
36
83
Sakkarin
121
43
84
Shambles
117
54
85
Screemer
98
14
86
Vodka Collins
57
224
87
Paul Ryder & Time Machine
39
23
88
Supergroupies
34
58
89
White Hot Odyssey
27
50
90
Cherry Vanilla
26
997
91
Fynnius Fogg
15
9

Some info about glam rock

Glam rock, also known as glitter rock, is a style of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. It is distinguished by its flamboyant, theatrical aesthetic and the prominence of pop-like melodies and arrangements. The fashion associated with glam rock was just as critical as the music itself, featuring outlandish costumes, makeup, and hairstyles that challenged traditional norms and celebrated androgyny and theatricality.

The genre emerged as a reaction against the earnestness of countercultural movements such as folk and psychedelic rock. Musically, glam rock borrowed from a variety of past styles, including 1950s rock and roll, bubblegum pop, and 1940s big band. Thematically, it often explored escapism and decadence, with lyrics that ranged from playful to mysterious, evoking a world of fantasy.

Key artists who defined glam rock include David Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music, Slade, and Gary Glitter. David Bowie, in particular, was instrumental in popularizing the genre with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a fictional rock star who became a cultural icon. Bowie's 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" is often regarded as one of the quintessential glam rock albums, showcasing the genre’s penchant for storied songwriting wrapped in layers of guitars and melodic hooks.

T. Rex, led by Marc Bolan, also played a significant role in the development of glam rock. Hits like "Bang a Gong (Get it On)" and "Children of the Revolution" are emblematic of the genre’s style, characterized by catchy melodies, prominent guitar riffs, and a certain sexual energy. Bolan's stage presence, complete with glitter and satin, helped set the standard for the visual aspect of glam rock.

In addition to its UK origins, glam rock also found a receptive audience in the United States and influenced a number of American artists. Bands such as Kiss, Alice Cooper, and the New York Dolls took elements of glam rock's theatricality and incorporated them into their own performances, albeit with a slightly harder, more American rock edge.

Glam rock's peak was relatively brief, fading from mainstream popularity by the late 1970s. However, its impact was lasting, paving the way for future genres like punk, new wave, and goth, which borrowed from its aesthetic of rebellion and its emphasis on the visual. The genre also influenced the music video format, popularized later by MTV, with glam artists understanding early on the power of visual representation in music.

Today, glam rock holds a celebrated place in the annals of music history. Its legacy can be seen in the continued popularity of its major figures like Bowie, and in periodic revivals of interest, often coinciding with shifts in fashion and pop culture. For music enthusiasts, glam rock offers a vibrant chapter characterized by boldness, innovation, and a challenge to convention, making it a fascinating genre to explore both for its sound and its cultural impact.