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Skim through pretty much any chapter of Mötley Crüe's history "The Dirt," and you'll see why the band can't be denied a slot in this top 10. When it came to rock debauchery, Led Zeppelin may have written the book, but the Crüe revised it as an even uglier, sleazier and more dangerous spectacle.

Their dress was flamboyant, their hairstyles wild and their attitudes incorrigible, and without question they encapsulated the outrage and decadence of Sunset Strip in the '80s. And somewhere in that filthy mix was the music. Mötley Crüe were the cornerstone of commercial and glam, selling millions of records that combined metal muscle with pop hooks. Their first two records were actually their heaviest, built on a foundation of propulsive beats, wailing vocals and chugging, muted riffs. But after the release of 1983's Shout at the Devil, the Crüe boosted the pop element, reduced their rage and entered the mainstream. Their next three discs were filled with tuneful rock and glossy radio ballads that led the hair metal movement and launched the careers of Poison, Faster Pussycat, Skid Row and a host of horrible imitators.

But while the Crüe were on the top of the world, they were far from stable. In 1992, frontman Vince Neil was fired and replaced by John Corabi, but returned in 1997 when the band failed to soar with Corabi. Then in 1998, after a tour to support their Greatest Hits album, drummer Tommy Lee was arrested and jailed for almost a year for abusing his then-wife, buxom Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson. Unable to get along with Neil, Lee quit the band.

The group's most recent studio album, New Tattoo, came in 2000, and both the late Randy Castillo (formerly with Ozzy) and ex-Hole member Samantha Maloney drummed for the band. However, in 2005 the original lineup embarked on a successful reunion tour, and although the founding four haven't recorded a studio album together since 1997, an upcoming film of "The Dirt" could smash open the doors for another thrilling comeback.




Too Fast for Love (1982), Shout at the Devil (1985).





"Motley Crue are like the American Rolling Stones in everything that they do, as far as rock and roll is concerned — — especially the characters in the band. Great players, great writers, great performers. And as we've witnessed recently with the reunion that was so eagerly awaited, it just blew the roof off of places all over America. I just love them and think they're so great." — Rob Halford, Judas Priest




"I like Kiss and Mõtley Crüe, but those are not metal bands" one reader explains. What do you think? You tell us!




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