Top Ten Hairstyles in Music History: From Beatle Mop Top to Skrillex's EDM Mullet
You know how you can tell a rock star from any average Joe on the street? Their hair, duh.
Real rock stars have crazy quaffs. You see a rock star with lame, everyday hair, and you can rest assured they're just a poser butthead. Same goes for people on the street. If you don't know who they are, but they've got some kind of insane action on top, chances are, they're a rock star happening in some circle you're just not hip enough to know about.
That being said, there are some rock star haircuts that were so revolutionary, so monstrous and so iconic, the world is still reeling. Like these next-level guys and gals.
The Beatles Mop Top
These Liverpool Lads had the bitches going insane. But much like when people made fun of Bieber's bangs, all the '60s bros were snickering: "Look at how long their hair is. They must never cut it or something." Of course, by today's standards, this is some boring white-bread stuff. Every boy in elementary school has his bowl cut. But in 1964, holding hands was sexy and the Beatles mop top was as groovy as it got.
The ?uestlove Afro of Power
This fine gentleman is the rhythmic backbone of Philadelphia's legendary Roots crew, and you can see him on TV with Jimmy Fallon. But even before Middle America knew him as a funky bro on the boob tube, cool-ass mo'fuckers knew him as one of music's most intelligent, inspiring, and well-groomed men of culture. He's holding it down for everybody, and he lets his hair go wild. He's black, and he's proud, dammit. And who wouldn't be with a sick mane like that?
The Sinead O'Connor Cueball
So if a guy having lots of hair shows strength and inner peace with himself, a woman with no hair shows this bitch ain't afraid of nothing. Yes, Sinead O'Connor will take on the Pope, America, and the whole damn world. She shocked the globe when she pulled that wig off at the end of her first hit music video. And ever since, she's been taking sun to the dome and hitting them where it hurts. Three cheers, you beautiful nutty Irish hero.
The Pope of Mope Pompadour
Morrissey is the most beloved lonely man on the planet. The Moz is always boo-hoo-ing about shitty DJs or sun-bleeding bottoms or sticky fingers. Meanwhile, all of Mexican youth is enamored with him, not to mention tons of emotionally confused pasty kids in high school or New York City. Sure, it could be because of his deft wit or dry sarcasm. Or it could be his most buoyant 'do. Lots of hipsters try to copy this look, but everyone knows the real queen of the scene.
The Kid 'n Play Smokestack
Back in the late '80s and early '90s, hip-hoppers were real inspired to just be their own funky selves, and Kid 'n Play's Kid made his follicle mark on pop culture. This ain't no ordinary afro, and it's not exactly a gumby (which is personally our favorite hairstyle ever). It's his own damn skyscraper of badassery. It's got shaved sides, two-tone madness, and adds a whole six inches or so to his height. If Lil Wayne thinks he's so crazy, he should bring this shit back.
The Skrillex EDM Mullet
Why is that little emostepper smirking so hard? Because he just changed the world with his space noises and bizarre haircut. Pretty much everyone tried this one out for size in the past three years, especially if they have a vagina or like to play with gender roles. (Looking at you, Marilyn Manson.) Skrillex is all skinhead to the left, screaming-bloody metal to the right. Actually, it's this whole self-affirming "I am not beautiful, hear me drop" thing. But most people just think it looks different. Get it, Sonny.
The Coolio Cornrow Shocker
Coolio had a hard time coming up in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and his hair was all twisted and turnt up because of it. The rapper had a couple of really stellar albums in the mid '90s. But even when he was getting deep on America, white people just stared at MTV like, "What does that crazy hoodlum have on his head?" Suburban parents everywhere were confused as hell. Unfortunately for Coolio, his career didn't last forever. Still, we'll never forget those batty braids.
The La Roux Lick
La Roux's frontwoman Elly Jackson actually has a name, and she's actually not in an '80s band, although you might think that if you were a confused time-traveler lost in the annals of pop culture. La Roux take a lot of cues, both musically and visually, from that kooky era, and out of their experimentation comes real magic. You might see the world's biggest cowlick, but Jackson sees a bulletproof rocket launcher to the top of the charts.
The Flock of Seagulls Demon-Eye Patch
Every time you see someone with crazy hair and long bangs or some kind of blow out, you're like, "Oh, Flock of Seagulls." But actually, no. This hairdo is way crazier than your brain allowed you to remember. It's like bro had a tri-hawk but flattened the center-piece in some moody fit of rage. He doesn't have the heart to look at you with both eyes, but he wants to hear every stupid thing you say. The band still tours together. But ironically, homeboy is bald. Oh, the test of time.
The Robert Smith Explosion
Edward Scissorhands is cool and everything, but dude totally bit his whole style from the Cure's famous frontman. Is this even a hairstyle? It's really just a big tease. Whether it's thought-out or not, it's definitely the best wild hair we've ever seen. And kudos to Smith for rocking it for the past thirty years. He even dons the red lipstick to this day. What a trooper. #GothForLyfe
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