It’s a dangerous mix, global fame and style choices. Often rock star egos go (literally) to their heads and they leave the house with the hairstyles so absurd they need to be shamed. Here are 25 of the very most questionable, starting with, no, not a lower league 70s Scottish footballer on signing day, but one Roger Daltry from The Who.
Axl Rose, erstwhile legend of Guns ‘N Roses, ditched the bandana and silky locks for this bizarre barnet of coloured corn rows. At least the match-up of red dreads to the microphone draws attention away from the shirt.
One can’t help but wish Jedward’s rocket exhaust hairdo would literally whizz them into outer space.
It’s time to take a long hard look at yourself if you’re wearing plaits and a bike lock for a necklace like matey from Dry Kill Logic.
It’s all gone pretty wrong here but the key culprit is Brian McManus with curtains that resemble the golden arches. Never good if you’re over 12 year old.
Coolio’s cornrows are something else, if that something else means multiple spider legs.
Rod Stewart’s mullet was so bad it became the stuff of legend… and yet, lots of people still seemed to think he was sexy. Rod had the last laugh.
Mudvayne, bumming people out since 1996.
To tie one top-knot atop your perma-gurning face could be considered a misfortune, Miley Cyrus, but two must be considered a publicity campaign par excellence.
There’s something about the Hanson brothers matching haircuts that makes you realise they’re the musical equivalent of those terrifying twins from The Shining.
Before the dope, and before the public toilets, there was this 80s hair behemoth. No wonder George Michael has been stoned ever since.
The combination of ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’, an album called ‘Onka’s Big Moka’ and lead singer’s Joseph Washbourn’s mop of golden curls made 2000 a very iffy year for music.
Sorry, white people, but dreadlocks really aren’t for you. This goes double for members of cheesy 90s pop groups. We’re looking at you, Faye from Steps.
The competition’s pretty strong but Jim Bob from Carter USM’s definitely in the front-running for the worst hairstyle in the history of popular music.
Craig David: pioneer of the sort of beard/short hair combo that allowed him to rotate his head upside down without anybody noticing.
Ah yes, the classic curtains made popular by Ben Adams from late 90s boy band A1 (whatd’yamean you don’t remember A1?) and other such luminaries as Jamie Mitchell off Eastenders and David Beckham.
Purveyor of mainstream folk Newton Faulkner rocks the ‘I just got back from WOMAD Festival look’. He teams it with extra chin fluff to perfect the look. It’s low maintenance, and you can smell it from space.
Long, long before we became one of the world’s biggest pop stars and touring chum with ultra-cool people like Jay Z, Justin Timberlake was the idol of a million young teens as part of ‘N Sync. The reason? His super ceeeeute curly locks. Bringing wavey back.
American Phil Spector produced records for esteemed artists including The Beatles, The Ronettes and, um, Starsailor. He’s currently serving a jail sentence after being found guilty of second degree murder in 2003. We’ll let you pass verdict on his courtroom barnet.
We couldn’t do a gallery of terrible rock hairstyles without citing someone for sporting the ultimate crime: The Mullet. Step forward Jon Bon Jovi. Fortunately later he’d later cut most of it off, act his age and join the cast of Ally McBeal.
I mean. Where to start? The subject of opprobrium here is the guy standing on the right, as if you didn’t know. Dark orange termite mounds = major crime against hair.
To be honest Max Cavalera from Soulfly has had a really bad run of bouffons. But this look, which we’ll call the Long Piss-Coloured Worm, look takes the biscuit.
Static-X split up earlier this year over a violent fight about hair gel.
Babylon Zoo might’ve written one of the best songs released in January 2006 – ‘Spaceman’ – but that’s no excuse for the streaky highlight look.
As brother Liam correctly pointed out, Noel’s barnet and eyebrow combination gives him the look of Parker, Lady Penelope’s long-suffering driver from Thunderbirds. Still, you have to give him marks for never being swayed by fashion. He’s had that haircut longer than some of his fans have been alive.