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Simply The Worst Hairstyles In Music

  • 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.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 18 Apr 2012

  • One can't help but wish Jedward's rocket exhaust hairdo would literally whizz them into outer space.

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    Added: 11 Aug 2011

  • 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.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 20 Oct 2011

  • Coolio's cornrows are something else, if that something else means multiple spider legs.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • Mudvayne, bumming people out since 1996.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • Before the dope, and before the public toilets, there was this 80s hair behemoth. No wonder George Michael has been stoned ever since.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 11 May 2010

  • 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.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 11 May 2010

  • Craig David: pioneer of the sort of beard/short hair combo that allowed him to rotate his head upside down without anybody noticing.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 17 May 2012

  • 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.

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    Added: 02 Apr 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 17 May 2012

  • 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.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2013

  • Static-X split up earlier this year over a violent fight about hair gel.

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    Added: 19 Sep 2013

  • 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.

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    Added: 11 May 2010

  • 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.

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    Added: 26 Mar 2013