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July 18, 2015

The 10 Best Rock 'n' Roll Hairdos

Look good, feel good. That's the old adage, although when it comes to music it might just be "look cool, be cool." Suffice it to say that any musician must consider their look in addition to their sound. In fact, the two can be so closely associated in style that quick glance at a musician and you can probably guess the sound.

And while all musicians do work on their look, some go that extra mile, becoming icons of style that befit the joyous excess of rock 'n' roll. Here's a photo gallery of the 10 best Rock 'n' Roll hairdos of all time.

1. John Lennon

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The moptop haircut was a key ingredient in the look and sound that triggered Beatlemania. Lennon and Paul McCartney met a man in Hamburg with a moptop and asked if he could cut their hair to look the same. The rest is history. Lennon sports the moptop in this shot from 1963.

2. Jimi Hendrix

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Hendrix was always on the cutting edge of style. Rumour has it he kept big curlers in his guitar case. How else would he get that fab relaxed 'fro? This shot shows the man of experience receiving an award from BBC Radio One in October 1967, no doubt for musical achievement, but he was always a contender for style king.

3. David Bowie

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Bowie wins the prize for the greatest number of sensational rock 'n' roll hairdos. From modster to hippie, space rocker to the thin white duke and beyond – the evolution of Bowie's hair is almost the history of all rock 'n' roll hair. It’s certainly a testimony to his superstar longevity. Shown here performing his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, July 1973.

4. Johnny Rotten

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Rotten brought the look, sound and attitude of punk to the stage with a ferocious intensity. Shown here belting it out in 1976 with the Sex Pistols.

5. Elvis Presley

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Presley sported a mighty fine pompadour, and it never looked better than in the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock. In this photo it almost seems like he’s comparing his fine 'do with screenmate Judy Tyler. The King clearly has the better coif.

6. Rod Stewart

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“Da ya think I’m sexy?” Yes, Rod Stewart, we do. While spiky hair and ’70s-style mullets go out of fashion from time to time, they always come back. Lucky us. Lucky Rod.

7. Dee Snider

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Okay, is Snider wearing a wig? Or is this just an enhancement of the real thing? In any case, the Twisted Sister lead singer puts the "big" in big-hair rock — always has, always will.

8. Sinead O’Connor

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It was a shock when O’Connor shaved her locks. Now the look is so much her trademark, she recently said she’ll keep the look into old age.

9. Cher

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Ah, Cher. She may have launched her career as a hippie in the '60s, but as the decades rolled on she went glam — very glam. In this photo, it’s hard to tell where Cher’s hair ends and headpiece begins, but without a doubt the look made a big statement when she arrived at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 1986.

10. Bryan Adams

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For some Canadian content, Adams sports a grungy moptop in this shot from a rehearsal for the Academy Awards in 1996. He's singing 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman.' It's not all bad being a rock star.

(via CBC Music)


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