Top 15 Mustaches in Rock History

by oz on December 29, 2006

To my knowledge, rock and roll mustaches have never been publicly recognized. I’ve encountered stache after stache over the years, but I’ve never taken the time to compile a collection until tonight. This list came off the top of my head, so it is by no means definitive. If I’ve missed any, please leave a comment.

Let’s pay homage to our hair-lipped music icons. Is it spelled mustache or moustache anyway?

Frank Zappa – He barely qualified for consideration because of his soul patch. Fortunately his stache overshadows it…

Frank Zappa

Ted Nugent – This is what Larry Bird’s 80’s mustache would have been if he would have let it go. Nice long hair lip.

Ted Nugent

Jesse Hughes Eagles of Death Metal lead singer or one of the guys from Mythbusters?

Jesse Hughes

Freddie Mercury – Freddie grew this mustache in 3 hours.

Freddie Mercury

The Edge – Irish cowboys come off as Village People.

The Edge

Jim Croce – I always thought Jim Croce looked like Luigi from Mario Brothers.

Jim Croce

Duane Allman – Not many can connect their mustache with their lambchop sideburns. Duane is in an elite class.

Duane Allman

Derek Smalls – Spinal Tap. Best Rock Movie Ever.

Derek Smalls

David Crosby – Melissa Ethridge hand selected this guy’s sperm. Unbelievable.

David Crosby Mug Shot

Carlos Santana – Is he wearing lip gloss? I never liked Santana.

Carlos Santana

Chuck Berry – One of those well groomed-mustaches I could never figure out. He shaved above and below the stache to give separation between the upper lip and lower nostrils.

Chuck Berry

John Oates – This is what he looks like without Hall holding his hand. The overexposed picture really brings out his bushy Cheech Marinesque stache.

John Oates

Jeff Baxter – Puts David Crosby’s walrus to shame.

Jeff Baxter

Ringo Star – I’ve never seen anyone take their mustache so seriously. Seriously.
Ringo Star

Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady) – Like Zappa there is chin carpet, but that curly, imperial moustache is incredible.

Franz Nicolay

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody December 29, 2006 at 10:45 am

Hetfield has had a couple of solid ones as well.

Woody December 29, 2006 at 4:11 pm

what about Mr. Moustache?

Drinking Buddy December 29, 2006 at 5:28 pm

The Beastie Boys had some sweet ones in the ‘Sabotage’ video. How can you leave off Hendrix? He’s one of the few people that actually wore a moustache well. But my favorite is a tie between John Oates and Chuck Berry. John Oates donned a moustache strictly to distract you from his terrible complexion. I believe Chuck Berry used some sort of mousse in his. He’s the type of guy that would also braid his pubes.

Woody December 30, 2006 at 6:17 am

Billy Kreutzmann – Drummer for the dead

moish January 1, 2007 at 12:51 pm

I’m blown away by the neglectful omission of Lemmy from Motorhead. I believe young Derek Smalls was channeling the ace of spades auteur in Spinal Tap. Kudos to you for this list.

MJM January 2, 2007 at 3:09 pm

If there isn’t a minimum height or weight requirement, Prince’s stache was a good one. Although, it may have been painted on, so I understand the omission.

Mofongo January 26, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Back in his partying, 70’s hey-day, Jimmy Buffett had a moustache with few peers.

Top Ten Lists January 28, 2007 at 2:45 pm

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Mark February 13, 2007 at 10:41 am

Freddie Mercury looks a lot like Borat.

Hetfield should be in this list. AND HOW… HOW… could you forget… SONNY BONO?????

Joe March 4, 2007 at 5:39 am

Disappointed to see the omission of my favorite indie rock ‘stache: Greg Norton from Husker Du.

Esau April 26, 2007 at 4:16 pm

How could you forget members of Foghat?

Freddie April 29, 2007 at 5:17 pm

Freddie Murcury is awsome!
( i was named after him)

kool May 15, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Hilarious! Lemmy should definitely make the list. I saw him at The Rainbow Room recently and his stache is still rockin!

mrs.brown May 3, 2008 at 9:06 am

Billy Childish should be in the list!!

s1 May 23, 2008 at 5:47 am

I can’t believe Lemmy of Motorhead is not on the list!
Rock n roll!

Danijela May 23, 2008 at 9:32 am

You should put Serj Tankian (from SOAD), he has some crazy mustache as well!

Jk Simmons May 23, 2008 at 1:41 pm

John Oates looks like Gary Del Abate from howard stern, babba booey!!!

oz May 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm

He also looks like a serial killer.

Fireball May 25, 2008 at 3:05 am

Nick Cave is missing 😉

Modemhead July 14, 2008 at 10:43 pm


jenjen May 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Don’t get me wrong, the big thick luxurious staches are great but I think you gotta throw some respect to Little Richard and his Littler Moustache. The man is consistent.

Imarollerblader August 9, 2009 at 11:20 am
anonymous October 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm

What about Brad Delp?

steve wilson February 17, 2010 at 7:17 am

Most peter puffers like you don’t like Santana so you are right at home. Who cares what you like loser?

Nick March 2, 2011 at 6:42 am

Freddie Mercury is only fourth?!?!

Karin Jamotte March 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

How could you leave out Tom Rush?!?!? Have a look at his ‘tache here:

vincent October 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Where The Fuck Is Lemmy in this list

bdma5160 December 22, 2015 at 6:48 am

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