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Insider Playlist – Iconic Hair

Insider Playlist – Iconic Hair


If you’re going to make it in pop, you better have a good hairdresser. Just ask Brian May, Gene Simmons, Aretha Franklin, Busta Rhymes and Stevie Nicks. Here are ten of my favourite hair icons in music. Check out the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine today for this week’s list of Summer Jams.

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Little Richard – Tutti Frutti

The ’50s entertainer and his shiny conk were ahead of their time, predating Prince by a good 27 years. With his pencil-thin mustache at the age of 81, he still looks like an original rock’n’roller.

Little Richard, Tutti Frutti

Elvis Presley – I Need Your Love Tonight

The most famous quiff in pop culture left millions weak at the knees.

Elvis Presley - I Need Your Love Tonight

T-Rex – Ride A White Swan

As Glam as rock’n’roll got in the follicle department, Marc Bolan combined his perm with eyeliner and painted teardrops for the “I ain’t no square / with my corkscrew hair” look.

T.Rex Ride A White Swan Marc Bolan

David Bowie – Suffragette City

The long red mulleted mane helped define Bowie’s most famous creation. No not the Jareth in Labyrinth, Ziggy Stardust of course!

Rick James – Bustin’ Out (On Funk)

The funkateer was inspired by the Masai Tribe to put braids into his hair. He went larger than any of them by adding beads too.

Rick James - Bustin Out

The Cure – The Lovecats

Robert Smith’s messy goth crop is the definition of two things: a) teenage rebellion and b) the outcome of accidentally poring a can of Coke on your head. Hair don’t cry.

The Cure - The Lovecats

Sinead O’Connor – Mandinka

A bigger statement than any hair style, still to this day for any woman, is a bald head. Interestingly, in the Nothing Compares 2 U video, O’Connor actually has some hair on her head.

Amy Winehouse – Rehab

As infamous as her voice, her troubles with addiction and her relationship, Amy’s beehive stayed tall and bouffant through it all.

Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Sia – Chandelier

The Australian singer’s blonde crop is iconic enough, it started a #siaselfie picture meme earlier this year.

Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)

La Roux – Bulletproof

A more subtle homage to the towering achievements of ’80s hair pop icons A Flock Of Seagulls, Elly Jackson’s wavy ginger cut looks like it got caught in a wind tunnel.

La Roux - Bulletproof (Official Video)

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