Greatest mustaches in rock history

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  • 1 John Oates
    The key to really wearing a mustache---rather than having it wear you---is confidence. Now clean-shaven, Oates wore his with the kind of bravado that Scotsmen bring to shortsless kilt-wearing: a caveman gleam in the eye, an open shirt and a fulsome explosion of bristles.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Hollywood Records

    2 Freddie Mercury
    Most gents with an overbite will even out the facial plateau with a beard. Not Queen singer Mercury, who opted for this impressive thatch.

  • 3 Frank Zappa
    This all-over-the-map composer is the Salvador Dal of the entertainment world, in music
    and mustache.

  • Photograph: Robert John

    4 Lemmy
    If whiskers were Spice Girls, Motrhead man Lemmy's would undoubtedly be Scary.

  • 5 Chuck Berry
    Rock & roller Berry offers the 'stache equivalent of overplucked eyebrows---taking from top and bottom until near nothing remains.

  • 6 Ringo Starr
    What could top the drum fills on "Strawberry Fields Forever"? The fact that Ringo's eyes slope downward at the same angle as his mustache.

  • Photograph: Franz Miles Kerr

    7 Franz Nicolay
    The erstwhile Hold Steady keys player now has a solo album titled Luck & Courage; as robust an approach to life as it is to facial hair.

  • 8 Prince
    Mustachioed, mulleted, wearing a shiny purple coat and still sexy. Mr. Prince, we salute you!

  • 9 JD Samson
    Boldness is rewarded again, in Le Tigre/MEN lady Samson. If face fuzz could talk: "Yes it is,  and yes I am."

  • 10 Donald Fagen
    So thin! So well groomed! As if  a single dreadlock has been glued to the Steely Dan singer's upper lip.

1 John Oates
The key to really wearing a mustache---rather than having it wear you---is confidence. Now clean-shaven, Oates wore his with the kind of bravado that Scotsmen bring to shortsless kilt-wearing: a caveman gleam in the eye, an open shirt and a fulsome explosion of bristles.

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