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The greatest moustaches in music

Whether you're looking for Movember inspiration or simply admire a bristling top lip, here's our countdown of the fifteen greatest styles from the world of music

15. MC Hammer

Warning: unless you're capable of some serious growth, you can't 'tache this...

'Whoa-oh-oh oh, oh-oh, oh-oh' etc.

14. Lionel Richie

A picture may paint a thousand words, but Lionel's moustache paints just one. That word is 'hello'.

13. David Bowie

At his peak, David Bowie would pioneer a new look every seven minutes. Here he is inventing the character of Ron Swanson from 'Parks and Recreation' some 25 years before the show even aired.

12. George Michael

When you've been in the closet for so long, sometimes you just want the world to get the hint. After coming out in 1997, George Michael crafted his folicles thus and headed 'Outside'.

11. Little Richard

Lewd and lascivious, just like its owner, this pencil-thin classic may be slim but it still radiates a certain 'wop-bop-ba-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom'.

10. David Crosby

One for the wild men out there, as modelled by one-quarter of Crosby, Stills, Tache and Young...

9. Luther Vandross

Luther's understated soup-strainer works nicely with his philosophy of 'Never Too Much'.

8. Todd Terje

A dynamite blonde moustache is a rare commodity in the music world, so we salute Norwegian DJ and disco producer Todd Terje for channelling the sprit of disco in more ways than one.

7. Bryan Ferry

Usually a suave son-of-a-gun, Bryan Ferry went through a phase in the late '70s of looking like he was selling fishnets and black market corned beef.

6. Lemmy from Motörhead

Do not attempt to grow one of these bad boys unless you pour Jack Daniel's on your Corn Flakes each and every morning.

5. Ron Mael

The withdrawn half of glam rock brothers Sparks, Ron lets his moustache do the talking.

4. Nick Cave

Like a stopped clock, Nick Cave's jet-black 'tache tells the right time twice a day.

3. Frank Zappa

Why go for just one bit of facial furniture? Double up like musical visionary Frank Zappa and combine your moustache with a matching soul patch.

2. Prince

It doesn't matter that his eye shadow is darker than his moustache. You'd still let him 'Jack U Off'.

1. Giorgio Moroder

He's our winner, not just because the Italian producer's top lip was once as lush and full-bodied as his work with Donna Summer, Sparks or Blondie. It's an iconic statement from a man best known for staying in the shadows, a visual identity as powerful as his sonic signature.

An essential Moroder solo album is 1979's 'E=MC2'. Like Einstein, Moroder knew that hard work and dedication were vital. Both men also knew, however, how to grow an absolutely banging moustache, and for that we'll always be grateful.

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