10 Most Ridiculous Hairstyles in Popular Music History

1. Keith Flint (The Prodigy)

So when Keith Flint sat down to think about an an edgy image that would help attract fans to their equally edgy electronia, he came to the conclusion that Bozo the Clown would be the model. Billions of dollars are spent each year across the globe to address male-pattern baldness, yet Flint cut his hair to equal what millions of men are trying to avoid. Now to his credit, he did dye his remaining tufts with neon colors to take the faux-alopecia to the next level. However, as you can see the end result the most ridiculous hairstyle in the history of popular music.

2. Bill Kaulitz (Tokio Hotel)

Tokio Hotel win the award for worst hair in a rock duo or group with two entries in my top 10 bad hair list. Lead singer Bill Kaulitz is evidence that Germany is indeed 20+ years behind the rest of the world when it comes to rock & roll style. His big 80s metal hair looks like it must take hours of attention and gallons of hairspray. But it's the spiked effect and two-tone coloring that really take it over the top. Incredibly, Bill has been able to combine some of the most tacky and overdone hair clich├ęs into one putrid and hilarious mess.

3. Mike Score (A Flock Of Seagulls)

Before Mike Score became an 80s music icon he was a hairdresser. And he is solely responsible for his famous haircut. The hair found fame due to the serious airtime it received on early MTV. It is rumored that the hairstyle was stumbled upon when Score tried to imitate David Bowie's famous Ziggy Stardust cut, but failed. It's a good thing that Mike found success in music instead of as a stylist, but his famous coiffure is one of the most ridiculous haircuts to come out of the 80s. Quite an accomplishment for a decade filled with ridiculous haircuts.

4. Tom Kaulitz (Tokio Hotel)

Our second entry from the German band Tokio Hotel is Tom Kaulitz. This pick was really quite easy. The bottom line is, if you're white and have dreadlocks you'll be humiliated on a daily basis, and you probably deserve to be. The history of the dreadlock can be traced back to ancient Egypt and it is integral to parts of African, Rastafarian and Hindu culture. Dreads simply don't belong on white people as they make you look ridiculous. All they display is your lack of individuality and insensitivity to cultures that you are not a part of and have no insight to. Tom Kaulitz is a perfect example of how foolish white kids look with dreads.

5. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)

There is one hairstyle above all others that no man should ever be caught dead in -- braids. I have never been a fan of Axl Rose for many reasons. Apart from being a grade-A jackass and having the worst voice in rock & roll history, Axl's completely insecure with the aging process and his newly found un-celebrity. Not everyone can age gracefully, but one thing you should never do is get a face-lift and braid your hair to combat middle age. Hey Axl, here's a hint: Many of your contemporaries that still have viable careers in music have cut their hair and toned down their lifestyle.

6. Christopher "Kid" Reid (Kid n' Play)

I don't have anything against the hi-top fade in particular, but Christopher Reid took the style a little bit too far. A good thing for all musicians to keep in mind is that there's a fine line between hip and goofy. The key is to never cross that line. It's never fun to look at old pictures of a ridiculous haircut, and now in the Internet age, a photo is forever. Kid was responsible for helping to make the hi-top fade a popular cut in the later half of the 80s, but it died out almost as fast as it had arrived, and there is very good reason for that.

7. Amy Winehouse

When I was a kid and I didn't brush my hair my mother would say something like "go brush your hair, it looks like a rat's nest!" Those words painted a horrifying image in my head. Of course, the term "rat's nest" was always an over-exaggeration, that is until the arrival of Amy Winehouse. A well-kept beehive can provide a great retro look as was proven by the B-52s. The problem with Amy's is that instead of providing a hip, retro style it conveys an unwashed, junkie look. This may have much to do with the fact that Amy Winehouse is indeed an unwashed junkie.

8. David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

You can't really list the A Flock Of Seagulls cut on a top 10 list of the most ridiculous hairstyles in rock history without also mentioning David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust look. This cut must ultimately take responsibility for the dreadful "mullet" haircut. His Ziggy cut spread from Bowie's art-school fashion attempt, throughout the classic rock world and even ended up poisoning country music style. It was a train that simply could not be stopped. The "short on the sides, long in the back" style picked up incredible speed throughout the 1980s and ended up being a fashion disaster of epic proportions. One that we are only now beginning to understand.

9. Phil Collins

Lots of good men go bald. There's nothing to be ashamed of when your hair recedes. The most noble thing a man can do when his hairline reaches a certain point is to just shave it all off. Although Phil Collins gets credit for avoiding the horrid, but tempting comb-over trick, he loses points for keeping that tiny patch of turf in the middle of his shiny-white melon. We watched his hair thin for the duration of his career with Genesis, but it was sad to see him hold on to that solitary island as it lost its battle against the rising tide of his scalp.

10. Limahl (Kajagoogoo)

Limahl made his mark in the 80s with a hairstyle that I loving refer to as the "Peacock Mullet". It certainly qualifies as a mullet with its long in the back and short on the sides styling, but Limahl took the mullet to places never seen.
His use of diametrically opposed coloring and a spiked pompadour in combination with the mullet resulted in a cut that screamed "LOOK AT ME, I WANT TO BE NOTICED!". It's ironic that Kajagoogoo's solitary hit in the United States was "Too Shy".

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