As trends come and go, there always seems to be one that sticks around—male singers with long hair. Here’s our list of our favorite singers who’ve rocked long hair over time:
1. Steven Tyler
From his impressive vocal range to his distinctive over-the-top style, Steven Tyler is known for many things—including his long, wavy hair. He’s rocked this signature look for nearly his entire career, which started in the 1970s.
2. Michael Jackson
The King of Pop was, and still is, an icon in every way. His music inspired generations of pop singers, and his style was unmatched. Although he occasionally straightened his hair, as seen in the music video for Remember The Time, his signature hairstyle was beautifully maintained natural curls.
3. Jon Bon Jovi
When you think of male singers with long hair, your mind probably goes straight to Jon Bon Jovi. His long locks are his signature look, and he started wearing them in this way since the beginning of his career in the 1980s.
Prince was an icon in so many ways, and style was one of them. His hairstyle varied with the eras, and he was known to sometimes rock an afro or wear long braids.
5. Harry Styles
Harry Styles rocked longer, wavy locks during the start of his career with One Direction. Now a solo artist, he has shorter hair, but honestly, how could his bouncy curls not become a trend?
6. Snoop Dogg
A rapper, singer, record producer, and more, Snoop Dogg can do it all—including being a style icon. Although he has been known to change things up every once in a while, he always returns to his signature look: a cap or bandana tied over his braids.
7. Bret Michaels
You’ve probably seen Bret Michaels cover his long hair with a bandana, cowboy hat, or sometimes both. Even into his 50s, this classic look still suits him, and we couldn’t imagine him without it.
8. Axl Rose
Although the long, parted hair may have been traded for long cornrow braids, Axl Rose’s signature look has always been his long, wavy hair paired with a bandana.
9. Mick Jagger
A heartthrob in his early career, Mick Jagger has always sported long hair and an unmatched charm. Even into his 70s, he still looks great!
10. Gerard Way
His career of choice and hairstyle may have changed after his days as the frontman of My Chemical Romance, but Gerard Way’s hair was as much a part of his image during his music career as his eyeliner was. He kept it long and dyed it a variation of colors, setting trends for his fans for nearly a decade.
11. Lil Wayne
One of the most successful Black artists in the world, Lil Wayne wears his hair in dreadlocks, often braided. Although it is just one of the many distinctive things about him, he hasn’t changed it much over the years.
12. Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison might just be one of the most iconic musicians of all time, even though he died far too young at the age of 27. He wore his curly hair long with bangs that hung into his eyes, adding to his mysterious persona.
Slash may have white hair now, but he still keeps his wild curls long. The guitarist from Guns N’ Roses has always sported those untamed curls and a tophat, making effortlessly cool look somehow even more effortless. Slash could definitely sing, even though he’s obviously more known for being a legendary guitarist.
14. Jared Leto
Jared Leto has gone through many different looks throughout his career but started rocking long hair in the early 2010s.
15. Kurt Cobain
The long, messy hair was part of Kurt Cobain’s iconic grunge image for his entire career. Mega-fans loved this look, and six strands of his hair were even auctioned for over $14,000!
16. Sebastian Bach
The former Skid Row frontman was known for keeping long, shiny hair that looked effortless and silky. Although it turned white, he still wears it in all its long glory.
17. Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl’s hair looks breezy and effortless—the perfect haircut for someone as iconic as the man and his entire career.
18. Roger Daltrey
English rocker Roger Daltrey of The Who has been known to let his curls hang free and loose while he performs live. He’s changed it up over the years, but he always comes back to his long, curly mane style.
19. Brian May
Although he used to straighten his hair in his early years, Brian May’s curly—almost fluffy—hair is something we can’t imagine him without. He has said he owes his curly confidence to Jimi Hendrix, who wore his unkempt curls with pride.
20. Anthony Kiedis
Anthony Kiedis has rocked many different hairstyles since Red Hot Chili Peppers’ debut in 1983, including the long locks he sported on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1994. Although his hair looked simple and effortless, he has stated that he cares a great deal about keeping his hair healthy and using the right products even when it’s short.
21. Billy Ray Cyrus
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, one of the first people who come to mind when you think “mullet” is undoubtedly Billy Ray Cyrus. He has changed his hair length and style a lot over the course of his career but seems to have settled on long and luxurious waves in recent years.
22. Bob Dylan
One of the most influential musicians in history, Bob Dylan is another person who comes to mind when discussing male singers with long hair. He is also someone who probably cares the least about fashion but somehow became a fashion icon anyway—including his wild, unkempt curls.
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23. Keith Urban
In the summer of 2022, speculation rose that Keith Urban’s signature highlighted bob was actually a wig. Wig or not, the singer’s hair has always been iconic and influential.
24. Dave Davies
During his career, Dave Davies was known for his long, choppy black hair and outrageous sense of style. In June of 1965, a newspaper snippet showed the despair of a fan who believed that he had cut all of his hair off, when in fact, he had just had a trim. Fans are serious about celebrity hair.
25. Joe Elliott
Joe Elliott has had shoulder-length hair for the majority of his career. Although he used to proudly sport a mullet, he opted for a stylish shaggy hairdo in the later years of his career.
26. Tommy Shaw
Styx singer and guitarist Tommy Shaw set trends with his luscious, long curls during his career. It’s hard to imagine him without the iconic look, which he has kept since his time with the band.
27. Vince Neil
Vince Neil’s vocal range was impressive, but so was his hair. Although he has been through the wringer since the height of his career as a rock star, he is still rocking long locks with pride.
28. Bob Marley
This reggae superstar wore his hair in long dreadlocks, which became a part of his iconic image. Although he has passed on, his music and his style will live on for generations.
29. James Hetfield
Although James Hetfield has worn his hair short since the 1990s, he used to rock long, messy hair. He’s had variations of short hairstyles since then, but he’s never committed to the long locks he wore in Metallica’s early days. However, he has said that he does miss having long hair when they’re performing on stage.
30. Tyson Ritter
During the height of his career with The All-American Rejects singer Tyson Ritter wore his shaggy hair long, covering his eyes—to the dismay of many adoring fans. Nowadays, he wears it short and tidy, showing off his baby blues and strong bone structure.
31. Post Malone
A Grammy Award nominee, Post Malone has a style all his own. Although he started his career with long braids, he’s gone between shorter unkempt curls, a completely buzzed look, and others since then.
32. Robert Plant
Every member of Led Zeppelin was iconic in some way, much like the band’s musical stylings. Robert Plant wore his curls long and luxurious and still wears them with pride in the early 2020s.
33. David Bowie
At the age of 17, David Bowie was already making waves when he formed the small Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men, which eventually became the title of a song. Throughout his career, he not only supported long hair but wore it in many different styles. He could make anything look good, which he proved up until the end of his life in 2016.
Bono started his career in the 1980s with long hair. Eventually, he cut it into an iconic mullet before trading it for a short punk hairdo.
35. Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz is a hair god. There is no style he can’t rock. Since the release of his debut album in 1986, he has been an icon trifecta: music, hair, and fashion. He’s worn everything from a tight, short afro to long, iconic dreads—and he’s done it with a confidence that cannot be matched.
36. James Bay
James Bay is one of those musicians who might actually be better known for his silky hair than for his music. He wears it long and wavy and has done so since the age of 17.
37. Willie Nelson
Country music’s most iconic braids undoubtedly belong to Willie Nelson. They even sold at auction for $37,000 after he cut them off in 1983. In 2010, he surprised fans again by appearing onstage with a long bob. However, the braids have remained his signature look, and he’s still wearing them into the early 2020s.
38. Chris Cornell
The late Chris Cornell was one of the most versatile vocalists around, which is absolutely what he was known for. But that didn’t stop fans from swooning over his long curls, which he whipped and tossed around the stage during concerts until the untimely end of his life in 2017.
39. “Weird Al” Yankovic
The guy is truly weird, but his hair and career have had a lasting effect on all of us. Those long, tight curls might be tough to maintain, but he makes it look easy.
40. Jack White
Jack White, one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 guitarists of all time, has worn many different styles throughout his career, including a punky medium-layered look for a while. Sometimes he wore it straight, sometimes curly. But he always wore it well.
41. Brent Smith
Although he wears it short now, Shinedown’s Brent Smith kept his hair long for quite a while at the beginning of his career. The lengths and the colors changed often, but the awesome way it looked when he was headbanging did not. After winning a battle with addiction and losing a substantial amount of weight, Smith went for a shorter look to match his new, cleaner image.
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