45 Famous Male Singers With Long Hair

Famous Male Singers With Long Hair

Music looks for men have changed drastically over the years from over-the-top glam to simple t-shirts and jeans, but long hair has always been there. Read on to learn more about our top famous male singers with long hair. From glam to country, all have set the music industry on fire.

1. Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Few people have achieved the fame that the singer and face of the band Nirvana, the late Kurt Cobain, has. He introduced the world to grunge music while sporting shoulder-length dirty blond hair, and even after his death in 1994, his look is still being copied by teenagers today. Cobain began a new era of music and a sound that bands are still trying to replicate today.

2. Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey

Although he’s since trimmed his hair back, Roger Daltrey of the English band The Who used to have a rocking shoulder-length head of hair. Both the singer and a guitar player for the band, Daltrey’s credits include chart-topping songs like “Pinball Wizard” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” which fans are still playing today.

3. Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler

Many men on this list have sported long hair in their early careers but then cut it back as they age. However, Steven Tyler, born Steven Tallarico, the lead singer of the Boston-based band Aerosmith, has kept his hair wavy and long throughout his career. His hair is anything but ordinary, often braiding in objects or dying parts of it different colors.

4. Axl Rose

Axl Rose

Born William Bruce Rose Jr., the lyricist and lead singer for the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, is best known by his professional name Axl Rose. He’s been a constant member of the band right from the beginning, and his solo tours have been part of hard-hitting heavy metal lineups including AC/DC.

5. Keith Urban

Keith Urban

A citizen of New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, Keith Urban has made a name for himself as an award-winning country singer and guitarist. The husband to actress Nicole Kidman, he frequently duets with artists, including P!nk, Dolly Parton, and Brad Paisley creating songs that go on to win numerous awards and global recognition.

6. Harry Styles

Harry Styles

Although he has recently become more known for acting, Harry Styles made his mark in 2010 at sixteen when he became a contestant on the British TV show The X Factor. Despite not winning the competition, he was asked to join the boy band One Direction and became world famous.

Today he has a solo career, frequently graces magazine covers, and is a constant subject of media attention thanks to his new and innovative way of dressing.

7. Dave Davies – The Kinks

Dave Davies – The Kinks

London-born Dave Davies and his brother Ray Davies founded the English rock band the Kinks. He has been regularly listed as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

He currently maintains a solo career working with his son Russ, who helps him write, produce and record all his music under The Aschere Project.

8. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Best known as the “King of Pop,” Gary, Indiana-born Michael Jackson, started performing in 1964 at age 6 with his older brothers as part of the Jackson 5. His solo career would give him the most fame, regularly recording songs like “Beat it” and “Thriller,” which became gold standards other artists looked up to. Jackson passed away in 2009 due to drug complications.

9. “Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Since 1976, singer, lyricist, and musician “Weird Al” Yankovic has given the world comedy parody versions of the current chart-topping favorites. His long, wavy hair is as much a part of his look as the colorful shirts he wears and the accordion he plays. Weird Al released his parody biopic film in 2022, “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.”

10. Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott

The New Wave heavy metal bands of the late seventies that popped up in Europe offer many famous male singers with long hair on this list and Joe Elliott is the lead singer of one of those heavy metal bands, Def Leppard, which sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Def Leppard’s image has always been lead singer Joe Elliott who has a head of long blond hair to accompany his distinctive raspy voice.

11. Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Born in Florida but making his name in California, Jim Morrison founded the legendary band the Doors with keyboardist Ray Manzarek. While his music has become iconic and sold millions of copies, Morrison, with long shaggy hair, has become a symbol of the hippie counterculture of the 60s and 70s.

Morrison died in 1971 at 27, but fans regularly meet at his grave site to remember him and his music.

12. Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi started his career as an actor, later becoming a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was born John Francis Bongiovi Jr., founding and leading the band Bon Jovi. He released 15 studio albums and later started his label Jambco Records before he took a solo career under the full name Jon Bon Jovi after which he released another two solo albums.

13. Robert Plant – Led Zeppelin

Robert Plant - Led Zeppelin

English singer and songwriter Robert Plant CBE is the founder and lyricist for the hard rock band Led Zeppelin. He has done some solo career work, including acting as the temporary frontman for the rock band Queen. Plant is credited as being the first to present the often-copied image of the Rock God charismatic frontman.

14. Prince

Prince

Known for his funk and R&B sound, American singer and songwriter Prince also topped the charts with pop and rock songs being nominated for and winning multiple awards over his lifetime.

He was multi-instrumental, capable of singing in almost perfect falsetto, and made headlines with his flamboyant dress sense. He passed away in 2016 after an accidental overdose.

15. Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

First brought to the world’s attention in 1992, Snoop Dogg, an American rapper, and global icon, got his start on Dr. Dre’s debut solo. He was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. but was known for names like Snoop Doggy Dogg and Snoop Lion.

He has sold 35 million albums worldwide and 25 million domestically, with numerous award nominations and wins, still wearing his long hair in dreadlocks or braids.

16. Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Unlike many on this list, American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chris Cornell seems to have let his hair grow out as he got older rather than having a longer hairstyle as a younger artist. The lead singer for both heavy rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell was also known for a budding solo career recording and writing movie soundtracks.

17. Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Lead singer for one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Mick Jagger, helped to define pop and rock music with The Rolling Stones. One of the English icons from the 60s and 70s, he helped trailblaze the Rock God archetype on stage when heavy metal and glam rock were famous.

18. Gerard Way

Gerard Way

Influenced by many musicians on this list, Gerard Way is best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the punk rock band My Chemical Romance. MCR was one of the bands to strengthen the emo music genre thanks to Gerard Way coming on stage wearing makeup and sporting long unkempt locks of hair.

19. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time and featured in multiple top rap star lists, American rapper Lil’ Waye or Weezy began his career as the youngest artist for Cash Money Records before branching out and finally starting his own label Young Money Entertainment.

He’s released thirteen albums and sold over 120 million records worldwide since his debut in 1995. He regularly styles his long hair in dreads or tight braids.

20. Brian May

Brian May

Another musician known for his hair is Brian May CBE, guitarist, and vocalist for the English rock band Queen, which inspired millions of people and acted as a jumping point of inspiration for many famous singers. As well as continuing the legacy of Queen with original drummer Roger Taylor, May also has his Ph.D. in Astrophysics.

21. Jared Leto

Jared Leto

While many see him as more of an actor now, Jared Leto gained worldwide recognition for his time with his older brother founding the California-based band Thirty Seconds to Mars, where he was lead singer and instrumentalist. The band led to millions of record sales worldwide, awards, and Guinness world records.

22. Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Starting as Nirvana’s drummer, Dave Grohl became the founder of Foo Fighters, an American rock band where Grohl is the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter. He regularly tours and plays on side projects with legends like Bruce Springsteen, Bowie, Lenny from Motörhead, and more.

23. Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis

While he has shorter hair now, Anthony Kiedis used to regularly have long hair as the lead singer and founder of the American rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 2012.

Although the band and Kiedis style themselves as rock musicians, their sound is more funk and alternative rock, featuring subjects like sex and drugs in their earlier years and then evolving to talk about family, depression, and substance abuse.

24. Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus is an American country star and actor hailing from Kentucky, where he got his start and went on to write and record 16 studio albums since its debut in 1989. His music has played an essential part in American culture, and his most famous song, “Achy Breaky Heart,” is credited as an important factor in the rise in popularity of the line-dance style.

25. Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, getting his start in 1961 as an American folk musician who pioneered using electric amps on stage to power his music. He’s gone on to be considered one of the greatest singer-songwriters that have ever lived, writing anti-war songs and folk ballads about current affairs.

26. Brent Smith

Brent Smith

Brent Smith is best known as the lead singer and frontman for the post-grunge rock band Shinedown. They debuted in 2001 and gained most of their popularity years after securing a spot on a local Tennessee label and the much larger national record label Atlantic. Shinedown has released seven studio albums and numerous singles, regularly touring worldwide.

27. Tommy Shaw

Tommy Shaw

As co-lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Styx, American musician Tommy Shaw was born in Alabama and was inducted into the Alabama music hall of fame in 2008. His work has moved between rock-inspired albums, heavier work with Styx, and even bluegrass leanings in his solo career, moving from the guitar to playing the mandolin.

He’s released numerous albums since 1967 and has pioneered a style of music all his own.

28. Vince Neil

Vince Neil

Vince Neil is an American rock star and the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. However, his style, vocals, and physical work on stage made him famous and the poster child for the glam metal scene in the 1980s. He presented an outgoing and sometimes sensational aesthetic from his start with the band in 1981 to his department in 1992.

He reunited with the band from 1996 to 2015 when Mötley Crüe retired, and he went on to focus on his solo career.

29. Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Debuting in 1962, Jamaican singer and guitarist Bob Marley has become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and a Rastafari icon. He performed with the group the Wailers or often appeared as himself. He died in 1981 due to cancer and received a state funeral in Jamaica.

30. James Hetfield

James Hetfield

American James Hetfield was born in California, becoming the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Metallica in 1978 after answering an ad about the group forming. Although he’s the iconic voice of the band and has helped to increase the popularity of thrash metal and speed metal subgenres, Hetfield is probably best known as a guitarist with a signature style.

He regularly places high on lists for the top 100 guitarists of all time and has had nine Grammy wins and numerous nominations.

31. Manuel Agnelli

Manuel Agnelli

Italian-born Manuel Agnelli might not be that familiar with American audiences, but in Italy, he’s more than famous for promoting rising stars and acting as a judge and mentor on Italy’s X-Factor. He has since focused on developing his solo work while fronting his long-running band Afterhours.

32. Tyson Ritter

Tyson Ritter

Lead singer, guitarist, and sometimes bassist of the rock band the All-American Rejects, Oklahoma-born Tyson Ritter debuted in 1997. Their alternative rock and pop rock sound has earned them platinum status and helped Ritter go on to star in many TV shows and movies, often playing a musician.

33. Klemens Hannigan

Klemens Hannigan

Hailing from Iceland, blond-haired Klemens Hannigan is one-third of the Euro-techno-pop group Hatari with his cousin Matthías and friend Einar. The band was Iceland’s 2019 entry to Eurovision and made waves in the global music community.

34. Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

American funk, R&B, and rock icon Lenny Kravitz came onto the music scene in 1981 after being born and raised in New York City. He signed with Virgin Records for a popular solo career and then went on to tour with world-famous bands like U2. He’s sold 40 million records worldwide, and recorded soundtracks for the blockbuster hit the Hunger Games franchise.

35. James Bay

James Bay

English singer and songwriter James Bay came to the music scene in 2013 with folk rock-styled music and a guitar he had found in his cupboard. His 2014 album was certified platinum and has won awards like the Brit Award for Best British Male Solo Act in 2016 after just one album.

36. Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

One of the longest-lived country musicians on this list, Willie Nelson has become an American icon for country music that blends with jazz, blues, and gospel genres. His music continues to be relevant decade after decade. As well as being an award-winning musician, he has also been a lifelong supporter of marijuana legalization and environmental consciousness.

37. Jack White

Jack White

American singer and guitarist Jack White is also one half of the duo The White Stripes, where he performs with his wife Meg White on drums. Jack White has played in numerous bands, including some before the White Stripes, but his work with this award-winning band has helped revitalize and strengthen the garage rock genre.

38. David Bowie

David Bowie

Born in London, England, David Bowie was best known for his solo career and time spent playing his musical character Ziggy Stardust. He pioneered many musical styles and revolutionized English and later American fashion with his strange alien looks brought onto the glam metal stage. He sold 100 million records worldwide before his death in 2016.

39. Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels

As lead singer of the hard rock and glam metal band Poison, it’s no surprise that Bret Michaels is on this list of long haired singers, rocking long and straight brown hair throughout his long career. Poison sold over 50 million albums worldwide; of those 50 million, Americans purchased 15 million.

His distinctive voice has gone on to support a solo career and offered him additional work as one of the hosts of Travel Channel.

40. George Harrison

George Harrison

Although he is best known as a guitarist and was only an occasional singer, George Harrison’s time with the British band the Beatles added another significant layer to their sound and his solo career. He brought in Indian instruments and sounds that he was passionate about, and the Beatles never missed his often soft-spoken contributions. Harrison passed away in 2001.

41. David Gilmour

David Gilmour

Lead singer and guitarist of English prog-rock band Pink Floyd since 1967, Cambridge-born David Gilmour CBE has always encapsulated the prog-rock and psychedelic rock look. A fact that is true even if he has less hair today than he did when he initially played for Pink Floyd, taking over for original member Syd Barrett.

42. Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard

An American country singer, Merle Haggard, often played guitar and fiddle songs that contrasted what popular musicians were singing about at the time, even focusing songs against anti-Vietnam sentiment and stressing his inclusion with the working class. He’s classified as part of the outlaw country sub-genre and often placed on the same lists as artists like Johnny Cash.

43. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Considered to be one of the best guitarists in the world and one of the best blues musicians to have ever lived, American blues star Stevie Ray Vaughan was both a solo artist as well as being the lead singer for Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Double Trouble.

His work is said to have inspired artists like David Bowie and expanded the audience for blues music in the United States.

44. Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

Although best known as a country artist, American singer and later record producer Kenny Rogers released award-winning albums across various genres, often gaining recognition as a soft rock artist. His career spanned six decades, with sales occurring everywhere in the world, and he went on to also become an actor and entrepreneur.

45. Neil Young

Neil Young

Canadian-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young is best known for his signature tenor voice and thoughtful lyrics supported by his backing band Crazy Horse. He’s been creating music since 1963 when he debuted on the Winnipeg, Canadian music scene.

Young took his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Once it was as a solo artist and then as a member of the group Buffalo Springfield.

Best Male Singers With Long Hair, Final Thoughts

From the long hair of glam metal and hard rock to the shaggy locks of emo, famous long singers will long hair all share a love for a particular look on stage.

It’s become a trademark of the energetic front man, supporting his band with a “rock god” stage presence and defined the solo country singer who shares the stage with just his guitar. Either way, it’s a look that isn’t going away anytime soon.

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