Ever since bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones decided to let their hair grow down to their collar, long hair has been a sign of rebellion and self-expression.
From “long-haired hippies” to the high maintenance hair-do’s of the 80s, and the mixed feelings towards personal grooming in the 90s, there have been many long hair trends in music.
Here is a list of male singers who have had long hair at some point in their careers.
#1 Jon Bon Jovi
We’ll start this list with one of the most iconic hairstyles of the 80s, Jon Bon Jovi, of the band Bon Jovi’s, trembling tower of golden hair. Bon Jovi’s hair seemed to be some blessed hybrid between mod hair architecture and the length and teasing of hair metal.
Even if you were not a Bon Jovi fan, you couldn’t deny the hair.
Jon Bon Jovi cut his hair and changed the style in the 90s.
#2 Axl Rose
Lead singer of Guns N’ Roses since it began in 1985, Axl Rose was well known for hair that hung down his shoulder. His trademark look included a bandana wrapped across his forehead and around his head.
#3 Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith has rocked his wavy long brown hair for decades. Unlike other male singers who change up their hair or cut it shorter as they age, Tyler has kept his long locks.
Steven has also played with his hair for years, experimenting with adding streaks of color or rooster feather extensions.
#4 Billy Ray Cyrus
The country star, and father of Miley, Billy Ray Cyrus, has changed his hair many times throughout the years. While he’s had long hair for much of his career, Billy Ray Cyrus’s hair claim to fame is his exceptionally long, exceptionally mullet-y mullet from when he broke into fame with “Achy Breaky Heart” in 1992.
#5 Billy Corgan
You might be surprised that Smashing Pumpkin’s frontman, Billy Corgan, used to have long hair. Corgan was apparently tired of taking care of his hair, which was quite lustrous and shiny.
Corgan had it cut and wore it short during the Siamese Dream Days, later shaving it around the time of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
#6 Robert Plant
Robert Plant was the lead singer of Led Zeppelin from its beginning in 1968 until the band broke up in 1980. Although the band separated with the death of drummer John Bonham, Robert Plant has continued his music career.
Robert Plant is another male singer with long hair who kept it long as he aged. His blond curls have changed color throughout the years but have kept their bounce.
#7 Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz has made a long of changes to his hair throughout the decades, but when he hit it big in the 90s with “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” he was swinging a head full of long dreadlocks.
Kravitz’s mother was an actress who played Helen Willis on The Jeffersons. Kravitz has been known to act as well, as can be seen with short hair in The Hunger Games.
#8 Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain’s name is pretty much synonymous with grunge. Grunge was named after the heavy and dirty sound of the music being performed and recorded, but it was also a reference to the type of clothes these musicians would wear, such as ratty t-shirts, holey jeans, and flannel shirts.
While musicians in the 80s were spending hours teasing, curling, and spraying their hair into the right height and shape, grunge didn’t care. Male grunge singers often had long hair because it took no effort just to let the hair grow and hang there. Usually, they didn’t even bother brushing it.
During his time in Nirvana, Kurt Cobain’s dirty blond hair usually fell just above his shoulder and was often hanging over his face, which was another hallmark trait of 90s grunge hair.
#9 Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl had very long hair when he was the drummer for Nirvana, but after Kurt Cobain died in 1994, Grohl went on to form and be the long-haired singer of The Foo Fighters. At first, The Foo Fighters was a one-man project, but Grohl formed a band for touring, and the rest is history.
#10 Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell was born on July 20, 1964, and sadly took his own life on May 18, 2017. Chris Cornell was best known as the singer and guitarist for Soundgarden and Audioslave.
Soundgarden was one of the seminal rock bands of the Seattle sound during the late 80s, early 90s, and beyond. Chris Cornell did play with the length of his hair during his life and career, but even during the height of grunge, his thick, dark, curly waves gave more of the impression of a rocker or head-banger than a slacker.
#11 Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder was another male singer with long hair who came to fame in the 90s. The frontman for Pearl Jam, Vedder, had hair that fell down his back and was often flying around as he thrashed around onstage or swung from the rafters over the stage.
Vedder came up to Seattle from San Diego to audition for a new band Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were forming after their former band, Mother Love Bone, fell apart because of the death of frontman Andy Wood. The forming Pearl Jam banded together with Soundgarden to record and release the Temple of the Dog album as a tribute to Wood.
#12 Shannon Hoon
If you grew up in the ’90s, you might remember the video with “the bee girl.” If you were born later, though, chances are you’ve still heard Shannon Hoon’s band, Blind Melon, in a shopping mall, grocery store, or another public place with the song “No Rain.”
Blind Melon was formed in 1990 and released two albums before Shannon Hoon’s death from an overdose in 1995. Their 1993 hit “No Rain” is their biggest claim to fame. In the video, you can see Hoon’s long wavy brown hair as he walks through a very green field under a very blue sky.
#13 Anthony Kiedis
Another of the long-haired singers key to the alternative sound of the 90s is Anthony Kiedis from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anthony kept his hair long through the 90s when it fell down his back, which was quite noticeable as he often performed or was photographed bare-chested.