8 of the Greatest Beards in Rock ‘n’ Roll

Rock stars are the best. We grew up loving them, emulating their style, and wanting to be them. Since it’s hard to resist a good beard, we looked to the facial hair styles of our favorite rockers. Beards have been a hallmark of rock style since the 1960s, most notably when the Beatles grew up and let their “good clean boy” hair get very, very shaggy. Facial hair on rock stars ranges from the theatrical (think ZZ Top) to artfully scruffy (Bon Iver) to those who are a little more bold and detailed. We’ve selected some of our favorite, notable rock star beard styles from years past to today.

1. Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury | Source: Live Aid

2. Scott Ian

Scott Ian

Scott Ian | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Guitarist Scott Ian of heavy metal ’80s band Anthrax, has one of the most notable chin tufts out there. Ian rocks his signature long chin tuft, which he sometimes adds a hint of color to, and has been cultivating this distinct beard style for decades now  a thick stalk of dark hair jutting out from his jaw while the rest of his face is clean shaven. No one is expecting you to emulate this style, but if there’s one thing Ian can teach us it’s to find our own distinct look and stick with it.

3. Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

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Frank Zappa is in a class of his own, musically speaking. He happens to be a musical genius with his own distinct grooming style: A soul patch with a mustache, paired with a thick, wild head of hair. Few to none can pull off this look, but Zappa can.

4. Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister | Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, who passed away recently, is one of the few rockers who decided to let his muttonchops do most of the talking. Those thick, black chops connected to a simple mustache. His facial hair is so perfect that he didn’t change it for 30 years. It matches his personality and style, which usually included a cowboy hat. Much like Motorhead’s albums, Lemmy has kept to a formula with his facial hair, and it worked.

5. Jim Morrison

The Doors

The Doors band members from left to right: drummer John Densmore, keyboard player Ray Mansarek, vocalist Jim Morrison, and guitarist Robby Krieger | Central Press/Getty Images

Jim Morrison of The Doors is best remembered for his early, clean-shaven rocker look. However, in the later 60s and early 70s, Morrison embraced more of a hairy, rock shaman look with a bushy beard and his classically envied thick locks. He was right on point, beard wise, during his time.

6. Caleb Followill

Caleb Followill

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Jim James

Jim James | Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation

My Morning Jacket’s leading man, Jim James‘ hair and personality are in complete juxtaposition. His great big mop of hair is complemented by an old-school rock beard. It’s a look that can come off intimidating to some, but it also brings out the sweet, gentle looking quality in his face.

8. Dan Auerbach

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Dan Auerbach | Source: Thinkstock

Uniquely groomed, Black Keys rocker Dan Auerbach keeps his beard short and tight, and his hair is shiny and neat. He’s scruffy yet under control, roughly echoing the ethos is his band’s music.

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