Rock has a hairy history…literally. Across every decade, there’s usually a rocker that emerges with some killer facial hair. While we love a great beard, this gallery will focus on the wonder that is the mustache.

There are a wide variety of mustache types. An “Imperial” mustache is a thicker style where the ends curl inward. There’s also the “Horseshoe,” which is thicker and has ends that curl down towards the mouth. A close relative to the “Horseshoe” is the “Fu Manchu.” The big difference between the two is the “Fu Manchu” has a hairless gap above the upper lip, while the “Horseshoe” is fully connected. The ever-controversial “Pencil” mustache is a thin line of hair just above someone’s upper lip. (Think Little Richard or John Waters.)

Fun fact, and also to prove that any interest has an association: There is such a thing as the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA). This association overlooks the World Beard and Moustache Championships. (Yes, this is a real thing.) According to the WBMA’s mission statement, “We also encourage the worldwide appreciation of beards and moustaches. We believe that all facial hair-related events should encourage friendship among those with facial hair and those who appreciate it.”

Our Rating System

To celebrate the mustache and its place in rock history, we selected nine rockers from varying decades who were known to wear a mustache. Some of these men range in being known for their hairy upper lips, while others simply wore a mustache seemingly for fun.

Our rating system won’t use “stars”; instead, it will be based on a range of 1 through 5 mustache combs. With this range, “1” will be the lower ranking, while “5” is a truly supreme mustache for all to admire.

Without further ado, keep scrolling to see our ratings on some of rock’s most prominent mustaches.

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