10 Iconic Mullets
1. David Bowie
No list of mullets can be complete without David Bowie’s classic bright orange cut. This style was a part of his Ziggy Stardust persona, and he still sticks with many people as one of the biggest contributors to the mullet rising in popularity once he started wearing one in the 70s.
2. Paul McCartney
The Beatles cycled through multiple iconic hairstyles throughout their time as a band, and the mullet had its moment to shine, as well. Paul McCartney wore the style throughout the 70s and into the 80s.
3. Patrick Swayze
Perhaps most known for his dirty dancing, Patrick Swayze rocked his way through the 80’s and 90’s with a mullet, stealing (or breaking) the hearts of everyone in the country. Even despite (or perhaps because of) that classic mullet style.
4. Billy Ray Cyrus
Nothing will beat this achy breaky mullet of the early 90’s, but in recent years, Billy Ray Cyrus has brought a shorter version of the style back. You can’t think “mullet” and “cheesy country pop music” without also thinking Billy Ray.
5. John Stamos
Spending the 90’s as cool Uncle Jesse on Full House certainly didn’t stop John Stamos from sporting the look. In fact, that mullet may be one of the most memorable fashion choices from the entire show.
6. Ben Franklin
Yes, that Ben Franklin. According to some, his bald-on-the-top, long-at-the-back style was one form of the mullet. Or, to be more precise, a “skullet.”
7. Mel Gibson
Did you know that Mel Gibson used to have a mullet? He sported a rather flowy one throughout almost the entire Lethal Weapons franchise and throughout the 80’s.
8. Wayne Gretzky
Maybe not the biggest or the baddest mullet in the history of hockey, but Gretzky has easily one of the most recognizable names in the sport, even to those who don’t watch. The hockey mullet is its own subgenre of the style, perpetuated along with the “flow” hairstyle, and the fact that teams will go entire playoff seasons not shaving their beards, and, often, not cutting their hair. The result tends to be something akin to a mullet. Gretzky’s classic mullet lasted through the 80’s and deep into the 90’s, long after most other notable figures had abandoned the ‘do.
9. Joan Jett
One of the first notable ladies to rock the mullet, Joan Jett was sporting the look back in the 70’s with Paul McCartney and David Bowie. And rocking out while doing so.
10. Richard Dean Anderson
Known for his role as MacGyver in the show MacGyver, Anderson sported a mullet as he played the classic character throughout the 80s. He may have left the biggest cultural impact with the term “MacGyvering,” and the concept of fixing something with whatever you’ve got on hand at the moment, but don’t let that completely overshadow this classic mullet.