The 10 Best Songs About Hair
Hair -- it's everywhere, literally. The concept of hair is almost vital to the music community nowadays. Whether it's that one Disney heartthrob's primped-to-perfection side-swoop or Steven Tyler's cornucopia of bird feathers, an iconic hairstyle can cement one's place in pop culture. In music especially, wild hairstyles signify the rights of expression that our favorite artists are expected to maintain and are applauded for.
Photo by Groovehouse Miley Cyrus at Toyota Center, March 2014
The way an artist cuts his or her hair, like Miley Cyrus circa 2013, or doesn't cut his hair, like the Beatles in the mid-'60s, can shake up pop culture in a way unlike anything else. And it doesn't stop at the artists. Just take a look around Coachella. In fact, it seems like along with a ticket, the flower crown is a prerequisite for girls on the way to their very first music festival in 2014.
We love our musicians and their fascination with hair, and we especially love when these musicians write songs about it -- so below we've compiled a list of our Top 10 songs about hair, with artists ranging from R. Kelly to Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga.
10. "Cut Your Hair," Pavement
Pavement takes a jab at the '80s hair bands of their time for solely using their long hair to garner attention. Instead of growing it out, the boys of Pavement take a trip to the barbershop to cut their hair in the music video and remind us that true talent is not measured by how big your hair is, by by your musicianship.
9. "Beard Lust," Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
I kind of felt like I had to put this on the list not only because the song is a classic, but also because the band's name totally fits into the theme of this article. Natalie Portman's Shaved Head tackles a very serious epidemic within the male community: beard lust, when you want so badly to grow out your facial hair but just don't have the time OR money to groom it. Sometimes the responsibilities that come with growing out a beard are just too much to handle, I guess.
8. "Pull My Hair," Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes take us to the bedroom with "Pull My Hair," a laid-back 1998 jam that is great for lots of occasions: a nice day at the beach drinking some Sunkist under your umbrella, hanging out with friends on a dewy Friday night, or maybe even participating in some of the activities described in the song, if you're in the mood for that.
7. Nina Simone, "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
In case you didn't know, "Black Is the Color (of My True Love's Hair)" is actually a traditional folk song that originated in the Appalachian region in the early 1900s and has been covered by way too many artists to name. However, Nina Simone's piano version is so hauntingly beautiful that I think we can all agree that her version is the best, right?
6. "Lend Me Your Comb," The Beatles
You probably haven't heard of this Beatles song because it's also a cover, but we still love it anyway. It's a wholesome tune about sneaking back into your house after a wild night out with your girlfriend and having to ask around for a comb so that your parents don't get suspicious. Sounds like an episode of some '90s Nickelodeon sitcom.
5. "Long Brown Wavy Hair," Led Zeppelin
This song is a rare gem from Led Zeppelin since the band performed it only once in 1969. The title pretty much explains it all, and the lyrics are pretty repetitive, but that guitar riff...
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