Mick Jagger Voted 'Most Stylish Rock Star'

Lifestyle website Complex puts him at the top of the list.

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Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger has been voted most stylish rock star of all time by lifestyle website Complex. The front man pipped David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and bandmate Keith Richards to the top spot.

Complex offered the following justification for his topping the poll: "Hands-down one of the best-dressed musicians of all-time, he definitely set the bar for flamboyant frontmen. From his crazy stage antics to his bad boy edge, his style reflected his personality perfectly: it was something that needed to be tamed, but functioned best when it was wild.

"Even today, he wears silk scarves and suits with more rakish appeal than most men - and he's pushing 70."

Some of Complex's most stylish rock stars:

1. Mick Jagger 2. Prince 3. David Bowie 4. Kurt Cobain 5. Sid Vicious 6. Keith Richards 07. John Lennon 08. Jimi Hendrix 09. Elvis 10. David Byrne 11. Alice Cooper 12. Slash 13. Bruce Springsteen 14. Jack White 15. Keith Moon 16. Lemmy 17. Johnny Rotten 18. Freddie Mercury 19. Billy Gibbons 20. Zakk Wylde 21. Billy Idol 22. Axl Rose 23. Lenny Kravitz

Of course, some will note that there is an irony in rock stars, as the supposedly anti-authoritarian, against the curve figureheads of 20th century culture being considered "stylish". Perhaps the question we should be asking though is, in a list of stylish rock stars, how the bloody hell did Lemmy only get to #16 ?!?

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    Kurt Cobain as fashionable? I love Nirvana, but even when he played his MTV Unplugged set he was wearing the same clothes from a few days ago. Hell, he got married in his pajamas!
    i think they ment style of clothes..... he definitely changed the way people dressed in 90s..... after teen spirit everybody started to wear flannel shirts etc.
    if you told kurt cobain he wouldve been in the top five most stylish rock stars in history, he probably wouldve killed himself faster
    lol are you crazy? in the early 90's they all wore lumberjacks shirts because of the grunge movement, and he was definitly the head of the movement
    This list could have been much worse. Usually when these lists are published they include numerous pop stars even though the list is supposed to be rock stars. Be happy you didn't see: 1. Justin Bieber 2. Lance Bass 3. One Direction 4. Jonas Brothers
    Being a rock star means being somewhat stylish by default, I would say. But they seem to have a varying definition of "stylish".
    It could be worse. They could have paired Mick Jagger and David Bowie together as a team.
    How is not Marilyn Manson up there? He's not only created a character, he's *become* the character. You never not see him fully decked out without style in mind. The entire MM band's early 1900's German look for Golden Age was incredible!
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    I feel like thats just a list of the 20 Rock Stars they could remember when they all put their heads together. And yeah, where are 7-10?
    Wow another new report on a meaningless list compiled on some hipster crap site, cutting edge stuff.
    I guess we live in a world where a checkered deep-cut unitard isn't stylish. Sorry Freddie.
    Dude, i know a lot of you hate him, but you gotta put Liam Gallagher on that list. Mother****er is stylish as ****, probably no.1 or no. 4 putting out cobain.
    kurt cobain and sid vicous in the top 5? slipknot and gwar are probably in those numbers 7 and 8
    i love how jack white is on her when now he looks like a goth johnny depp. i like his old way better
    No Robert Plant? I usually don't comment asking for someone to be there, but Plant's look was one of his many appeals in the 70s!
    I don't really get what they mean by "stylish" in this list. Also this list is missing Kirk Hammett.