Top 10 Biggest Rock Posers

Readers were a little mean this week when voting this week. So, mirror on the wall, who is the vainest rock poser of all?

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Who is the biggest poser in rock music? Given the vanity in some corners of this genre of music, there's some stiff competition. But that's what we asked Ultimate Guitar readers this week, and with hundreds of votes and thousands of nominations, we've got a fantastic range of preening musicians for you. In some cases the voting was probably a little mean, and in others it is well earned and positively justified. See what you think of the results below - let us know what you think in the comments!

10. Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars)

Jared was a movie star before going full-time with his band, so he knows all about looking good on camera. Maybe a little too good.

9. Bret Michaels (Poison)

Bret looks like a normal guy. Until he pouts his lips and wears eyeliner, of course. Nothing wrong with a little eyeliner, but what's with the permanent duck face dude?

8. Ronnie Radke (Falling In Reverse)

Ronnie is really creative with his tattoos, particularly around his hairline. There's no doubt this chap knows how to brand his appearance.

7. Scott Stapp (Creed)

Scott Stapp prefers to strike a literal pose than dress fancy, though he's known to wear an uncomfortably tight pair of leather pants on occasion.

6. Kerry King (Slayer)

Now for someone who knows how to strike a rock pose in a really REALLY good way. Kerry King, with his long beard and head which look like an angry lollipop, knows how to pull a mean guitar face.

5. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)

There's two different sides to Axl. First there's the awesomely cool version from the early '90s with that awesome bandana. Then there's modern Axl who looks a little frazzled. At least he's always made an effort, eh?

4. Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit)

Fred's backwards cap and endlessly vacant stares back when Limp Bizkit first smashed into the mainstream will forever be burned on our conscience.

3. Asking Alexandria

This list was supposed to be all about individuals, but Asking Alexandria received so many votes that they had to rank together as a band. Maybe readers just had a bone to pick after the band's recent claim that they would eventually be the biggest band in the world?

2. Black Veil Brides

This one makes more sense. It's like looking at Kiss after eating taking acid then eating magic mushrooms for dinner.

1. Gene Simmons

Only one man deserves to win. Out of all of rock history, this guy lives as if there's a camera ready to pounce out, and you can bet he's going to be ready to pose with a full face of makeup and that freaky tongue. Good on you Gene, you're our winner this week!

That's the end of our roundup. Do you agree with the results? Let us know if you think UG voters were fair down in the comments.

202 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Rimfrost
    It seems like the voters and UG have differing opinions on the meaning of a "poser".
    wormgus2003
    Where is UG on the list? I swear they got the accumulated most votes!
    N3WW4V3N1NJ4
    Ug doesn't usually count votes they consider to be "joke" submissions. Though of course the hundreds of people who voted for UG weren't joking so yeah. They did count Dee Snider as sexiest rock chick but that's just weird...
    cemerson2012
    Most Photogenic would have been a more appropriate title
    Second Rate
    photogenic would have probably been a better term. It seemed like most of us took it to mean "poseur" as in a person who affects a certain look, mannerism, whatever in an attempt to impress others.
    Noob_Brood
    This list was doomed from the beginning.
    Barricade_28
    All glam metal posers should be here. Sebastian Bach, Motley Crue, Warrant, David Coverdale....arrg!! Ygnwie Malmsteen also.
    guitarist5477
    I wouldn't agree with Motley Crue, after reading the Dirt. If it's all true then they certaintly lived the lifestyle they sang about.
    wormgus2003
    Ultimate Guitar top trolls: 1. third(eye 2. guitarist5477 3. ClaytonRush 4. RCA1186 5. iommi600
    N7Crazy
    *Ultimate Guitar top people who disagree with my opinions: 1. -nobody cares- FTFY
    iommi600
    At least we don't get something related to fellatio on [insert 60s/70s rock band] week after week anymore. The latest lists were bad, but the ones prior to them were even worse.
    dudester410
    you sound like an overdramatic high school cheerleader or something, its ok dude, youve never been blown before
    Obsceneairwaves
    still a good laugh though, even if you don't agree
    Noob_Brood
    I didn't mean "the list was doomed" as if to say it wasn't good. It is quite entertaining, honestly. What I meant by that was the main reason I feel most people get fed up with these lists is mainly the negative view from the posters. This list oozes of negativity...and I could smell all the hate that was bound to come from a list like this. I didn't vote on this list because saying a musician is a poser to me seems a bit redundant. Very seldom do artists allow the public to see themselves for whom they are. It's show business.
    daaanable
    wtf is it w brett michaels and gene simmons doing the guidette duckface? not flattering.
    alfie9000
    Whats with the Willy Wonka picture?
    Baia
    when i saw the tittle i thought of poser as the way most people use it, as an insult, someone trying to pose as something they are not, but then it was simply some people that look good on photos
    Girghe
    what the fock is your definition of "poser" UG? i was expecting something like Lil Wayne playing the guitar now thats a friggen poser
    Skyvalve2012
    Personally, bring me the horizon should've been on here...
    vppark2
    Naw, Kellin Quinn deserves it more for charging his "fans" $80 to take a picture with him.
    harry_jacko
    Where was Chad Kroeger. This list was made for him, and Billy Joe Armstrong
    saul.martinez.1
    Why is Billie Joe a poser? Hes played punk since the beginning and still is, how the **** does he pose for anything?
    Kilimacory
    First of all, learn to spell. Second, Billie does whatever the **** he wants. Pretty sure there's nothing "poser" about that.
    haifisch234
    Now make a Top 10 Biggest Rock Douchebags, so that Kerry King could finally win something.
    realmusic99
    Black Veil Brides are posers? They're one of the most original sounding rock bands I've heard since bands from back in the day. Scott Stapp and Jared Leto also seem like normal people this coming from someone who hates Creed
    Bleak91
    Kerry King The Angry Lollipop... sounds like a name of some character on spongebob
    PsiGuy60
    Today I learned "Poser" has a different meaning for UG editors than for most UG readers.
    Izzy-Sweet
    Woah woah woah, UG! I remember the question, and I also remember the answers being a whole lot more volatile than you've written them!
    FuddWead
    Maybe if they told us that by a poser they meant "one who poses," this would have gone better.
    Lost Dog
    I agree with gene simmons being #1. I mean, he's a business man posing as a rock star.
    Bigdubb
    I think Black Veil Brides should be number 1, to be honest. They're literally like a modern-day mirror image of Kiss, with a knock-off live production based on their's as well. The ultimate posers are the knock offs. At least the rest of the bands have some originality. Yes, even Asking Alexandria has SOME originality. But only some.
    Deathlock257
    Asking Alexandria is one of the shittiest bands of all time. They ONLY get off on their looks to teenage girls. They will fall off the charts by 2016. Black Veil Brides actually had a solid first album but they completely sold themselves to the record industry now and are being manipulated like puppets. They are the definition of SELLOUTS.
    Minicaxotinho
    The guys in pictures 8, 3 and 2 just look like bitches, and the music they play is labelled as "metal". Reminds me of the beginning of BrĂ¼tal Legend.
    DardySon
    Tomorrows headline: Gene Simmons sues UG and all it's users on the grounds of libel.
    Nightrain7
    I don't agree with "Axl"... You may not like the man but everything he does/is about is true to whatever he believes is best. I don't think there is any acting OR "poseing" with Axl, he is the real deal. Doesnt't follow trends,rules, dress codes etc etc.. Or maybe I have misinterpreted the thread
    ToxXicSixString
    Meanwhile Gene Simmons is sitting in a room with his 300+ Million saying "Ultimate-Guitar Who?" While I don't line Gene as a person. Not a lot bands have had the staying power Kiss has had. So if Gene is a poser then all of rock is..
    Baia
    when i saw the tittle i thought of poser as the way most people use it, as an insult, someone trying to pose as something they are not, but then it was simply some people that look good on photos
    AwesomeOne3
    IMO Sammy Hagar should be up there somewhere due to the fact he has his own brand of everything, so he's the Bret Michaels of Hard Rock
    MeepMan
    Decent list, I think Asking Alexandria should have been ahead of Gene Simmons. They're trying their absolute hardest to be "rock n' roll", edgy metalcore.
    Boo201012
    So Bret Michaels is a poser, yet Steel Panther, as a whole, is not even considered.. Right..
    swave75
    We are all posers. We all have had our pictures taken sometime in our lives.
    AwesomeOne3
    Gene Simmons deserves the number 1 spot, he was more into the fame than the music IMO