The mullet is having itself a comeback moment in country music.
Business up front, party in back. The hairstyle had a heyday back in the 90’s, and then for some (inexplicable) reason, fell out of favor in the early 2000’s.
Slowly but surely, though, country artists have started to realize the power that a good mullet can bring, and we’ve seen them popping up on heads of some of the biggest stars over the past few years.
So in honor of the classic hairstyle, I thought now would be a good time to look back and rank some of the all-time great mullets in country music. And maybe try to harness some of that big mullet energy for myself.
12. Vince Gill
Gotta be honest, I had actually completely forgotten that Vince Gill even had a mullet. Not a good sign when people don’t even remember you had a mullet, so this mullet definitely loses points there. But it’s still a solid mullet – nice and full in the back, strong sideburns game and well kept up top. Vince’s mullet was also short lived, so his lack of a commitment to the mullet life keeps him down on the list of country music mullets.
The mullet and mustache combo, the black cowboy hat like he’s here to steal your girl and take her to a fancy dinner at Applebees…that’s a guy I’d have a beer with. These days Tim McGraw looks more like a guy who’d invite you to the gym before he heads out on his fishing boat off the coast of his private island.
The mullet era also happened to be when Tim was releasing some of best music. Coincidence? Maybe. But all I’m saying is mullet Tim McGraw never released a song as bad as “Truck Yeah.”
10. Toby Keith
We have our first perm mullet here with this masterpiece from Toby Keith. A little messy? Sure. But once again, Toby’s best music was from back in the mullet era, so maybe we have ourselves a trend here. I mean, just look at that swag.
Midland‘s Mark Wystrach is one of the guys doing his part to bring the Big Mullet Energy back to today’s country music. And damn if he didn’t kill it. A little fluffy up top, good length and coverage in the back. Bonus points for the mustache/mullet combo.
The only problem is that it seems Wystrach has recently ditched the mullet, which calls into question his commitment to the mullet game. We’ll see if he reconsiders once he realizes the power that he wielded with that all-star mullet.
8. Keith Whitley
The late, great Keith Whitley took the permed mullet to a whole new level. Some even say that his mullet walked so Toby Keith’s could run. The curl, the volume…this is a hall of fame mullet right here.
The length, the curl, the volume…Blake Shelton‘s mullet had it all. Sadly it seems like Blake’s best mullet days are behind him after he recently tried to bring the look back and, well, this was the result.
Clean, close-cut sides, a well-kept top, and then just absolute heat in the back. Morgan Wallen is practically challenging this generation of country dudes to step up and challenge his mullet domination. Will anybody throw their hat (and their hair) into the ring?
5. Tracy Lawrence
Tracy Lawrence just seems like a really down to earth dude. But his mullet was absolutely out of this world.
Clean on the sides and just absolutely flowing in the back. Great volume, a little bit of curl…you just know that if you see this guy sitting at a bar, you’re going to end up throwing back shots of whiskey until you black out and probably lose your wallet and dignity in the process. There’s no keeping up with somebody who has the power of this mullet behind them.
The thing I respect most about Travis Tritt is his dedication to the mullet. Ever since he burst onto the country music scene, Travis has never wavered in his commitment to living the mullet life. And every mullet that he’s rocked has been perfect in its own way.
There’s the blue-collar, guy-in-a-dive-bar mullet of the 90’s: A little fluffy on top, long enough to rest on his shoulders and just powering him to make some of the absolute best music of the decade.
And the all-time best mullet in country music belongs to…
1. Billy Ray Cyrus
Was there any question which mullet would top the list? It’s the most famous mullet in country music – hell, maybe the most famous mullet EVER. It’s the mullet that you think of when you hear the word “mullet.” If you look up Big Mullet Energy in a dictionary, you’d find a picture of this mullet. The mullet of all mullets. And it belongs, of course, to Billy Ray Cyrus.
And speaking of mullets how about the best ’90s country playlist you’ve ever seen? When it comes to playlists, good luck finding something this good. Just not possible – 120 songs of ’90s country gold for your bad days, your good days, your drinking days, any day really.
Grab a 30 rack, a bottle of whiskey, a joint, and turn it up.