The 10 Most Iconic Bare Torsos in Music: A Taxonomy

Today in news that sounds like a punchline, Iggy Pop has just launched his own T-shirt line with Barneys Co-Op. As Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker points out, “his is the most celebrated bare torso in rock and roll, those of Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison notwithstanding.” Her brief list got us thinking about the most iconic bare chests in music, from classic rock and punk to R&B and hip-hop. A taxonomy of 10 varieties of shirtless star is after jump. You’re welcome.

Mick Jagger: The classic-rock torso

Identifying characteristics: Lithe, wiry, and seductive with little muscle definition
See also: Jim Morrison, Robert Plant