The Ten Most Iconic Butts of Rock

Bruce Springsteen, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and other legendary asses.
By Lindsay Cutler

Everyone has a feature or two they pride themselves on: long legs, broad shoulders, or an ample chest. Often, these features are bestowed on us by a good and loving god. However, there's one part of the body that requires work — one part of the body that acts as the tentpole on which all other body parts are raised, "Yes, things don't just come this way," the ass seems to say. In other words, great asses aren't born. They are made. These are ten of the most legendary.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen's butt

A little bit of guilt comes with pointing out how great Bruce Springsteen's butt was/continues to be. You would never point to some blue-collar Joe in your modest port community — a union man, let's say — and laugh, "Boy, that guy really fills out his Lee's." (That would be weird, and gross, and frankly, not of the times.) But if record executives didn't want Americans to fall in love with Bruce Springsteen's ass, they shouldn't have put it in front of the flag. It's practically your civic responsibility to care about The Boss's butt, or at the very least, to question what civic responsibility means. (Isn't that what 2002's The Rising was all about?) Bruce Springsteen: cool butt, true patriot.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart's butt

In the past few decades, Rod Stewart has become a bit of a joke. But before he starting churning out performance after performance of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" for any casino audience that would have him, he was a rock star. Really. Okay, well maybe not a star. But, he was a member of The Kinks before they were The Kinks, in the original Jeff Beck Group, and rumor has it that Jimmy Page originally wanted Stewart as lead singer of Led Zeppelin. Thankfully, history righted itself, and Robert Plant became the rock idol of ages while Rod Stewart continues to thrill strange, unknowable women while wearing pants too tight for his age. Out of respect, we'll remember the ass that was.

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury's butt

Everyone has their own natural gait; some people lead with their chest, some people lead with their chins. Freddie Mercury led with his ass. He once said, "I'm so powerful on stage that I seem to have created a monster." If by "monster," he meant, "preternatural sex god," then I'd have to agree. He's widely regarded as one of the best live performers in history, with that magical combination of voice, body, and a deep conviction in every word he sang. He also had the butt of a champion.
David Gahan

David Gahan's butt

One needn't look further than 1960s suburban, working-class England to find the kind of ass-worship urbanites could only imagine. It was here that the future Depeche Mode frontman got his start. He was a rebellious teen who spent his time defacing public property, stealing cars, and later, piercing the flap of skin between his scrotum and ass (a piercing that’s called “the geisha." But you knew that). And then, he turned to music. Now, Gahan channels his insurgent spirit through one key physical mantra: shaking his butt parts. Yes, approximately eighty percent of his live performances are spent with his back turned to the audience, wiggling his ass. For fans of British new wave, that butt holds a totemic power.


Shakira's butt

If this were a list of "Butts With the Widest Musical Range" or "Butts We Would Pay to See in Concert," Shakira probably wouldn't top our list. However, this is a list of Most Iconic Butts, and Shakira has a most iconic butt. When she made her U.S. debut with "Wherever, Whenever" in 2001, American audiences couldn't believe that any woman was capable of moving quite like that. Today, she is still working her signature hip-roll/butt-jut with just as much enthusiasm, though much less novelty. She was the face of 2010's official World Cup tribute "Wakka Wakka" and she continues to record albums in both English and Spanish. Whether you regard her commercial success as some sinister form of ass globalization, or a roadsign signaling greater butt-acceptance ahead, one thing is for certain: that ass is a commodity.

Commentarium (40 Comments)

Sep 22 10 - 12:34am

That's a very callipygian list. I guess if J. Lo was a rock artist, she would be numero uno. How about Wendy O. Williams?

Sep 22 10 - 12:35am

I was at a Springsteen concert and they still train the camera on his butt every once in awhile. I can say, his ass is still very nice.

Sep 22 10 - 12:38am

Someone once said, "The backdoor is always open..."

Sep 22 10 - 12:41am

I think Springsteen's ass is overrated. Is it about having a nice ass, or wearing tight jeans/shorts? Let's see if we can get 40 comments on this subject, there are a lot of asses out there.

Sep 22 10 - 12:48am

Sir Mix-A-Lot would probably say Ann Wilson and Carnie Wilson a few years back.

Sep 22 10 - 3:41am

Dave Gahan?Really?
Agree with bear about JLo.

Sep 22 10 - 8:46am

How can George Michael be missing from this list? When he shakes his ass, you notice fast, some mistakes were built to laaaast!

Sep 22 10 - 9:47am

RE: Bruce - playing your heart out for three + hour shows a night will keep anyone fit.

Sep 22 10 - 10:57am

Jake, Rod Stewart was in the Ray Davies Quartet, before they became the Kinks.

Sep 22 10 - 11:16am

Yep, J-Lo is missing. Prince is missing is also.

Sep 22 10 - 12:23pm

@bearman - I was going to look up callipygian, but decided it's use is too pretentious and therefore I don't care to look it up.

Sep 22 10 - 1:29pm

But you took care to acknowledge it's use, and took the time to state that you weren't going to look it up, time that you could have spent looking it up and expanding your vocabulary. Ditto on Gahan? Really?

Sep 22 10 - 3:40pm
Sara Anne

Sorry, no Bon Jovi?

Sep 22 10 - 5:41pm

No, no Bon Jovi. A lot of women think he's cute, but he's not known for his ass.

Sep 22 10 - 5:44pm

The truth is, a lot of butts are interchangeable. No one's really stands out, it's going to be a necessarily subjective list. If Kim Kardashian released a cheesy rock album, then we could start having some real consensus.

Sep 22 10 - 7:19pm

It is worth getting out the dictionary. I've always considered "callipygian "and its opposite number "steatopygian" indispensable words. And I wonder who ever thought to come up with words like that.

Sep 22 10 - 7:22pm

JLo? If pop artists were on this list, there'd be a lot more competition : Beyonce, Gaga, and especially Kylie Minogue.

Sep 22 10 - 7:51pm

I think Shakira is a good choice because her name almost spells out "shake ira", as in shake your individual retirement account, as in shake your moneymaker.

Sep 22 10 - 7:55pm

Also, I think Peaches is more of a filler pick, and Erykah Badu isn't a rocker, so J. Lo should be on this list.

Sep 22 10 - 9:04pm

and J.Lo is a rocker?? Iggy has no ass whatsoever.

Sep 22 10 - 11:21pm

Dude, Rod Stewart wasn't in The Kinks. And anyway, you are thinking about thinking about The Yardbirds before they became Led Zeppelin. And no, he wasn't in that band either. He was in The Faces though, a very good hard rock band, and their drummer went on to play for The Who after Keith Moon passed away.

Apr 08 12 - 10:18pm

Thank you Jeremy

Sep 22 10 - 11:21pm

No, J. Lo isn't a rocker, i'm saying if Erykah Badu, who also isn't a rocker, made the list, then J. Lo should make the list obviously. But neither of them should technically make the list. And Shakira too, but i'm not complaining, i'd rather see her ass than Axl Rose's.

Sep 22 10 - 11:25pm

I thought WTF already cleared that up, Stewart was in the Ray Davies Quartet he wrote, before they became the Kinks. I'm taking his word for it though.

Sep 23 10 - 12:14am

Of course Dave Gahan. if you've been to a Depeche Mode concert you know how he loves to shake his extremely sexy fifty-year old ass.

Sep 23 10 - 9:03am

Surprised David Lee Roth and his assless chaps are not on the list....

Sep 23 10 - 9:24am
JO mAnny

Oh yeah, Shakira is smokin HOT!

Sep 23 10 - 9:53am


Sep 23 10 - 10:14am

David Lee Roth is the big miss here. Peaches is definite filler.

Sep 23 10 - 11:25am

I was gonna mention Roth, but I thought better of it because they always seemed to focus on his chest. If there is a piece on iconic chests of rock, he will have to be on it. Why am I talking like this? What do I even care? Oh yeah, trying to get to 40 comments, we're three quarters of the way there, let's do this!

Sep 23 10 - 2:07pm


Sep 23 10 - 4:54pm
gentle reader

"the geisha"?? I think you mean "the guiche". Pronounced the same way but meaning something totally different. If you're gonna talk the talk, get your words right. sheesh!

Sep 23 10 - 7:06pm

I would never treat my perineum in that manner.

Sep 24 10 - 1:00am

If you want to see an epic rock ass, check out Ronnie Clay's.

Sep 24 10 - 1:39am
jimbo alogo

are you fucking retarded, he is peeing on the flag. while i think he was being truely patriotic by doing such, your column makes no sense.

Sep 24 10 - 10:52am

Even if he was urinating on Old Glory, it's irrelevant as to whether he has an iconic backside or not.

Sep 28 10 - 1:20pm

Where the hell is Price on this list?

Oct 05 10 - 1:52pm

Ummm hello....Mike Reno on the Loverboy cover - wait is it Mike Reno??

Oct 27 10 - 4:53pm

No CHER? The woman was the first ever to bare her ass in a video! C'mon!!!

Apr 08 12 - 10:16pm

Rod Stewart was a member of the Kinks???? - do some research you idiot!