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Frog Eyes! The 10 Greatest Glasses-Wearing Musicians

Elton John (left, with Billy Joel), in for once a rather understated pair of glasses
Elton John (left, with Billy Joel), in for once a rather understated pair of glasses
Photo by Daniel Kramer

If you were like me growing up, you had glasses. You got ridiculed for it with names like "frog eyes," "nerd" (sadly children didn't equate that with smart, just weird), "ugly" and "geek."

Even worse was the fact that, as a result of my wearing glasses, I couldn't wear sunglasses because the good ones when I was growing up, Oakleys, didn't really fit over glasses and my parents wouldn't let me get contacts -- even though I now switch between my contacts and my oh-so-cool "Tina Fey" glasses.

However, little did I know that some of the greatest legends of rock not only wore glasses, but have even made them into a fashion statement. So to all you kids who wear glasses, remember that many celebrities do the same not to correct their vision (though some do), but because they think they make them look cool. Therefore, wear your eyeglasses and wear them proud, children. You will realize soon enough that glasses = fashion statement.

10. Elton John: Elton John is a prolific performer, no doubt about it. But what is a good performer without a little showmanship? John has donned an array of glasses over the years, from ones with feathers all the way down to regular square glasses. Either way, they fit him well.

9. Lisa Loeb: In 1994, Dallas-area native Lisa Loeb came onto the scene with "Stay (I Missed You)" from the film Reality Bites. The song itself climbed to the top of the charts and earned Loeb the distinction of being the only unsigned artist to ever achieve a No. 1 hit.

In 2005, Loeb starred in the E! reality series Number 1 Single, which chronicled her adventures in dating while trying to juggle her music career. She eventually married Conan music producer Roey Hershkovitz in 2009, and launched her own signature line of eyewear in 2011.

8. Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies): Remember the Barenaked Ladies? Page, their former lead vocalist, was a wearer of eyewear. However, he quit the band in 2009 to focus on a solo career.

 

7. Rivers Cuomo: The smart, well-educated front man of Weezer has been known to sport some black rims. It makes him look like Leonard Hoffstader on The Big Bang Theory (played by Johnny Galecki). Bottom line: He looks really good in them.

6. Ringo Starr: Though he didn't don the eyewear while in the Beatles, in later years Ringo Starr has seldom been seen without wearing a nice pair of shades.

5. John Lennon: In his latter, post-Beatle years, John Lennon wore his trademark coke-bottle glasses and had them on when he was shot in December 1980. The glasses that he wore that night appear on Yoko Ono's 1981 release, Season of Glass.

4. Elvis Costello: Throughout his career, Elvis Costello has been a bit of a nerd rocker. However, his quirkiness has served him well throughout his career with such hit singles as "Veronica" and "Everyday I Write the Book."

 

3. Herbie Hancock: Keyboard legend Herbie Hancock was one of the first musicians to ever fuse jazz and funk, and is one of the world's greatest synth players. But his glasses make him look cooler than he already is.

2. Buddy Holly: The late Lubbock native will always be rock and roll's original nerd -- and we mean that in the best possible way.

1. Ric Ocasek (The Cars): To quote one of the most famous songs by his band, the Cars: "You might think I'm foolish/ you might think I'm crazy" but Ric rocks in his signature shades.

Honorable mentions include Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.


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