The Queen frontman’s facial hair goes down not only as the best in rock history, it also earned him the top prize of “
Britain's Greatest Ever Mustache
” in 2009. “Freddie was obviously proud of his facial hair as he once announced mid concert 'it's my mustache and I'm going to keep it,’” a spokeswoman for Remington, which conducted the U.K. poll, told The Telegraph. Indeed, Queen produced two fuzz-referencing songs—“Mustache” off the 1978 album
and “Shave Me” off the 1980 album
. Perhaps the most aptly titled song, however, came with the band’s “I Want to Break Free” music video in 1984. Though it was largely a parody of the British soap opera
, the video also featured a portion with the Royal Ballet, for which Mercury shaved his signature ‘stache to portray celebrated Russian dancer Nijinsky.