Rolling Stones logo is most iconic design of all time, poll claims

Famous motif was designed to capture band's rebellious behaviour and resemble Jagger's own lips

Rob Knight
Tuesday 23 October 2018 11:30 BST
Che Guevara, Rolling Stones lips logo, Superman logo and Frankie Says Relax were among the most iconic t-shirts
Che Guevara, Rolling Stones lips logo, Superman logo and Frankie Says Relax were among the most iconic t-shirts

The Rolling Stones "tongue and lip" logo is the most iconic T-shirt design of all time, according to a poll.

The famous motif was created in the 1970s and was said by designer John Pasche to resemble Mick Jagger’s own lips and capture the band’s rebelliousness.

It beat competition from the well-known silhouette of Che Guevara, which came in second, and the Hard Rock Cafe logo in third.

The Nike "Just Do It" motto bearing the famous Nike "Swoosh" placed fourth.

Also appearing in the top 10 were the Superman S logo, the 1980s "Frankie Says Relax" design popularised by the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the classic "I Heart NY" print.

Other popular T-shirts include the triangle refracting light, also seen on the cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and the Batman logo.

The yellow smiley face beloved in rave culture, Harley Davidson’s logo and the classic "...and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" design also feature in the list.

The research of 2,000 UK adults, commissioned by Day2, also found Britons typically buy five new T-shirts a year and wear their favourite on average five times a month.

A third of those polled, via OnePoll, said their T-shirts hold lots of important memories for them and 36 per cent feel sad if they have to get rid of one given to them by a loved one.


  1. Rolling Stones 'tongue and lip'
  2. Che Guevara
  3. Hard Rock Cafe
  4. Nike tick/Just Do It
  5. Superman
  6. Adidas (with stripes on the sleeves)
  7. Frankie Say Relax
  8. Mickey Mouse
  9. I 'heart' NY
  10. Coca Cola
  11. Batman
  12. Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon)
  13. FCUK (from early 2000s)
  14. Union Jack
  15. Yellow smiley face
  16. Harley Davidson
  17. AC/DC
  18. Nirvana (smiley face)
  19. Star Wars
  20. Peace sign
  21. Guns 'N Roses (Appetite for Destruction)
  22. Ghostbusters
  23. Bob Marley
  24. David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust)
  25. Jack Daniels logo
  26. "...and all i got was this lousy t-shirt"
  27. NASA
  28. Led Zeppelin
  29. Choose Life
  30. Pepsi logo
  31. Ramones (presidential seal)
  32. KISS
  33. Planet Hollywood
  34. John Lennon's New York City t-shirt
  35. Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  36. Woodstock Festival
  37. The Godfather
  38. Chanel
  39. Anarchy symbol
  40. Gucci
  41. RUN DMC
  42. FBI
  43. Aerosmith (as worn by Garth in Wayne's World)
  44. Thundercats
  45. Austin 3:16
  46. Punisher skull
  47. Transformers - Autobots
  48. “Hello, my name is...”
  49. Save Ferris
  50. CBGB


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