Famous mullets through history [SLIDESHOW]

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Short on top, long in the back, the mullet has been worn by beloved pop culture figures from the Sphinx to Paul McCartney (left) to Florence Henderson (right). A style staple throughout history, it exploded in popularity in the 1980s, sucking in everyone from Bono (center) to Steve Perry of Journey to ninth grade boys across the United States. En route, it became one of the most loathed styles, writes Globe correspondent Beth Teitell.

See its progression through the sporting, music, film, and television worlds, and its unlikely climb to a pedestal of mockery previously unseen in fashion.