So, this is it, the final post in the series.
I must admit, I’ve enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane and discovering some of the most popular T-Shirts that have been created and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too.
If you think that I’ve missed out some T-Shirts then please let me know in the comments below.
Enjoy the top 10!
10. RELAX, DON’T DO IT:
In 1983, Frankie Goes to Hollywood released their iconic song ‘Relax’ and it didn’t take long for it to rise its way through the top 10 where it finally settled at number 6. Unfortunately for Frankie, in 1984 a top Radio DJ was outraged by the sexual nature of not only the lyrics of the song but also of the record sleeve.
For this reason, he decided to remove the disc live on air and then branded it ‘obscene’ which led to it being banned on most radio stations.
This led to the FRANKIE SAYS RELAX T-Shirt being created as an opposition to the song being banned from the air. Not only did this help the T-Shirt become one of the top-selling T-Shirts of all time – it also helped the song to get to number 1 in the charts.
9. JACK DANIEL’S T-SHIRT:
Jack Daniel’s isn’t known for its range of clothing however the famous Tennessee whiskey logo became more and more popular when they started adding the logo to a range of T-Shirts which were designed to support the brand.
The T-Shirts have since helped to make the JD logo one of the most famous in the world and it’s shown absolutely no signs of slowing down. Following on from this famous T-Shirt, more and more brands have started releasing their own T-Shirts as a way of helping to promote their brands further and also make more money from clothing sales.
One could say that JD helped to spark modern merchandising to promote brands further than before.
8. CHOOSE LIFE:
‘Choose Life’ was made famous when popular 80’s band Wham! wore the slogan T-Shirt in their ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ video.
What many people aren’t aware of is that the Choose Life T-Shirts were one of the very first T-Shirts which ventured into social messaging on T-Shirts.
The T-Shirt was created by Katherine Hamnett as a way of fighting back and raising awareness of drug abuse. Since the T-Shirt was created and worn by Wham! loads more charities use slogans on T-Shirts as a way of promoting their cause.
7. BOB MARLEY T-SHIRTS:
Bob Marley, what can I say about Bob? He was responsible for bringing Rastafarianism and Reggae music to the mainstream. He believed that he could cause racism, anger, and hatred through music and he’s one of the most famous musical artists that has ever lived.
Bob Marley T-Shirts are widely available everywhere, whether it’s a picture of him or quotes from his music. His T-Shirts have gone on to sell over 25 million copies worldwide and they’re still one of the most popular sellers when it comes to band T-Shirts.
6. JUST DO IT – NIKE:
Nike is a world famous sports brand so you’d expect their T-Shirts to sell millions around the world. However, the ‘Just Do It’ slogan has proved to be one of the most popular taglines in history and has almost created a unique brand within a brand.
Dan Wieden, and advertising executive at Nike, came up with the slogan and credited his inspiration to the final words of a convict before being executed.
Following the creation of the slogan, we’ve been inundated with T-Shirts that all feature the ‘Just Do It’ tagline with different colours and different patterns.
5. THUNDER! THUNDER! THUNDERCATS! HO!
OK, I had to put this one in because it takes me back to my childhood.
For those of you who are younger than me, ThunderCats began as an animated TV series which debuted back in 1985 (the year that I was born) which followed the exploits of a group of cat-like humanoid aliens.
After the TV series, there was also comic books and all of these went on to make the ThunderCats logo one of the most famous and recognisable logos in the world.
Recently, the DVD boxset and ThunderCats T-Shirts have made a heroic comeback as the nostalgia for this former children’s favourite has grown.
4. WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
I’m sure that you don’t need me to tell you that the Ghostbusters logo is one of the most recognised logos on the planet. Cartoons, TV series and 3 Ghostbusters movies have seen the franchise grow so popular that the T-Shirts are still selling in incredible numbers even today.
Obviously, the sales grow each time there is a new film but even without the films, the T-Shirts would still enjoy brilliant sales.
3. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT:
Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed back in 1987. Since their creation, they went on to become one of the most influential rock bands in history. With over 75 million album sales worldwide, they’re also one of the best-selling bands of all time.
When it comes to merchandise, the most popular T-Shirt comes in the form of their own unique take of the “have a nice day” smiley face which was widely seen on bumper stickers and T-Shirts. The band, however, put their own unique ‘grungeified’ twist onto the logo to fit in with their own style.
Due to their popularity, the success of their Nevermind album and the tragic, untimely death of lead singer and guitarist – Kurt Cobain – their T-Shirts became one of the most popular selling garments of all time – one that’s still worn by millions today.
2. MICK JAGGER’S LIPS:
The Rolling Stones lips are one of the most famous and widely recognised logos in music history. What many don’t know though is that the logo was created by an art student, John Pasche, back in 1970 after the band became frustrated with their record label’s attempt to create an iconic logo.
In an interview, Pasche revealed that Mick Jagger’s mouth provided the inspiration for the logo: “I suppose the mouth idea came from when I met Mick Jagger for the first time in the Stones’ offices. Face to Face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth.”
The original drawing was commissioned for only £50 but the band was so impressed with the final design that they paid John an additional £200 as a bonus – an incredibly worthwhile investment if ever there was one.
1: THE RAMONES:
Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers, The Ramones, helped create and shape Punk Rock. Their music has been incredibly influential and this helped propel their logo into not only one of the most recognisable logos of all time – but also one of the most reused.
Following the success of the band, their logo has been reused and tweaked for many different advertising campaigns. However, the original is still as popular today as it’s ever been and it continues to be a source of inspiration for artists and T-Shirt brands worldwide.
So this is my list of the Top T-Shirts of all time. If you think I’ve missed any from the list, let me know in the comments below.