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The 50 Best Rock-Star Instagram Accounts

An A to Z guide to the singers, rappers and strummers who’ve mastered the art of the selfie and much more

Earlier this week, Rihanna was asked to leave Abu Dhabi for wearing a chic burka and posing for photos in front of a mosque. We know this because we — and Riri's 10 million followers — saw it on Instagram. When Twitter arrived and artists began communicating 140-character thoughts directly to the masses, the "fourth wall" between musician and fan was essentially shattered. Instagram took that shattered fourth wall and added a sunburst digital filter to it. Everyone from pop starlets (Lady Gaga, Rihanna) to arena rockers (Springsteen, McCartney) to indie bands (Best Coast, Chvrches) to mixtape marvels (Action Bronson) have become obsessed with the photo-sharing service, giving fans a unique look at life through their iPhone camera. Here are 50 acts who've mastered the art.

 by Daniel Kreps

@bambambaklava

Action Bronson

The Queens MC has the food porn game on lock. Good luck not salivating at Bronson's steady stream of Italian specialties, pancakes and seemingly priceless sushi. 

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@officerpatrickcarney

Patrick Carney

Good luck finding anything concerning the Black Keys on Carney's page. Instead, the drummer uses his outlet as a shrine to plastic surgery nightmares like Bruce Jenner and the Octomom. 

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@afasm

Cat Power

Chan Marshall is perhaps our most prolific Instagrammer, sometimes tossing up as many as 35 images in a 24-hour period. It often feels like she's curating iconic images like her page is a gallery — a fascinating page by a fascinating talent.

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@chvrches

Chvrches

This Instagram encapsulates the Glasgow band's rise from obscurity to indie fame. Scrolling through this 14-month-old account from the beginning, it's like a flipbook where the venues get better, the crowds get larger and the Instagram photos get more intriguing.

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@wayneflaminglip

Wayne Coyne

Note: This is for Wayne Coyne's new Instagram account, not his previous account that was terminated last month due to too much T&A. (Next time read the terms of agreement, Wayne!) Coyne's well-behaved new account features lots of photos of his many art projects and gratuitous use of the Instagram filters.

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@deadmau5

Deadmau5

Ever wanted a good look at Joel Zimmerman with his mask off? His frequently updated feed is the perfect venue to find shots like this photo of Deadmau5, Kat Von D, and The Room's Tommy Wiseau.

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@mike_dosxx

Mike Dirnt

What's it like to balance a normal family life with a career as a punk legend? The Green Day's bassist Instagram is a touching, interesting look at how he balances these two aspects of his life.

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@champagnepapi

Drake

The godfather of #YOLO, Drake's Instagram features a glimpse into the rapper's jetsetting lifestyle. While this account used to be heavy on the digital filters, the rapper's photos — like his music — have matured to the point where he's now relying on old school black-and-white.

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@edroste

Ed Droste

If there were an award for "Best Photographer/Musician on Instagram," this Grizzly Bear singer would be our pick. Each photo is incredibly composed, and Droste's camera eye might be just as powerful as his singing voice. Added bonus: He never uses the filters.

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@skyferreira

Sky Ferreira

When we say that Sky's Instagram page has "no filter," we mean it literally: She legit posts everything on there, from fashion photos to whatever she's listening to on her iPod at the moment. And then there is her Cher obsession. . . 

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@davegrohlofficial

Dave Grohl

Snaps like this photo alone make the so-called "official" account for the Foo Fighters leader worth following. But don't take all the shots too seriously: the band's reps tell us the feed is actually not run by by the Foo squad.

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@iconapop

Icona Pop

For over a year now, it seems as though the Swedish duo's "I Don't Care" has been played every hour on every pop station. That entire time, Icona Pop has been out on the road promoting the track and their debut LP, and their Instagram follows their travels in vivid detail.

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@kraussingaround

Alexis Krauss

The Sleigh Bells frontwoman's Instagram is a charming mix of fingernail art, drunken nights out, performance pics, and dog photos (duh).

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@ladygaga

Lady Gaga

Everything you'd expect from a Lady Gaga Instagram account — the highbrow fashion choices, the photos of presidential suites in foreign five-star hotels, the portraits of Gaga and her artsy pals like Jeff Koons — are surprisingly absent. Instead, this account is a one-stop depot for intimate Gaga selfies with the occasional puppy photo thrown in.

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@lordemusic

Lorde

You'd expect a 16-year-old with a Hot 100-topping single to have an Instagram that's all livin' large, but Lorde's page is a low-key affair. It's a fascinating portrait of a girl coming to terms with her newfound fame as she travels around America.

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@yokoonoofficial

Yoko Ono

Ono's account boasts one of Instagram's most unique motifs: Almost every photo features Yoko in the frame, wearing a hat, with her back to the camera. The photos themselves are just as artsy as the museums and galleries Yoko appears to be visiting every waking moment.

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@questlove

Questlove

If you follow the Roots drummer on Twitter, then you know ?uest has mastered the social media game. His Instagram is no exception: One of the more varied accounts out there, he's got everything from food porn to Aaron Paul to a strange obsession with old Prince 8-track cartridges.

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@badgalriri

Rihanna

If Instagram were a game, Rihanna would be winning. Riri has 10 million followers for a reason, and it's because she has perfected the art of Instagram with a well-balanced attack of fashion photos, promo images, and provocative pics… and that's just this month. When Rihanna's Instagram isn't fueling headlines or starting beefs, the account is an engrossing look at the life of a 25-year-old girl who's having a lot more fun than you are.

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@skrillex

Skrillex

Skrillex had one of the more entertaining Instagrams — each neon-soaked photo seemed like it was taken backstage at some rowdy EDM fest — but unfortunately, dude hasn't uploaded a pic since August. Maybe he's hibernating. We're putting him on our list in hopes he comes back!

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@30secondstomars

30 Seconds To Mars

This Instagram is devoted to making sure fans know when and where Jared Leto's band will be popping up. Next. But in addition to all the helpful fliers and live pics, there's a wealth of video. Fans who visit frequently are always rewarded with killer live footage.

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@weezer

Weezer

While Rivers Cuomo's Twitter presence has essentially evaporated, the band still cultivates a decent Instagram page. Instead of using their month-old account as a place to show what currently they're up to, however, Weezer posts old photos with captions like "Today in Weezer History," serving as an enjoyable trip down memory lane for the two-decade-old band.

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@yelyahwilliams

Hayley Williams

The Paramore singer/prolific Instagrammer can't go two hours without posting a photo, so there's a whole bunch of pics starring coffee cups and tea bags between shots of Williams' ever-changing hairstyles and a passing glance at what life on the road is like. Williams' following is so strong, a pic of a chamomile tea bag earned 20,700 likes. 

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@wavvescybersquat

Nathan Williams

Fans of famed photographer Larry Clark — whose oeuvre centered around the subculture, skateboarding and disenfranchised youth — would find similar themes on the Instagram account of this Wavves dude.

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@pharrell

Pharrell

Ever been to a popular restaurant where the walls are covered with photos of the owner and the countless celebrities who have stopped by to eat? That's Pharrell's Instagram page. Who is Williams collaborating with this week? Just follow his Instagram and find out.

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