We know them and idolize them as rock music legends. But before they became rock star gods, they were once just kids like you and I. And just like us, these icons had adorable and sometimes embarrassing childhood photos, too. Check out our compilation below of kiddie photos from some of the most legendary rock musicians in the world. Can you recognize their childhood persona with their rock star alter-ego?
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1. Elvis Presley
Do you think this handsome young man was a heartbreaker in grade school?
2. Jimi Hendrix
Baby Jimi Hendrix looks adorable. Fun Fact: One of the rock legend's many childhood nicknames was "Cupcake".
3. Bob Dylan
Rock Music icon--Bob Dylan. Name in School Yearbook--Robert Allen Zimmerman.
4. David Bowie
Rest In Peace, Ziggy Stardust. <3
5. Ozzy Osbourne
I wonder if a Baby Ozzy's diet consisted of dead bats as well.
6. Mick Jagger
You can tell that this boy was suave and stylish at a young age. He's got the moves like...well you know.
7. Axl Rose
Wow, huge difference when he was a kid. But to be fair, Axl doesn't even look like Axl anymore.
8. Debbie Harry
Loving Blondie's up-do perm. Fun Fact: Debbie Harry's childhood nickname was "Moon".
9. Paul McCartney
Wonder if this little bloke had any idea he would grow up to be one of the greatest music legends in the world.
10. Steven Tyler
Those iconic big lips of a young Aerosmith frontman are unmistakable.
11. Tom Petty
Tom Petty's interest in rock n roll music started when he was 10 year's old and met Elvis Presley. He knew he wanted to be a musician after he saw the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan.
12. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)
You can totally tell from that cheeky smirk that this young chap would grow up to be one of punk rock's biggest badasses.
13. Kurt Cobain
Looking into the eyes of an enormously talented mind and troubled soul.
That precocious baby photo certainly matches the eccentric quirkiness she grows up to have.
15. Bruce Springsteen
"The Boss" posing like a boss in his Yearbook Photo.
16. John Lennon
Imagine all the puppies....
17. Johnny Cash
The Man in Black looked like he already had this dominating presence in his childhood photo. Fun Fact: As a boy, Cash was fascinated by the original Frankenstein movie.
18. Courtney Love
One of rock music's baddest chicks looked like a cross between Katie Holmes and Drew Barrymore.
19. Freddie Mercury
Icon. Legend. Pioneer. He certainly rocked us all. Those teeth though. Poor, Freddy.
20. Elton John
This young rocket man grew up to be a flamboyant rock superstar.
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