#4. Run-DMC
You can self proclaim your royalty – like, say, OutKast did with its crowned logo – or you can just rule by virtue of the weight your name carries. Run-DMC were such burgeoning superstars by the time they were ready to drop Raising Hell in 1986 that the group’s then new, now definitive logo needed exactly zero extra bells and whistles to properly announce its status – just those large white letters on black background and red lines to under/over-score the point. No wonder t-shirt knock-offs touting everyone from Mos Def to a newly elected POTUS Barack Obama in 2008 have revisited its design in the years since.