Justin Bieber's Top 6 Shirtless Escapades: How Necessary Was Each Incident?

Justin Bieber shirtless in Cannes
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Justin Bieber strolling on the croisette on day 7 of the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)

Look back at the Biebs' long-running aversion to upper-body garments.

Justin Bieber is a musical superstar with a plethora of fascinating characteristics, and one of those qualities happens to be his seeming inability to keep his darn shirt on. Most recently, the Biebs uncovered his upper body during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, invading a local nightclub with Rick Ross and then taking a stroll through France with nary a shirt in sight.

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Join us on a tour of Justin Bieber's recent shirtless escapades, including a breakdown of how necessary his shirtless-ness was in each situation on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being "No shirt, no problem," 10 being "No shirt? Major problem!"):

May 20, 2014: Cannes Film Festival


The Situation: The Biebs walks the streets of Cannes, looking rather sad while occasionally tugging at his crotch.

Unnecessary Shirtless-ness Rating: 5. Bieber is seemingly the only one walking through the film festival crowd without a shirt on, but it looks like a nice day, and how often do you have the opportunity to be shirtless in France? Cut him some slack.


May 19, 2014: Gotha Club


The Situation: Justin is hanging out at the Gotha Club in Cannes, rap-battling Wesley Snipes and chilling with Rick Ross. "All smiles," Bieber tweets, perhaps while shirtless, perhaps while not shirtless.

Unnecessary Shirtless-ness Rating: 7. A classic situation of Bieber being shirtless in a room where no one else is shirtless. Despite the fact that his shirtless-ness is not altogether warranted, one can reasonably deduce that Bieber wanted to intimidate Snipes during the rap battle, and decided that his six-pack would help him do the job.


May 12, 2014: Hollywood Horseback Ride


The Situation: Bieber chooses to ride a horse during some L.A. downtime, calling himself a "young Indiana Jones" on Instagram.

Unnecessary Shirtless-ness Rating: 2. He's outside, not bothering anybody and wearing a hat to protect his face from sunburn. Go West, young pop prodigy!


February 5, 2014: Vanquish Nightclub


The Situation: Bieber parties with Diddy and Rick Ross in Atlanta, weeks after being arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Unnecessary Shirtless-ness Rating: 8. Considering the close proximity to a high-profile arrest, Bieber should have been keeping his profile low, not ripping off his shirt in a club while Rozay looks on approvingly. Look at how great Ross' shirt is! Why wouldn't Bieber want some of that shine?


July 21, 2013: Cabana Pool Bar


The Situation: More shirtless partying, this time in Toronto with various pals and bikini-clad ladies. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, ex-flame Selena Gomez celebrates her 21st birthday.

Unnecessary Shirtless-ness Rating: 3. Hey, maybe Bieber was torn up about Gomez's birthday, and needed to fully express himself in the most clothes-free way he knows. Bonus points for the situation being an outdoor pool party.


March 25, 2013: Wladyslaw Reymont Airport


The Situation: Bieber inexplicably tosses his tee while walking through an airport in Poland, and is photographed going through a security checkpoint sans shirt. An airport spokeswoman confirms, "He wasn't told to take off his clothes."

Unnecessary Shirtless-ness Rating: 10. Simply unreal shirtless-ness, and it came in the middle of a series of bizarre incidents during his Believe tour. The only way Bieber could top this one is if he showed up to his own wedding with a bare chest.