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9 Male-Fronted Bands You Have To Listen to Now

To celebrate International Men's Day Every Day, here are nine men who are also musicians

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Did you have a good International Women's Day?

Same! While we were raising up our fellow ladies and exploring the gender hurdles still in place, many arms of the media wanted to get in on it too, therefore spawning oodles of content pandering to a trending hashtag. Music websites, although they've come a long way, were no different, spitting out the weak angle of "Look, women do music too! Click on our playlist!"

While women have been playing for literally thousands of years, these sort of lists make them a novelty. And yes, I support celebrating the accomplishments of women, but there's no need to separate their music by slapping on a gender-specific clarifier to describe their bands. (Google "all-female" and you get tons of results of all-female band listicles. Google "all-male" and you'll get results for men's colleges and dating apps. I can't make this up.)

All I'm saying is, if you want to know where to start stripping back the sexism, try removing the words "female-fronted," "all-female," "girl group" and "boy band" from your vernacular. I mean, think about how ridiculous "male-fronted" sounds.

So, on International Women's Day, there was some great coverage, and some not-so-good coverage, but now that we're back to men's days, let's celebrate the strength and confidence of males in music, shall we?

Click through to see a playlist of strong, confident men who bring their natural talent to music!

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The Roots

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 4: Questlove of The Roots performs at the 3rd Annual Philly 4th of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin
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Not only is Questlove the face of The Roots, but he's an activist and writer. What a great role model for young men!

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 21: Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during a concert in the Rock in Rio Festival on Se
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With his jean jacket, signature bandana headband and, um, ~questionable~ facial hair choices, Bruce Springsteen isn't afraid to show off his rough side with his band of male pals.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Stephen Pope (L) and Nathan Williams of Wavves performs at The Echo on March 20, 2013 in Los Ange
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Bethany Cosentino's boyfriend, Nathan Williams, injected Wavves with its rocker-chic aesthetic.

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DNCE Music on YouTube

Joe Jonas, the confident, pink-haired divo of DNCE, gives the funk-pop group some extra sass.

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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana at the MTV Live and Loud-Nirvana Performs in December 1993 at Pier 28 in Seattle, Washington.   (Photo
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Kurt Cobain brought his raw, testosterone-filled emotion to Nirvana, and with the help of Courtney Love, who is rumored to have written the band's music, they produced many hits.

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The Beatles

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1964: Photo of Beatles  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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John Lennon and Paul McCartney swapped their heartbreak stories and were brave enough to pull inspiration from their relationships and turn them into The Beatles' best love songs.

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The Throne

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 29: Musicians Jay-Z (L) and Kanye West perform during the "Watch The Throne" tour at Sprint Center
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You might know them as Kim and Beyoncé's husbands, but when Kanye West and Jay Z joined forces, they created a male energy that was strong enough to take over the world.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Musicians James Hetfield (L) and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform onstage at CBS RADIO's th
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James Hetfield, with his unique voice, filled the void for men in metal when Metallica took over the scene in the '80s. Definitely check them out!

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Bikini Kill

Singer Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox of Bikini Kill performing at Irving Plaza in New York City on July 14,1994.
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OK, so Billy wasn't the frontman of Kathleen Hanna's band, but he still brought his boy power to the group, and we literally can't think of any more bands with a guy singer so we're gonna end this list now!

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