There was a disturbing new trend circulating the web. Men of varying shapes and sizes are being characterized on social media for their less than stellar physiques in a bizarre movement known as the “dad bod.” The term, apparently coined by a female psychology major, means exactly what you think it does: the average body type of the average North American male (who may or may not be an actual dad).
The prime example of a Hollywood dad bod is modern-day Leonardo DiCaprio: not the best shape, but certainly not a slob. In short, the typical dad bod is one that visits a gym every so often, and has no qualms about spending the weekend lounging in the kiddie pool, beer in one hand, and hot dog in the other.
True to form, the Internet has made a mess of the already messy craze. The once clear definition of a dad bod has been redefined and reposted so often that many websites now feature shots of the morbidly obese sprinkled amongst the leaner, if not only slightly flabbier bods (Action Bronson does not have a dad bod, he’s just got a big bod). Gossip sites that ordinarily wouldn’t look twice at a picture of Seth Rogen cavorting about on a beach are now jumping on the movement, the purpose of which is still unknown. There doesn’t seem to be much fallout: men and women alike love the dad bod (it’s relatable; it’s realistic; it’s cuddly).
So, naturally, we decided to look for the best dad bods in music. Happy Father’s Day!
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MATTHEW FOLLOWILL (KINGS OF LEON)
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ROBERT POLLARD (GUIDED BY VOICES)
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