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Aries are the zodiac’s natural pop stars. Showy, a little arrogant, brutally confident and blunt, they have little problem being the center of attention. They’re extravagant, love clothes, and have their own idiosyncratic style — think Pharrell Williams’ hats and shoe obsession — and get insulted when somebody tries to copy them, even stooping to lie when asked what designer they’re wearing, salons they frequent or even their brand of hair care products.

Arians thrive on organization, are not-so-secret control freaks, and feel much better when they’re the boss. Or the lead singer. Or lead guitarist.

Aries rules the head, so you can usually tell a sign dweller by their striking coiffure or hats, like Emmylou Harris’ arresting grey hair, Jimmy Cliff’s Rasta beanie and Leon Russell’s flowing locks. They love fine, fast cars, but are often aggressive drivers and are not beyond the occasional bout of road rage, screaming obscenities at other drivers.

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Have you ever noticed they almost always get their way? The first sign of the zodiac, its symbol is the ram, and it truly wouldn’t be wrong to say that they ram (read: head-butt) their way through life by sheer force of will. Never, ever slackers or procrastinators, if you want something done, ask an Aries. They thrive on organization, are not-so-secret control freaks, and feel much better when they’re the boss. Or the lead singer. Or lead guitarist.

If they see something they want, they are relentless. The trouble is, very often they don’t want it after they get it.

While there are inordinate amount of Arian soul and neo-soul singers, it’s equally true their independent streak is best served as a solo artist. If you don’t believe us, just ask Mariah Carey, Liz Phair, Jessie J, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Joss Stone, Tracy Chapman, Chaka Khan, Merle Haggard and Al Green. In short: They don’t take orders well.

If an Aries see something they want, they are relentless. The trouble is, very often they don’t want it after they get it. The thrill is in the chase. Tell them they can’t do something, or have something, and they will make sure to show you they certainly can.

It’s not an accident, that Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross each covered Ashford & Simpson’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” because that song certainly sums up their unstoppable, never-can-take-no-for-an answer temperament. (Dusty Springfield, born April 16, also wanted to cover the song, but A&S had already given it to Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell.)

These spring babies, born between March 21-April 19, are balls of white-hot energy and accomplish much by their boldness, courage and outlandish stage performance. Think Lady Gaga and Elton John. They are showy, a little obvious, and don’t mind attracting attention, even the wrong kind.

Audacious, sexually provocative, but secretly romantic, who among us will ever forget the time Steven Tyler gave his then-wife Cyrinda Foxe a diamond and emerald bracelet he had wrapped around his private parts, as she recounted in the “Diving for Diamonds” chapter of her autobiography Dream On: Livin’ on the Edge With Steven Tyler & Aerosmith.

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They love attention, and while Piscean Ian Brown sang “I Want to Be Adored,” that song could just have easily been written for the Aries natives. They love flattery, dress to impress and are overjoyed when someone notices. They are a little fickle, some say polyamorous, and often get involved in inappropriate affairs of the heart. Like Eric Clapton did when he fell in love with best friend George Harrison’s beautiful wife, Patti Boyd, and wrote ”Layla” about their tortured courtship. While the marriage didn’t last, the song is one of the most memorable love songs in rock’s mighty canon. Also some of the best breakup songs, because this is the zodiac sign that truly understands the makeup to breakup dynamic.

Maybe the best thing you can say about an Aries is neither they, or their music is boring

Ruled by Mars, the angry red planet, it shouldn’t be a surprise these sign dwellers are known for their tempers, don’t suffer fools gladly and are easily offended. Think Ian Mackaye from Minor Threat/Fugazi fame and Maynard James Keenan, wine enthusiast and lead singer of Tool, who famously noted: “Hate and anger are two completely separate energies. They might have a similar emotional charge to them, but anger is a much more constructive emotion than hate.”

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Although an Aries isn’t beyond letting it get corporal. Loretta Lynn wrote “Fist City” after she found a lady bus driver making eyes at her husband. Asked if she’d ever really hit anyone who was after her husband “Doo,” she said, “Yes, and I wished I had hit her more than once.”

But they don’t tend to harbor grudges (and don’t expect anyone else to, either) and once they explode it’s forgotten. Often accused of being childish at heart — think AC/DC’s Angus Young in his schoolboy getup — they have a tremendous sense of humor, they are fond of practical jokes like the time in Hamburg, Germany, when Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Slash duct taped the drummer from Faster Pussycat until he looked like a mummy, put him in an elevator, pushed the down button and ran off. Maybe the best thing you can say about an Aries is neither they, or their music is boring.