Famous rock songs

What are the most famous rock songs that you know? This is our list of 20 famous rock songs in history of rock music:

1. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
2. Respect – Aretha Franklin
3. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
4. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
5. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
6. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
7. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
8. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
9. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
10. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
11. Hey Jude – Beatles
12. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
13. Tutti-Frutti – Little Richard
14. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
15. Hotel California – Eagles
16. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Righteous Brothers
17. My Girl – Temptations
18. Imagine – John Lennon
19. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
20. Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On – Jerry Lee Lewis

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Famous rock bands and artists

What are the most famous rock bands and artists that you know? This is our list of 20 famous rock bands and artists in history of rock music:

1. The Beatles
2. Elvis Presley
3. James Brown
4. Rolling Stones
5. Bob Dylan
6. Chuck Berry
7. The Who
8. Led Zeppelin
9. Stevie Wonder
10. Jimi Hendrix
11. Ray Charles
12. The Beach Boys
13. Pink Floyd
14. Aretha Franklin
15. Little Richard
16. Marvin Gaye
17. Bruce Springsteen
18. David Bowie
19. Fats Domino
20. Black Sabbath

History of rock music timeline

Rock Music’s Origins (1940s-‘60s)
Rock music’s origins can be traced back to the late 1940s, when the popular styles of the day, country and blues, morphed into a new sound aided by electric guitars and a steady drum beat. Pioneering rock artists of the ‘50s, such as Chuck Berry, leaned heavily on classic blues. As opposed to the safe pop music of the era, rock’s aggressive attack suggested freedom that proved shocking during that conservative age.By the early ‘60s, Berry’s followers, most notably the Rolling Stones, expanded rock’s scope by transitioning from singles artists into musicians capable of producing cohesive albums of songs. Embracing sex and youthful rebellion in their music, the Stones courted controversy but also elevated rock to new cultural heights.

Rock Music’s Evolution (1970s)
As rock music became the dominant form of popular music, new bands built on their predecessors’ strengths while branching out into new sonic territory. Led Zeppelin gave rock a darker, heavier tone, becoming one of the ‘70s’ most popular bands and helping to kick-start a new genre known as hard rock or heavy metal. Around the same time, Pink Floyd added psychedelic elements and complex arrangements, creating concept albums tied together by a single theme and meant to be absorbed in a single sitting.In the late ‘70s, as a response to what they perceived as pretentious “hippie” bands such as Pink Floyd, groups like the Sex Pistols and the Clashsimplified rock down to its core ingredients: loud guitars, rude attitude and enraged singing. Punkwas born. And while all three movements enjoyed different degrees of mainstream acceptance, a fourth, less-recognized style was beginning to take shape as well. Spotlighting atonal noise and unconventional rock instruments such as drum machines, groups like Pere Ubu became the pioneers of industrial rock, an abrasive subgenre that didn’t enjoy widespread popularity but would inspire future rock bands.

Rock Music’s Splintering (1980s)
As the ‘80s began, mainstream rock music was losing commercial steam, its sound growing stale. In such a creatively stagnant environment, subgenres started to assert their dominance.

Inspired by punk’s outsider status and industrial’s eclectic instrumentation, keyboard-driven English bands like Depeche Mode demonstrated a more introverted songwriting style, creating postpunk, which is also described as new wave.By the end of the ‘80s, college rock had become such a lucrative alternative to mainstream rock that it received a new moniker: alternative rock. It was also referred to as indie rock because the bands were often signed to small, independently-owned labels.Significantly, alternative rock cemented its cultural standing when the music magazine Billboardcreated a new chart in 1988 specifically for alternative rock, which the publication classified as modern rock. For most music fans, terms such as modern rock, alternative and indie are synonymous ways of describing this popular subgenre.

Rock Music’s Reemergence (1990s-Present)
With the ascension of Nirvana’s Nevermind in 1991, alternative rock became the dominant popular music. But while other bands soon sprung up as part of the so-called grunge movement (a merging of hard rock and punk), other groups, like Soundgarden, straddled the worlds of alternative and mainstream rock music.Exacerbated by the suicide of Nirvana’s frontman, Kurt Cobain, alternative music started to lose its luster by the middle of the decade, setting the stage for mainstream rock’s reemergence.

One of the first bands to capitalize on mainstream rock’s comeback was Limp Bizkit, which melded hard rock and rap into a new hybrid call rap-rock. Groups like Staind and Puddle of Mudd followed in Limp Bizkit’s wake, though these bands focused on melodic hard rock rather than integrating rap into the mix.At the same time, bands that had thrived during grunge’s heyday but didn’t easily fit into the alternative subgenre, such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, continued to find audiences throughout the ‘90s. Additionally, groups that rose from the ashes of grunge, like Foo Fighters, incorporated alternative music’s outsider energy to reenergize mainstream rock music.As rock music enters the 21st century, the most successful acts possess the same spirit as their ‘60s predecessors, even if they sound quite different. Linkin Park fuses hip-hop and metal, while 3 Doors Down emulates hard-rock traditions of the past while providing a contemporary spin. Undoubtedly, rock music will keep evolving in the future, drawing from its rich history while continuing to keep its ear open for the next sonic reinvention.

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Different types of rock music

Rock n Roll – The foundations of rock music are in rock and roll, which originated in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Its immediate origins lay in a mixing together of various black musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel music, with country and western. In 1951,Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, and is credited with first using the phrase “rock and roll” to describe the music.

Garage rock – Garage rock was a form of amateurish rock music, particularly prevalent in North America in the mid-1960s and so called because of the perception that it was rehearsed in a suburban family garage. Garage rock songs revolved around the traumas of high school life, with songs about “lying girls” being particularly common. The lyrics and delivery were more aggressive than was common at the time, often with growled or shouted vocals that dissolved into incoherent screaming.

Punk rock – Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock.They created fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a ”do it yourself” ethic, with many bands self-producing their recordings and distributing them through informal channels.

Glam rock-Glam rock emerged out of the English psychedelic and art rock scenes of the late 1960s and can be seen as both an extension of and reaction against those trends.Musically diverse, varying between the simple rock and roll revivalism of figures like Alvin Stardust to the complex art rock of Roxy Music, and can be seen as much as a fashion as a musical sub-genre. Visually it was a mesh of various styles.

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What is definition of rock music?

Definition of rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in 1950s America and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Musically, definition of rock musichas centered around the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with bass guitar and drums. Lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis. The dominance of rock by white, male musicians has been seen as one of the key factors shaping the themes explored in rock music. Rock places a higher degree of emphasis on musicianship and live performance.

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