Rock music first emerged in the 1950's and has been gaining popularity ever since. This genre typically features the sounds of electric guitars, including power chords, melodic riffs, buzz, and feedback. Many rock songs convey social, political, or environmental themes, and artists in this genre often take pride in the fact that their music is an "alternative" to the mainstream pop that is often highly commercialized.
In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, country music and blues morphed together into what is known as “rock and roll”. The first song to top the Billboard charts was Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” (1955). Though the sound was just emerging as its own genre, many musicians took advantage of this new sound of music. Other early rock and roll stars included Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course Elvis Presley. By the end of the 1950’s the era of true rock and roll seemed to decline and a new era of pop and instrumental rock took its place.
Rock also transitioned from featuring singles artists to featuring groups of musicians, otherwise known as bands. Originating in Southern California in the early 1960’s, surf music became a national craze, with songs like “Surfin” (1962) by the Beach Boys and “Wipe Out” (1963) by the Surfaris. But the surf music trend came to a sudden end when the British Invasion arrived in 1964. The most notable band of this time were the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, and numerous other rock groups. The British Invasion completely took over the rock scene in the 1960’s, pushing surf music, vocal girl groups, teen idols, R&B acts, and other rock and roll groups off the top of the charts. It also cemented rock as a legitimate genre in the music world, creating a space for other musicians in the years to come.
The end of the 1960’s saw an emergence of psychedelic rock. Psychedelic rock was an LSD-inspired subgenre of rock that developed originally in San Francisco. Groups who were prominent in the psychedelic scene were Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Pink Floyd. Even the Beatles dabbled in psychedelic rock with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the mid 1970’s, psychedelic rock seemed to decline but morphed into even more subgenres of rock including hard rock, progressive rock, and heavy metal. The technological advancement of music distribution channels like the FM radio, 8-track tapes, and cassette tapes allowed the wide variety of different rock styles to emerge. As disco began to take over the mainstream, punk rock also began to take form. Punk was categorized by loud guitars, rude attitude, rebellion, and sex (like most of rock music). The Sex Pistols and the Clash (both English rock bands) were at the forefront of the punk movement.
Rock continued to evolve in the 1980’s as did music technology. MTV was created in 1981 and was later joined by VH1 in 1984. During this time alternative rock emerged with bands like R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nine Inch Nails. New wave bands like Talking Heads, Duran Duran, and The Police also became extremely popular. Other mainstream rock bands during the 80’s included Aerosmith, Journey, Bon Jovi, U2, and Def Leppard. Overall, the 1980’s was a spectacular time for all genres of music.
Grunge and punk pop music began to explode in the early 1990’s. Grunge bands, which was a fusion of hard rock and punk, emerging at this time included Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains. Pop punk bands like Green Day, The Offspring, and Blink 182 also surfaced in the ‘90s. Pop punk continued to be popular in the early 2000s with bans such as Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Fall Out Boy, and All American Rejects.
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