Deep dive into Classic Rock!
One of the best things about music today is that there are so many different genres and so many different types within those genres. But if you really want to dig deep and find something you've never heard before, I think the best place to start with is classic rock.
I'm not saying that I never listen to anything else; I do. But nine times out of 10, when I'm in charge of the music selection for a road trip or if I'm hanging out with friends at home, classic rock is my go-to genre.
There's something about this period in time that produced some of the coolest artists and bands ever. Whether it was the tumultuous 1960s or the groovy '70s, some legendary musicians gave us music that defined decades — and continues to do so today.
Before you get started, note that classic rock is generally defined as rock music recorded in the 1960s and 1970s, although some people extend it back to the mid-1950s and others stretch it forward to the 1980s.
Classic rock is not a genre, but rather a description of how rock music was marketed in the post-hippie era. It's the same music that hippies listened to but dressed up for your parents.
Classic rock draws its inspiration from the original wave of rock and roll, which emerged in the 1950s and peaked with the advent of rock bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It also draws inspiration from folk-rock and blues-rock.
The genre is sometimes confused with oldies music, which refers to any popular music that was recorded before 1975. However, this is a bit misleading because popular music prior to 1964 (such as doo-wop and early rock 'n' roll) did not fall under this category until after it became retroactively associated with classic rock.
Rock music first started in the 1950s as a combination of rhythm and blues and country music. Elvis Presley was the first musician who could be considered a part of this new genre. He mixed his influences of country and gospel together with his own unique style to create songs that were innovative at the time. Some of the most important people in music history, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, are a great place to start.
The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd were some of the biggest classic rock artists and bands ever. If you listen to these groups, you'll be able to hear the evolution of rock from the blues-inspired styles of the 1960s to punk-influenced rock in the 1970s, then on to heavy metal in the 1980s. There are also plenty of other bands that deserve your attention, like The Who and Jimi Hendrix.
If you're looking to get into classic rock but don't know where to start, we've got you covered. These are some of the best songs from this iconic genre that every music fan should know.
Pink Floyd - “Money”
The Beatles - "Come Together"
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"
Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Jimi Hendrix - "All Along the Watchtower"
Eagles - Hotel California
The Rolling Stones - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
Dire Straits - “Sultans of Swing”
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