I think it’s safe to say that rock is one of the most popular music genres in the world. Ever since its appearance more than 60 years ago, it has influenced countless generations and millions of people throughout the world.
Probably, the most prolific time for rockers was back in the 1960s and the beginning of 1970s, as many of the world’s most famous rock bands and musicians started their careers. From The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and all the way to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Bee Gees, and Jimi Hendrix, the rock’n’roll stage was full of quality music.
Combined with the hippie movement from the same period, rock managed to become one of the most popular music genres, gathering millions of fans at concerts and determining the appearance of a new goal, that of becoming a rock star or a rock god.
However, people changed, politics changed and, soon, rock had to change too. I think it would be interesting to see the evolution of this music type from the 1960s and all the way to the 2010s.
After the tragic deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin, the rock stage changed forever. What was previously known as psychedelic music soon becomes hard and progressive rock, a well as heavy metal. The 1970s was the perfect decade for many music bands to have a taste of celebrity, while the already popular bands turned concerts into huge events.
The most popular rock bands and singers of the 1970s include Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and The Sex Pistols.
Probably the most notable event of the 1980s was the launching of MTV, which soon became a highly popular music channel and a launching platform for thousands of bands and artists. MTV supported the rock music and contributed to its worldwide broadcasting.
In 1984 VH1 was launched, coming with a rather classic rock vision and promoting former and current rock values alike. Music videos start to become a thing and, by broadcasting them 24/7, VH1 managed to bring numerous new bands and artists into the mainstream.
The 1980s also witnessed the appearance of CDs, a new form for artists to promote their music and sell it around the world. The most popular rock artists of the 1980s were Michael Jackson, U2, Prince, Guns n’Roses, George Michael, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and John Lennon.
The sound compression allowed massive music distribution both legally and illegally, so MP3 players started to replace the former use of CDs and cassettes. The most notable rock band of the 1990s remains Nirvana but, tragically, the lead singer, Kurt Cobain, dies in April 1994.
The 2000s and 2010s
The last two decades have seen a downfall of the rock genre, with many youngsters now choosing house, club, techno, trance, and minimal as their favorite types of music. Nevertheless, the stage witnesses some great new rock bands including Linkin Park, Green Day, Coldplay, Nickelback, Arctic Monkeys, Evanescence, Blink 182, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kaleo.