Rock Genres Adult Alternative RockAmerican Trad RockArena RockBlues-RockBritish InvasionDeath Metal/Black MetalGlam RockHair MetalHard RockMetalJam BandsProg-Rock/Art RockPsychedelicRock & RollRockabillyRoots RockSinger/SongwriterSouthern RockSurfTex-MexRock can mean many different things to different folks.
Rock and roll music has a certain feel to it, but what creates this feeling? Well, it is a combination of the rhythm, instruments, vocals, and attitude. All of these elements blend together to create the rock and roll music people love. Some of these elements have been enhanced since the creation of rock and roll music through a natural evolution. Rock and roll music began as a melting of the rhythm and blues and country western genres of the 1940s. The beat of rock and roll music comes mainly from a rhythm and blues boogie beat. The difference is made by the addition of an accented backbeat. This backbeat is one of the essential elements of rock and roll music. The instruments that create rock and roll music have changed around since the development of the genre. As rock and roll music began to split into different types of rock music, they added different instruments. However, the normal instrument line up includes one or two electric guitars, a bass guitar, and a drum kit. Keyboards and other instruments have been added from time to time as well. Vocals associated with rock and roll music are varied. Most rock and roll singers have a unique style as apposed to pop music which can sound alike. Vocals are also where the attitude comes in. Many lead singers have created the fame for their rock and roll bands. This was the case with Ozzy Osborne, Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger who are all still famous today. The technical definition of rock and roll music isn't important. For true fans, rock and roll music can not be defined. It is in the musicians and it comes out before the music even begins. It isn't in the way the musician plays but in the way the musician lives and breathes.
Classic rock music will always be around. It is music that has withstood the tests of time. Although we will always love the way these songs were sung by their original artists, it is also fun to hear them revamped by our favorite modern artists. Below is a list of some of the popular cover songs made possible by classic rock music. Covering classic rock music means that you can cross this music over to any genre you want. This can be seen with the Stevie Nicks song “Landslide”. This song was taken by the Dixie Chics and transitioned well into their country/pop genre. Dwight Yoakam was also successful in converting classic rock music into country. In 1999 he did this with the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. This song was originally performed by Queen in 1979. Both versions are popular and hold their own followings. Phil Collins has had many hits both on his own and with the group Genesis. In 1981 he had a hit song with “In the Air Tonight”. Now, the song is a hit again. This time it is being performed by Nonpoint who revamped the song in 2004. With a new hard core feel, the song is being performed for a younger crowd. If you have ever watched the movie Gothika, you might have recognized some classic rock music that had a new feel to it. This 2003 film contained the Limp Bizkit song “Behind Blue Eyes”. However, it was The Who that first performed this song in 1971.