When it comes to popular modern music, nothing has made such an impact on popular culture- as well as much of a noise, as rock music. From catchy blues-based riffs to soaring solos that outlast many modern pop singers’ careers, the biggest names in rock have changed not only the genre but music in general. Here is a quick run-down of some of the biggest names in rock the world has ever seen – and will never forget.
Originating essentially from various localised forms of country music, and also being persuaded by certain vibes from jazz, folk and even classical music, rock has been responsible for changing what we thought possible by a guitarist. Thanks to the iconic influence of guitar manufacturers such as Gibson and Fender, rock legends have become known for their battle axes (if you will) and will go down in history as some of the most gifted and influential musicians of all time.
Influenced by the sounds of the great Elvis Presley, Bill Hayley and the blues guitars of the southern states of America, the Beatles have to be one of the most iconic influences in rock music history. With a career that lasted through some of the most musically relevant decades, record sales that dwarf some small countries’ GDP, and still having a huge influence on musicians today, The Fab Four have a track record that is hard to top.
The Rolling Stones
Along with the Beatles, The Rolling Stones shared much of the same period through the 60s and 70s and have outlasted many rock bands that formed decades after their first appearance. The Stones had a more noticeable edge to their music, influencing generations that came after them and probably being seen as more of a pure rock band than The Beatles. The Stones are often looked at as the godfathers of modern rock music. The heavy blues influence is obvious and has given rise to a new generation of blues rock, popularising the rock and roll lifestyle.
Led Zeppelin almost took over the world with their soaring guitar riffs and solos created by the legendary Jimmy Page and the vocals of Robert Plant. Few rock bands have achieved the success of Led Zeppelin and their sound is instantly recognisable. Having been the biggest band in the world at their time, they still enjoy huge record-breaking crowds today with a number of special come back gigs to delight the fans.
AC/DC are another hugely influential rock and hard rock band that changed the face of rock music forever. Being one of the highest grossing bands of all time, AC/DC has suffered many chops and changes to its line-up, like many big-name rock bands, but continues to be one of the most popular bands of all time. Influencing new generations of rock musicians, AC/DC has also influenced hoards of heavy metal bands, and are considered one of its earliest pioneers.
Rock music for a long time has been set to stay. It continues to influence, teach, entertain and grow at a steady pace that will outlast many other genres that have followed.
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