It all started during the mid 50s when a new synergy of blues, souls, jazz, country and Rock n Roll all took the world of music by a storm, which has never seized to end. 60 years hence and every new generation still finds its ways to the golden rock n roll songs.
Rock n roll is not just a music cult, but a cult of dance movements too. Music created with typical instrument such as the guitar, drums, piano, and saxophone inspired new dance forms, which are popular to the existing day.
After the early days, as time evolved the definition of rock n roll mingled with rock music, and eventually the two became synonyms. The products of such definition are the subject of this list. Let’s examine 25 legendry names from classic Rock n Roll Era:
Formed in 1980, R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens and was popular for their semi-folk-rock-balladish music style.
Oasis was an English band from Manchester that came under spotlight in the early 1990s and was popularly active till 2009.
UFO is a heavy metal rock band formed in 1969 and was considered the daddy of British heavy metal.
22. Lynyrd Skynyrd
Originally formed in 1966, the American rock band became quite popular during the 70’s especially for theirsouthern hard-rock genre.
21. Guns N’ Roses
20. Carlos Santana
Santana, a popularMexican-American musician made his name in the rock n roll era with a mesmerizing fusion of rock and Latin American music.
Formed in 1985, Radiohead is an English band popular for alternative and experimental rock.
18. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Formed in 1983, RHCP is an American funk rock band known forpunk rock and psychedelic rock.
17. The Yardbirds
The band was first formed in 1963 with legendary names like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page but broke up in 1968. The band reunited in 1992, but with different band members.
16. Pearl Jam
Formed in 1990, Pearl Jam is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. With names like Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, the band became the most popular American rock & roll band of the ’90s.
15. Def Leppard
When this English rock band bagged the spotlight in 1977, it was described as the new wave of British heavy metal.
14. Iron Maiden
Another English heavy metal from London, Iron Maiden has a discography of 37 studio albums and is considered as one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history.
13. Pink Floyd
Formed in 1965, Pink Floyd was an English rock band that had Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright as the initial band members.
Although the band just lasted for seven years (1987-1994), it is still considered asone of the most influential rock bands of all times.
This popular Irish rock band was formed in 1976 and was widely popular for their expressive vocals and sociopolitical themes.
10. The Who
Formed in 1964, The Who is an English rock band formed and is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.
9. Bruce Springsteen
Nicknamed “The Boss”, Bruce is an American musician and singer-songwriter who is widely admired for his brand of poetic lyrics.
This American heavy rock band comes from Los Angeles, California and was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/ guitarist James Hetfield.
7. The Doors
Known for their psychedelic rock, acid rock and jazz rock style, The Doors and Jim Morrison are the two legends from the classical rock n roll era.
6. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin was the ultimate heavy metal band from London.
5. Jimi Hendrix
Jimi was an American musician, singer, songwriter, who is still regarded as the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music.
4. The Rolling Stones
Formed in 1962, The Rolling Stones is an English rock band from London. The rock band has a versatile style of playing and covers everything from hard rock to rhythmic blues.
3. Elvis Presley
Referred as “The King” or “The King of Rock,” Elvis Presley was the most popular rock n roll artist from the start.
2. Bob Dylan
Certainly one of the prominent figures in rock music, Bob Dylan, an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer has been entertaining us for more than five decades.
1. The Beatles
Formed in 1960, The Beatles was an English rock band from Liverpool with famous band members such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star.