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15 Different Types of Rock Music

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Almost every type of rock music is popular over the world. The fact that it has so many variations is one of the reasons for its widespread.

Rock music is one of the most popular genres in the world of music. The genre began in the early 1950s and has since spread throughout the globe of music.

As the music progressed, it moved through several stages of growth, giving rise to new genres.

The rock genre has developed over 240 new subgenres, resulting in a vast universe of its own. Some of these genres, such as heavy metal, have their own subgenres.

Blues, country, pop, and classical music all had a strong effect on rock music.

1. Indie rock

Simple instrumentation and a clear melody are key to indie rock. This type of rock music evolved in the United Kingdom and the United States throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

The fundamental idea of indie rock was to combat rock music’s excessive commercialism.

 Indie music may refer to both independent musicians and those that perform in the indie rock genre. Many artists fall within both categories, which is why the term is frequently misinterpreted.

They vary, but they’re not mutually exclusive. Arctic Monkeys, yeah yeah yeah, kaiser chiefs, and the killers are some of the most popular indie rock bands.

2. Alternative rock

Alternative rock made its debut in the 1980s as an alternative to rock as it was known at the time. Many of the qualities of classic rock are present and aspects from various rock subgenres and even completely unrelated genres such as hip-hop.

Alternative rock is characterized by sharp lyrics and experimental use of instrumentation.

On the other hand, the subgenre is so broad that it’s now used to describe any music that sounds “like rock ‘n’ roll.” Nirvana, red hot chili peppers, and sonic youth are some of the most well-known alternative rock bands.

3. Rock ‘n’ roll

The origin of rock ‘n’ roll is frequently linked to teenage rebellion, social norm defiance, and gender discrimination.

Rock ‘n’ roll songs are energetic, have catchy melodies, and frequently incorporate elements from other genres, such as country and r&b.

Rock’ n’ roll is one of the oldest types of rock music, originating in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

AC/DC led zeppelin, and the rolling stones are just a few of the rock ‘n’ roll legends that helped shape it. The saxophone or piano was commonly employed as the principal instrument in early rock’n’roll music.

Later on, though, these instruments were either replaced or employed together with the guitar.

4. Psychedelic rock

Psychedelic culture has had a significant effect on psychedelic rock. To give the subgenre a distinct aspect, bands who perform this type of rock music use hallucinogenic studio effects, including reverb, distortion, reversed sound, and phasing.

This is frequently done together with the original use of instruments like wah-wah pedals and feedback electric guitars.

The psychedelic rock pioneers are widely considered the 13th-floor elevator, Jefferson airplane, and flaming lips.

5. Funk rock

Funk rock has been revived throughout many decades since its 1950s origins with the likes of Little Richard and James Brown, combining the soul, blues, and rhythm and blues with the sparks and commotion of rock.

Any instrument that adds to the sound is welcome, but funk-rock’s wild, distorted, or chaotic sound relies heavily on a consistent rhythm from the bass, guitar, or drums.

 The “p-funk godfather” George Clinton was engaged in any project, such as funkadelic and parliament.

The early, ongoing, or dabbling sounds of different musicians such as red hot chilli peppers, faith no more, primus, Jane’s addition, and Lenny Kravitz all have major funk-rock influences.

6. Acid rock

The garage-punk movement of the mid-1960s influenced acid rock. Many people consider acid rock and psychedelic rock together, while others consider psychedelic rock to be a subset of acid rock.

Long jam sessions and strong sound distortion are common in acid rock music, which is often accompanied by blues progressions. Some of the most popular acid rock bands are Jefferson airplane, iron butterfly, blue cheer, and pink Floyd.

7. Blues-rock

Blues-rock is a combination of blues and rock music, as the name suggests. Loud beats, aggressive textures, heavy guitar sounds, and blues-scale guitar solos are all common features of blues-rock music.

The early to mid-1960s saw the arrival of blues-rock, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Allman Brothers band, led zeppelin, and ZZ top were among the first to embrace this type of rock music.

8. Comedy rock

Comedy rock is a genre that combines music with the art of parody and satire to provide a hilarious break from the traditional emotional limits of its other fellow genres.

Voice actors, radio personalities, and comedians first appeared on the charts in the 1950s with songs that were parodies of celebrities like Elvis Presley or wordplay on renowned authors’ and artists’ lyrics and topics.

9. Electronic rock

Like many of the types of rock music on this list, electronic rock has various sounds, ranging from nine-inch nails’ gloomy alternative industrial sounds to synthpop’s floatier leaps.

The Moog synthesizer’s arrival in the late 1960s/early 1970s influenced many genres to introduce new sounds and ways to use them.

The 1980s saw the arrival of new wave and early artrock, bringing acts like the human league, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, and Devo, and the 1990s saw the arrival of industrial rock.

Electronic music is still evolving now, with new blends launching every year.

10. Hard rock

The knowledge of “hard rock” is constantly evolving over the years. “Hard rock” was used to describe music such as the heavy metal sounds of led zeppelin, black sabbath, and ac/dc.

Hard rock bands such as guns n’ roses and defLeppard were also labeled as such in the 1980s, but as rock genres continued, journalists and performers began to abandon the term.

In the 2000s, however, bands like Audioslave, who straddle aspects of rock and metal, were dubbed hard rock, as were bands like the foo fighters, who had their collective feet in the waters of pop and rock.

While it may be argued that hard rock is more of a descriptive term than a distinct genre, it cannot be denied that it plays an important role in the evolution of rock music.

11. Country rock

A prominent fusion genre is country-rock, and it’s a cross between country and rock music. This genre combines rock music with country music’s topic, vocal techniques, and additional instruments.

12. Heartland rock

Heartland rock is a basic type of rock music that is concerned with individuals in the middle and working classes. It is based on the same principles as rock & roll, but with a touch of country music thrown in for good measure.

Its defining feature is its straightforward singing style and clear lyrics, which relate to the lives of middle-class and working-class people.

13. Glam rock

Glam rock became popular in the United Kingdom in the 1970s, and it was one of the most iconic cultural phenomena of the time.

Bubblegum pop had a big effect on this type of rock music. Glam rock bands are known for their outrageous hairstyles. Catchy melodies, pounding hip-shaking rhythms, and intense theatricality are all priorities in this type of rock music.

Slade, t. Rex, New York dolls, and sweet are some of the most popular glam rock bands.

14. Roots rock

Traditional American music genres such as blues, country, and folk are influenced by roots rock. Roots rock’s early works originate from the late 1960s, in response to the growth of progressive rock at the time.

When heavy metal and punk rock ruled the scene in the 1980s, the subgenre was also popular.

Country rock, southern rock, blues rock, heartland rock, and swamp rock are all examples of roots rock. Los Lobos, the Allman Brothers band, and the Marshall Tucker band are just a few of the iconic roots-rock bands.

15. Folk-rock

Folk-rock combines folk music with rock music’s powerful guitar riffs and drums of rock music. The origins of this subgenre may be traced back to the early to mid-1960s in the United States. In addition, Byrds and Bob Dylan are acknowledged as the first performers to combine the two genres.

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Adenaya Damilola
Adenaya Damilola
Adenaya Damilola is a content creator and an aspiring biochemist. He is interested in music, poetry, and tech. He is also an animal lover.
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