Top 10 Rock Bands of All Time

Rock and Roll evolved from blues music in the late 1940s. It was originally called rhythm and blues, because it was essentially blues music but a little more upbeat and with a bigger rhythm section. Artists like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly paved the way for Rock and Roll Bands to make a name for themselves. Though there are too many to account, this list will provide you with the Top 10 Rock Bands of All Time.

1. The Beatles
The BeatlesNo list about Rock and Roll could be complete without the Beatles. Though rhythm and blues was an American phenomenon, it quickly made it’s way across the pond to England where four young men by the names of John, Paul, George, and Richard (otherwise known as Ringo), heard what was happening and decided to make some music of their own. The band was formed in Liverpool in 1960 and quickly became one of the most popular bands of all time. They have sold over 600 million units worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

2. The Rolling Stones
Honestly, The Rolling Stones should be tied for first. While there were “rock bands” before, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones really paved the way for what a rock band should be. The Rolling Stones were formed just two years after The Beatles in London. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2012.

3. The Who
The Who were founded in 1964 in England. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide and were one of the most influential bands of all time. Their performances were almost more of a performance art piece, with crazy movement, wild images, and destroying guitars. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

4. The Kinks
The Kinks are another English band founded in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Though they were very briefly part of the British Invasion but were banned from the US in 1965. Arguably their most famous song was their third single, “You Really Got Me”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

5. The Byrds
The Byrds are the first American rock band on this list, founded in L.A. in 1964. Frontman Roger McGuinn is the band’s only consistent member. They were pioneers of the genre “folk-rock” and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

6. The Doors
The Doors, founded in 1965, were a band like no other. Jim Morrison was a poet, and that transcribed to their music. They continued to make hits together until Morrison’s untimely death at the age of 27. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1993.

The Grateful Dead7. The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead have possibly one of the most iconic fanbases of all time. “Deadheads” have been rocking out to their music since the band was founded in 1965. This psychedelic band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

8. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin, originally known as the New Yardbirds, was an English band founded in 1968. They had a bluesy, psychedelic sound that made them very popular throughout the 70s and 80s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Pink Floyd9. Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd was a London based band formed in 1965 that strived to make performance into an artform. There psychedelic artwork and progressive sound made them a staple of the 70s and 80s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

10. The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground was a New York-based band that was only active for less than 10 years. During that time they created incredibly provocotive and innovative music. For a very short time, they were even managed by artist Andy Warhol. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Top 10 Rock Songs of All Time

Rock songs have been a part of our culture since the 1940’s. We have all grown up dreaming of meeting rock stars and some of us even being rock stars. Rock has always been approached with curiosity by the virgin ear and love and dedication by rock fans. The melodies created by rock are majorly based on the electric guitar, electric bass guitar and drums. Lyrics in rock cover a wide variety of topics from love to pain from loss to virtually any social or political theme. Rock in the late 60’s (the golden age period) branched into a number of sub-genres like jazz rock and raga rock to raw energetic punk rock that started in the 1970’s because of the mainstreaming of rock genres. Great rock songs have a way of invoking great emotions in us and leavening us with melodies and memorable lyrics that replay in our minds.

To a lot of people a combination of a beautiful melodies and the right lyrics, delivered with great vocals and deep clear emotions makes a great song. Only once in while do we get to find this combination of talents in the right quantities and when these talents work together they make songs that years later when that song comes on, you remember where you were when you heard it first and moments you shared rocking to those songs.

10. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“If I leave here tomorrow would you still remember me?” opens this song. With a guitar solo that was ranked number 3 in the Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos, this song is easily one of Lynyrd Skynyrd best songs. They usually performed it at the end of the show and sometimes even lasted for as long as 14 minutes.The song has been featured in a number of recent films and video games.

9. Enter Sandman – Metallica
MetallicaReleased in 1991 and usually described as the first metal lullaby, Enter Sandman lyrics deal with nightmares, written by vocalist Hetfield, The song sold over 30 million copies and made Metallica popular worldwide.

8. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
With a catchy and memorable tune, Chuck Berry talks about am illiterate boy who plays the guitar and might one day be great and have his name in the lights.

7. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
This songs popularity helped to push the album Nevermind to the top of the charts becoming number 6 in the Billboard. The song has been covered by many artists.

6. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Written in 1975,the song is a combination of an intro, a ballad, an operatic passage, hard rock part and a reflective coda with no chorus. It is one of UK’s best selling singles.

5. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppling
Released in 1971, the song starts with slow acoustics and then introduces electric instruments. In the 1970s, it was heavily requested in radio stations in the US.

4. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
It was released in 1966 and became an instant hit, the song was progressively made and the Beach boys got a Grammy nomination in 1966 for Best Vocal Group Performance. The song is in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

John Lennon3. Imagine – John Lennon
This song encourages humanity and describes an ideal life with no division or hatred a less materialist people. It has been ranked number 30 in the Recording Industry Association of America’s 365 songs of the century.

2. (I cant get no) satisfaction – The rolling stones
Written by Mick Jagger, the songs lyrics focus on frustrations and capitalism that seeks to benefit oneself while exploiting others.

1. I like a rolling stone – Bob Dylan
Released in 1965 this classic rock was ranked by the Rolling Stones as number one in the list of the greatest songs of all time.

Top 5 rock concerts to watch out for in 2017

Rock music has been dominant for a lot of years before the 1960 when the popularity began declining and other kind of music took the stage, but rock has never died. In years, rock music is created in new forms, new sounds and new ways. Even though the legends of rock are not always on top, fans but also people that are not necessarily a rock music fans know their songs and sing them every time. Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Jon Bon Jovi, Mick Jagger and other legends have left behind wonderful treasure of songs and they will never be forgotten.

These days rock is still one of the top music genre that people enjoy and rock concerts of course are one of the the best. Fans of one specific rock groups or the rock music in general are always interested in any concert will be held in their town or near them. These are the top rock concerts to watch out for in 2017.

  1. MetallicaMetallica is totally one of the top rock group and you have the opportunity to be in their concerts in some upcoming dates. In February 5, 7, and 9, they will be in Copenhagen, Denmark later on on February 12 in Los Angeles. More to go in March in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina; in April they will hold concert in Chile and in May in Columbus, US. All the detailed information is also available in their official website and you have to hurry if you want to be part of one of the Metallica’s concert.
  2. Muse is another top rock group concerts you would like to see. Muse has published the dates for 2017 and it will be on June 4th in Cincinnati, OH. On June 18th, they will hold a concert in Dover, Delaware and on July 16th in Quebec, Canada. After that Muse will be in England on August 25th and 26th. If you are a Muse fan, don’t miss these dates, a rock music always rocks.
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers has a full agenda of concerts. In July, they will tour around the US and after that they will be in Portugal, Italy, France, Poland, Latvia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Brazil and Spain. Red Hot Chili Peppers will be everywhere this year and you don’t have a reason to miss their concert.
  4. Deep PurpleDeep Purple This legendary group will be on tour all year, this year, and they will be all over Europe from May until July. It seems like they will not miss a country without a concert. They will then be in US in September and come back to Europe for some concerts in the UK.
  5. Nickelback will be on tour this year presenting their new album “Feed the machine”. They will have a full tour all over US the whole year. Go and have a great time at their concert.

These are the top five rock concerts to watch out for in 2017, have a look on the list above because if you are a rock music fan for sure you will love these concerts too, have an eye on the dates and don’t lose any favorite concert.