What is rock music? It’s a genre of music that was first popularized in the 1950s, and as its popularity grew, so did the number of subgenres. In some cases, there were more than four different styles within one artistic movement. Of course, this doesn’t mean that all rock music sounds the same – it only means that certain elements are present in most types of rock. These common characteristics can be anything from a powerful drumbeat to a distorted electric guitar sound. Whatever it may be, if you hear these core features together on a song then you’re probably listening to something considered “rock”.
The most famous rock band of all time
In order for an artist or band to have been deemed worthy of being placed on this list, they had to have made music in the rock genre. This means that all of the groups listed were born out of the 1950s rock revolution, and continued to write songs in one form or another until today…
#10 – The Beatles
The Beatles are arguably the most popular band of all time, so it’s not surprising they also have a spot on this list. In 1964, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote their first song together titled “I Want To Hold Your Hand” . It was an instant hit! But their fame skyrocketed even more after releasing their album titled “A Hard Day’s Night”. Even people who don’t enjoy listening to rock music can recognize at least a few songs by The Beatles – just think about how many movies have used these tracks throughout the years!
#9 – The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are another iconic group that was around during the time of Beatlemania. They formed in 1962 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Their many popular songs include “Paint It Black”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, and “Honky Tonk Women”. One very interesting fact about this band is they have never had a lead singer… Each song is sung by a different member but not necessarily the same one each time. So who sings what? Read on to find out!
The Rolling Stones (L-R): Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards
#8 – Oasis
Oasis began in 1991 and had a huge impact on rock music! They were the first “big thing” to happen after grunge took over the world of alternative rock during the early 90s. This British band has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide , but broke up in 2009 after an altercation between Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel. Although they are not currently active as a band, many of their songs are still being played on the radio today.
#7 – Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses formed way back in 1985. They are famous for their hit albums “Appetite for Destruction” and “Use Your Illusion I & II”. The band has definitely had its fair share of drama, but they continue to make music today (though not with the original members). Fans love them mostly because of their rebellious rock-and-roll attitude, which is exactly what Axl Rose wanted!
#6 – The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys were one of the first American bands to become popular in Great Britain during the early 60s. Their songwriting skills even gave The Beatles some motivation! Today they still perform together as a band, and have successfully made the transition from the oldies circuit to playing at venues around the world…
The Beach Boys (L-R): Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston
#5 – Deep Purple
Deep Purple’s first album was released all the way back in 1968! They are considered one of “the pioneer big bands” of heavy metal and hard rock . Their music is mostly about love and relationships – just listen to their hit songs “Smoke on the Water”, “Highway Star”, and “Child in Time”!
The Who: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey
#4 – Queen
It’s hard to imagine the world of rock music without Queen . This band has some of the greatest hits in history, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”, and their most famous track “We Are The Champions”… Queen: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May , John Deacon
#3 – Aerosmith
#2 – AC/DC
AC/DC formed in November 1973 and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003! It takes a certain amount of talent to be able to sing those high notes for hours on end – something lead singer Brian Johnson has no problem doing…
AC/DC (L-R): Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams , Brian Johnson
#1 – Pink Floyd
This band is for sure one of the most influential bands in history! They broke up in 1985 after lead singer Syd Barrett left due to mental illness. However, their music lives on and they continue to be remembered as one of the best rock bands ever! Songs like “Another Brick in the Wall”, “Comfortably Numb”, and “Wish You Were Here” will never get old…