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Artists & Styles


There are the many musical styles that roll up under the classic rock banner. Here's your menu of musical flavors and your guide to the artists who created them.
  1. Arena Rock
  2. Blues Rock
  3. British Invasion
  4. Folk Rock
  5. Glam Rock
  6. Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
  1. Progressive Rock
  2. Psychedelic Rock
  3. Punk Rock / New Wave
  4. Singer-Songwriters
  5. Soft Rock
  6. Southern Rock / Country Rock

Arena Rock

Courtesy Elektra Records

Think big. Larger than life -- the sound, the venues, the performers, the pyrotechnics.

Blues Rock

Copyright 2003-2007 PhotoFlashbacks - The Doug Hartley Collection

When rock meets blues, the electric guitars come out and the tempo goes up.

British Invasion

Courtesy Capitol Records

Between 1964 and 1967, the Brits changed the way we rocked.

Folk Rock

Photo by Daniel Kramer courtesy Columbia Legacy

When the music has a message, it's probably folk rock.

Glam Rock

Photo by Gaye Gerard / Getty Images

Makeup, costumes, and songs about sex, drugs and sci-fi.

Hard Rock / Heavy Metal

Photo by Frank Micelotta / Getty Images

Where power chords reign and distortion is a good thing.

Progressive Rock

Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Bring on the strings, woodwinds, and esoteric themes.

Psychedelic Rock

Courtesy RCA Records

Tie-dyed homage to the gospel of turn on, tune in, drop out.

Punk Rock / New Wave

Courtesy Private Stock Records

Lyrically anti-establishment, musically experimental.


Courtesy Special Ops Media

A breed born in the '60s and '70s who wrote, sang and played their own music their own way.

Soft Rock

Courtesy Rhino Records

It's rock, but with softer lyrics, softer instruments, and minimal controversy.

Southern Rock / Country Rock

Photo by Jeff Katz courtesy Warner Bros. Records

Hard rock guitar, boogie rhythm, and lyrics with a Southern flavor.

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