Who Changed Rock 'n Roll Music? The Legendary Bands or Artists Who Shaped the ROCK Sound

To celebrate 2021 our staff created a list of Rock legends of bands/artists who either invented a different sound, or reinvented Rock music along the way. Our criteria was this: Very original and still popular today.


You know what it feels like when you go to a show or hear it online. A great band or artist will make the hair on your skin stand up because it is original and gets to your emotions. The lead singer will have some style you can't take your eyes off of. You feel entranced listening to how they are singing it. These bands broke with convention and said, “To hell with it, here we are, we wrote this with sweat and soul, this is our Rock ‘n Roll!!” These people and bands got to the masses (many of them with no social networks at all).

We are not talking about Hip Hop or EM, or any other style. This pertains to Rock ‘n Roll music only.

 

When you look this list over ask yourself, “What was new and different?” Don’t be afraid to create that. We call on you to reduce the reverb, remove the fake auto-tune, get rid of those unison shout choruses (cool the first time, only one time ages ago, yet now it just sounds like a car commercial) and dig into creative, original ideas. Also, songs that go on forever is a mixed bag. Sometimes it works, sometimes it is boring.

 

As for the business people in music, they should be asking you how you envision your music and not try to change your entire style. If it got them to approach you, don't change up your soul. 

We are excited about hearing new Music, promoting or finding new bands, and promoting bands who are already on the rise. Please check out the ones we have found, and see about our promotional tool, Bandivious.com. We can't wait to hear what you invent. Happy New Year!

 

Sincerely,

THE STAFF AT TRU ROCK REVIVAL

 

 

EARLY CREATORS

Buddy Holly

Cream

Elvis

Little Richard

Ritchie Valens

 

 

THE BRITISH INVASION

The Animals

The Beatles

The Kinks

The Rolling Stones

The Who

The Yardbirds

 

 

SOULFUL BLUES ROCK

Janis Joplin

Jimi Hendrix

Led Zeppelin

Tina Turner & Ike

 

SURF MUSIC

The Beach Boys

 

AVANT GARDE

Frank Zappa

 

FOLK ROCK

Bob Dylan

Joan Baez

The Byrds

The Doors

The Mamas and the Papas

 

HARD ROCK

AC/DC

Deep Purple

 

LATE 60’s PUNK

Sly & The Family Stone

 

REGGAE ROCK

Bob Marley & The Wailers

 

SKA & REGGAE ROCK

Eric Clapton

The Clash,

The Police

 

IRISH ROCK

Thin Lizzy

 

GLAM ROCK

KISS

 

70’s ROCK /LIGHT ROCK/ INVENTION

Aerosmith

Bad Company

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blue Oyster Cult

Bob Seger

Boston

Chicago

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

ELO

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Fleetwood Mac

Grand Funk Railroad

Jackson Browne

Jefferson Airplane

Jethro Tull

King Crimson

Little River Band

Paul McCartney & Wings

Pink Floyd

Rod Stewart

Santana

Steely Dan

Simon & Garfunkel

Supertramp

The Doobie Brothers

The Eagles

The Grateful Dead

The Steve Miller Band

Van Morrison

 

BRITISH GLAM ROCK

David Bowie

T-Rex

Queen

 

NYC ROCK

Patti Smith

Velvet Underground

 

SOUTHERN ROCK

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Stevie Ray Vaughan 

The Allman Brothers

 

PUNK ROCK

Blondie

The Clash

The Cure

The Ramones

The Sex Pistols

 

HARD CORE PUNK

The Beastie Boys

 

POST PUNK

Depeche Mode

Nine Inch Nails

The Smiths

 

HEAVY METAL

Black Sabbath

Iron Maiden

Judas Priest

Mötley Crue

Motörhead

Ozzy Osbourne

Pantera

 

ROCK/RAP

Public Enemy

Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Dire Straits

Nine Inch Nails

Radiohead

U2

HAIR BANDS

Bon Jovi

Motley Crue

Poison

 

80’s HARD ROCK

Guns 'N Roses

Van Halen

 

80’s ALTERNATIVE ROCK/HARD ROCK/EXPERIMENTAL

Blurb

Bon Jovi

Def Leppard

Genesis

Heart

Prince

Pulp

Radiohead

REM

RUSH

The Black Crowes

The Cars

The Cranberries

The Talking Heads

The Verve

YES

INDIE ROCK

Sonic Youth

The Pixies

Violent Femmes

 

GRUNGE

Nirvana

Alice in Chains

Soundgarden

Pearl Jam

 

BRIT POP

Oasis

 

90’s ALTERNATIVE

Alanis Morissette

Coldplay

Foo Fighters

Kings of Leon

Linkin Park

Stone Temple Pilots

Green Day

Paramore

PJ Harvey

The Blues Travelers

The Counting Crowes

The Dave Matthews Band

Tom Waits

90's METAL

Disturbed

Godsmack

Megadeth

Metallica

Seether

Slipknot

Tool

GOTH POP ROCK

Evanescence

 

RAP METAL REBELS

Incubus

Rage Against the Machine 

System of a Down

POST GRUNGE

A Perfect Circle

Deftones

Breaking Benjamin

HARD ROCK

Avenged Sevenfold

Queens of the Stone Age

Velvet Revolver

HARDCORE PUNK

Rise Against

POST PUNK REVIVAL

My Chemical Romance

The Hives

The Strokes

The Hives

 

BLUES ROCK W/PUNK

Arcade Fire

The Arctic Monkeys

The White Stripes

 

PSYCHEDELIC ROCK

Beach House

Tame Impala