Rock Music Genres List

The most comprehensive list of Rock Music genres and information available anywhere (almost!)

The Music Genres List site covers many of the most popular styles of Rock music, including British Invasion (my personal favourite!), Hair Metal (one of my more amusing), and Rockabilly (one of the more fun genres.)

Hoping, with your help, this becomes the definitive list of Rock music genres on the Internet, send an email to add @ musicgenreslist dot com if you feel any Rock music genres are missing and we’ll  be happy add to the genres list.

Rock Genres

  • Adult Alternative Rock
  • American Trad Rock
  • Arena Rock
  • Blues-Rock
  • British Invasion
  • Death Metal/Black Metal
  • Glam Rock
  • Hair Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
  • Jam Bands
  • Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Psychedelic
  • Rock & Roll
  • Rockabilly
  • Roots Rock
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Southern Rock
  • Surf
  • Tex-Mex

Rock can mean many different things to different folks.

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Most popular generes are Rock & Roll and Classic Rock

Rock and roll music has a certain feel to it, but what creates this feeling? Well, it is a combination of the rhythm, instruments, vocals, and attitude. All of these elements blend together to create the rock and roll music people love. Some of these elements have been enhanced since the creation of rock and roll music through a natural evolution.

Rock and roll music began as a melting of the rhythm and blues and country western genres of the 1940s. The beat of rock and roll music comes mainly from a rhythm and blues boogie beat. The difference is made by the addition of an accented backbeat. This backbeat is one of the essential elements of rock and roll music.

The instruments that create rock and roll music have changed around since the development of the genre. As rock and roll music began to split into different types of rock music, they added different instruments. However, the normal instrument line up includes one or two electric guitars, a bass guitar, and a drum kit. Keyboards and other instruments have been added from time to time as well.

Vocals associated with rock and roll music are varied. Most rock and roll singers have a unique style as apposed to pop music which can sound alike. Vocals are also where the attitude comes in. Many lead singers have created the fame for their rock and roll bands. This was the case with Ozzy Osborne, Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger who are all still famous today.

The technical definition of rock and roll music isn’t important. For true fans, rock and roll music can not be defined. It is in the musicians and it comes out before the music even begins. It isn’t in the way the musician plays but in the way the musician lives and breathes.

Classic rock music will always be around. It is music that has withstood the tests of time. Although we will always love the way these songs were sung by their original artists, it is also fun to hear them revamped by our favorite modern artists. Below is a list of some of the popular cover songs made possible by classic rock music.

Covering classic rock music means that you can cross this music over to any genre you want. This can be seen with the Stevie Nicks song “Landslide”. This song was taken by the Dixie Chics and transitioned well into their country/pop genre.

Dwight Yoakam was also successful in converting classic rock music into country. In 1999 he did this with the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. This song was originally performed by Queen in 1979. Both versions are popular and hold their own followings.

Phil Collins has had many hits both on his own and with the group Genesis. In 1981 he had a hit song with “In the Air Tonight”. Now, the song is a hit again. This time it is being performed by Nonpoint who revamped the song in 2004. With a new hard core feel, the song is being performed for a younger crowd.

If you have ever watched the movie Gothika, you might have recognized some classic rock music that had a new feel to it. This 2003 film contained the Limp Bizkit song “Behind Blue Eyes”. However, it was The Who that first performed this song in 1971.

List of Famous Rock Artists

[one_third]”Weird Al” Yankovic
3 Doors Down
Al Green
Alan Jackson
Alanis Morissette
Alice In Chains
All Time Low
Aretha Franklin
Avenged Sevenfold
Avril Lavigne
Beastie Boys
Bee Gees
Big & Rich
Billy Currington
Billy Joel
Blake Shelton
Bob Dylan
Bob Marley
Bon Jovi
Boys Like Girls
Brad Paisley
Breaking Benjamin
Brooks & Dunn
Bruce Springsteen
Bryan Adams
Cee Lo Green
Céline Dion
Chris Brown
Chris Tomlin
Christina Aguilera
Cobra Starship
Counting Crows
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Daft Punk
Darius Rucker
Dave Matthews Band
David Bowie
David Cook
David Guetta
Death Cab for Cutie
Depeche Mode
Destiny’s Child
Dierks Bentley
Dixie Chicks
Earth, Wind & Fire
Eli Young Band
Elton John
Elvis Presley
Enrique Iglesias
Eric Clapton
Etta James

[one_third]Faith Hill
Fall Out Boy
Fat Joe
Finger Eleven
Five Finger Death Punch
Five for Fighting
Fleetwood Mac
Foo Fighters
Frank Sinatra
Gavin DeGraw
Gnarls Barkley
Good Charlotte
Grateful Dead
Green Day
Guns N’ Roses
Gwen Stefani
Gym Class Heroes
Hank Williams, Jr.
Hollywood Undead
Ingrid Michaelson
Jack Johnson
Jackson 5
James Blunt
James Taylor
Janet Jackson
Jason Mraz
Jay Sean
Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Eat World
John Denver
John Legend
John Mayer
John Mellencamp
Johnny Cash
Jonas Brothers
Josh Groban
Josh Turner
Justin Moore
Justin Timberlake
Katy Perry
Keith Urban
Kelly Clarkson
Kenny Chesney
Kevin Rudolf
Kings of Leon
Led Zeppelin
Linkin Park
Lupe Fiasco
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mariah Carey
Marilyn Manson
Maroon 5
Martina McBride
Marvin Gaye
Mary J. Blige
Matchbox Twenty
Matt Nathanson
Metro Station
Michael Bublé
Michael Jackson
Missy Elliott
Modest Mouse
Montgomery Gentry
Mötley Crüe
My Chemical Romance[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Natasha Bedingfield
Neil Diamond
Neil Young
Nine Inch Nails
Norah Jones
Ozzy Osbourne
Panic! At the Disco
Papa Roach
Paul McCartney
Pearl Jam
Phil Collins
Pink Floyd
Plain White T’s
Rage Against the Machine
Ray LaMontagne
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rise Against
Rob Thomas
Rod Stewart
Sarah McLachlan
Secondhand Serenade
Shania Twain
Sheryl Crow
Simon & Garfunkel
Simple Plan
Smashing Pumpkins
Snoop Dogg
Snow Patrol
Stevie Wonder
Stone Temple Pilots
System of a Down
The All-American Rejects
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Keys
The Cure
The Doors
The Fray
The Goo Goo Dolls
The Killers
The Offspring
The Police
The Pussycat Dolls
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The Rolling Stones
The Temptations
The Wanted
The White Stripes
The Who
Theory of a Deadman
Third Eye Blind
Three Days Grace
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Trace Adkins
Uncle Kracker
Van Halen
Van Morrison
Whitney Houston
Willie Nelson
Young Money
Zac Brown Band
ZZ Top[/one_third_last]

3 comments for “Rock Music Genres List

  1. Molon Labe
    March 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I see folks in this list that are by no means rock. Those being the likes of Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, sure as hell not Jay-Z or 2pac.

  2. Sarah
    March 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    You forgot twenty one pilots

  3. February 13, 2019 at 1:47 am

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for music notes

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