How Many Kinds Of Rock Music Are There?

Posted by Mike Schuck

We all know what kind of music belongs in the rock genre, but how many different sub-genres are there? It seems like there is an endless amount! Some say that only three major genres make up most of rock music today, so let’s take a look at them.

We will be talking about classic rock, alternative rock, and something new we have called dreamy jazz. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Classic Rock

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Definition: Classic rock is described as being simple and straightforward with strong melodies and lyrics that appeal to all audiences. Artists who fit this description include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Journey.

Pop versions of classic rock songs can easily lose focus on detail due to the catchy melody and vocals, making it hard to tell if what you are listening to has gotten boring or not. This is why some people refer to pop classics as “throwaway music” because they want to listen to something memorable but do not invest too much time into it.

Alternative Rock

Definition: Alternative rock is typically characterized by heavy use of guitar, complex rhythms, and experimental sounds such as noise. Artists that fit this description include Radiohead, Nirvana, Muse, and Taylor Swift.

Modern rock

how many kinds of rock music are there

What is modern rock? Well, that’s not an easy question to answer! Technically speaking, any music with lyrics and a rhythm section (an instrument duo like a piano and guitar) is considered rock. So anything with those elements is technically rock music.

But we can get more specific about what makes something sound like “rock.” For example, most people associate heavy metal with being called rock. But there are other types of hard rock out there as well, such as power or glammetal. And then you have softer forms of rock like folk or blues- just take it from us; they’re all good!

So really, how many kinds of rock music there are depends on what definitions matter the most to you.

Hip hop

how many kinds of rock music are there

While some may consider music like Adele, Taylor Swift or any type of soft rock to be “rock”, these artists are not typically included in the category of hard rock, classic rock or anything else that goes under the label “rock”.

Music genre: Pop

History: In its early stages hip hop was considered more of a street music style than it is today. Artists such as Rakim and Tupac made lyrics about life experiences and relationships while also incorporating other styles into their songs.

Their sound was later influenced by R&B and electro which makes them blend well together. Technically speaking, they can be called a form of rhythmic jazz but this term is rarely used.

Since then, many musicians have experimented with different parts of the genre and incorporated features of other genres into theirs. Some examples of this include using guitar riffs, bass lines or melodies borrowed from other types of music.

On top of that, there has been an ever-increasing number of collaborations between hip hop artists and other musical groups and individuals.

Heavy metal

how many kinds of rock music are there

Metal is often described as being “brutal” or even "aggressive." This description is typically used to describe songs with heavy bass lines, distorted guitars, and lyrics that are about violence, death, and cannibalism.

However, this definition leaves out many important parts of metal music. Not only do not need these components to be listened to, but some artists purposefully avoid having them because they feel that their music has been categorized as something it is not.

There are several types of metal including power-metal, speed-metal, groove-metal, nu-metal, and classic rock influenced bands. All of these styles contain elements such as guitar solos, rhythmically complex patterns, and large choruses that emphasize positive emotions.

Power-metal bands like Metallica and Judas Priest use very hard edged sounds accompanied by strong themes of patriotism and hatred towards other cultures. Speed-metal musicians like Slayer and Anthrax play fast tempos which have lots of triplets and trills in their music. Groove-metal groups like The Police and Led Zeppelin make music that can easily get people moving and dancing!

Nu-metal bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit mixed powerful beats with soft acoustic melodies and sing-along choruses. Artists like Nickelback write simple, catchy love songs with bright colors and effects.

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