rock and roll

Crank up the rock and roll! Rock and roll is a blues-based, guitar-heavy music genre best listened to loud. According to vintage rocker Neil Young, rock and roll will never die. Most people just call it rock.

The term rock and roll was born in the USA in the 1950’s to describe a genre of blues music mixed with a little country western and held together with a foot stomping beat. Early rock and roll stars included Elvis Presley and Little Richard. A trio called the Boswell Sisters had a hit single called “Rock and Roll” way back in 1934, but they were singing about boats. The term rock and roll comes from African American vernacular speech.

Definitions of rock and roll

n a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western

rock, rock 'n' roll, rock music, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll
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heavy metal, heavy metal music
loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
art rock, progressive rock
a style of rock music that emerged in the 1970s; associated with attempts to combine rock with jazz and other forms; intended for listening and not dancing
acid rock, psychedelic rock
a musical style that emerged in the 1960s; rock music inspired by or related to drug-induced experience
punk, punk rock
rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock
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popular music, popular music genre
any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)

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