When Did Rock Stop Being Pop?Aug 23, 2022
rockmusic used to be pop music bands like the Beatles Led Zeppelin Eagles Fleetwood Mac dire straits Bon Jovi bars like these had the biggest selling albums of the year they weren't just the biggest
rockstars in the world they were the biggest pop stars big but Nowadays, rock music barely makes it to the top 40. We still have massive rock bands like Foo Fighters or Arctic Monkeys, but these bands are from an earlier era and new rock acts like Royal Blood Blossoms or Catfish in the Bottlemen and yes. They get number one albums, but their hits aren't anywhere near the same magnitude level as rock bands of the past, so I wanted to find out
whenexactly rock music disappeared from the charts and maybe that would help me figure out why and what. .
What I did was I made a spreadsheet. I decided to look at the best selling albums for each year from 1960 to 2017. I looked at the top 10 best selling albums for each year in the UK and edited out the top five for the US. It happened ugh, each year I put the best selling albums on my spreadsheet. calculation, then I went through and briefly listened to each of the albums on there to determine if it was rock music or not, and this is
whenI ran into my first problem, Waylon, and does this sound like rock? and roll what is rock music genres are notoriously hard to define and their definitions evolved over time so what I did was focus on the one element of rock music that I think everybody hears and instantly thinks of the distorted electric guitar of rock so in the end this is the definition I came up with for a lot of rock albums is an album where four or more tracks feature a prominent distorted electric guitar so going back to my spreadsheet I was able to going through each album and noting whether it was rock music or not and then that allowed me to come up with a percentage for each year between 1960 and 2017 of how much rock music had been on the year-end album charts and once I had a percentage for each year i was able to graph them on top of this graph just to explain the graph i have the years along the x axis at the bottom and the percentage of year end albums that were rock albums on the y axis and already you can see at a glance the general shape that was anticipating a peak of rock music in the 1960s and 1970s with a slow decline to the present day, but let's take a closer look as hopefully the 1960s really set off rock in 1964 for example the drop in best selling albums in the UK was the Beatles and in 1917 rock really dominates with bands like Led Zeppelin Chicago Santana deep purple they all have massive selling albums but if we move to the 1980s as many of you would have predicted we will see our first and biggest drop in 1984 rock music in particular which is really low and when you look at the bands that topped the charts that year you get an idea why Wham Frankie goes to the Hollywood culture club?
These are all bands that use one particular thing: synthesizers have been around for a long time now, at least since the 1960s, but it was in the 1980s that it was finally fully adopted in pop music and began to take over. the roles that were traditionally filled by guitars so the rhythm role played the chords playing lead melodies these roles failed to get simps instead of guitars and I started making the music less rocky but that's certainly not to say that the decade 1980's didn't have their own rock music 1985, for example, we've got Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams in dire straits, but as we move further into the '90s I can see it's still worth leaving.
We have a resurgence in '90 to '93 with bands like Nirvana in the US and in the UK. Britpop comes around 95 with bands like a polar racist blur but then we get to the year 2000 and the second is a big The nail in the coffin comes for rock music in the year 2000 when Eminem had a big hit on the mainstream, it opened the floodgates for rap music to be in the possibility that it was now acceptable to have rap music on the radio or international rap music. it's been incorporated into other styles and as of 2017 it's one of the most integral styles on the go, but even in the 2000s rock isn't dead yet. they have Nickelback if you can count them and over the next few years we still get some really great rock albums 2007 we have Kaiser Chiefs 2008 we have Killers 2009 we have the Kings of Leon and then we hit the year 2010 and this seems to be the year that rock
beingpop the year the biggest new rock group on the scene was Mumford & Sons now what I think happened here is something that's been going on since UK pop and it's something I would loosely call the Coldplay effect since the mid 1990s. 90 it became more and more common for rock bands to trade their electric guitars for acoustic guitars.
Bands like Coldplay Travis and Snow Patrol took what we knew as rock music but focused more on the acoustic elements than the bleaker elements and ultimately created the least aggressive and least rock music anyway going back to the 2011 chart and 2012 we don't see rock albums in the end of the year chants and this is the first time this has happened since the 1950s 2013 Arctic Monkey s came out with am but as I mentioned before they were already an established rock band we had no new rock bands in 2014, we have Pink Floyd, 2015, we have nothing and 2016, we have two rock albums and both are by David Bowie, but does it really take David Bowie's death for rock music to have a chance again? , I think we have a problem and that takes us to 2017 and this is what we had in the UK as top 10 selling albums in 2017 so we have a lot of Ed Sheeran and a little bit of rock at the bottom in he Liam Gallagher's way and in the US it's a similar story, we've edited Sheeran back, Bruno Mars and some hip hop without rock music so it feels like rock music died in 2010 and will never come back in the end Or maybe it's just the beginning of rock music.
Between about 1900 and 1960 there was another musical genre as the cornerstone of pop, not rock music, but jazz musicians like Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller, they were not only the most important jazz musicians of their day, they were the stars major pop music of its time, but then in the 1950s this new style of music comes along with exciting electric guitars and begins to push jazz out of the possibility of jazz continuing on the charts until about the 1970s, but it was slowly pushed out and became more of a niche alternative music rather than alternative music. mainstream it was before it's dying it's dying the man says let it die but no matter what ryan gosling says jazz isn't dying and it certainly isn't dead
beingpushed out of the mainstream and becoming its own niche of By doing jazz music many favors, musicians like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock were able to take jazz to new and exciting places and turn it into a style of music focused on innovation and new ideas. little world, much like classical music does with its own approaches, its own values, and its own dedicated following, so maybe acoustic music, electronic music, and hip-hop are to rock what rock was : Janis, maybe rock is made in opportunity, but this doesn't mean rock is going to die, maybe rock will now become its own world with its own approach to music and its own dedicated following and this could being really good at rock music just like jazz when it left the mainstream i would say it would have become more progressive more exotic maybe this will happen for rock music now maybe rock can break out and become what i always wanted to be It seems to me that we're at that tipping point where rock has recently given up the chance and might even golf and come into its own or have some resurgence and come back together, the possibility that we're we have to wait and see. it's in that I feel iraq good now that they know where the penis is, feel it and do something a little less, you know obviously with that
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