Subgenres of Rock


  • Early British Rock (in the 1950s and 1960s): Lonnie Donegan, John Lennon, Cliff Richard
  • Garage Rock (in the 1960s): The Sonics, Question Mark & the Mysterians, The Standells
  • Surf Music (in the 1960s): The Shadows, The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean
  • Folk Rock (in the 1960s and 1970s): Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Neil Young
  • Psychedelic Rock (in the 1960s and 1970s): Pink Floyd, Donovan, Jimi Hendrix
  • Progressive Rock (in the 1960s and 1970s): The Who, Procol Harum, Deep Purple
  • Soft Rock (in the 1960s and 1970s): The Partridge Family, Barry Manilow, Tina Turner
  • Hard Rock & Heavy Metal (in the 1970s): Queen, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath
  • Arena Rock (in the 1970s): The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Foreigner
  • Punk Rock (in the 1970s): Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Heartbreakers
  • New Wave (in the 1970s): The Police, The Pretenders, Duran Duran
  • Post-Punk (in the 1970s): John Lydon, Joy Division, The Fall
  • Thrash Metal (in the 1980s):Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth
  • Glam Metal (in the 1980s): Kiss, Alice Cooper, Sweet
  • Instrumental Rock (in the 1980s): Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert
  • AlternativeRock (in the 1980s): R.E.M., Sonic Youth, The Smiths
  • Grunge (in the 1990s): Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins
  • Britpop (in the 1990s): Oasis, Pulp, Blur
  • Indie Rock (in the 1990s): Superchunk, Pavement, Ani DiFranco
  • PopPunk (in the 1990s): Greenday, The Offspring, Blink 182
  • Post-Grunge (in the 1990s): Silverchair, Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette
  • Nu Metal / Rapcore (in the 1990s): Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage against the Machine, Linkin Park
  • Emo (in the early 2000s): Hawthorne Heights, Sunny Day Real Estate, My Chemical Romance
  • Post-Hardcore (in the early 2000s): Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce the Veil, A Day to Remember, Escape the Fate
  • Metalcore (in the early 2000s): Killswitch Engage, Trivium,
    Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine



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