Hard rock (yes, the genre, not where you like hanging out) gained popularity in 1970s when bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, AC/DC and Aerosmith acquired much commercial recognition. The talent of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses took the genre to further fame in the late 80s. Characterised by an aggressive, loud tone of music, this genus of composition makes use of electric guitars (used for distortion or as a single lead instrument), drums and keyboards. The vocals are usually roaring, piercing and loud and are primarily acted upon and performed by men. The weight is more on sexuality and masculinity (thereby earning it the name of cock rock). Heavy metal has often been compared to this style of music, but the fact remains that hard rock has retained its bluesy rock and roll individuality while heavy metal has absolutely no swing to its tone. Bands have, very often, juggled between the 2 genres and creatively so. Let’s list the ten fabulous hard rock bands we CANNOT get enough of!
- Led Zeppelin – Active in the 1960s and 70s, this English rock band music was entrenched in the blues. Often considered as one of the most influential and innovation bands ever, the Led Zeppelin were almost cult.
- Guns N’ Roses – This American band came together in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. Their debut album, Appetite for Destruction is the most selling debut album ever in the USA.
- Linkin Park – 1996 saw the formation of this band in Agoura Hills, California. Their song, “Breaking the Habit” was described by Rolling Stones as “risky, beautiful art”. Their debut album, Hybrid Theory, was certified multi platinum in a number of countries.
- The Rolling Stones – This English band was ranked at the fourth spot in the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. It was inducted by the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ which noted that “popular consensus and critical acclaim has given them the title of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”.
- Nickelback – As a highly commercially successful band (Having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide), this Canadian group’ song “How You Remind Me” was ranked as the decade’s top rock song.
- Pink Floyd – Formed in 1965, the band rose to international fame with their psychedelic, progressive music and a philosophical feel to the lyrics. In 1996, the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted them.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – The rock cum funk style of music that this band is usually associated with is unique to them. Californication was their greatest commercial success and sold 15 million copies around the globe.
- 30 Seconds to Mars – Formed in 1998, the American band inspiration includes The Goo Goo Dolls, Pearl Jam, Radiohead etc. They experiment with alternative rock, hard rock, progressive metal etc.
- Evanescence – The 1995 formed band has a considerable taste of gothic to it. However, they define their personal style as only ‘rock’.