Rock or rock music is a popular music genre that developed in the United States and the United Kingdom during the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century. Musically, rock is focused on the use of electric guitar, usually accompanied by electric bass and drums and almost always by a voice that makes each band unique.
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Countless bands have played and continue to play rock in their songs and performances. But what were the voices that most of all the others have gone down in history?
Here is a small top 5 of unforgettable artists who have made and continue to make their listeners dream.
The Boss, as it has always been nicknamed, could not but have a role of excellence in this ranking. American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Bruce is considered a true icon of rock.
He became famous above all for his engaging and long live performances, reaching the peak of his popularity between the second half of the seventies and the following decade. He is recognized by many as one of the most representative rock musicians in the history of music.
His most successful albums include Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River and Born in the U.S.A. . All these are emblematic works of his poetics aimed at telling – with the immediacy of rock music – the everyday life of the “last” of America, in the wake of the tradition of the so-called “storytellers”. In fact, they offer a glimpse of the greatness and contradictions of American society.
In more than forty years of his career he has sold 65 million records in his country and, according to some estimates, about 120 million in the world.
How can we not mention this great artist? Frontman and historical Rolling Stone member, he is considered one of the greatest personalities in rock music of all time. Jagger has always been very present in the group, except for a short solo break, but his style and sound can be similar to that of his band.
From the legacy of rock ‘n roll, Rolling Stone have taken so much, contributing to its evolution. In fact, they have revisited this genre in a harder key with lewd rhythms, aggressive singing and continuous references to sex and drugs.
For their transgression they were called the “ugly, dirty and bad” and opposed to the more reassuring Beatles. Even if this contrast was often created by the Rolling Stones themselves, who behaved in a deliberately antithetical way compared to the Beatles (with whom they always had an excellent relationship of esteem and friendship).
The Rolling Stones are a milestone in the evolution of 20th century rock music, having given voice to discontent and consequently to the protest of entire generations.
Eclectic and irreverent, he is without a doubt one of the best artists on the rock scene of the last century and beyond. Definitely remembered for his vocal talent and his exuberant personality on stage, he is considered one of the most famous and influential artists in the history of rock.
Impossible to mention Mercury without mentioning his Queen, a band known as one of the most important on the international music scene, of which he was the founder. And Freddie himself is universally recognized as one of the best frontmen in the history of music, he with his band has sold about 300 million records.
Freddie Mercury is often remembered for his live performances, usually held in stadiums. In the concerts he was able to make the audience interact with his theatricality, regardless of the size of the event. Mercury wanted every performance of his band to be a unique and original show, bringing it closer to a play, thanks to his improvisation skills. All this made him able to create a close bond with the public.
In 2008, the U.S. magazine Rolling Stone ranked him 18th in the ranking of the best hundred singers of all time. The following year Classic Rock ranked him first among the rock voices.
Beautiful and gloomy, prematurely deceased, with universally recognized talent, Jim Morrison enters by right in this mini ranking.
He was the charismatic and frontman leader of the American band The Doors, from 1965 to 1971. Riding the cultural revolution of the sixties, he was one of the greatest psychedelic rock singers.
He was described as an impetuous “prophet of freedom” and cursed poet, remembered as one of the most seductive figures in the history of music and one of the greatest symbols of youth restlessness.
The Doors were a world apart. Their sound had