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Encyclopedia > Soft rock

Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. Soft rock is usually sung with higher-pitched vocals, and the lyrics tend to be non-confrontational, focusing in very general language on themes like love, everyday life and relationships. The genre tends to make heavy use of pianos, synthesizers and sometimes saxophones. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Synth redirects here. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored musical instrument usually considered a member of the woodwind family. ...


History

Soft rock as a genre distinction has come to refer specifically to a style of rock that emerged in the early 1970s, both as a reaction against the increasingly heavy music (hard rock and heavy metal) that dominated rock at the time, and also as a reflection of the changing priorities of the Baby Boom in the early 1970s. What set 1970s soft rock apart from its 1960s counterpart, which for lack of a better word is usually just called "pop", is that in the 1960s pop existed for those who simply didn't like rock; the 1960s' pop artists usually were vocalists who were stylistic throwbacks to the pre-rock era. Soft rock developed organically to suit the needs of those who did have rock listening experience; as such, it can be considered a bona fide rock genre. Hard Rock redirects here. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... For further information, see Baby boomer. ... In law, good faith (in Latin, bona fides) is the mental and moral state of honest, even if objectively unfounded, conviction as to the truth or falsehood of a proposition or body of opinion, or as to the rectitude or depravity of a line of conduct. ...


Soft rock became hugely popular later in that decade. By 1977, some radio stations, like New York's WTFM and WYNY, had switched to an all-soft-rock format. [1] Around that same time, Chicago, which had previously been a jazz-rock band, switched to soft rock and reached their biggest commercial successes. British blues band Fleetwood Mac achieved its greatest success after adopting this genre. Their success was further solidified after they had the highest selling soft rock album ever, Rumours. Even Led Zeppelin, considered by some to be standard bearers of hard rock, flirted with the genre at the time in songs like 1979's "All My Love". By the 1980s, tastes had changed and radio formats reflected this change; the genre evolved into what came to be known as "adult contemporary", a pop categorization that bore less overt rock influence than its forebearer. WYNY was the call letters of radio stations on three different FM frequencies in or around New York City. ... This article is about the American pop-rock-jazz band. ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... Rumours is a rock and roll album released by Fleetwood Mac in 1977. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... All My Love is a song on English rock band Led Zeppelins 1979 album, In Through The Out Door. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


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Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to everyday speech. ... Starbuck was a rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 by keyboardist/vocalist/producer Bruce Blackman and marimba player Bo Wagner. ... Starland Vocal Band is an American pop band, known primarily for Afternoon Delight, one of the biggest singles in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Afternoon Delight is a 1976 hit song by the Starland Vocal Band, written by Bill Danoff, featuring close harmony and sexually suggestive lyrics. ... Yusuf Islam,[1] formerly known by his stage name Cat Stevens (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948 in London, UK), is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam. ... Al Stewart (born Alastair Ian Stewart on September 5, 1945, Glasgow, Scotland), is a British singer-songwriter and musician. ... This article is about the band. ... 10cc was a British pop band which achieved its greatest commercial success during the 1970s. ... The Feeling are a five-piece BRIT award-nominated English band from Sussex and London. ... Toto (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Grammy Award winning American rock band founded in 1976[1] by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. ... Rosanna is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Still from the promotional video for Africa Africa is a song by 80s rock band Toto. ... Paul Gilroy is a git. ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Bob Welch (born July 31, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is a former member of Fleetwood Mac, who had a briefly successful solo career in the late 1970s. ... Wings was a rock music supergroup formed in August 1971, after the breakup of The Beatles, by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. ... Silly Love Songs is a song written and sung by Paul McCartney with his band Wings in 1976. ... Gary Wright (born 26 April 1943, Cresskill, New Jersey, U.S.) is an American musician, most famous for his song, Dream Weaver. Wright, a personal friend of George Harrison, appeared in a TV show at the age of seven. ... Dreamweaver or Dream Weaver(s) can mean: Macromedia Dreamweaver, a popular web development tool created by Macromedia. ... John Paul Young John Paul Young (June 21, 1950–) is an Australian singer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

See also

Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Corporate rock is an often pejorative term used primarily by music critics to describe rock music, particularly music from arena rock bands, which are alleged to be purely commercial, formulaic, or lacking in creativity or authenticity. ... Cover of Loggins & Messinas 1973 album Full Sail. ... To emphasize the emotional aspect of a power ballad, crowds customarily hold up lit lighters. ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Arena rock, also called stadium rock or anthem rock, is a loosely-defined term describing a rock era. ... Baroque pop as a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... Bubblegum pop (bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, youth music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music. ... Look up emo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Glam punk is glam rock and punk rock music. ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a rock music style that developed in the UK in the post-hippie early 1970s which was performed by singers and musicians wearing outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... New Wave was a music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... Piano rock, sometimes referred to as piano pop, is a term for a style of rock music that is based around the piano, and sometimes around piano-related instruments, such as the Fender Rhodes, the Wurlitzer electric piano, and keyboard-based synthesizers, rather than the guitar as is the case... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... Defining characteristics of synthpunk (also known as synth-punk) bands include being founded at the same time (late 1970s) and place (California) as many US punk bands, performing with those same punk bands, in those same punk clubs, with records released on those same punk labels, preferring electronic instruments such...

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