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Genre
classic rock
Parent Genre: rock

Classic rock is a genre of music that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is characterized by its heavy use of electric guitars, drums, and bass, as well as its focus on melody and lyrics that often deal with themes of love, rebellion, and social commentary. Classic rock bands often incorporate elements of blues, folk, and country music into their sound, resulting in a unique and timeless sound that has endured for decades.


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List of classic rock artists

Here is a list of classic rock artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the classic rock genre. You can find out what classic rock genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

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