Hard rock is a subgenre of rock that is said to have cultural origins in England or America. Although it is a derivative genre, it was a popular music genre that could be called the leading role in the 20th century music scene. It is said that the name hard rock was established around 1970, and the guitar sound is the biggest feature, and there are many fans who remember the cool guitar solo performance.
What is hard rock?
Hard rock is a genre derived from rock. The song features high-pitched vocals, intense shouts, and an intense melody, and the guitar solos and electric guitar sounds in the song are very impressive. Furthermore, as the name “hard” suggests, it is characterized by a very fast tempo. Techniques that cause distortion are also seen, and there are many songs that intentionally produce distorted sounds. Also, there are many songs with long electric guitar solo performances, which is also one of the characteristics of hard rock. Hard rock is also a genre where people like it and hate it because it has a pretty intense melody.
Hard rock originated in the 1960s. The genre was born as more and more bands in England and America experimented with distorted electric guitar sounds and intense melodies in their songs. Hard rock came to be recognized worldwide as a genre in the 1970s and reached its heyday. Led Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck Group were active in this era. In this era, Deep Purple began to turn to hard rock, and hard rock became the center of the world trend. In America, hard rock bands emerged one after another in the 1970s, producing hit songs. Aerosmith and Queen became popular from this era.
In the 1980s, bands like Bon Jovi, which had both pop and hard elements, were born, and it was an era when American hard rock attracted attention. Van Halen was also a big hit, releasing a song called Jump, which was at the center of the American hit charts. In the latter half of the 1980s, thrash metal such as Metallica and Anthrax became hits, and hard rock entered a new phase. After that, the genre of speed metal appeared in Europe, and Scandinavian metal emerged from northern Europe. The 20th century was the age of rock music.
The turning point came in the 2000s. Not only hard rock, but rock in general began to decline, especially in America and Europe. This was the emergence of the genres of hip-hop and rap, and people began to leave bands because they could easily go solo. The 2010s marked the decisive fall of rock. Due to the popularity of DTM, it became an era where music can be produced easily, and young people have lost the need to dare to form a band. Also, rock has completely disappeared from the hit charts due to the rise of EDM. This trend has not changed in the 2020s, and rather the downfall of rock has become decisive.
American hard rock band. However, it might be better to call it heavy metal rather than hard rock. Known as a legendary band that recorded 120 million copies worldwide by 2019, it is the most successful band in the world.
American hard rock band. Ranked 30th on “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Unexpected mainstream success came with the first single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from the second album Nevermind.
A legendary band from London, England. They are said to be one of the most successful bands in the world, having sold 170 to 200 million pieces of music worldwide. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001