Hard Rock

AC/DC 2009
When it comes to rock and roll, many fans are not satisfied unless a band brings some serious noise to the stage, and the genre of hard rock has been popular with many music lovers young and old ever since it appeared during the late 20th century. Although the main stream popularity of hard rock appears to have passed its peak, this genre of music continues to be an essential part of lifestyle of people all over the world. The genre of hard rock embodies the ideals of a rugged sense of individuality and rebellion that reflects a major aspect of the age that we live in. Let's take a look at the history of hard rock and a few of the most popular rockers of all time.

History of Hard Rock

Hard rock first arrived o­n the scene during the latter years of the 1960s as many people begin to grow tired of the aesthetics of popular groups like the Beatles and the psychedelic movement. Many historians point to bands like the Kinks and The Who to be the first groups to break through to mainstream appeal. Throughout the 1970s, hard rock pretty much ruled the day with classic bands like Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and Rush. Hard rock hit its peak during the 1980s as groups like Van Halen, Def Leppard and Twisted Sister dominated the charts. Later, many fans of hard drifted off to more aggressive subgenres like heavy metal and punk rock.

Most Popular Hard Rock Bands

Bon Scott
As every fan of hard rock knows, there are thousands of hard rock groups that come and go every year, and o­nly but a handful of these groups have what it takes to pass the test of time. Some of the most popular hard rock artists of all time include Guns and Roses, AC/DC and Bon Jovi.