The History of Rock and Roll Music

The term Rock and Roll is an amalgamation of two different genres of music, both equally popular in their respective domain. The Rock genre first came into light back in 1950s and to be adorned with the name ‘rock music’ it had to tread a long way. The Rock and Roll style came into being with the Piano and the Saxophone as the lead instruments which was later alternated by the guitar. Rock and Roll, being the dovetail of two musical genres, cuts across the boundaries of musical styles, and embellish with fashion, attitudes, lifestyle and language.

Rock and Roll is understood to be the root of other cohesive genres of new-age music. The songs are extremely soul-binding and a crack at winning million hearts for decades, only better. The core being its rhythmic pattern; the reflective wisdom weaved in words. To quote Robert Frost on classic songs:

“It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a song is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. The [person who hears] a classic song can tell the moment it strikes them that they have taken an immortal wound – that they will never get over it. That is to say, permanence in music, as is in love, is perceived instantly. It hasn’t to await the test of time. The proof of a song is not that we have never forgotten it, but we knew, we could never forget it.”

Rock and roll is still feeding life to our generation. The new-bees still swear by the earworms from Lenon, Simon and Gurfunkel, Queen, Bob Dylan and more. So much they have taken a dig in Rock and Roll music, that the growing bands still find their call there, pretty much sure about making a good fortune. Sometimes, as we listen to this genre, the music grows on us as the alter ego, and activates a higher level of consciousness. People have their own selections, I nevertheless have attempted a list which might fascinate you and stand as a reminiscent of your youth, god speed Rock and Roll:


1. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin:

It was a heavy metal band which attempted a tribute to the divine Feminine. The song hints at a journey from the material world to the intangible, thus to escape.

“ And as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our soul, There walks a lady we all know, who shines white light and wants to show how everything still turns to gold.”


2. Hotel California, the Eagles:

The song is from the album “Hell Freezes Over” by Eagles, released in the year 1977. This is one of the most popular songs across the generations and its poetic finesse got justice in the year 1978 when it won the Grammy.

“Welcome to the hotel California, such a lovely place”


3. Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan:

There lay a deep philosophy in the son’s underbelly, if you strain to understand, you will definitely be blown away.

“How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man”? In the face, it might seem like a series of questions, but “the answer my friend is blowin’ in the winds”.


4. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen:

The song featured in the album “A night at the Opera” by famous rock band Queen, which remains as the best rock and roll song ever penned down by Freddie Mercury. It was consistent in the UK singles chart for nine consecutive weeks.


5. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix:

The song was written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix in the year 1967; it was otherwise called the best “archetypical psychedelic drug song of sixties”.

“I dream a lot and I put a lot of my dreams down as songs”,


6. Jump by Van Halen:

Released in the year 1984, Jump boasts of a typical Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. It has always figured in the top rock and roll songs list ever since.

” I get up, and nothin’ gets me down, You got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest around, And I know, baby, just how you feel, You got to roll with the punches and get to what’s real..”


7. Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys:

The author of this song was Brian Wilson who was famous for writing songs about girls, the melody here swept away from that pattern to become a part of our spiritual vocabulary.


8. Aquarius by Hair:

Though it belonged to the history of mainstream entertainment, it exposed the listeners to the purpose of astrology and a new age of thought, quite rightfully done by the Broadway song.

“When the moon is in the Seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding. No more falsehoods or derisions. Golden living dreams of visions, mystic crystal revelation and the mind’s true liberation, Aquarius!”


9. Something by George Harrison:

Harrison pours out his heart to pen it down to praise his love Patti Boyd. There is none too beautiful tribute to love than this. The song reflects the essence and the spirit of the woman he loved, which again exposes the listeners to the Eastern spirituality and meditation.

“Something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover. Something in the way she woos me. Somewhere in her smile she knows that I don’t need no other lover. Something in her style that shows me. I don’t want to leave her now. You know I believe and how…”


10. Moondance by Van Morrison:

This song establishes the mystery of love’s magic. The most enticing and hypnotic melody of all times, this has edged over all love songs to become the anthem. It is a tribute to the pagan’s rites of autumn:

“With the stars up above in your eyes. A fantabulous night to make romance, ‘Neath the cover of October skies.”


About the author: Shreyashi Das

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