The Rolling Stones
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Bo Diddley
Elvis Presley

Pop/Rock

Rock & Roll is often used as a generic term, but its sound is rarely predictable. From the outset, when the early rockers merged country and blues, rock has been defined by its energy, rebellion and catchy hooks, but as the genre aged, it began to shed those very characteristics, placing equal emphasis on craftmanship and pushing the boundaries of the music. As a result, everything from Chuck Berry's pounding, three-chord rockers and the sweet harmonies of the Beatles to the jarring, atonal white noise of Sonic Youth has been categorized as "rock." That's accurate -- rock & roll had a specific sound and image for only a handful of years. For most of its life, rock has been fragmented, spinning off new styles and variations every few years, from Brill Building Pop and heavy metal to dance-pop and grunge. And that's only natural for a genre that began its life as a fusion of styles.

Pop/Rock Artists Highlights grid list

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys
Blondie
Blondie
The Clash
The Clash
Liz Phair
Liz Phair
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
ZZ Top
ZZ Top
Nirvana
Nirvana
Van Halen
Van Halen
Faces
Faces
Radiohead
Radiohead
Pretenders
Pretenders
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
The Jam
The Jam
Madonna
Madonna
Britney Spears
Britney Spears
The Hollies
The Hollies
The Stooges
The Stooges
The Kinks
The Kinks
Steely Dan
Steely Dan
Bee Gees
Bee Gees
The Doors
The Doors
Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater ...
Eagles
Eagles
The Band
The Band
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
Genesis
Genesis
U2
U2
Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
Van Morrison
Van Morrison
Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel
R.E.M.
R.E.M.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
Neil Young
Neil Young
Metallica
Metallica
The Monkees
The Monkees
The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds
Ramones
Ramones

Pop/Rock subgenres and styles [+]