The Rolling Stones
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


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 Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
Yesterday The Beatles
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry
Tutti Frutti Little Richard
Peggy Sue Buddy Holly
Louie, Louie The Kingsmen
Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
Be My Baby The Ronettes
Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
Like a Virgin Madonna
Light My Fire The Doors
You Really Got Me The Kinks
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
That's All Right Elvis Presley
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
My Generation The Who
Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac
That'll Be the Day Buddy Holly
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones
Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
Won't Get Fooled Again The Who
Money Pink Floyd
Dream On Aerosmith
We Gotta Get Out of This Place [US Version] The Animals
Poker Face Lady Gaga
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Toxic Britney Spears
Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson
Firework Katy Perry
Like a Prayer
Baby Blue Badfinger
Piece of My Heart Big Brother & the Holding Company / Janis Joplin
Paranoid Black Sabbath
Heart of Glass Blondie
(Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Oyster Cult
Just What I Needed The Cars
I Want You to Want Me Cheap Trick
25 or 6 to 4 Chicago
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
I'm Eighteen Alice Cooper
White Room Cream
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Culture Club
Boys Don't Cry The Cure
Hush Deep Purple
Sultans of Swing Dire Straits
Right Place, Wrong Time Dr. John
Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran

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