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Hard rock

genre of rock music often characterized by chordal guitar riffs accompanied by root notes on the bass guitar and "big" drums

Hard rock is a variation of rock music with roots in early 1960s garage rock and psychedelic rock.[1] The term "hard rock" may be used several genres such as punk rock and grunge in order to distinguish them from the more radio-friendly pop rock genre.

Hard rock
Stylistic originsBlues-rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock
Cultural originsMid 1960s, United Kingdom and United States
Typical instrumentsGuitar - bass - vocals - drums - keyboards
Mainstream popularityMainstream in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. The maximum peak of popularity was reached in the 1980s.
Heavy metalProgressive rock
Other topics
Back beat - Rock opera - Rock band - Performers - Hall of Fame - Social impact

Notable ArtistsEdit


  1. "Hard Rock", Allmusic, archived from the original on 12 February 2011.