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Rock Music and Dance Music – Popular Music Genres


Rock Music enjoys continued popularity since last fifty years. It is, by far, the best selling music among all genres and forms. That clearly shows its popularity through out the world including U.S.A, U.K, Germany, France, and Australia. It enjoys great popularity in Asia, Africa and Americas as well.

It was born as Rock and Roll in 1950s. It was a fusion form of Rhythm & Blues, Country and other popular forms. It became instant hit across the United States of America. Bo Didley and Chuck Berry were the early rock artists. Little Richards and Fats Domino were also popular. It was widely accepted as popular form of music and spread to Britain and other countries.

Its spread to United Kingdom was fast and swift. Cliff Richards and John Lennon were the early artists. Both of them achieved great success. John Lennon later formed the legendary ‘The Beatles’. It enjoys great popularity even today. The Rolling Stones also achieved international success.

Cream, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and Pink Floyd among many others dominated the Heavy Metal genre of rock. U2, R.E.M, Sex Pistols, Devo, and Pattie Smith served the Punk rock as well. Madonna and Mariah Carey achieved great successs in soft rock area. Songs of all famous artists are available as mp3 music downloads also.

With fusion with other forms, many sub genres became popular. Christian rock, Classic rock, Garage, Glam, Grunge rocks are the chief ones.

Dance Music also became very popular along with rock. It is electronic music with dance beats. Important forms are House, Electronica, Trance and Disco. It is usually played at discos and night clubs. Now, it is played at parties, functions and gatherings also. As the name itself implies, it creates great dancing atmosphere.

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