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Rock and Roll History, 1980-Present: Home


Rock and Roll Defined

Rock, also called rock and roll, rock & roll, or rock ’n’ roll, form of popular music that emerged in the 1950s.

It is certainly arguable that by the end of the 20th century rock was the world’s dominant form of popular music. Originating in the United States in the 1950s, it spread to other English-speaking countries and across Europe in the ’60s, and by the ’90s its impact was obvious globally (if in many different local guises). Rock’s commercial importance was by then reflected in the organization of the multinational recording industry, in the sales racks of international record retailers, and in the playlist policies of music radio and television. (Continue Reading from

Dive into the History of Rock and Roll

Explore the Rock Music Timeline  (

The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s (Pitchfork)

100 Best Albums of the '90s (Rolling Stone Magazine)

100 Best Albums of the 2000s (Rolling Stone Magazine)

500 Hundred Greatest Songs of All Time (Rolling Stone Magazine)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)


Listen to Rock and Roll History

Listen to 80s Radio (Freegal Music)

More Than Meets the Ear: 90s Rock (Freegal Music)

Watch Rock and Roll History

Madonna Performs "Holiday" at LIve Aid (1985)

Nirvana Performs "All Apologies" on MTV Unplugged (1993)

Check Out a Book on Rock History