Rock and roll is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s primarily from a combination of African American blues, country, jazz, and gospel music. Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in country records of the 1930s, and in blues records from the 1920s, rock and roll did not acquire its name until the 1950s. Rockabilly "Rockabilly" usually (but not exclusively) refers to the type of rock and roll music which was played and recorded in the mid 1950s by white singers such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, who drew mainly on the country roots of the music. Many other popular rock and roll singers of the time, such as Fats Domino and Little Richard, came out of the black rhythm and blues tradition, making the music attractive to white audiences, and are not usually classed as "rockabilly". In July 1954, Elvis Presley recorded the regional hit "That's All Right (Mama)" at Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in Memphis. Three months earlier, on April 12, 1954, Bill Haley & His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock". Although only a minor hit when first released, when used in the opening sequence of the movie Blackboard Jungle, a year later, it really set the rock and roll boom in motion. The song became one of the biggest hits in history, and frenzied teens flocked to see Haley and the Comets perform it, causing riots in some cities. "Rock Around the Clock" was a breakthrough for both the group and for all of rock and roll music. If everything that came before laid the groundwork, "Rock Around the Clock" introduced the music to a global audience. In 1956 the arrival of rockabilly was underlined by the success of songs like "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Perkins and "Heartbreak Hotel" by Presley. For a few years it became the most commercially successful form of rock and roll. Later rockabilly acts, particularly performing songwriters like Buddy Holly, would be a major influence on British Invasion acts and particularly on the song writing of The Beatles and through them on the nature of later rock music British rock n roll In the 1950s, Britain was well placed to receive American rock and roll music and culture. It shared a common language, had been exposed to American culture through the stationing of troops in the country, and shared many social developments, including the emergence of distinct youth sub-cultures, which in Britain included the Teddy Boys. Trad Jazz became popular, and many of its musicians were influenced by related American styles, including boogie woogie and the blues. The skiffle craze, led by Lonnie Donegan, utilised amateurish versions of American folk songs and encouraged many of the subsequent generation of rock and roll, folk, R&B and beat musicians to start performing. At the same time British audiences were beginning to encounter American rock and roll, initially through films including Blackboard Jungle (1955) and Rock Around the Clock (1955). Both movies contained the Bill Haley & His Comets hit "Rock Around the Clock", which first entered the British charts in early 1955 â€“ four months before it reached the US pop charts â€“ topped the British charts later that year and again in 1956, and helped identify rock and roll with teenage delinquency. American rock and roll acts such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly thereafter became major forces in the British charts.
The initial response of the British music industry was to attempt to produce copies of American records, recorded with session musicians and often fronted by teen idols. More grassroots British rock and rollers soon began to appear, including Wee Willie Harris and Tommy Steele. During this period American Rock and Roll remained dominant; however, in 1958 Britain produced its first "authentic" rock and roll song and star, when Cliff Richard reached number 2 in the charts with "Move It". At the same time, TV shows such as Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! promoted the careers of British rock and rollers like Marty Wilde and Adam Faith. Cliff Richard and his backing band, The Shadows, were the most successful home grown rock and roll based acts of the era. Other leading acts included Billy Fury, Joe Brown, and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, whose 1960 hit song "Shakin' All Over" became a rock and roll standard. As interest in rock and roll was beginning to subside in America in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it was taken up by groups in major British urban centres like Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and London. About the same time, a British blues scene developed, initially led by purist blues followers such as Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies who were directly inspired by American musicians such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Many groups moved towards the beat music of rock and roll and rhythm and blues from skiffle, like the Quarrymen who became The Beatles, producing a form of rock and roll revivalism that carried them and many other groups to national success from about 1963 and to international success from 1964, known in America as the British Invasion. Groups that followed The Beatles included the beat-influenced Freddie and the Dreamers, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Herman's Hermits and the Dave Clark Five, and the more blues-influenced The Animals, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Yardbirds. As the blues became an increasingly significant influence, leading to the creation of the blues-rock of groups like The Moody Blues, Small Faces, The Move, Traffic and Cream, and developing into rock music, the influence of early rock and roll began to subside.
This is a list of rock genres, including major metal, punk, and alternative rock genres:
2 Tone Acid rock Afro punk Alternative country Alternative dance Alternative metal Alternative rock Anatolian rock Art punk Art rock Avant-garde metal Baroque pop Baggy Bandana Thrash Beat Bent edge Big beat Bisrock Black/doom
Black metal Blackened death metal Blues-rock Britpop C86 Canterbury sound Cello rock Celtic punk Celtic metal Celtic rock Chicano rock Christcore Christian metal Christian punk Christian rock Coldwave College rock Comedy rock Country rock Cowpunk Crossover thrash Crunkcore Crust punk Cybergrind Dance-punk Dance-rock Dark cabaret Dark rock Darkwave D-beat Death 'n' roll Deathcore Death/doom Deathgrind Death metal Death rock Digital hardcore Djent Doom metal Dream pop Drone metal Dunedin sound Electric folk Electronic hardcore Electronic rock Electroclash Electro punk Emo Emo pop Emo violence
Epic doom Ethereal Wave Experimental rock Extreme metal Folk metal Folk punk Folk rock Freakbeat Funeral doom Funk metal Funk rock Garage punk Garage rock Garage rock revival Glam metal Glam punk Glam rock Goregrind Gothabilly Gothic metal Gothic rock Grebo Grindcore Grindie Groove metal Group Sounds Grunge Gypsy punk Hard rock Hardcore punk Heartland rock Heavy metal Horror punk Indie pop Indie rock Indietronica Indorock Industrial black metal Industrial death metal Industrial metal Industrial rock Instrumental rock Jam rock Jangle pop Jazz rock Jersey Shore sound Krautrock Lo-fi Madchester Manguebeat
Manila Sound Mathcore Math rock Medieval folk rock Medieval metal Melodic death metal Melodic hardcore Melodic metalcore Metalcore Mod revival Nardcore Nazi punk Neue Deutsche Härte Neue Deutsche Welle Neo-classical metal Neoclassical dark wave Neo-prog Neo-psychedelia New prog New rave New Wave New Wave of British Heavy Metal New Wave of New Wave New Weird America Nintendocore Noisegrind Noise pop Noise rock No wave Nu gaze Nu metal Oi! Ostrock Pagan metal Pagan rock Paisley underground Piano rock Pinoy rock Pop punk Pop rock Pornogrind Post-Britpop Post-grunge Post-hardcore Post-metal Post-punk Post-punk revival Post-rock Power pop Power metal
Powerviolence Progressive metal Progressive rock Protopunk Psychedelic rock Psychobilly Punk blues Punk jazz Punk rock Punkcore Queercore Raga rock Rapcore Rap metal Rap rock Reggae rock Riot grrrl Rock Against Communism Rock and roll Rockabilly Rock in Opposition Roots rock Sadcore Samba-rock Screamo Shoegazing Shock rock Ska-core Ska punk Skate punk Skate rock Slowcore Sludge metal Soft rock Southern metal Southern rock Space rock Speed metal Straight edge Stoner doom Stoner metal Stoner rock Street punk Sufi rock Sunshine pop Surf music Swamp pop Swedish death metal Symphonic black metal Symphonic gothic metal
Symphonic metal Symphonic power metal Symphonic rock Synthpop Taqwacore Technical death metal Third Wave Ska Thrashcore Thrash metal Trip rock Tulsa Sound Twee pop Unblack metal Viking metal Viking rock Visual kei Youth Crew War metal Wizard rock Zeuhl