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It is Time to Recover Rock n’ Roll

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

The first time the rock and roll music style was introduced to society by platforms, it was controversial, mouth-dropping, and exciting. It was a significant influence on society. It made changes in fashion, lifestyle, and dance. It may be controversial, but it was legendary.  

It all began in the 1950s. When the rock n roll style hit society, it had a negative backlash. People thought it was inappropriate, disruptive, and evil. Although certain people never accepted it, most fell in love with the guitar riffs, classic hits, and rhythm. Society began to live for this music.  

If you have not introduced rock music to your mind, here are some essentials:

Rock n’ Roll Must Hears 

  • Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin 
  • Dream on- Aerosmith 
  • Carry on Wayward Son – Kansas 
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen 
  • Good Riddance – Green Day 
  • Californication- Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  • Band on the Run – Paul McCartney & Wings 
  • Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks  
  • Don’t Bring Me Down- Electric Light Orchestra 
  • Paradise City – Guns n’ roses 
  • Smells like Teen Spirit- Nirvana  
  • Gimme Shelter- Rolling Stones 
  • Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd  
  • Nothin’ But a Good Time- Poison 
  • No One Like You – Scorpions  
  • More Than a Feeling- Boston  
  • Shout it Out Loud- Kiss 

To my rock and roll lovers: you should have known all of those were coming. 

Fan Favorites 

  • Crazy on You – Heart 
  • The Chain – Fleetwood mac  
  • You Give Love a Bad Name- Bon Jovi  
  • 21 Guns – Green Day 
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps- The Beatles 
  • Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue  
  • Jukebox Hero- Foreigner  
  • Say it Ain’t So- Weezer

Why Listen? 

The first time I ever listened to rock music, it made me feel free. The sounds of the guitar riffs sent me into a dream It made me feel alive. I would sneak downstairs to play guitar hero and scream at the top of my lungs. There are a lot of things you can learn from listening to music. It helped me discover who I am.  

When something brings tears to your eyes, you know it’s incredible.  

Yes, everybody has their tastes in music. People can have a love for country music, jazz music, electronic music, and multiple more. All of these genres of music are still alive and jamming out. So why can’t rock? It has been around for a while, but modern-day songs rarely have the heart of rock and roll songs. You know, the ones that come on and everybody in the room will know every word.  

It can be a form of self-expression. Rock n’ Roll is a great genre of music to work out with if you want to feel invincible. Rock songs can boost your mood. If you’re feeling angry, rock out. If you’re feeling happy, scream these songs at the top of your lungs. If you’re a music lover, I bet you can find songs from the past in the rock genre that’ll get you dancing. The rhythm and notes can make you feel like you’re on top of the world. It makes you feel powerful: unstoppable. Rock n’ Roll changed people’s lifestyles because it opened their eyes to living more freely: as it should be. 

Rock n’ Roll will always live in people’s hearts, especially people who grew up in this influential time period. Keep up listening to your parent’s music because the minute I heard it, I was shocked. It changed my life for the better. It made me the person I am today. Music is influential, self-expression, a feel of being alive. So take a listen and feel the beat in your heart. It could open your mind.

I am double majoring in communications and advertising & public relations. I have been a creative person all my life, so why not put my interesting thoughts somewhere!
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