Two days before the Grammy Awards, Aerosmith will be honored with the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year Award. Not only has Aerosmith made an impact in the music industry, but they have also dedicated time to philanthropic efforts over the course of five decades. These rockers are true icons of the classic rock genre.
Classic rock itself has long been established as a true American musical genre. In fact, one could argue that classical rock is the staple of American musical culture.
Of course, the definition of classic rock has been contested for years, with some arguing that a rock song of any genre just has to be 25 years old to be considered a “classic.” Meanwhile, others find that there is a difference between classic rock, punk rock, pop rock, alternative rock and, well, you get the idea.
While bands like Aerosmith and The Doors are often considered the fathers of classic rock, the flowing lines of what defines a “classic” will vary depending on the. part of the world you are in it. For the sake of this article, the definition of classic rock is music created between the 60s and the beginning of the 80s with an emphasis on guitar-oriented compositions.
While we can only list songs like “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, and literally any Beatles song, these are songs other than you should add to your must-read list ASAP.