Classic Rock Music appeared in 60’s but made its biggest debut in the 1970s. Today we have collacted for you Top 6 Classic Rock Stars In Music History.
6. Bonnie Raitt (1974)
Bonnie Raitt, who went on to win two Grammys in 1990 for her self-titled third album, dropped her first record only four years earlier. It was excellent, though, hitting Number Nine on the Billboard chart and registering one of the group’s biggest hits with “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” The album is yet another in a line of compilations best seen as a full album on vinyl, rather than the super-skinny edition of CD sales one. (Bonnie Raitt’s, Soulful Soul, quickly sold more than 500,000 copies.) Although the album includes enough songs to satisfy more than a single listener — she delivers 28 at any given time — it’s nowhere near as eclectic as those other series of discs.
5. Steve Earle (1976)
Steve Earle’s 1971 debut wasn’t a big seller (despite album highlights like “I Ain’t Into Religion” and “Broken Windshields”). But its anthemic concept album and rustic swagger captured Earle at his hard-driving best and he went on to develop a successful but still under-the-radar catalog, which included the albums Copperhead Road (2001) and I Don’t Dance (2007). Earle’s strength as a singer-songwriter and songwriter is his humble, folksy style; his knack for understated songs and controlled performance was on full display here. Tracks such as “Real Country” and “Right There” offer earworms, and he’s a standout on the album’s final ballad, “Tonight It Hurts So Good,” which mentions both his future wife and his long-shot chance of winning the county music song of the year award.
4. R.E.M. (1986)
The trippy utopian spirit of R.E.M.’s 1985 debut is hard to deny, especially when you consider the chameleon-like beauty of the last few years in which they’ve moved from radio-friendly singles to experimental albums, such as “Losing My Religion” and “Gardening at Night.” The big debut served as a starting point for the band’s evolution as much as it did anyone’s appreciation. With a 1974 single like “Stand” and favorites like “Man on the Moon” and “Roses on the Wall,” this debut album secured the band’s place as one of the premier live acts of its era and set off a steady stream of TV appearances and appearances on everything from Cosby to Saturday Night Live. It still feels fresh in the 21st century; a modern day Pat Benatar, if you will.
3. Van Halen (1984)
Original Bon Jovi lead singer Richie Sambora couldn’t have made an inglorious, late-career attempt at being a frontman for a classic-rock band (just ask Joe Perry, who played with him from 2006 to 2008), but his recurring role in the Van Halen transition was a complex one. It began with a hasty departure that led to an embarrassing (to me at least) singing change, then it switched to ’80s-era super-banger-baiting (hello “Jump”), and in the end, it took nearly as many detours as members of the Beatles, including the departure of founding frontman David Lee Roth, who briefly led the band in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
2. KISS (1973)
Was there any founding band with more behind-the-scenes story than Kiss? It became a mascot and bankable actor, rapidly, commercially and artistically, and (courtesy of a revolving cast of top-tier performers) it remained virtually untouchable in terms of consistent live performances and visual appeal. You could spot the first KISS show by its carabiner stickers and tee shirts, the massive tongue and the helmets, especially “Flaming Creatures,” the album’s ultra-obvious No. 1 smash, even as the rest of the band’s sound and style mixed all sorts of blues-rock, surf, disco and disco (plus a lot of weird riffs and takes on group harmonies, which were never more potent on any album than on “Rock and Roll All Nite”).
1. The Beatles (1962)
The Beatles were five British boys who got together in a London discotheque in 1963 to play together on stage, but they did nothing in particular — they simply recorded a few covers of songs they heard that they wanted to play on their own. (They covered Clapton’s “Layla.” They covered Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”) As John Lennon would later note: “The Beatles formed because there were no others writing songs for the Beatles to play.” Once again, Rock-Star Classic.