20 types of rock

1. Rock ‘n’ Roll
2. Hard Rock
3. Soft Rock
4. Classic Rock
5. Rockabilly
6. British Rock
7. Garage Rock
8. Industrial Rock
9. Punk Rock
10. Christian Rock
11. Alternative Rock
12. Sedimentary Rock
13. Hair Metal Rock
14. Psychadellic Rock
15. Igneous Rock
16. Southern Rock
17. Progressive Rock
18. Indie Rock
19. Metamorphic Rock
20. Modern Rock

28 thoughts on “20 types of rock

  • 5/19/2006 at 7:36 am

    Now, name an example of each :-)

  • 5/19/2006 at 12:17 pm

    Wow. I totally can’t finish this without help. Here’s my attempt:

    1. Rolling Stones
    2. Metallica
    3. hmm. Eric Clapton’s Layla?
    4. Led Zep.
    5. Elvis
    6. The Ramones? Are they British?
    7. not sure. Weezer Guster?
    8. hmmm… Tool?
    9. The Clash
    10. Jars of Clay
    11. Franz Ferdinand
    12. Sandstone (I admit it, I looked this one up)
    13. Kiss?
    14. uhh… phish? they aren’t exactly rock… I have no idea.
    15. Volcanic Rock
    16. Leonard Skinnard
    17. Progressive rock… uh… Lightning bolt? I got nothing.
    18. By definition, I think it’s impossible for me to know any Indie rock bands. Because as soon as anyone ‘not in the loop’ knows their names don’t indie fans stop liking them? My guess here would be the Pixies. But that might be way off.
    19. Slate (i cheated on this one too)
    20. Modern rock… hmm. not sure. Asprin Snacks?

    Anyone want to provide a little help with the ones I missed?

  • 5/19/2006 at 2:25 pm

    1. Rock ‘n’ Roll – Elvis
    2. Hard Rock – Metallica
    3. Soft Rock – Air Supply
    4. Classic Rock – Led Zep
    5. Rockabilly – Stray Cats
    6. British Rock – The Who
    7. Garage Rock – MC5, 13th Floor Elevators
    8. Industrial Rock – KMFDM
    9. Punk Rock – Sex Pistols
    10. Christian Rock – Five Iron Frenzy
    11. Alternative Rock – Goo Goo Dolls
    12. Sedimentary Rock – Chalk
    13. Hair Metal Rock – Twisted Sister
    14. Psychadellic Rock – The Byrds
    15. Igneous Rock – Granite
    16. Southern Rock – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    17. Progressive Rock – Yes
    18. Indie Rock – Pavement
    19. Metamorphic Rock – Quartz?
    20. Modern Rock – This is just alternative rock retitled…

  • 5/19/2006 at 3:49 pm

    nice! were any of the ones I got terribly and horribly wrong?

  • 5/19/2006 at 3:49 pm

    For Pyschadellic Rock I would have to go with Pink Floyd myself, but that’s just me

  • 5/19/2006 at 9:34 pm

    I wouldn’t call Guster garage rock at all. Weezer, maybe, and that’s only because they have a song called “In the Garage.”

    The big ones to me (at least in the modern garage rock revival) are The White Stripes and The Strokes. I’d throw Jet in there, too.

  • 5/20/2006 at 1:58 am

    Perhaps Folk Rock as an additional category. An example of folk rock being Ani Defranco.

    Would Emo Rock be considered a category (a la Death Cab for Cutie)?

    And as part of my personal vendetta against all shitty rock, I would have another category called Fake Modern Mainstream Indie Rock. Example: the billion and one Interpol/The Clash/Franz Ferdinand hybrid clones out there.

  • 5/20/2006 at 4:29 pm

    Indeed, those are the big garage revival bands… i went for 60s bands instead.

  • 5/20/2006 at 4:29 pm

    You would, and you’d be wrong.

  • 5/22/2006 at 10:53 am

    Ben nails it, with the exception of Quartz as metamorphic. “Schist” or “Gneiss” would have been a better answer.

  • 5/23/2006 at 5:00 am

    Gneiss, that’s such a good answer. I should have had that one.

  • 5/23/2006 at 6:57 am

    Gneiss….reall gneiss

  • 5/23/2006 at 8:22 am

    My friend was president of the geology club at North Dakota State University. When they made T-shirts, he couldn’t decide between the slogans “Have a Gneiss Day” or “Schist Happens”.

    This is my geology story.

  • 6/5/2006 at 3:21 am

    they have some psychedelic songs. like “On The Run”

  • 6/5/2006 at 3:27 am

    Alternative Rock (“Modern” is not a style, it’s like calling Electronic music techno)
    Blues Rock
    Pop Rock
    Space Rock
    Grunge (unless it’s the same as “garage”)
    Gothic Rock
    Acoustic Rock
    Chanson Rock
    Country Rock
    Latin Rock
    Art Rock (i guess same as “progressive” here)

    I don’t know what “Sedimentary Rock”, “Igneous Rock”, “Southern Rock” and “Metamorphic Rock” are and the bands mentioned for those.

    “Indie” is not a style at all. Unless you want to get into metal, “Hair Metal Rock” should not be here, instead the bands in the category would go under “Heavy Metal” or “Hard Rock”.

  • 6/6/2006 at 7:24 am

    Wow awesome list, Mike D! I have a few additions, too:

    Math Rock (ex: Slint)

    Funk Rock (ex: I dunno, maybe Rick James)

    Funk Rock (ex: Stella)

    Surf Rock (ex: Dick Dale)

    Post-Rock (ex: boring bands like Tortise)

    Noise Rock (ex: Hair Police)

    Pet Rock!!!

  • 6/6/2006 at 7:31 am

    Unless you want to get into bad late-90’s ideas, “Rapcore” should not be here, instead the bands in the category would go under “Suck” or “Fred Durst”.

    It doesn’t even have the word rock in it!

  • 6/7/2006 at 12:10 pm

    These can be vaguely catagorized under the umbrella heading “Underground Rock.”


  • 6/25/2006 at 11:57 pm

    Explain.. And what’s “Fred Durst”?

    I like rapcore bands such as Pleymo, Feverish and 3 Degres Est.

  • 6/27/2006 at 7:38 am

    Fred Durst is the lead singer of Limp Bizkit. Personally, I’m not a huge fan. But to each his own.

  • 6/28/2006 at 10:25 pm

    I think it’s safe to say that Fred Durst is terrible, opinions be darned. But some “rap-rock” can be ok. Examples: Borealis, Zebrahead.
    You forgot one: Opera-rock! Meat Loaf for LIFE.


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