Hi everyone!❤

I've wanted to do a rock history article series for a while now, and I've finally decided to get started! I'm basing it off of the diagram from School of Rock; I saw the musical two years ago - it wasn't the greatest, but I knew I just had to have this diagram.

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Basically, I listened to all the artists' top 5 songs on Spotify, and dove deeper if I liked someone. Now I think I can sum it all up into the essentials of classic rock.

In this article we're going to go through the essential folk, folk rock, rock a billy, r&b, doo wop, soul, and funk artists.

So let's get into it!

1. Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan is an American artist and activist whose main genres include folk, blues, gospel and country. His most popular song is Knockin' on Heaven's Door. His other famous songs, Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changing, became anthems for civil rights and anti-war movements in the 60's.

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American band whose style is very Southern rock-ish, and whose lyrics focused mainly on social and political issues such as the Vietnam War. Their most popular song, Fortunate Son, was in the movie Forrest Gump.

3. Simon & Garfunkel

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Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo, whose most famous singles topped the charts in the 60's. Their best-known songs - The Sound of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, and The Boxer - are characteristically serene and chill.

4. Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley, or "the King", was an American artist who was very controversial in his time due to his provocative style and energy, which soon became extremely popular. He was the best-selling solo artist of all time. His most famous songs are Can't Help Falling in Love, Jailhouse Rock and Suspicious Minds.

5. Little Richard

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Little Richard was an American artist, characterised by dynamic energy and music. His songs reached black and white audiences both; he is known as one of the first crossover black artists in history. His best-known songs are Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, and Lucille.

6. Chuck Berry

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Chuck Berry, the "Father of Rock and Roll", was an American artist who had a major influence on the development of rock music. His style is truly what we call "classic" today. His most popular songs include You Never Can Tell (made iconic in the movie Pulp Fiction), Sweet Little Sixteen, and Nadine.

7. Ray Charles

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Ray Charles was an American artist whose main achievement was shaping soul music by combining different styles. He was blinded in his childhood, which didn't stop him from studying music and performing until the year before his death. His best-known songs are Hit the Road Jack, Georgia On My Mind and I've Got a Woman.

8. Ike & Tina Turner

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Ike & Tina Turner were an American husband-and-wife duo who were rated # 2 on Rolling Stone's list of greatest musical duos of all time. Their musical partnership ended with their relationship, but they managed to write a myriad of hit songs in the meantime. Tina Turner was said to be the first female singer to embody the true spirit of rock & roll, what with her spectacular voice and energy. Their most famous songs are Proud Mary, A Fool In Love and Nutbush City Limits.

9. The Drifters

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The Drifters are an American vocal group whose main genres are doo-wop and R&B. They are known as the least stable of the great vocal groups, with 60 members coming and going. The original Drifters were the most successful, but the following versions of the group also lived up to the name. Their hits include Under the Boardwalk and There Goes My Baby.

10. Otis Redding

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Otis Redding was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the most influential soul artists of all time. His passionate style and expressive voice truly make him stand out, and rightfully earned him the title of one of the greatest singers of all time. His most popular songs are (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay, Stand by Me and Try a Little Tenderness.

11. Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke was an American artist and civil-rights activist, also known as the King of Soul; he was the most important and most popular soul singer in history. His best-known songs include (What A) Wonderful World ((no, not the one you're probably thinking of...that's by Louis Armstrong :D)), A Change Is Gonna Come and You Send Me.

12. Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder is an American artist, and one of the most prominent figures in popular music of the 20th century. He is often called a genius, which title I think he deserves; he influenced the evolution of many genres of music and many artists. Wonder was blinded shortly after birth, and apparently his hightened awareness of sound helped him become a child prodigy; he was the youngest ever artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart (with the single Fingertips, at age 13). He later sang about important social and spiritual issues, all the while managing to keep his music positive and upbeat. His most popular songs are Superstition, Sir Duke, Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours), and Higher Ground.

13. Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin was an American artist and activist, also know as the Queen of Soul. She was the daughter of a minister, and began her career singing gospel at church. Her best-known songs include I Say a Little Prayer, Respect, and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

14. Prince

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Prince was an American artist who played multiple instruments and was known for creating music in multiple genres. His wide vocal range also makes his songs very distinctive. On the whole, he was one of a kind, using his multiple talents to create truly special and iconic songs. His most popular ones are Purple Rain, Kiss, When Doves Cry, and Raspberry Beret.

That's all for now, I'm sorry if this was a bit long (although the next parts might be just as long, idk :D), but I really wanted to get the ancient history part out of the way before we get to the really good stuff..:) I myself love soul and r&b, but I understand they're not the most popular genres.

If you're really not into it, you can skip these artists, but Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry are absolutely essential, so I recommend knowing them if no one else.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and maybe got motivated to check out a few artists!❤