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Related to rock music: Jazz music
A type of pop music that developed out of rock‘n’roll in the 1960s and 1970s. It is based around amplified instruments, especially the electric guitar and electric bass, and is characterized by a strong bass line and driving rhythms. It is typically performed by rock groups, and while fast dance music is the staple form, slower ballad-style songs are also a popular part of the repertoire.
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|Noun||1.||rock music - a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western; "rock is a generic term for the range of styles that evolved out of rock'n'roll."|
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
heavy metal music, heavy metal - loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
art rock, progressive rock - a style of rock music that emerged in the 1970s; associated with attempts to combine rock with jazz and other forms; intended for listening and not dancing
acid rock, psychedelic rock - a musical style that emerged in the 1960s; rock music inspired by or related to drug-induced experience
punk rock, punk - rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock
backbeat - a loud steady beat