stylistic origins: Gospel, Folk, Blues (especially Jump Blues), Swing, Country, Boogie-woogie, Rhythm and Blues
cultural origins: Late 1940s to early 1950s, United States
sub-genres: 14
artists listed: 2,049
albums: 13,583
tracks: 238,241
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Rock & Roll

stylistic origins: Gospel, Folk, Blues (especially Jump Blues), Swing, Country, Boogie-woogie, Rhythm and Blues
cultural origins: Late 1940s to early 1950s, United States

Rock and roll is a form of music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, with roots in mostly African-American music genres, and quickly spread to the rest of the world.

Classic rock and roll is played with one or two electric guitars (one lead, one rhythm), a string bass or (after the mid 1950s) an electric bass guitar, and a drum kit. In the earliest rock and roll styles of the late 1940s and early 1950s, either the piano or saxophone was often the lead instrument, but these were generally replaced or supplemented by guitar in the mid to late 1950s. The beat is essentially a boogie-woogie blues rhythm with an accentuated backbeat, the latter almost always provided by a snare drum.

The massive popularity and eventual worldwide view of rock and roll gave it a unique social impact. Far beyond simply a musical style, rock and roll, as seen in movies and in the new medium of television, influenced lifestyles, fashion, attitudes, and even language. It went on to spawn various subgenres, often without the characteristic backbeat, that are more properly called simply 'rock music'.

From its early 1950s inception through the early 1960s, rock and roll music spawned new dance crazes. Teenagers found the irregular rhythm of the backbeat especially suited to reviving the jitterbug dancing of the big-band era. From the mid 1960s onwards, "rock and roll" yielded gradually to "rock", and later dance genres followed, starting with the twist, and leading up to funk, disco, house and techno.

Some artists who have released songs representative of the rock and roll genre include The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan.

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