stylistic origins: Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock, Post-Punk, Piano Rock
cultural origins: 1970s
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Soft Rock

stylistic origins: Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock, Post-Punk, Piano Rock
cultural origins: 1970s

Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. Soft rock is known to be confused with psychedelic rock many times. Soft rock is usually sung with higher-pitched vocals, and the lyrics tend to be non-confrontational, focusing in very general language on themes like love, everyday life and relationships. The genre tends to make heavy use of pianos, synthesizers and sometimes saxophones. The electric guitars in soft rock are normally faint and high-pitched.

Soft rock is a style of rock that emerged in the early 1970s, both as a reaction against the increasingly heavy music (punk rock and heavy metal, etc.) that dominated rock at the time, as well as a reflection of the changing priorities of the Baby Boom in the early 1970s.

By 1977, some radio stations, like New York's WTFM and WYNY, had switched to an all-soft rock format. Around that same time, Chicago, which had previously been a jazz rock band, switched to soft rock and reached their biggest commercial successes. British/American blues band Fleetwood Mac achieved its greatest success after adopting parts of the genre. Even Led Zeppelin, considered by some to be standard bearers of hard rock, flirted with the genre at the time in songs like "All My Love" (1979). By the 1980s, tastes had changed and radio formats reflected this change; the genre evolved into what came to be known as "adult contemporary", a pop categorisation that bore less overt rock influence than its fore-bearer.

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