Let’s Fickin’ Rock
Rocks bands starting to emerge and become popular in the 1950’s. American culture began to love rock music. As the music industry is constantly changing and involving, it is amazing that one of the greatest bands of all time is from the 1960’s. In 2016, the Beatles, from the 1960’s, are still considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They are truly timeless. The even have their own iconic movement, titled Beatlemania.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison started the Beatles in Liverpool, England in the early 1960’s and were later joined with drummer Ringo Starr to form the amazing band.
Some of their first hits included:
- “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1st number one hit in the US)
- “Can’t Buy Me Love”
- “From Me to You”
- “She Loves You
*These were all McCartney and Lennon originals*
The Beatles were successful in England but it was the fans in the United States that really took to the Beatles and created the beginning of Beatlemania. They were together and remained strong until their official breakup in 1970.
Once the Beatles fell apart the Rolling Stones, also from England, took their place as the new number one rock band. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger had been friends since they were young and they formed the rolling stones in 1962.
Some of their top hits songs are:
- “Sympathy for the Devil”
- “Jumping Jack Flash”
- “Rocks Off”
- Gimme Shelter”
The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
In the 1980’s Ireland’s U2 came on the scene and remain an epic band today. Bono and his band mates started doing Beatles’ and Stones’ cover songs when they were still in high school. U2 was talented and believed that rock and roll could save the world.
A few of U2’s number one songs include:
- “Desire” 1988
- “The Fly” 1991
- “Discotheque” 1997
- “Beautiful Day” 2000
With new musical talent emerging every day, it is fascinating to me that the bands from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s are still the most influential and popular. It just goes to show that classics never die. The music these bands created had huge influences on the world and will be an important part of history for future musicians and music lovers.
Music and how it is delivered looks nothing like it used to when these bands were at their peak. Albums and album covers were almost as important as the singles themselves. The artwork on the album, tape, or cd cover said a lot about the band and the music on that album. In 2016, everything is digitally downloaded onto our phones, iPods, or computers. We don’t see the album cover and get to read the lyrics inside like in the past.
Another change includes the world of music videos and that they are not what they were in the 1980’s. The hit single was highly connected to the music video that went with it. Videos often told a story about the song and gave insight to what the artists was thinking about the song.
As time goes on, music will continue to evolve and change. The one thing that will remain the same is human’s connection to music and the need for it in their lives. We will always want to listen to our favorite song or have it uplift us when we are feeling blue. Music and the people who create will continue to be a part of our history.
My team and I got to see U2 in Las Vegas around 1995 while we were visiting a business contact who helped us get our window tinting las vegas business started. The show as just magical and all of us left with our heads spinning.