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Something I've noticed lately thanks to being forced to listen to the radio for the first time in 10 years at work and interacting more with strangers than I've done for a long time is that hardly anyone seems to listen to rock music any more, the radio is completely dominated by house music and heavily house-influenced pop, with the occasional RnB and hip-hop song, also with strong EDM influences, I don't think I've heard a guitar on the radio a single time in three months of listening.

Admittedly rock music was hardly the most popular genre when I last listened to the radio, but indie rock and pop-rock acts like Franz Ferdinand, Keane, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay still got a lot of airtime on the radio, there's absolutely nothing like that now, so I'm beginning to wonder if this might actually be the death of rock music?

Has the public interest in guitar-based music died entirely? Has the well of creativity that new rock bands sprung from dried up? Have the old, once established names lost their touch completely?
Shut up Franck.
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Sam Smith went to School about 500m up the road from where I live. Everyone in my town either knows him, or knows people who know him. And I'm fuckign sick of hearing about him!

Also his bond song was wank.
Sam Smith's voice makes my ears bleed!

Franck, you're not wrong, 95% of radio stations play a variety of songs that all sound exactly the same! I blame the X Factor & Simon bloody Cowell! No originality in music these days!
As Neil Young once sang ''Hey hey, my might! Rock and roll will never diieeeeee''
As Neil Young once sang ''Hey hey, my might! Rock and roll will never diieeeeee''

To reference the very same song, it's not burning out, it is fading away.
No-one listens to the radio anymore; what are we, in the early 2000's?

Rock is still very much alive
To reference the very same song, it's not burning out, it is fading away.


I could have used the right lyrics eh?!
The radio does not mean a damn thing. Rock is still alive and doing more than well. It's just a sorry fact that the majority of radio listeners are kiddy music lovers and uneducated to boot.
No-one listens to the radio anymore; what are we, in the early 2000's?

Rock is still very much alive

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If only the most evangelical fans still pay attention, is rock music really alive?

It's not just that it isn't played on the radio any more, I don't meet any young people who listen to it these days and while I've never been much of a clubber, it seems like the rock/indie club scene is dying.

Since you're so certain it is still alive, what great new acts have come the last few years? Which are the best albums from recent years?
Rock/indie is still alive tbf, just a lot less mainstream (mainly) but still got whole clubs dedicated to it here etc-
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If only the most evangelical fans still pay attention, is rock music really alive?

It's not just that it isn't played on the radio any more, I don't meet any young people who listen to it these days and while I've never been much of a clubber, it seems like the rock/indie club scene is dying.

Since you're so certain it is still alive, what great new acts have come the last few years? Which are the best albums from recent years?


Are you Swedish or Danish? If Swedish, didn't Dungen release something this year? If Danish, I'm sorry that Junior Senior dominates your airwaves, Bobber has shared his grievances with me many a time.

Meanwhile, "mainstream" rock is doing fine I think; I'd look to acts like Hozier, Muse, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons – their trade is still on the radio, not that I'd listen to them, of course (Hozier is fine).

Yeah, it's true, the early 00's wave of standard-serve rock music on radio has since plummeted pretty hard. I do miss the days that the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand were playing. Then again, that too was kind of a phase; What were you guys listening to before that? Michael Learns to Rock? Which songs defined the 90's? I'd say "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Truly Madly Deeply", hell, even "Gangsta's Paradise": Two ballads and a hip-hop song. Don't let your rock-tinted lenses trick you; Foo Fighters, Oasis and Blur aside, rock was already being ushered underground, subterranean below the pop music stratosphere. Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182 and Muse are literally blips in a sea of messy four-to-the-floor synthpop.

Where did "rock" go, then? I'd argue it's still on the radio, in fact – just in different forms. Kanye West's Graduation was as rock as rap albums go, structure-wise, rhythm-wise: It just seems built for that all-American big-stadium stage sound, like many classic rock records do. And where would 5 Seconds of Summer be without Green Day? If rock wasn't taken to be just guitar and drums, but instead the elements they essentially are: rhythm, lead, bass and beats, you'll see rock still pervades the radio, just in different forms.

Otherwise, my favourite rock (as in, rock rock) album of the year hit No. 8 on the US Billboard 200. I'm pretty excited that they're also doing a concert all the way in Singapore (where I stay). My friends are too, we're all stoked; maybe you just need to talk to other people about it.
It does seem there is something of a glass ceiling in rock music which ,makes it difficult for many youngish bands to become truly top acts, it's the same old bands that headline all the major rock festivals and stadium gigs year in year out on rotation, Foo Fighters, Muse, Metallica, Iron Maiden etc which doesn't help the perception that the pop market likes to portray rock as for middle aged old men.
Are you Swedish or Danish? If Swedish, didn't Dungen release something this year? If Danish, I'm sorry that Junior Senior dominates your airwaves, Bobber has shared his grievances with me many a time.

Meanwhile, "mainstream" rock is doing fine I think; I'd look to acts like Hozier, Muse, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons – their trade is still on the radio, not that I'd listen to them, of course (Hozier is fine).

Yeah, it's true, the early 00's wave of standard-serve rock music on radio has since plummeted pretty hard. I do miss the days that the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand were playing. Then again, that too was kind of a phase; What were you guys listening to before that? Michael Learns to Rock? Which songs defined the 90's? I'd say "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Truly Madly Deeply", hell, even "Gangsta's Paradise": Two ballads and a hip-hop song. Don't let your rock-tinted lenses trick you; Foo Fighters, Oasis and Blur aside, rock was already being ushered underground, subterranean below the pop music stratosphere. Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182 and Muse are literally blips in a sea of messy four-to-the-floor synthpop.

Where did "rock" go, then? I'd argue it's still on the radio, in fact – just in different forms. Kanye West's Graduation was as rock as rap albums go, structure-wise, rhythm-wise: It just seems built for that all-American big-stadium stage sound, like many classic rock records do. And where would 5 Seconds of Summer be without Green Day? If rock wasn't taken to be just guitar and drums, but instead the elements they essentially are: rhythm, lead, bass and beats, you'll see rock still pervades the radio, just in different forms.

Otherwise, my favourite rock (as in, rock rock) album of the year hit No. 8 on the US Billboard 200. I'm pretty excited that they're also doing a concert all the way in Singapore (where I stay). My friends are too, we're all stoked; maybe you just need to talk to other people about it.


"Which songs defines the 90's?"
(Doesn't mention Smells Like Teen Spirit)
I'd thought about mentioning it but, meh. Smells Like Teen Spirit is an outlier, and none of the grunge follow-ups mattered as much.
I'd say that in Sweden Smells Like Teen Spirit and Wonderwall would be the most common answers if you went around asking both the public and the music press about the defining 90's song, on the other hand a lot of people would think of eurodance as the defining 90's genre.
Ghetto Supastar (That is what you are) is the 90's.



tbf, I can't think of a single rock band, past that mid 200's boom. 5SOS or whatever they're called is about it. That said, 'To Pimp a Butterfly', A recent Neil Young album, and Suede's comeback album are about the only recent albums I've actually give a regular spin.
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