Want To Start Loving Rock Music? Here's Where You Should Begin

Most people I know started to fall in love with rock music when they first heard a Linkin Park, or a Green Day Track. And I am pretty sure you did too. But then you stopped, I guess you dint get the chance to experience the likes of Guns and Roses, Ac/Dc, Pink Floyd etc. cuz you thought, well, hard rock music just isn't for you. While it may be a little acquired taste for some, but once you acquire that taste. You'll fall in love, you'll be free, free fallin'.

You'll feel the passion that comes with true rock and roll. Perhaps you need to know about Rock and Roll's History, or you could just start with more commercial rock and slowly move through it towards the real ANTHEMS of a genre that once changed the way a whole generation thought, that ignited cultures and counter cultures and movements and became evergreen.

Being a total novice I would like you to start something with a little poppy alternative song by Oasis that still gives me chills.


1. Wonderwall

According to Noel Gallagher, the song describes "an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself ". 

The song "Wonderwall" is basically about the butterflies you get in your stomach when your crush walks into the room and the thoughts that stem from those feelings. 

Loved it? Sure how could you not. Rightt!

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2. Wake Me Up When September Ends

Billi Joe Armstrong wrote this for his father who died when he was 10, his dad was the one who taught him music. 

At his father's funeral, Billie cried, ran home and locked himself in his room. When his mother got home and knocked on the door to Billie's room, Billie simply said, "Wake me up when September ends," hence the title.

3. Losing My Religion -REM

The meaning of this song (according to Mike Stipe of REM) is about unrequited love, meaning unreturned love (the person recounting this song loves somebody, who has no interest in him), it is about your crush to whom you are afraid to show your feelings.

4. Every Breath You Take

This is an eternal gem, Oh Can't You See, You Belong To Me ❤️

5. Basket Case - Green Day

Armstrong was suffering from anxiety and panic disorders at the time when he wrote this song. Everything in this song reflects mental unsteadiness: being overwhelmed ("Do you have the time to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything - all at once"), self-doubt and confusion ("Am I just paranoid? Am I just stoned?") 

6. I don't Love You - MCR

The line that still echoes in my head when I think about MCR, "When you go, would you have the guts to SAY. I don't love you, like I loved you yesterday."

7. Another Brick in the wall Part 2

The song gave a voice to a whole generation, and It remains as solid a track today as it was then. Listeners have the chorus lodged in their memory like a bad commercial jingle, "We Don't Need No Education".

8. Hotel california

I did not get the song at first, but when I heard it with the goddam lyrics. I was scared. Yes, its a horror song. I was in a hotel and it was 3 AM when I first heard it in depth. And all I could think about was, is it destiny that I'd be in this hotel at 3 am listening to this song for the first time? Would I be able to get out of here, ever?

9. Watch movie : School Of Rock

Now that you've heard all this amazing rock music, you can start with hard rock kind. And I hope this will burst like a bomb of passion for you like it did for me.

And School of rock was the one that made me immersed in Rock and Roll.

BABY WE WERE MAKING STRAIGHT A's BUT WE WERE STUCK IN THE DUMB DAYS.
The Movie Defines Rock as an Undefinable state of rebel.

Rock got no reason, Rock got no rhyme.

Now can I please have the attention of the class, next assignment. Kick Some Ass!

 

10. You Shook Me All Night Long -AC/DC

If You Really Wanna Get The Feel Of This One, Try Listening with Lyrics First. The Song is About The Excitement Of A New Crush That Would Shook You All Night Long...

11. It's a Long Way To Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll) -AC/DC

I first heard a cover of this sing in "School Of Rock" that's the moment I knew I had fallen for AC/DC. 

12. Patience

The Starting Whistle in Patience is the Best Whistle Tone You'll Hear. Period. This tone will be stuck in your head. You'll whistle while you work, while you eat, and while you sleep. It just won't go.

13. November Rain

Ah, a heart wrecking, soul aching gem of a song. Calling it a masterpiece would be an understatement. You'll cry and cry and then there's a guitar solo by Slash that is EVERYTHING.

So never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
'Cause nothin' lasts forever
Even cold November rain.

14. I Want To Break Free

Still The No. 1 Karaoke Song Of All Time. Queen really came through with this one, feel like a rebel sometimes do you? Break free, from the lies, they're so self satisfied you don't need them. I can dance to this song all night. Plus the colorful music video which is considered one of the best music videos of all time.

Freddie Mercury I want to break free

 

15. Highway To Hell

Livin' Easy, Livin Free. Ain't Nothing That I'd Rather Do. I am on a Highway to hell. The only song without which every long drive is just incomplete.

16. Bohemian Rhapsody

The strangest song in the history of rock, Bohemian Rhapsody is a Rollercoaster. Widely it is considered as the best "rock song" of all time, and I consider it as the best "song" of all time. 

The song is said to be about a man who accidentally kills someone, calls for God, and regains his soul with the help of angels, but it's also said to be about Freddie Mercury's personal problems as he had accepting his sexuality, and how he considered himself an outsider.

Every person has their own interpretation of this song, for me it's about freedom. It's about breaking free from the shackles of society and not following the rules set, and creating your own standards. Like this song did. There's a music path followed in most of the songs, but in this one, its just abstract, its free from the society's interpretations of what a song "should be like".

I would like to end this article in words of AC/DC "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You".


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