A silly sub-"genre" of music created by radio. Unfortunately, the radio format does not live up to its name, as most of these classic rock stations play music by bands that are more "dated" than "classic". Also, most classic rock stations neglect to play classic punk or classic metal, opting to play pop rock and hair metal bands, that, as mentioned above, are more dated than classic. Unfortunately, listening to classic rock radio is somewhat of a neccesary evil in order to get acquainted with some of the timeless bands that have sprung out of rock's past. However, as illustrated in the example, it is hard at first for an ear that is mainly weaned on MTV commercial bands to distinguish the difference between dated and classic, as many dated bands have the same instant appeal as today's mainstream bands have as well.
Classic rock noob: I love Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Styx, and Pink Floyd!
Seasoned rock veteran: Be very glad I do not have a good memory.
Classic rock noob: What's wrong with Motley Crue and Styx? They have guitar solos!
Seasoned rock veteran: *sigh*
-SEVERAL YEARS LATER-
No longer classic rock noob: I love Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, The Stooges, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd!
Seasoned rock veteran: Now that's more like it! You still listen to classic rock radio?
No longer classic rock noob: Nah, they play too many shit bands like Poison and Bon Jovi! I use the Internet now to find and listen to bands.
Classic rock fanboys, there is no reason not to expand and improve your musical tastes in this day and age. Quit being so closed minded.