A collection of hits from various genres and bands from the 60s, 70s and 80s, generally played on classic rock stations. It is a distinctly American phenomenon (that is, other countries do not have classic rock stations per say) and generally features North American and British/Irish bands.
Pink Floyd's album, "Dark Side of the Moon," is part of the classic rock canon. Their earlier albums, such as "Meddle," are not.
by GIANT HOGWEED LIVES May 02, 2005
A genre of music that truely did start it all. Though good music, most all of it's followers are elitist retards who put down all other forms of music, and promote their own.
Classic rock, the root of all music, might appeal to me if it weren't boasted about as the "best music ever, and much better then whatever music you listen to!"
by J Master Flesh March 01, 2005
Rock music that takes real musical talent to play. It combines skillful guitar riffs with real singing. The father of all rock generas, classic rock is perhaps the best musical genera ever to exist.

A lot of people think that Classic Rock is slow and boring. It may be slower than some modern types of metal, but it's much more powerful and infinitely better.
Classic Rock artists: Led Zeppelin, Jimmi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds, Creme, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, Van Halen
by Ceolwulf July 22, 2006
A genre of rock music consisting of bands from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. A genre most people today put upon the highest pedestal, forcing others to accept their opinion that it's "the greatest music to ever be put on a vinyl record" or otherwise. I like classic rock myself, but I don't shove my views on it down other people's throats.
Person: Yeah Green Day! They're awesome!
Other Person: WTF IS RONG WIT UR HEAD U STUPID FUCK. CLASSIC ROCK IS THE EPITOME OF ALL MUSIC U DOLT. ACCEPT IT.
Person: Jesus Christ chill.
by A Little Pinprick July 14, 2006
"Real gangsta in da house", u r probably THE biggest faggot i have ever seen. after reading ur definition for classic rock, i was thinking, "wtf is this bullshit?!?!"
First of all, Led Zepppelin didn't invent metal and P. Shitty is not better than led zeppelin. You said it yourself,"I haven't heard them", fucking posuer...
Second of all, elvis didn't create rock; rock was created by the black man(I forget his name), dumbass...
Third of all, rap is not superior to rock, rap is bullshit, and i'm not a racist for disagreeing, i mean, after all, i hate all white rappers out there too
Fourth of all, Swearing doesn't help music to be actual music, and since your dad likes pink floyd im guessing he's white, which means ur an oreo
Fifth of all, u must be confused because OLD music is good and the NEW stuff sucks
Sixth of all, computer generated music is the opposite of music because it takes COMPUTER talent to make(it might not even take talent
), not MUSICAL talent
Seventh of all, most rock and metal is not about satan and drugs
Plus, i read your other definitions and they all prove that ur an even bigger fag than your "classic rock" definition makes you. Nu Metal sucks balls, so old metallica is by far better than new metallica(See New Metallica). MTV sucks balls too(see MTV Rocks for what "Real gangsta in da house" said), and that jimi hendrix that u have'nt seen on MTV was the greatest guitarist ever and he was black. And it's true that MTV is killing music, if not, it already has. Not rap is not for these "filthy gawth"s u speak of. U say u dont know wat a posuer (<- that is how its really spelled) is but u use it to make fun of people u don't like, which makes YOU a bigtime posuer
Now for the definition:
Classic rock is basically any rock(excluding Metal)from the 80's and earlier. Classic Metal is metal from the 80's and earlier
Classic Rock Bands:
Led Zeppelin
AC/DC
Deep Purple
The Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd
Queen
Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Beatles
Aerosmith
The Doors
Jimi Hendrix
Van Halen
Guns N' Roses(yes they are)
The Who
Rush
Foreigner
The Eagles
Black Sabbath(more like Classic Metal, though)
Def Leppard(Same Here)
A shit load more
by Zack423 October 28, 2006
Greatest genre of music every, when used in a broader sennse to include some hair bands and 80's metal. This means you can count Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Gn'R, Pink Floyd and such, but also bands like Motley Crue, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest.
oh wait, everyone's forgotten THE WHO. Which is odd, since they're as great as all the other bands listed here. Put on Who's Next or Tommy and you'll be reminded.
by Brian July 09, 2005
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.

-THE LESSON-
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.

by topraman517 June 13, 2007

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