The standard set of albums from the 60s and 70s that every boomer likes. Boomers try to get younguns to listen to dad rock by loading up "best albums ever" lists with them. Dad rockers have no desire to listen to recent music and are stuck in the past.
Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys, Dylan, Rolling Stones, Who, Zep, etc
Classic rock you first heard from your dad's old record collection.
1: "I got into The Beatles
after my dad showed me some of their albums he bought in the '60s."
2: "So you listen to a lot of dadrock?"
The term 'dad rock' refers to older music listened to by men who try, without success, to introduce this music to their children and other younger people.
Music can only be counted as 'dad rock' if it is music that has failed to remain popular with younger generations, e.g. Dire Straits, The Yardbirds etc., whereas bands of the same era such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones would not count as their music transcends the generation gap and is still popular with younger people
While 'dad rock' can be quite personal to each dad, examples of artists include: Dire Straits, The Yardbirds, Cream, King Crimson, Yes
Dad rock is defined as the genre of music that is listened to uniquely by fathers, not grandfathers or children or mothers (though mothers may have adapted survival strategies to tolerate or ignore dad rock music). To be a dad rocker, you must own albums by all of the following three defining bands of the dad rock genre: Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Phill Collins, and Sting. Dad rock is most commonly heard blasting out of cameros, el caminos, vans, and large trucks on cassette or from the home on vinyl or, occassionaly, compact disc.
The triangle of dad rock power consists of Phill Collins and Sting making up the base corners with Tom Petty at the apex. Within the triangle, you can expect to find other artists, though we hestitate to define them here.
The phrase for rock from the 60s and 70s that this generations' dads listened to because they didn't now any better. The term is used by people who consider themselves cultured and varied, and refuse to believe that it's possible that people actually could like classic rock.
Dude A: *Listening to Led Zeppelin*
Dude B: Wow man, really? Dad rock?
Dude A: Shut up. I can name 10 reasons why it's better than new age music.
Dude B: *Shuts up with a sheepish look on his face*
Music that Boomers would listen to and/or write themselves. Picturing a 35-50 year old dance to these tracks puts your stomach in a knot. Inherently uncool. However, some very good bands today write embarrasing Dad Rock tracks.
They also tend to have long titles.
U2 - Stuck In A Moment..., Sometimes You Can't Make It..., Coldplay - God Put A Smile..., A Rush Of Blood, Oasis - Little By Little, Where Did It All Go Wrong?