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RockBoar.com Picture    Soft rock is a style of light, melodic, radio-friendly Rock music which gained huge commercial success in the 1970s. It employs clean, highly polished production values and arrangements, often led by piano and/or acoustic guitar, aided by bouncy, harmonious bass guitar and with smooth, restrained use of electric guitar.

     Soft rock was often derived from folk rock, using acoustic instruments and putting more emphasis on melody and harmonies. Major artists included Carole King, Cat Stevens, The Hollies, James Taylor and Bread. Soft rock songs generally tend to focus on themes like love, everyday life and relationships.

    The Carpenters' hit version of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" was released in the summer of 1970, followed by Bread's "Make It with You", both early examples of a softer sound that was coming to dominate the charts. This eventually reached its commercial peak in the mid-to-late 1970s with acts such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Chicago, Toto, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Air Supply, Seals and Crofts, America and the reformed Fleetwood Mac, whose "Rumours" (1977) was the best-selling album of the decade.

Soft Rock bands58 bands in database


Soft Rock artists: 489 artists in database

Ace HolleranAdam Seymour
Adrian GurvitzAdrian Scott
Al GarthAl Greenwood
Alan "Bam" KingAlan Henderson
Alan ParkAlan Sandow
Alastair McKenzieAlice Cooper
Allan BatesAndre Santos
Andrew SteeleAndy Fraser
Andy HobsonAndy Rourke
Andy SylvesterAynsley Dunbar
Barry FlastBarry Sullivan
Beeb BirtlesBernie Holland
Bill CastleBill Hurd
Bill SuttonBilly Bell
Billy HarrisonBilly Herman
Billy McIsaacBilly Peek
Billy ThomasBlair Cunningham
Bob BrandonBob Geis
Bob HughesBob Marlette
Bob WaleBob Watkins
Bobby KimballBobby Sproul
Bobby VegaBrent Titcomb
Brian "Chico" GreenwoodBrian Hudson
Brian ScottBrian Tichy
Bruce CockburnBruce Gordon
Bruce ShayBruce Turgon
Bruce WatsonBruce Worrall
Caleb QuayeCarmine Appice
Cat StevensCathy Richardson
Charlie HarrisonCharlie Tumahai
Chas WestChet Cahill
Chic JamesChico Huff
Chili CharlesChris Andrews
Chris FrazierChris Marion
Chris MercerChris Neill
Chris SmithChris Thomas
Chrissie HammondChrissie Hynde
Chuck CochranChuck Jobes
Chuck TravisClaude Pepper
Claudio VenturiniCliff Blackwood
Cliff RehrigClive Shakespeare
Colin DeLucaColin Griffin
Colin WalkerColleen Peterson
Comrie SmithCraig Chaquico
Craig KempCriston Barker
Dana LoconteDanny Douma
Danny TaylorDarby Gould
Daryl BraithwaiteDave Chambers
Dave GloverDave Green
Dave HarveyDave Idema
Dave IlesDave Neal
Dave OramsDave Peters
Dave SinclairDave Vanecore
Dave WintourDavid Briggs
David FaragherDavid Freiberg
David HirschfelderDavid Hungate
David LandDavid Moyse
David PaichDavid Palmer
David PatonDavid Springfield
David WiffenDek Messecar
Delisle HarperDennis Elliott
Dennis LaughlinDennis Pendrith
Denny CarmassiDerek Austin
Derek PellicciDiana Mangano
Dick ScoppettoneDick Walker
Dick YountDon Christopher
Don CromwellDon Francisco
Don MulvaneyDonna Warner
Donny BaldwinDoug Boyle
Doug KillmerDoug Rea
Doug RoweDuane Allman
Duncan MackayEd Gagliardi
Eddie JamesEddie Tuduri
Eddie UlibarriEiichi Ohtaki
Ellery TempleEric Bell
Eric ClaptonEric Gotthelf
Eric HeywoodEric Stewart
Eric WrixonErik Engstrom
Fergie FrederiksenFlávio Venturini
Floyd MarcusFran Byrne
Frank Esler-SmithFrank Jeckell
Gareth MortimerGarth Porter
Gary CambraGary Grainger
Gary MallaberGary Taylor
Gary WallisGeoff Cox
Geoff DunnGeoff Swettenham
Geoffrey RichardsonGeorge Alexander
George CrossGeorge Grantham
George LawrenceGeorge McArdle
Gerry RaffertyGerry Van Kollenburg
Glenn HughesGlenn Lewis
Glenn ReitherGlenn Shorrock
Grace SlickGraeham Goble
Graham DavidgeGraham Gouldman
Graham Headley WilliamsGraham Russell
Greg GraceGreg Hilfman
Greg HindGreg Phillinganes
Gunther GormanGuy Allison
Hal TupeaHaruomi Hosono
Harvey JamesHely Rodrigues
Ian BairnsonIan Campell
Ian McDonaldJack Casady
Jack SundrudJackie McAuley
James Honeyman-ScottJames Roche
James WalbourneJames Wynne
Jamie CromptonJamie Lane
Jan ErricoJan Schelhaas
Jane MillerJason Bonham
Jay DavisJean-Michel Byron
Jed MossJeff Browne
Jeff JacobsJeff Pilson
Jeff PorcaroJeff Steele
Jeremy PaulJerome Rimson
Jerry ColeJerry Roth
Jim ArmstrongJim Cregan
Jim HastingsJim Leverton
Jim McGinlayJim Messina
Jim ParkerJimmy Alaimo
Jimmy CasazzaJimmy Martin
Joe BaldiJoe Egan
Joe HanrattyJoe Jammer
Joe McCargerJoe O'Donnell
John BarbataJohn Cammelot
John FarnhamJohn Fiddler
John G. PerryJohn Jarvis
John KongosJohn Mower
John PerryJohn Petersen
John PurdellJohn Stark
John WilsonJohn Woodhead
Johnny EdwardsJohnny Marr
Joseph WilliamsJude Gold
Karla DeVitoKeith Carlock
Keith HaymanKelly Hansen
Ken FirthKen Koblun
Ken SmythKenny Hyslop
Kenny McDowellKenny Rowe
Kerryn TolhurstKevin Godley
Kevin MurphyKevin Savigar
Kim BullardKim Turner
Kip RainesLance Massey
Larry BradenLarry Oakes
Larry Ripley Larry Sivley
Len TuckeyLes Kummel
Lisa KinscherfLiz Gallagher
Lol CoxhillLol Creme
Lou GrammLuther Grosvenor
Mal LoganMalcolm Foster
Malcolm JelleyMalcolm Wakeford
Mark AshtonMark Gutkowski
Mark McEnteeMark Schulman
Mark WalkerMark Williams
Martin ChambersMarty Balin
Mel AustinMel Watts
Michael BluesteinMichael Thompson
Michael WebbMick Fowler
Mick JonesMick Wilson
Mickey ThomasMidge Ure
Mike BrownMike Deacon
Mike Edell Mike Moran
Mike PorcaroMike Stevens
Mike WedgwoodNeil Young
Nick JuddNick Van Maarth
Nick WilkinsonNigel Macara
Pam MillerPapa John Creach
Pat KarwanPat McAuley
Pat Soriano Patrick McBride
Paul BurgessPaul Carrack
Paul CottonPaul Curcio
Paul GildeaPaul Kantner
Paul MirkovichPaul Pilnick
Paul RosserPaul Saurin
Paul SmithPete Farndon
Pete SearsPeter Bardens
Peter BarrettPeter Beckett
Peter FreibergerPeter Hope-Evans
Peter KaukonenPeter Martin
Peter ReilichPeter Swettenham
Peter Van HookePeter Wolf
Phil HarrisPhilip Chen
Philip EizenbergPhilip Howell
Prairie PrincePye Hastings
Rab NoakesRalph Cohen
Ralph CooperRandy Meisner
Randy ReederRandy Roos
Ray BrownRay Cooper
Ray ElliotRaymond Graffia
Red McKelvieRex Goh
Ric FormosaRic Petropolis
Rich HerringRichard Bryan
Richard CoughlanRichard Kosinski
Richard NevilleRichard Patterson
Richard SinclairRichie Furay
Richie Gomez Rick Berlin
Rick BrewerRick Fenn
Rick JaegerRick Lonow
Rick SeratteRick Wills
Robbie FallbergRobbie McIntosh
Robert James WildingRobert Kirby
Robin LeMesurierRod Coombes
Rod StewartRoger Brown
Roger McLachlanRoger Pope
Ron BeraRon Fransen
Ronnie MillingRonnie Rice
Roy "Alice" EnnisRuss Johnson
Russell DaShiellRussell Hitchcock
Russell WebbRusty Oppenheimer
Rusty YoungRyan Ricks
Sérgio MagrãoSam McCue
Sam SeeSammy Stitt
Sandy CrawleyScott Chambers
Scott GilmanShannon Forrest
Shigeru SuzukiSigne Toly Anderson
Simon BentallSimon Davies
Simon KirkeSimon Phillips
Skip GriparisSlick Aguilar
Stephen HousdenSteve "George" Eddington
Steve BoltonSteve Chapman
Steve LukatherSteve Miller
Steve MortkowitzSteve Piggot
Steve PorcaroSteve Prestwich
Steve ReushSteve Schuster
Steve SwindellsSteve Thrall
Steve WadeSteve Winwood
Steve WitheringtonSteven Paul Perry
Stuart EvansStuart Tosh
Suzi QuatroT Lavitz
T. M. StevensTakashi Matsumoto
Ted TemplemanTerry "Tex" Comer
Terry MooreTerry Noon
Terry WilkinsThom Gimbel
Tim GazeTim Godwin
Tim GormanTim Smith
Timothy B. SchmitTom Lilly
Tom MarshallTom Sowell
Tony ''H'' HardingTony Braunagel
Tony BrockTony Ferguson
Tony LumpkinTony Mitchell
Tony O'MalleyTony Rivers
Tony SciutoTony Williams
Trevor VeitchTrey Sabatelli
Van MorrisonVermelho
Vic EmersonWally Stocker
Walter KempWarren Ward
Wayne NelsonWilliam Lyall
William Miller

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