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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 bands53 bands in database


Soft Rock artists: 461 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
Aynsley DunbarBarry Flast
Barry SullivanBeeb Birtles
Bernie HollandBill Castle
Bill HurdBill Sutton
Billy BellBilly Harrison
Billy HermanBilly McIsaac
Billy PeekBilly Thomas
Blair CunninghamBob Brandon
Bob GeisBob 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 JobesChuck Travis
Claudio VenturiniCliff Blackwood
Cliff RehrigClive Shakespeare
Colin DeLucaColin Griffin
Colleen PetersonComrie Smith
Craig ChaquicoCraig Kemp
Criston BarkerDana Loconte
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 Paton
David SpringfieldDavid Wiffen
Dek MessecarDelisle Harper
Dennis ElliottDennis Laughlin
Dennis PendrithDenny Carmassi
Derek AustinDerek Pellicci
Diana ManganoDick Walker
Don Christopher Don Cromwell
Don FranciscoDon Mulvaney
Donna WarnerDonny Baldwin
Doug BoyleDoug Killmer
Doug ReaDuane Allman
Duncan MackayEd Gagliardi
Eddie UlibarriEiichi Ohtaki
Ellery TempleEric Bell
Eric ClaptonEric Heywood
Eric StewartEric Wrixon
Erik EngstromFergie Frederiksen
Flávio VenturiniFloyd Marcus
Fran ByrneFrank Esler-Smith
Frank JeckellGareth Mortimer
Garth PorterGary Cambra
Gary GraingerGary Mallaber
Gary TaylorGary Wallis
Geoff CoxGeoff Dunn
Geoff SwettenhamGeoffrey Richardson
George AlexanderGeorge Cross
George GranthamGeorge Lawrence
George McArdleGerry Rafferty
Gerry Van KollenburgGlenn Hughes
Glenn Lewis Glenn Reither
Glenn ShorrockGrace Slick
Graeham GobleGraham Davidge
Graham GouldmanGraham Headley Williams
Graham RussellGreg 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 WalbourneJamie Crompton
Jamie LaneJan 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 Casazza
Jimmy MartinJoe Baldi
Joe EganJoe Hanratty
Joe JammerJoe McCarger
Joe O'DonnellJohn Barbata
John CammelotJohn Farnham
John FiddlerJohn G. Perry
John JarvisJohn Kongos
John MowerJohn Perry
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 Wilkinson
Nigel MacaraPam Miller
Papa John CreachPat Karwan
Pat McAuleyPat Soriano
Patrick McBridePaul Burgess
Paul CarrackPaul Cotton
Paul GildeaPaul Kantner
Paul MirkovichPaul Pilnick
Paul RosserPaul Saurin
Paul SmithPete Farndon
Pete SearsPeter Bardens
Peter BarrettPeter Beckett
Peter Hope-EvansPeter Kaukonen
Peter MartinPeter Reilich
Peter SwettenhamPeter Van Hooke
Peter WolfPhil Harris
Philip ChenPhilip Eizenberg
Philip HowellPrairie Prince
Pye HastingsRab Noakes
Ralph Cohen Ralph Cooper
Randy MeisnerRandy Reeder
Randy RoosRay Brown
Ray CooperRay Elliot
Raymond GraffiaRex Goh
Ric FormosaRic Petropolis
Rich HerringRichard Bryan
Richard CoughlanRichard Neville
Richard PattersonRichard Sinclair
Richie FurayRichie Gomez
Rick BerlinRick Brewer
Rick FennRick Jaeger
Rick LonowRick Seratte
Rick WillsRobbie Fallberg
Robbie McIntoshRobert James Wilding
Robert KirbyRobin LeMesurier
Rod CoombesRod Stewart
Roger BrownRoger McLachlan
Roger PopeRon Bera
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
Terry "Tex" ComerTerry Moore
Terry NoonThom Gimbel
Tim GazeTim Godwin
Tim GormanTim Smith
Timothy B. SchmitTom Lilly
Tom MarshallTony ''H'' Harding
Tony BraunagelTony Brock
Tony FergusonTony Lumpkin
Tony MitchellTony O'Malley
Tony RiversTony Sciuto
Tony WilliamsTrevor Veitch
Trey SabatelliVan Morrison
VermelhoVic Emerson
Wally StockerWalter Kemp
Wayne NelsonWilliam Lyall
William Miller

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