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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 bands49 bands in database


Soft Rock artists: 427 artists in database

Adam SeymourAdrian Gurvitz
Adrian ScottAl Garth
Al GreenwoodAlan "Bam" King
Alan HendersonAlan Park
Alan SandowAlastair McKenzie
Alice CooperAllan Bates
Andre SantosAndrew Steele
Andy FraserAndy Hobson
Andy RourkeAynsley Dunbar
Barry FlastBarry Sullivan
Beeb BirtlesBernie Holland
Bill CastleBill Hurd
Billy BellBilly Harrison
Billy HermanBilly McIsaac
Billy PeekBilly Thomas
Blair CunninghamBob Geis
Bob MarletteBob Wale
Bob WatkinsBobby 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 WestChic James
Chico HuffChili Charles
Chris AndrewsChris Frazier
Chris MarionChris Mercer
Chris NeillChris Smith
Chris ThomasChrissie Hammond
Chrissie HyndeChuck Jobes
Chuck TravisClaudio Venturini
Cliff BlackwoodCliff Rehrig
Clive ShakespeareColin DeLuca
Colin GriffinColleen Peterson
Comrie SmithCraig Chaquico
Craig KempCriston Barker
Dana LoconteDanny Taylor
Darby GouldDaryl Braithwaite
Dave ChambersDave Glover
Dave GreenDave Harvey
Dave IdemaDave Iles
Dave NealDave Orams
Dave PetersDave Sinclair
Dave VanecoreDave Wintour
David BriggsDavid Faragher
David FreibergDavid Hirschfelder
David LandDavid Moyse
David PatonDavid Springfield
David WiffenDek Messecar
Delisle HarperDennis Elliott
Dennis LaughlinDennis Pendrith
Denny CarmassiDerek Austin
Derek PellicciDiana Mangano
Dick WalkerDon Christopher
Don CromwellDonna Warner
Donny BaldwinDoug Boyle
Doug ReaDuane Allman
Duncan MackayEd Gagliardi
Eddie UlibarriEiichi Ohtaki
Ellery TempleEric Bell
Eric ClaptonEric Heywood
Eric StewartEric Wrixon
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 HindGunther Gorman
Guy AllisonHal Tupea
Haruomi HosonoHarvey James
Hely RodriguesIan Bairnson
Ian CampellIan McDonald
Jack CasadyJack Sundrud
Jackie McAuleyJames Honeyman-Scott
James RocheJames Walbourne
Jamie CromptonJamie Lane
Jan SchelhaasJane Miller
Jason BonhamJay Davis
Jed MossJeff Browne
Jeff JacobsJeff Pilson
Jeff SteeleJeremy Paul
Jerome RimsonJerry Cole
Jerry RothJim Armstrong
Jim CreganJim Hastings
Jim LevertonJim McGinlay
Jim MessinaJim Parker
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 Purdell
John StarkJohn Wilson
John WoodheadJohnny Edwards
Johnny MarrJude Gold
Keith HaymanKelly Hansen
Ken FirthKen Koblun
Ken SmythKenny Hyslop
Kenny McDowellKenny Rowe
Kerryn TolhurstKevin Godley
Kevin MurphyKevin Savigar
Kim BullardKim Turner
Kip RainesLarry Braden
Larry OakesLarry Ripley
Larry SivleyLen Tuckey
Les KummelLol Coxhill
Lol CremeLou Gramm
Luther GrosvenorMal Logan
Malcolm FosterMalcolm Jelley
Malcolm WakefordMark Ashton
Mark GutkowskiMark McEntee
Mark SchulmanMark Walker
Mark WilliamsMartin Chambers
Marty BalinMel Austin
Mel WattsMichael Bluestein
Michael ThompsonMichael Webb
Mick FowlerMick Jones
Mick WilsonMickey Thomas
Midge UreMike Brown
Mike DeaconMike Edell
Mike MoranMike 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 BeckettPeter 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 ReederRay Brown
Ray CooperRay Elliot
Raymond GraffiaRex Goh
Ric FormosaRic Petropolis
Rich HerringRichard Bryan
Richard CoughlanRichard Neville
Richard PattersonRichard Sinclair
Richie FurayRichie Gomez
Rick BrewerRick Fenn
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 HitchcockRussell Webb
Rusty OppenheimerRusty Young
Ryan RicksSérgio Magrão
Sam SeeSammy Stitt
Sandy CrawleyScott Gilman
Shigeru SuzukiSigne Toly Anderson
Simon BentallSimon Davies
Simon KirkeSkip Griparis
Slick AguilarStephen Housden
Steve "George" EddingtonSteve Bolton
Steve ChapmanSteve Miller
Steve MortkowitzSteve Piggot
Steve PrestwichSteve Reush
Steve SchusterSteve Swindells
Steve ThrallSteve Wade
Steve WinwoodSteve Witherington
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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