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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 bands55 bands in database


Soft Rock artists: 472 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 MarletteBob Wale
Bob WatkinsBobby Kimball
Bobby SproulBobby Vega
Brent TitcombBrian "Chico" Greenwood
Brian HudsonBrian Scott
Brian TichyBruce Cockburn
Bruce GordonBruce Shay
Bruce TurgonBruce Watson
Bruce WorrallCaleb Quaye
Carmine AppiceCat Stevens
Cathy RichardsonCharlie Harrison
Charlie TumahaiChas West
Chet CahillChic James
Chico HuffChili Charles
Chris AndrewsChris Frazier
Chris MarionChris Mercer
Chris NeillChris Smith
Chris ThomasChrissie Hammond
Chrissie HyndeChuck Cochran
Chuck JobesChuck Travis
Claude PepperClaudio Venturini
Cliff BlackwoodCliff Rehrig
Clive ShakespeareColin DeLuca
Colin GriffinColleen 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 WalkerDon Christopher
Don CromwellDon Francisco
Don MulvaneyDonna Warner
Donny BaldwinDoug Boyle
Doug KillmerDoug Rea
Duane AllmanDuncan Mackay
Ed GagliardiEddie 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 HilfmanGreg Hind
Greg PhillinganesGunther 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
Jean-Michel ByronJed Moss
Jeff BrowneJeff Jacobs
Jeff PilsonJeff Porcaro
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 MarrJoseph Williams
Jude GoldKarla DeVito
Keith CarlockKeith Hayman
Kelly HansenKen Firth
Ken KoblunKen Smyth
Kenny HyslopKenny McDowell
Kenny RoweKerryn Tolhurst
Kevin GodleyKevin Murphy
Kevin SavigarKim Bullard
Kim TurnerKip Raines
Lance MasseyLarry Braden
Larry OakesLarry Ripley
Larry SivleyLen Tuckey
Les KummelLisa Kinscherf
Liz GallagherLol 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 Porcaro
Mike StevensMike Wedgwood
Neil YoungNick Judd
Nick Van MaarthNick 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 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
Rex GohRic Formosa
Ric PetropolisRich Herring
Richard BryanRichard Coughlan
Richard KosinskiRichard 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
Ron FransenRonnie Milling
Ronnie RiceRoy "Alice" Ennis
Russ JohnsonRussell DaShiell
Russell HitchcockRussell Webb
Rusty OppenheimerRusty Young
Ryan RicksSérgio Magrão
Sam McCueSam See
Sammy StittSandy Crawley
Scott ChambersScott Gilman
Shannon ForrestShigeru Suzuki
Signe Toly AndersonSimon Bentall
Simon DaviesSimon Kirke
Simon PhillipsSkip Griparis
Slick AguilarStephen Housden
Steve "George" EddingtonSteve Bolton
Steve ChapmanSteve Lukather
Steve MillerSteve Mortkowitz
Steve PiggotSteve Porcaro
Steve PrestwichSteve Reush
Steve SchusterSteve Swindells
Steve ThrallSteve Wade
Steve WinwoodSteve Witherington
Steven Paul PerryStuart Evans
Stuart ToshSuzi Quatro
T LavitzT. M. Stevens
Takashi MatsumotoTerry "Tex" Comer
Terry MooreTerry Noon
Thom GimbelTim Gaze
Tim GodwinTim Gorman
Tim SmithTimothy B. Schmit
Tom LillyTom Marshall
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 KempWayne Nelson
William LyallWilliam Miller
 

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