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0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 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 bands starting with 'B': 3 bands in database

Beau Gentry (United States)Big Wha-Koo (United States)
Bleus (United States)

Soft Rock artists starting with 'B': 39 artists in database

Allan BatesBeeb Birtles
Billy BellBob Brandon
Bob MarletteChris Ball
Cliff BlackwoodCriston Barker
Daryl BraithwaiteDavid Briggs
Donny BaldwinDoug Boyle
Eric BellFran Byrne
Ian BairnsonJason Bonham
Jean-Michel ByronJeff Browne
Jock BartleyJoe Baldi
John BarbataLarry Burnett
Marty BalinMichael Bluestein
Mike BrownPaul Burgess
Peter BardensPeter Barrett
Peter BeckettRay Brown
Richard BryanRick Berlin
Rick BrewerRoger Brown
Ron BeraSimon Bentall
Steve BoltonTony Braunagel
Tony Brock

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