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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 'M': 3 bands in database

Medicine Head (United Kingdom)Mississippi (Australia)
Mojo (United States)

Soft Rock artists starting with 'M': 49 artists in database

Alastair McKenzieBilly McIsaac
Chris MarionChris Mercer
David MoyseDek Messecar
Diana ManganoDon Mulvaney
Duncan MackayFloyd Marcus
Gareth MortimerGary Mallaber
George McArdleIan McDonald
Jackie McAuleyJane Miller
Jed MossJim McGinlay
Jim MessinaJimmy Martin
Joe McCargerJohn Mower
Kenny McDowellKevin Murphy
Lance MasseyMark McEntee
Mick WilsonMike Moran
Nick Van MaarthNigel Macara
Pam MillerPat McAuley
Patrick McBridePaul Mirkovich
Peter MartinRandy Meisner
Red McKelvieRobbie McIntosh
Roger McLachlanRonnie Milling
Sérgio MagrãoSam McCue
Steve MillerSteve Mortkowitz
Takashi MatsumotoTerry Moore
Tom MarshallTony Mitchell
Van Morrison

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