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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 'P': 3 bands in database

Pilot (United Kingdom)Poco (United States)
Pretenders (United Kingdom)

Soft Rock artists starting with 'P': 31 artists in database

Alan ParkBilly Peek
Claude PepperColleen Peterson
Dave PetersDavid Paich
David PalmerDavid Paton
Dennis PendrithDerek Pellicci
Garth PorterGreg Phillinganes
Jeff PilsonJeff Porcaro
Jeremy PaulJim Parker
John G. PerryJohn Perry
John PetersenJohn Purdell
Mike PorcaroPaul Pilnick
Prairie PrinceRic Petropolis
Richard PattersonRoger Pope
Simon PhillipsSteve Piggot
Steve PorcaroSteve Prestwich
Steven Paul Perry

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