Classic rock


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Classic rock is a US radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s.[1] In the United States, the classic rock format comprises rock music ranging generally from the mid-1960s through the mid 1990s,[2] primarily focusing on commercially successful blues rock and hard rock popularized in the 1970s AOR format.[1] The radio format became increasingly popular with the baby boomer demographic by the end of the 1990s.[3]

Although classic rock has mostly appealed to adult listeners, music associated with this format received more exposure with younger listeners with the presence of the Internet and digital downloading.[4] Some classic rock stations also play a limited number of current releases which are stylistically consistent with the station's sound, or by heritage acts which are still active and producing new music.[5]

Conceptually, classic rock has been analyzed by academics as an effort by critics, media, and music establishments to canonize rock music and commodify 1960s Western culture for audiences living in a post-baby boomer economy. The music predominantly selected for the format has been identified as commercially successful songs by white male acts from the Anglosphere, expressing values of Romanticism, self-aggrandizement, and politically undemanding ideologies. It has been associated with the album era (1960s–2000s), particularly the period's early pop/rock music.
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