Meaning of rock and roll in English:

rock and roll

(also rock 'n' roll)


mass noun
  • A type of popular dance music originating in the 1950s, characterized by a heavy beat and simple melodies. Rock and roll was an amalgam of black rhythm and blues and white country music, usually based around a twelve-bar structure and an instrumentation of guitar, double bass, and drums.

    • ‘Popular music (be it rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, folk, rap, or whatever) has the power to express and regulate our emotions.’
    • ‘It was a time of innocence and fun, an era of rock and roll, black and white TV, and invaders from outer space!’
    • ‘Their music used electronic amplification, and was more closely allied to the emerging styles of rhythm and blues and rock and roll.’
    • ‘There is only one band that systematically gets cited whenever the concepts of heavy metal and hard-driving rock and roll are discussed.’
    • ‘The Mamas and The Papas came onto the music scene at a time where popular music was making the transition from folk to rock and roll.’
    • ‘Holly pioneered the dark, fast beat of rhythm and blues, and let bop become rock and roll.’
    • ‘Though my first love is rock and roll, classical music has always been able to touch my soul in a different way.’
    • ‘Unlike most front men in rock and roll, he doesn't have a huge ego.’
    • ‘My heart belongs to rock and roll, and that is the music I performed for nearly 20 years.’
    • ‘The clothes, the people, the settings, and the war between rock and roll and disco of the time are dead on.’
    • ‘The band featured a crunching blend of three guitars, lyrics for the ‘every man’ and a grass roots sort of approach to rock and roll.’
    • ‘The result was a socially-relevant musical - a stunning new genre that seemed just right for a new generation raised on rock and roll.’
    • ‘With eerie accuracy, it intimated the upcoming split in American society begat by Vietnam, rock and roll, and a new drug culture.’
    • ‘Carlos Santana hails from the days when technical excellence really meant something in rock and roll.’
    • ‘There's nothing like straightforward rock and roll to get your blood pumping.’
    • ‘As much as the movie tries to deny it, the early '70s were one of the best times for rock and roll.’
    • ‘In rock and roll, the best and most influential bands are not always the most successful.’
    • ‘If you've read any of his novels, you are aware that King has an affection for rock and roll.’
    • ‘Right around that time was the emergence of rock and roll and I lived it.’
    • ‘They may look weird, but they are the closest rock and roll has come to real art since Frank Zappa.’


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