Top 10 Things That Killed Rock and Roll

KellytheSinger
Rock and Roll is finally Dead and here are the top reasons it died. You will realize by this list that Rock and Roll was systematically Assassinated because it was a threat to free thinking people everywhere.

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1MTVMTV is an American basic cable and satellite television channel which is a part of the "Viacom Music and Entertainment Group" which is the flagship Property of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom, of which it is a subsidiary.

This Cable TV show changed how persons listened to Rock music practically overnight.

With MTV, for the first time, anyone who heard a popular song would have what they think of in their heads, placed there for them. Also this Cable TV station took over popular music and could single handedly dictate who was great and who was not in Rock. of course as soon as it was the standard for the music industry, it left the music industry high and dry. leaving a generation of 40 somethings wandering around with A-Ha's "take me on" ringing in their collective heads. A lot of musicians at first refused to be a part of MTV's brainwashing scheme, but eventually even Joe Jackson fell under the giant machine that was Music Television Network. -

When I saw those fatidic three letters in number one position, I inmediately knew that there was no need to keep scrolling...

Mediocre T.V.. Was all about the music but now succumbs to the younger audience like a servant. Whatever is hip and whatever is hot you'll be sure to be notified by MTV. They do promote music in the morning but damn the music sucks.

Many of the things listed fall under MTV... MTV destroys the meaning of artistry in music because they keep pumping out terrible rap groups, boy bands and slutty pop singers...

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2Autotune

Dilutes vocal range. Get rid of it as soon as possible! Asap

You don't hear good singers these days. One in a million. People think they can sing because they have auto tune. It pisses me off.

This ruined the WHOLE industry, not rock and roll exclusively

The worst invention in history! - Metalthomas

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3Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

Man there are a lot of good things on this list, but I'm going with MJ because I know his fans love 2 c him at #1, lets see if they lik him #1 on this list. - lukestheman4

His so-called "rock" songs sucked. He can't sing anything else except pop - Alexandr

Michael should be proud of this list. This means he was the most influential in the development of modern music. Younger generation has embraced him completely. Rock and roll is not the sacred book of music. Leave that holiness to Mozart and Beethoven.

The weirdest person ever. A real freak.

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4Rap

I don't think that rap killed Rock and Roll. Rap was when it started strictly black ghetto music. It was the expression for the misery ( like blues music did it in the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's ) of black people. When the media made it big and popular in the late eighties and nineties it became more popular amongst white kids. Nowadays it's 70% white American kids who are listening to rap music. Rap music itself didn't killed Rock because it was just another whole type of music. Popularity made by the media for trying to " reach " a white audience ( wich they unfortunally succeeded ) killed the " popularity " of rock music but not rock music itself.

rap? don't get it at all
some dude speaking really fast bout drugs and being a wanna be "gangster"!

I don't see why people like rap, kids listening' to it. Obviously posers or never got a chance to listen to real music. It is just a phase in my opinion, and I went throught it. Rap is not Music Guys! Get it straight. - Tourniquet

Grunge and rap killed rock and roll. But at least the alternative rock that spawned from grunge has musical value to it. Rap has none.

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5Drum Machines

I remember the Linn Drum and how Steve Gadd had been recorded to make the sound on it. Steve, What were you thinking? You have it made, but we poor drummers out here still need to work. This was the begining of the end for Rock and roll as the technology got cheaper to make and eventually keyboards could emulate any sound except for singers. and Now their is Vocoder for all the crappy singers out there. The Advent of the Drum machine was the start of DJ's playing the clubs and taking all that work from Rock and Roll. -

real bands play real instruments and don't use machines

and I Disagree with Alice Cooper! - OzzyVanHalen

6American Idol

This show is destroying the vastness of vocal talent in the world. This show is brainwashing the masses into beliveing that If you don't
Sing like maria karry or Justin Timberlake, then you are not a good singer.

Rock and Roll thrived on the likes of Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Brian Adams, and Tom Waits. These persons would never make it on this fluff filled talent Show. This show is diluting the perception of what good vocals is. - KellytheSinger

This show implies that you need to have a clean, sweet, pop-ish or country voice to make it big. If your voice is too "harsh" for the sensitive audience, don't even bother auditioning.

Sorry but I'm from Europe. What is American Idol?

7Clear Channel Radio Stations

Some Rich Texas Oilman who hated rock and roll decided to buy all the radio stations in America and make them play what he liked only.
Rock and Roll was about diversity in songs, so it had to be heard else where.
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Corporations ruin everything they get their big grubby greedy hands on. They'll squeeze every last penny out of whatever it is and then toss it in a grave to finally die.

Really any more of this top 10... Lost art my friends. Rock overcame disco, 80s synth pop and pop rock, but the internet and auto tune and mtv and EDM and cell phones and vevo and YouTube and every song being made solely on a computer with no instruments... That cannot be overcome.

8The Internet

The internet has changed everything in the world and rock music is no exception. Its made obtaining and listening to music so much easier and more convenient than ever. As a result, people are no longer confined to what the radio plays. Instead, they can listen to hundreds of bands and/or artists in an instant. This should be #1.

9Billboard

Thanks to this chart of crap, you are basically being told what to listen to. The painful thing is that most of it is trashy pop music. Whenever rock music pops up on there these days, it's just pop music with a barely audible guitar.

A list made by corporate idiots to tell people to listen to that song, which eventually is nothing but cheap beats and bad lyrics

10DisneyThe Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

I'd agree that NOWADAYS Disney little puppets are killing rock'n'roll.
BUT I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH EVERYBODY THAT VOTED FOR ELTON JOHN. I MEAN, WTF?
First of all, that's homophobic
Second of all, if you're saying that groundbreaking was a mistake, FREDDIE MERCURY was a mistake, I guess you probably know nothing about rock'n'roll.
And, third of all, Elton John himself didn't have anything to do with rock'n'roll. I mean, he rocks, but his music is not rock. Still, his groundbreaking was a GREAT thing, not at all bad, only for those homofobics..

disney is the ones who are making children believe that crap like the jonas brothers and miley cyrus is rock and turning bad actors into worse singers and vice versa and by the way alice cooper dosent deserve to be in this list alice cooper what he wants to do on his free time is his choice he's old. whoever votes for him or put him on obviously is a fan of the jonas brothers

Whoever said that Miley and the Jonas are crap just took the words out of my mouth! I think there's not a single person in this world worse than them

I hate disney particularly because of Miley Cyrus and who put Michael Jackson on this list? You bastards! Michael Jackson is pure pwnage!

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The Contenders

11Yoko OnoYoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking.V2 Comments
12Vevo

It ruined the art of music video in ways I can't describe. Idiots.

13Mainstream Music

Mainstream is the equivalent of popular. While popular can change ( fifties Rock became popular during the sixties, later on it was Disco that was the most popular, then Rap, Techno etc... ), mainstream means the category of a certain type of music who went to popular to a kind of accepted music by all. It usually becomes mainstream when big money can be done by record companies, radio stations or by promoters for concerts. When something new, fresh and gets many bad critics ( not accepted by all ) becomes an acceptance by cultural standards, it becomes at the same time commercial. Rock and Roll should be for a elite, should be dangerous against the political correctness and most of all, it should be property for singers, songwriters, instrument players and fans and not for some executives who decides what all people should hear and buy ( the commercial aspect of music ). Mainstream Rock began in the late sixties and in the seventies it was so mainstream that it opened doors for other ...more

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15Corporate Radio

Especially Rock Stations: By playing the same late 70's early 80's songs over and over an entire generation of great artist were lost to the mainstream. For example when have you ever heard Clutch on the radio.

16Justin BieberJustin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claimed that he was Part-Indian) and he's Christian. He's the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. ...read more.

Rock was already dying and this guy came and smashed it..

He killed everything, including my erection.

Whoever gave him a chance to sing is worse than hitler

He must die, no joke. - 05yusuf09

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17Drug Abuse

Drug abuse was always part of music. All or almost Jazz musician in the 40's and 50's was a heroin addict. Is Jazz dead? No. Same in rock, in the fifties and sixties amphetamines were common and without drugs like LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs we would never had psychedelic music in the late sixties. Rock didn't die after the " psychedelic " era. It survived the seventies ( the punk movement in 1977 ), the eighties and so on... What made rockmusic less popular wasn't drugs. Disco in the seventies, Rap in the late seventies / early eighties and Electronic music ( Techno, House... ) became more and more popular and replaced the Rock in the nineties.

Drugs were used by artists from the begining of art. but when Rock and roll Came along suddenly musician started dropping like flies. Drugs were the easiest way to take out a controversial musician. If a musician was a threat to any social norm, they had better not be taking any drugs. If they did, they would suddenly die of a drug over dose.

Some of Rocks best and brightest were stopped in their prime by a "Drug Overdose" forced onto them when no one else was around. -

Drugs can destroy creativity, that's why many artists start going downhill, after one or two records.

This really did kill the resign of music. I hate whoever killed them :( WHA

18Grunge

Let's make one thing clear, grunge did not help rock and roll. Many great sounding bands, including definitely Leppard and The Outfield, suffered and got buried because that stupid grunge became popular. I like some alternative stuff but I would agree that grunge and alt rock helped kill rock and roll.

If you look on how rock was back in the 50-80's you can tell how it was totally diverse but then nirvana came along and everyone wanted to be like them, everybody wanted to be successful and become rich so they tried to imitate the hottest band in the 90's

Whoever put this on here, I hate you. It didn't kill it, it helped it - JCHOW

They made being rockstar uncool

The last gasp doesn't kill, it extends the life for a little longer actually! But I agree that it was like a profound but awkward moment in conversation when everyone goes silent because they don't know what to say after Debbie Downer. Plus some key members in all the top groups died or got sidelined by drugs, which became a self propagating theme? I don't know. I still loved that movement though for some of the best quality music ever, I mean come on! Just pure emotion I miss it. Still hooked on rock from that and now I'm hurting from withdrawal. Glad I got to be a teenager spoiled by the 90s, when good music was still so easy to find. I guess both that I'm lazy for not hustling to find it anymore and that grungers got what they wanted for music now, which was for fans to be small communities where this kind of culture can grow. The lid to the petri dish is back on and us lazy people can suck it I guess.

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19Disco Music

Disco came along as a means for non cool people to get out and have some fun. Square dancing has become the fun for country folk, who were seen by those not country as backwards and crude. Disco was sort of a blend of Soul Country dancing and the new electronic keyboard sounds that became available during the late seventies. This music effectively made rock fans angry. and a devide was created among rockers. "Disco Sucks" was the cry from devoted rocker who swore hatered of anyone who played disco music

Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, are two who come to mind as ones who crossed the line. and were forever banished. But the Damage to Rock and Roll was the devide this music brought to Rockers. Before Disco Rockers were lovers of everything. Disco ended that. Rockers finally slipped back into the old narrow minded thinking that their parents had. Destruction from within. -

Disco was the expression of radio-friendly music that wasn't necessarily mediocre (unlike today's radio-friendly music). I wish we could go back to when music could be fun without being so lame as it is today... - RalphSaad

Elvis Presley : Death before Disco!

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20Glee

Slaughtering your favo (u) rite songs since 1999. Thankfully, some artists (e.G. the Foo Fighters and Slash) heve prevented their songs from appearing in this mayhem.

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