Top 10 Things That Killed Rock and Roll

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.

The Top Ten

1 MTV MTV MTV 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.

EmpTV. The moment when imagery reigned over substance. No wonder hair metal got so big up the the late 90s, where the way your hair and makeup looked dictated how big your video got. Where wearing literal womens' makeup was now the way rock stars were attracting chicks, ironically enough, and legions of fans who were convinced that that was somehow badass. Grunge killed it off swiftly, but then started to become a parody of itself by the mid 90s as well with the whole repressed image. Originality was pretty much suppressed as both upcoming and established artists were now jumping on the bandwagon of whatever the trending style was at the time.

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. -

I wouldn't consider this to be something that killed rock but rather made easier access to those who couldn't afford concert tickets.

I think Rock never died,Radio did. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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2 Autotune

Autotune ruined music. Hip-hop was no worse than disco. Rock survived alongside disco, it could survive alongside rap and hip-hop, too. But, autotune made sure music fit a formula that the big labels and radio stations that play the same few songs these days could make a quick profit from while locking out good music.

Imagine Led Zeppelin using autotune. I don't think so.

Autotune killed music in general. - Userguy44

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

Really True

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3 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

Ok he should totally not be here - DrayTopTens

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.

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4 Rap

Luckily, Rap is going to die off in the next 20 years or so. Mark my words.

Rap is the worst and most annoying racket on earth. It blows. It does not take talent the repeat the same beats over and over.

I totally agree! Rap is what mostly responsible for destroying Rock's reputation and nobody wants to admit it because they think it's "racist" to say it.

Rap is blablaing,bla,bla for people with no brains

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5 Drum 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

6 American Idol American Idol

This is clearly a factory product

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

Your from Europe. Well I thought these idol shows where in most countries or where most of them cancelled. I think it started when Pop Idol started a show in Britain but that only had 2 series, then it was Popstars the Rivals (Female or Male band would win - Girls Aloud won, 1 series show) then The X factor. But it all started probably with Popstars which had 1 series it had two groups male and female similar to S Club 7 and Steps they where Hear'Say and Liberty X. Hear'Say won but Liberty X where the real winners. Then a year after it went to Pop Idol first series Will Young won, the second series Michelle McManus won, but then it was cancelled. American Idol started around the time of the second series of Pop Idol. BBC also had Fame Academy which had two series and then had 3 charity spin offs called Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.

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.

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7 Clear 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.

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.

Big ' gateway to make sure nuthin' creative gets thru to public ears. Only comformity. Well-produced, but market-research driven music that's so simple anyone can make it at home makes it htru the gateway 'because $$ changes hands to put it there.

8 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. more.

He is pop not rock - DrayTopTens

Do I need to say anything

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

He killed everything, including my erection.

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9 The 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.

How? - Userguy44

Currently I'm listening to Judas Priest on Youtube. For me personally, Internet hasn't killed rock and roll, quite the reverse - sometimes it's the only place where you can find rare records. Rock records.

The internet did not killed rock! - BorisRule

10 Vevo

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

The Contenders

11 Billboard

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

12 Yoko Ono Yoko Ono Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking. Singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles was her third husband.

Killed it before it started. -

Why she is not the first one?

She single-handedly destroyed rock

Kek is drek

13 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records more.
14 Disney Disney The 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.
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 would have to go with Disney its so huge and its spreading like a disease with the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus and all the other teenie pop bands that all young girls like and gays no offense but its true -

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15 Green Day

Rock could have survived if it had somewhere to go. Green Day is the ultimate symbol of the lack of new ideas in rock after grunge faded; when rock is stuck in a rut of repetitive and derivative crap like the stuff Green Day writes, it is bound to go underground.

No they didn't they made it better

No why? - Userguy44

No they didn't

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16 Grunge Grunge Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of alternative rock and a subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s.

Started the whole "Whiny Rock" movement... - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

It killed metal. - Userguy44

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.

Rock was a form of music that empowered its listeners. Grunge was so down on itself that it was easy to see kids turn to the false promises of Rap. Rap wasn't ever positive like Rock, but it did not call itself a loser, as Grunge did.

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17 Mainstream 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

This should be much higher. This killed most of rock 'n roll. - Userguy44

18 Corporate 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.

There's a market for new rock but the greedy corporations like iheartmedia only care about the $$ so they play the same Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilot songs over and over

19 Kurt Cobain's Death

No. - Userguy44

20 Drug 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

21 Glee Glee Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School glee club, New Directions, which competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate more.

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.

22 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, more.

Saying that he killed Rock is like saying that he changed music. That all what became before him is obsolete and all that comes after him is his legacy. He is just one of the many bad artists of today's music with no importance in the history of music. Will be forgotten in a couple of years.

23 Disco 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 never killed rock. Disco died out before it could. - MegadethFan07

Disco played a HUGE part in killing rock. Basically, people liked disco because it was FUN. So when the rocker crowd decided to come out and say that disco sucks (and so does everyone who listens to it), all they did was alienate a TON of people. People associated rock with mean, judgmental, closed minded people, and wanted no part of it.

Of course these sort of dimwitted people went on to do this again and again and again over the subsequent decades when it came to various other music (ie various pop, new wave, techno, etc), and just made ‘rock’ an ever more dirty word in the process. People who might otherwise enjoy rock just had no interest as a result. Nice going, folks!

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

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24 The Death of Freddie Mercury

Freddie was the reason I came here, I really expected him to be at number one. there's no one else like Freddie and there never will be, he was just such a happy loving man that no one could ever compare to in voice nor personality. I know your birthday isn't until the fifth but HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDDIE! We miss you SO much xoxox.

The death of rock began the day the late great Freddie Mercury died

Fred you were the best! Your music has inspired us all. RIP. - IronSabbathPriest

25 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

Dude, Elton John is amazing. Do yourself a favour and listen to some of his songs.

Homosexuality was not accepted in Rock and Roll. Elton John was at the forefront of changing that. later other luminaries of Rock like Freddy Mercury and
Rob Halford would come out of the closet but only after they had made it big.

Elton John was flaming from the start. and it caused a schism in the Rock fan base that helped kill Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll was about honesty and homosex was seen as not being honest with one's self. -

The ones who are saying that Elton John is Rock and Roll are the ones who're killing Rock and Roll. If you concider this as Rock, you only give Rock and Roll a bad name. I don't say that he's not talented but I concider his music as Pop, Pop-prog, Glam-pop and many other things but certainly not Rock and Roll.

26 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

I like Slipknot. Especially the first 2 albums. Watch the music video for "Spit It Out." It has scenes from one of my favourite movies, The Shining! - IronSabbathPriest

They didn't ruin it! They're the best!

Complete rubbish.

The band were just a gimmick

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27 ELO ELO The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

Electric Light Orchestra's contribution to the death of Rock and Roll was their
taking little pieces of popular songs and smashing them together to make
original songs. This was so wrong. Rock aficionados would cringe listening to this bands amalgams of other Bands riffs. They had no shame and to this day no one know what any of them look like. Like a hit team, they came in, planted the concept that rock was so dumb that you can take a part of this song and a part of that song, and voila, you have a hit song.

The radio stations jumped all over their songs. Pop Radio mind you.

but the damage was done ad the public took this crap in and started singing along. This weakened the public understand of good well though out and performed music. -

Did NOT ruin rock music, in fact they are one of the finest rock groups to ever exist. Jeff Lynne is a genius and their songs are great.

What are u talking about they WERE a rock band, and they were a great one, plus they were not pop rock

28 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

They only helped to become more popular,they didn't "killed it" in any way. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

When this became mainstream the hopewas gone lol...

29 Fangirls

This is quite an obvious one. They will listen to anything that has anything to do with love, is catchy, is about how beautiful they supposedly are, or if the front man of the band or soloist is attractive. They do not know talent.

Is Rock music strictly for men? Why can't a girl be a fan of Rock music? If you mean Groupies, well, this was always part of Rockmusic ( and other types of music ). It's not them who are killing Rock and Roll.

30 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

When they became intellectual ( after 1966 - 1967 ) they really killed the standard two minutes single. And Rock and Roll is really about two minutes of instant noise. Not an concept album that even can't be played live because too difficult to reproduce the sound. So, in a way, they contributed to the death of Rock. We had to wait 1977 with Punk to hear the instant noise two minute single again.

They ruined music all together because you cat be better than that less and less people were innovative after that era if you noticed less people before people say stuff like what about pink floyd - scoopoo

Rock and Roll has to be dangerous, rebellious, anti-establishment etc... When THE BEATLES began to mix their music with symphony orchestras, flugel horns, peppered sergeants and all that stuff ( maybe that's why some DJ's of FM rock are saying "... and now here's some CLASSIC rock from.." ) they really killed the rebel side of Rock and Roll. Suddenly Rock became accepted and respected by everyone ( and I mean " everyone " ). And that's what Rock and Roll is not about!

No they didn't they were the birth of rock and roll

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31 Electronic Music

Is electronic music even a music?

32 Pop Stars being called Rock Stars

Should be much higher. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

OK, if they were rock stars, where are their instruments, why don't they have a unique voice? - ToddHoward

33 Stupidity

Ignorance. Most people who had kids were music illiterate...had appalling their kids grew up believing they didn’t like music. They just didn’t know it was out there, and still don’t.

34 30 Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.
35 Satanic Black Metal

Oh yes. I see why; it's satanic! Each time a rock or metal musician says "Let's add Satan to our music", it causes controversy and I think it's one of the reasons why it almost died out.

36 Digital Technology

I agree. And this is called "progress" somehow, maybe just like when the electric guitar was created, or the synthetizer. New sounds, practical to play, less time to create music (I mean, the mainstream), less musician to pay for...

Techno beat helped kill rock and roll

37 The Idea of Rock and Roll being the Devil's Music

I think this is the biggest thing that killed Rock and Roll.

38 Emo Rock
39 Narrow Minded Thinking

Narrow minded thinking destroys everything.

40 Bands That Play For Nothing
41 VH1
42 The X Factor

Need I say more?

The X-factor made a weapon called One Direction

43 Alcoholism
44 Pop
45 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.
46 Elitist Metalheads
47 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

They were very over rated.

Kurt Cobain was very talented. Nirvana is one of, if not the best alternative rock band ever.

They were just not musically talented.


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