The Rolling Stones; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
The Rolling Stones; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Music Styles Live and Die, But Rock is Forever – Here’s Why

The rock that never dies! Why does rock music appeal to both young and older audiences? Almost 70 years since its invention, rock music has outlived every other genre—what makes it so special? Let’s take a closer look.

Rock is a genre of legends.

Rock music has produced legends. Pop has its own stars, but not many have reached the glory of rock kings and queens, from Mick Jagger to Madonna, Slash, and Freddie Mercury. Ohio boasts its own stars in the Rock and Roll hall of fame, from The O’Jays to Bootsy Collins and The Isley Brothers.

Outlaw something, and you make it crazy popular.

In the early days of rock, they labeled it “devil music.” In many parts of the world, conspiracies are still alive. One of them states that you will hear coded satanic messages if you listen to rock music in reverse. As much as the thought of that sends chills down the spine, it piques interest.

Similar to how witches were burnt in the medieval ages, the church burnt many rock-n-roll disks in the 50s and 60s. This had an opposite effect, with supporters demanding even more savage rhythm and head-banging sounds.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that the pope removed the “devil music” label from rock music. Today in churches like Hillsong and Elevation Worship, rock music is a mainstay on the worship menu.

Rock is nothing but good vibes.

Psychologists believe rock music may have a mental effect similar to controlled substances. The fast and loud beats provided by the music can be instrumental in livening up a depressed person or helping stabilize mood swings, even if just for a few minutes.

If you do not yet have your Ohio medical cannabis license, you can bank on rock music to ignite your feel-good hormones when you are gripped by anxiety.

Rock makes you lose weight

As we all know, rock music is intense; that is, it encourages people to move. As expected, a few minutes of head-banging will help you burn calories. So, dancing while listening to your rock music playlist daily is one of the easiest ways to lose weight.

For example, a 2010 study found that cyclists work harder when listening to fast-tempo rock music. Listening to your favorite tunes is also a distraction that helps you forget about the physical exertion.

A good workout song can also help you reach the “zone” so you exert maximum effort. As we exercise more, we are healthier (and happier).

Rock improves self-esteem

You might not realize it, but the rock genre is better than many other music styles when it comes to making people aware of their worth of cultivating their identity. So it’s no wonder that rock music fans understand who they are. Plus, by joining the rock scene, you can bring out the best in you.

A study carried out in 2015 for the Journal Self, and Identity explored how rock music impacted the future of those who were fans in the 1980s. You know that heavy metal music stirred some controversy during the 1980s, as religious groups, particularly in the US, linked it with Satanism.

It turns out all that was baloney. The study conducted among 377 adults revealed that those who preferred rock metal over other forms of music or who were not music lovers were happier or less regretful.

We all want to be rockstars

The rockstar lifestyle is appealing. Today, anyone that’s good at something or with an awesome lifestyle is labeled a rockstar.

If you Google modern-day rock stars, don’t be surprised if Justin Bieber shows up on the list. Rockstar employee, rockstar mathematician, rockstar experience—rock is a lifestyle.

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