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Rock Europe

JOURNEY THROUGH 300 ROCK SONGS FROM THE OLD CONTINENT

ROCK EUROPE  ∙  50s  ∙  60s  ∙  70s  ∙  80s ∙  90s  ∙  2000s  ∙  2010s  ∙

Rock Europe 50s

Rock Europe 50s

Rockabilly singles were published as of 1955-56 in Denmark and Germany, 1958-59 in The Netherlands, Sweden, France, Italy and 1960-62 in Belgium and Spain. The first releases were straight covers in English of American rock songs, but these soon gave way to translated versions and then to original compositions.

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Rock Europe 60s

Rock Europe 60s

After rockabilly, Europe became passionate in the early 60s for the surf rock reverb sound of the English group The Shadows, which was adopted in a variety of pop songs such as 'Le temps de l'amour' (Françoise Hardy 1962 France). In 1963, the continent fell under the spell of the pop-rock genre dubbed ‘yé-yé’, partly in reference to the Beatles’ use of "yeah yeah’s" like those in their track 'She loves you' (1963). The three songs “Chica yeyé” (Conchita Velasco 1965 Spain), “Il geghege' " (Rita Pavone 1966 Italy) and “Les élucubrations” (Antoine 1966 France) are emblematic of the yéyé. Europe adopted progressive rock in 1965 and psychedelic rock in 1967, as exemplified by the songs 'La natività' (New Trolls 1967 Italy), 'Tengo sueños' (Los Grimm 1969 Spain) or ‘Den gule flihatmand’ (Furekåben 1969 Denmark). Although European rockers sang mainly in their national language in the 60s, a few of their compositions in English did achieve international fame, such as:

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Rock Europe 70s

Rock Europe 70s

In the early 70s, the European rock scene was dominated by hard-rock and psychedelic rock. Ironically called Krautrock, German psychedelic rock got started in 1967 in München and emerged as a major  avant-garde trend, as exemplified by songs like the wonderful ‘Mother sky(1970 Can) and ‘It's a rainy day(1972 Faust). Incidently, Krautrock also gave birth to the electronic ambient music genre with its frontrunner Klaus Schulze delivering 11 LP albums in 1972-1979, including  'Irrlicht' (1972), 'Timewind' (1975), 'Moondawn' (1976) and 'Mirage/Crystal lake' (1977). The other electronic ambient music artist standing out during the decade was Frenchman Jean-Michel Jarre. As for other emerging styles, punk rock is drafted in the song ‘Macht kaputt was euch kaputt macht(1971, Ton Steine Scherben) while gothic rock and new wave are sketched in the 1978/79 songs ‘Rosario toca el pito(Kaka de Luxe, Spain), ‘Naturträne(Nina Hagen, Germany), ‘Fegato Fegato Spappolato (Vasco Rossi Italy) and ‘Quand t’es dans le désert(Jean-Patrick Capdevielle, France). The decade of the 70s also delivered its share of evergreen classics, e.g.:

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Rock Europe 80s

Rock Europe 80s

In the 80s, new wave and synth pop were widely embraced across Europe and released spectacular tracks, e.g.:

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Rock Europe 90s

rock Europe 90s

In the 90s, alternative rock, indie rock and trip-hop quickly became the dominant genres on the European rock scene:

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Rock Europe 2000s

Rock Europe 2000s

In the 21st Century, European rock is very much alive e.g.:

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Rock Europe 2010s

Rock Europe 2010s

In the second decade of the 21st Century, European rock is very much alive e.g.:

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Rock Europe

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JOURNEY THROUGH 300 ROCK SONGS FROM THE OLD CONTINENT