hard rock


: rock music marked by a heavy regular beat, high amplification, and usually frenzied performances

Examples of hard rock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bandmembers’ hair grew longer, their politics (deeply influenced by Sinclair) more radical, and their sound grew quickly into a vibrant form of hard rock spiked influenced by free-form jazz. Jem Aswad, Variety, 9 May 2024 The Kings Mountain mine, about 30 miles west of Charlotte in Cleveland County, is expected to play a critical role in establishing the U.S. as a leader in electric vehicle evolution as one of the few hard rock lithium deposits in the country. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 8 May 2024 The Pine Knob action will resume May 22 with Neil Young, part of a five-month season scheduled to wrap up Sept. 28 with WRIF-FM’s Riff Fest, headlined by the veteran hard rock band Godsmack. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2024 The peppy Disney tune stood in stark contrast to the hard rock and rap songs the other wrestlers use, but his wife found comfort in the selection. Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2024 The artist’s mega-selling hard rock group Creed reunited earlier this year with a slate of concerts that continue growing due to overwhelming ticket demand. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 The documentary tells the story of how the group was created—not in the highly-corporate way many have suggested—and also how the world turned on them after embracing their signature brand of hard rock. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 But growing up in the 1980s, Turner became enamored of a different genre: listening to — and learning to play — the hard rock and heavy metal of AC/DC, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2024 The first concert to ever take place at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park after dark will be an event to remember for hard rock fans. Spin Staff, SPIN, 9 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard rock was in 1959

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“Hard rock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20rock. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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