soft rock


: rock music that is less driving and gentler sounding than hard rock

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, back in California after Queen Elizabeth's funeral ceremonies, were recently spotted enjoying some soft rock at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 8 Oct. 2022 The '80s brought electronic music to the cultural forefront, along with harder edges and attitudes — none of which were particularly suited to our soft rock queen. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 11 Aug. 2022 But the production, laden with daring key changes and feathery textures, treats both words in the term soft rock as invitations to extremity. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2022 The music itself aligns too, with Emerson’s late-‘70s brand of soft rock and blue-eyed soul audibly in thrall to Wilson’s writing and densely layered production style. Guy Lodge, Variety, 9 Sep. 2022 This song is in the soft rock and yacht rock genres. Kris Holt, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Instead, there was a decidedly soft rock bent to the list of then-current radio hits: Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, The Carpenters were in constant rotation. Michele Catalano, Billboard, 9 Aug. 2022 This soft rock hit poetically explores young love and the loss of innocence. Maggie Horton, Country Living, 2 Aug. 2022 Written by her fave collaborator and fellow Australian John Farrar, this deceptively simple ballad cemented Newton-John's turn away from country and toward soft rock, hitting number one in March of '75. Debby Wolfinsohn,, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soft rock was in 1965

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“Soft rock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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