Album-oriented rock

Album-oriented rock (sometimes referred to as Adult-oriented rock or as West Coast Rock), abbreviated AOR and originally called album-oriented radio, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. This format developed and popularised the repertoire of music currently associated with classic rock.

History

Freeform and Progressive

The roots of the Album Oriented Rock (AOR) radio format began with programming concepts rooted in 1960s idealism. The Freeform or Progressive formats developed the repertoire and set the tone that would dominate AOR playlists for much of its heyday.

In the mid to late 1960s, the FCC enacted a non-duplication rule prohibiting FM radio stations from merely running a Simulcast of the programming from their AM counterparts. Owners of AM/FM combo stations fought these new regulations vigorously, delaying the new rules for eighteen months. When finally enacted, station owners were pressed to come up with alternate programming options quickly.

The Freeform format in commercial radio was born out of this desperate need to program the FM airwaves, inexpensively. Programmers like Tom Donahue at KMPX developed stations where DJs had freedom to play long sets of music, often covering a variety of genres. Songs were not limited to hits or singles; indeed the DJs often played obscure or longer tracks by newer or more adventurous artists than heard on Top 40 stations of the day. This reflected the growth of albums as opposed to singles as rock's main artistic vehicle for expression in the 1960s and 1970s.

With a few exceptions commercial Freeform had a relatively brief life. With more and more listeners acquiring FM radios, the stakes became higher for stations to attract market share so that they could sell more advertising at a higher rate.

By 1970 many of the stations were moving to institute programming rules with a "clock" and system of "rotation". With this shift, Stations formats in the early 1970s were now billed as Progressive. DJs still had much input over the music they played, and the selection was deep and eclectic, ranging from folk to hard rock with other styles such as Jazz fusion occasionally thrown in.

A broad cross section of rock music that gained popularity during this time came to be called Progressive rock, likely because the wide recognition and success of artists could be attributed to airplay on Progressive stations; much the way the College rock label was given to bands that received air play on student-run college stations during the 1980s.

Album Oriented Radio/Album Oriented Rock

Later in the decade, as program directors began to put more controls over what songs were played on air, Freeform and Progressive stations evolved to the true AOR format; Album Oriented Radio rather than single oriented radio (or Top 40). Stations still played longer songs and deep album tracks (rather than singles), but program directors and consultants took on a greater role in song selection, generally limiting airplay to just a few “focus tracks” from a particular album and concentrating on artists with a more slickly-produced, "commercial" sound than what had been featured a few years earlier.

The "Rock" in Album-oriented Rock came in the late 1970s when AOR music libraries and playlists discarded the wide range of genres embraced earlier on to primarily focus on a rock-centric sound. The occasional folk, jazz, and blues selections became rarer and most black artists were effectively eliminated from airplay. Where earlier soul and R&B artists like Stevie Wonder, War, Sly Stone and others had been championed by the format, AOR was no longer representing these styles, and took a stance against disco. In 1979 Steve Dahl of WLUP in Chicago destroyed disco records on his radio show, culminating in a notorious Disco Demolition at Comiskey Park. Steve Slaton of KISW in Seattle had a similar on-air bit which was included on the station’s Epic Rock record album.

What links the Freeform, Progressive, AOR and ultimately the Classic rock formats are the continuity of rock artists and songs carried through each phase. Programmers and DJs of the Freeform and Progressive phases continued to cultivate a repertoire of rock music and style of delivery that were foundations of AOR and now Classic rock. Those AOR stations, which decided to stay "demographically-rooted", became classic rock stations by eschewing newer bands which their older listeners might tune out. Those that didn't fully evolve into classic rock generally attempt to hold onto their older listeners through careful dayparting -- playing large amounts of classic rock during the 9-5 workday with more adventurous, newer songs "baked into the mix" as the listener base skews younger at night.

Michael Jackson

In the early 1980s AOR radio stations were getting bad press for the lack of black artists included in their programming (with the one glaring exception being Jimi Hendrix). Indeed, many AOR stations had embraced harder rock while also cultivating a bad boy image. In 1982 Michael Jackson released his landmark Thriller album, which included an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo on the song Beat It. Facing claims of racism, AOR stations added Beat It to their playlists and the song rose to a respectable #14 on Billboard's Rock Tracks chart, which documented AOR airplay. Curiously, for such a strong showing, the song has not been widely played on AOR or Classic Rock stations since.

The relative success of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" did not open the floodgates for other black artists on Album-oriented Rock stations. However, the door was cracked and through the remainder of the 1980s Jon Butcher, Tracy Chapman, Living Colour and Lenny Kravitz did manage to receive AOR airplay of varying magnitude.

Burkhart/Abrams

The radio consultants, Kent Burkhart and Lee Abrams had a huge impact on AOR. Beginning in the early 70s they began contracting with what would become hundreds of stations by the 1980s. Lee Abrams had developed a “Super Stars” format, pioneering it at WQDR in Raleigh NC, and had been very successful in delivering large ratings. Basically, Abrams took Top 40 principles and applied them to AOR. While his “Super Stars” format was not quite as tight as Top 40 radio, it was considerably more restricted. This company controlled playlists for a substantial segment AOR stations all over the US. This might be considered somewhat ironic, considering the format’s origins were based on a free-form approach without playlists. Lee Abrams is now Chief Programming Officer for XM Satellite Radio.

pin-off Formats

The phenomenal success of the Album-oriented Rock and the highly competitive battle for ratings likely contributed to the format splintering to reflect different stylistic perspectives. The 1980s saw some stations adding glam metal bands such as Mötley Crüe, Warrant and Poison, while others embraced New-wave acts such as The Cars, The Fixx, INXS and Gary Myrick.

The rise of Grunge, Alternative and Hip-hop accelerated the fadeout of the true Album-oriented Rock format. By the early 1990s most AOR radio stations switched exclusively to classic rock, or segued to other current formats with somewhat of an AOR approach:

*Adult Album Alternative (known as Triple A) echoed a softer AOR without the hard rock or heavy metal. For a time Seattle's KMTT even promoted Freeform Fridays, and the Grey Pony Tail Special to highlight the halcyon days of FM radio.
*Modern Rock/Alternative A pioneer in this format was KROQ in LA, taking the AOR programming approach to music with New Wave, Punk, College rock and Grunge/Alternative leanings.
*Active Rock Today’s mainstream album rock, playing acts such as Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, and Linkin Park. The active rock format was pioneered by the formerly broadcast (now internet only) KNAC-FM out of Long Beach, California in 1986, and expanded upon by WXTB-FM out of Tampa, Florida in January 1990.

AOR Radio Stations

The radio stations, in the following list, were successful with the AOR format. In the 1970s and early 1980s some were considered progressive, with programing that evolved to what became known as AOR. Many of these stations have switched from AOR to another format - in some cases Classic rock or one of the other AOR spin-offs mentioned above.

Music played

Most radio formats are based on a select, tight rotation of hit singles. The best example is Top 40, though other formats Country, Smooth Jazz, and Urban, all utilize the same basic principles, with the most popular songs repeating every 2 to 6 hours, depending on their rank in rotation. Generally there is a strict order or list to be followed and the DJ does not make decisions about what selections are played.

AOR, while still based on the rotation concept, focused on the album as a whole (rather than singles). In the early 1970s many DJs had the freedom to chose what track(s) to play off a given album – as well as latitude to decide what order to play the records in.

Later in the 1970s AOR formats became tighter and song selection shifted to the Program Director or Music Director, rather than the DJ. Still, when an AOR station added an album to rotation they would often focus on numerous tracks at once, rather than playing the singles as they were individually released.

These short lists represent only a sampling of what became staples of American radio through a long history of airplay on Album-oriented rock stations. As AOR stopped playing new music and died out in the late 1980s the core repertoire of AOR became that of the Classic Rock format.

Non-single/album tracks

With the success of the AOR format, some non-single, album tracks received extensive radio airplay across the US, becoming hugely popular; most notably Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven." Other examples of popular songs never released as a 45 RPM record include:

*AC/DC - "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You"
*Asia - "Sole Survivor"
*Boston - "Rock and Roll Band"
*Bruce Springsteen - "Thunder Road"
*The Beatles - "Dear Prudence"
*The Cars - "Moving in Stereo"
*Eagles - "Those Shoes"; "Desperado"
*Heart - "Devil Delight"
*Elton John - "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", Madman Across The Water"
*Fleetwood Mac - "The Chain"
*James Gang - "The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
*Steve Miller - "The Stake"
*Van Morrison - "Moondance"
*The Outlaws - "Green Grass and High Tides"
*Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"
*Queen - "We Will Rock You"
*Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"
*REO Speedwagon - "157 Riverside Avenue" (live version)
*The Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
*Bob Seger - "Turn the Page" (live version)
*Billy Squier - "Lonely Is The Night"
*Steely Dan - "Aja", "Babylon Sisters"
*Supertramp - "Gone Hollywood"
*Traffic - "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"
*Ted Nugent - "Stranglehold"
*Triumph - "Fight the Good Fight"
*The Who - "Baba O'Riley" (European single only)
*Creedence Crearwater Revival - "I Heard It Trough The Grapevine"

Longer versions

With the AOR format, the full-length album version was favored for airplay rather than the edited versions for the 45 RPM single and top forty radio.

*Aerosmith - "Sweet Emotion" - 4:34 (album) vs. 3:01 (single)
*The Animals - "The House of the Rising Sun" - 4:32 (album) vs. 2:58 (single)
*Argent - "Hold Your Head Up" - 6:15 (album) vs. 3:15 (single)
*Chicago -"Beginnings"- 7:54 (album) vs 2:47 (single)
*Chicago -"25 or 6 to 4"- 4:50 (album) vs 2:53 (single)
*Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Susie Q" - 8:37 (album) vs 4:22 (single)
*The Doors - "Light My Fire" - 7:08 (album) vs 2:52 (single)
*Derek and the Dominos - "Layla" - 7:10 (album) vs. 2:43 (single)
*Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing" - 8:26 (album) vs 4:09 (single)
*Eagles - "Lyin' Eyes" - 6:21 (album) vs. 3:58 (single)
*Foghat - "Slow Ride" - 8:25 (album) vs. 3:45 (single)
*Golden Earring - "Radar Love" - 6:25 (album) vs. 5:01 (single)
*Peter Frampton - "Do You Feel Like We Do" - 13:45 (album) vs. 7:19 (single)
*Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" - 17:03 (album) vs 2:52 (single)
*Billy Joel - "Piano Man" - 5:45 (album) vs. 3:05 (single)
*Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son" - 5:13 (album) vs. 3:25 (single)
*Little River Band - "It's A Long Way There" - 8:39 (album) vs. 4:16 (single)
*Loggins & Messina - "Angry Eyes" - 7:42 (album) vs. 2:23 (single)
*Manfred Mann's Earth Band - "Blinded by the Light" - 7:07 (album) vs. 3:48 (single)
*Don McLean - "American Pie - 8:31 (album) vs. 4:11 (single)
*The Moody Blues - "Nights in White Satin" - 7:38 (album) vs. 3:06 (single)
*Nilsson - "Jump Into The Fire" - 6:54 (album) vs. 3:37 (single)
*Pink Floyd - "Money" - 6:26 (album) vs. 4:20 (single)
*The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want - 7:31 (album) vs. 4:49 (single)
*Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride" - 4:30 (album) vs. 2:55 (single)
*Sugarloaf - "Green-Eyed Lady" - 6:47 (album) vs. ? (single)
*Sweet - "Love Is Like Oxygen" - 6:49 (album) vs. 3:44 (single)
*Vandenberg - "Burning Heart" - 4:11 (album) vs. 3:34 (single)
*Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hangin' On" - 6:45 (album) vs. 2:59 (single)
*The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again" - 8:33 (album) vs. 3:37 (single)
*Wings - "With a Little Luck" - 5:47 (album) vs. 3:14 (single
*Wings - "Junior's Farm" - 4:21 (album) vs. 3:03 (single)

Multiple songs played as one

AOR stations played songs in context with the album they were taken from. Songs that ran together on albums were generally played together on-air as one piece.

*The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends
*The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)/A Day in the Life
*The Beatles - Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
*The Beatles - Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
*Boston - Don't Look Back/The Journey/It's Easy
*Boston - Foreplay/Long Time
*David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust/Suffragette City
*Jackson Browne - The Load Out/Stay
*The Cars - Moving In Stereo/All Mixed Up
*The Cars - You're All I've Got Tonight/Bye Bye Love
*Chicago - Make Me Smile/Now More Than Ever (from Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon)
*Chicago - Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away
*Roger Daltrey - It's A Hard Life/Giving It All Away
*The Doors - Peace Frog/Blue Sunday
*J. Geils Band - Whammer Jammer/Hard Drivin' Man (live)
*Genesis - Home By The Sea/Second Home By The Sea
*Genesis - ...In That Quiet Earth/Afterglow
*The Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
*Elton John - Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
*Journey - Feeling That Way/Anytime
*Journey - Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'/City Of The Angels
*Kansas - The Spider/Portrait (He Knew)
*The Kings - This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide
*Led Zeppelin - Your Time Is Gonna Come/Black Mountain Side/Communication Breakdown
*Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)
*Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick/Bring It on Home
*Led Zeppelin - Friends/Celebration Day
*Paul McCartney - Venus & Mars/Rock Show
*Steve Miller Band - Space Intro/Fly Like An Eagle
*Steve Miller Band - Threshold/Jet Airliner
*Joni Mitchell - People's Parties/Same Situation
*Robert Palmer - Sailin’ Shoes/Hey Julia/Sneakin Sally Through The Ally
*Pink Floyd - One of These Days/A Pillow of Winds
*Pink Floyd - Us and Them/Any Colour You Like/Brain Damage/Eclipse
*Pink Floyd - Speak to Me/Breathe/On the Run/Time/A Great Gig in the Sky
*Pink Floyd - Empty Spaces/Young Lust
*Pink Floyd - The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
*Pink Floyd - Speak to Me/Breathe/On The Run
*Pink Floyd - Brain Damage/Eclipse
*Pink Floyd - The Thin Ice/Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)/The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)/Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3)/Goodbye Cruel World
*Pink Floyd - The Thin Ice/Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)/The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
*Queen - We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions
*Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls/Bicycle Race
*Bob Seger - Travelin’ Man/Beautiful Loser (live version)
*Styx - Prelude 12/Suite Madame Blue
*Styx - A.D. 1928/Rockin' In Paradise
*Supertramp - School/Bloody Well Right
*Supertramp - Dreamer/Rudy
*Robin Trower - Bridge Of Sighs/In This Place
*Van Halen - Eruption/You Really Got Me
*Van Halen - Intruder/Oh, Pretty Woman
*The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It/See Me Feel Me/Listening To You
*Yes - Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
*ZZ Top - Waiting For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago

Core Artists

This list represents a sampling of artists who achieved their greatest success though airplay on radio stations with the AOR format. Many of these artists may have "crossed over" with airplay at Top 40 or other formats, but the bulk of their airplay was at AOR.

For example, Tom Petty had just 3 singles between 1977 and 1991 that reached the Top Ten of the pop singles chart, the basis for Top 40. Conversely, Petty logged 20 Top Ten songs between 1981 and 1991 on Billboard's Rock Tracks chart, which documented AOR airplay.
* AC/DC
* Bryan Adams
* Aerosmith
* The Allman Brothers Band
* April Wine
* Argent
* Asia
* The Babys
* Bachman-Turner Overdrive
* Bad Company
* Badfinger
* The Band
* The Beatles
* Pat Benatar
* Blackfoot
* The Black Crowes
* Black Oak Arkansas
* Black Sabbath
* Blue Öyster Cult
* Bon Jovi
* Boston
* David Bowie
* Jackson Browne
* Buffalo Springfield
* Jimmy Buffett
* The Byrds
* The Cars
* Cheap Trick
* Chicago
* Eric Clapton
* The Clash
* Joe Cocker
* Phil Collins
* Alice Cooper
* Cream
* Creedence Clearwater Revival
* Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)
* Deep Purple
* Def Leppard
* Derek and the Dominos
* Rick Derringer
* Dio
* Dire Straits
* The Doobie Brothers
* The Doors
* Bob Dylan
* Eagles
* Electric Light Orchestra
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer
* Fleetwood Mac
* John Fogerty
* Foghat
* Foreigner
* Peter Frampton
* Free
* Peter Gabriel
* J. Geils Band
* Genesis
* Golden Earring
* The Grateful Dead
* Grand Funk Railroad
* The Guess Who
* Guns N' Roses
* Sammy Hagar
* George Harrison
* Head East
* Heart
* Jimi Hendrix
* Don Henley
* The Hollies
* Humble Pie
* Billy Idol
* Iron Butterfly
* Iron Maiden
* James Gang
* Jefferson Airplane/Starship
* Jethro Tull
* Joan Jett
* Billy Joel
* Elton John
* Janis Joplin
* Journey
* Judas Priest
* Kansas
* The Kinks
* Kiss
* Led Zeppelin
* John Lennon
* Huey Lewis and the News
* Loverboy
* Lynyrd Skynyrd
* Manfred Mann's Earth Band
* The Marshall Tucker Band
* Dave Mason
* Paul McCartney
* Meat Loaf
* John Mellencamp
* Steve Miller Band
* Montrose
* Molly Hatchet
* Eddie Money
* The Moody Blues
* Van Morrison
* Mötley Crüe
* Mott the Hoople
* Mountain
* Nazareth
* Stevie Nicks
* Night Ranger
* Aldo Nova
* Ted Nugent
* Ozzy Osbourne
* The Outlaws
* Ozark Mountain Daredevils
* Robert Palmer
* Alan Parsons Project
* Tom Petty
* Pink Floyd
* Robert Plant
* Poison
* The Police
* The Pretenders
* Procol Harum
* Quarterflash
* Queen
* Queensrÿche
* Quiet Riot
* Rainbow
* Ratt
* Red Rider
* Lou Reed
* REO Speedwagon
* The Rolling Stones
* Todd Rundgren
* Rush
* Santana
* Scorpions
* Bob Seger
* Paul Simon
* Bruce Springsteen
* Billy Squier
* Ringo Starr
* Steely Dan
* Steppenwolf
* Rod Stewart
* Styx
* Sugarloaf
* Supertramp
* Survivor
* Sweet
* Talking Heads
* T. Rex
* Ten Years After
* Tesla
* .38 Special
* Thin Lizzy
* George Thorogood
* Toto
* Pete Townshend
* Traffic
* Pat Travers
* Triumph
* Robin Trower
* The Tubes
* Twisted Sister
* UFO
* Uriah Heep
* U2
* Van Halen
* Stevie Ray Vaughan
* John Waite
* Joe Walsh
* War
* Steve Winwood
* Whitesnake
* The Who
* The Edgar Winter Group
* The Yardbirds
* Yes
* Neil Young
* Warren Zevon
* The Zombies
* ZZ Top

Forgotten artists of AOR

Because AOR was at one time a champion of new music, the format gave significant airplay to a wide range of artists who, for one reason or another, never crossed over to Classic rock programming. Billboard Magazine did not start tracking AOR airplay until 1981, so the level of airplay and popularity some of these artists may have achieved, is a bit of a mystery. In some cases albums by these artists see CD release only on small boutique labels.

*707 - "I Could Be Good For You", "Mega Force"
*Automatic Man - "My Pearl"
* Angel - "20th Century Foxes", "Virginia"
*Angel City - "Marseilles", "Face The Day", "No Secrets", "Underground"
*Axe - "Rock And Roll Party In The Streets"
*Bliss Band - "Right Place, Right Time"
*Martin Briley - "The Salt In My Tears"
*Caravan - "Stuck In A Hole"
*Tony Carey - "I Won't Be Home Tonight", "A Fine Fine Day", "The First Day Of Summer"
*Charlie - "She Loves To Be In Love", "Killer Cut", "It's Inevitable"
*Chilliwack - "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)", "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Don't It Make It Feel Good"
*City Boy - "5.7.0.5."
*Climax Blues Band - "Richman", "Mole On The Dole", "Couldn't Get It Right"
*Contraband (band) - "All The Way From Memphis"
*Crawler - "Stone Cold Sober"
*David & David - "Welcome to the Boomtown"
*DB Cooper - "Had Enough"
*Jimmy Davis & Junction - "Kick the Wall"
*Detective - "Recognition"
*Doucette - "Mama Let Him Play", "Down the Road"
*The Firm - "Radio Active", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", "All the Kings Horses"
*Frankie And The Knockouts - "Sweetheart"
*Gamma - "Right the First Time", "I'm Alive", "Fight To The Finish", "Modern Girl", "Voyager", "What's Gone Is Gone"
*Garland Jeffreys - "Wild In The Streets"
*Glass Moon - "Killer at 25"
*Giuffria - "Call To The Heart", "Lonely In Love", "I Must Be Dreaming"
*Ian Gomm - "Hold On"
*Gypsy - "Gypsy Queen", "Dead and Gone."
*Harlequin - "Innocence", "It's Over Now"
*Headpins - "Just One More Time", "Breakin' Down", "Winnin'"
*Heads Hands and Feet - "Country Boy"
*Heartsfield - "Music Eyes", "Another Man Down", "Shine On"
*Helix - "Heavy Metal Love", "Never Want To Lose You", "Rock You"
*Honeymoon Suite - "New Girl Now", "Burning In Love", "Feel it Again", "Bad Attitude", "What Does It Take"
*Horslips - "The Boy Was Green"
*Hughes/Thrall - "Beg, Borrow Or Steal"
*Jackyl - "The Lumberjack", "Down On Me"
*Colin James - "Voodoo Thing", "Why'd You Lie", "Five Long Years"
*Melvin James -"Why Won't You Stay"
*Kayak - "I Want You To Be Mine", "Starlight Dancer"
*Kix - "Cool Kids", "Midnite Dynamite", "Don't Close Your Eyes", "Girl Money", "Pants On Fire (Liar, Liar)"
*Lake - "Time Bomb", "Angel in Disguise"
*Greg Lake - "Nuclear Attack"
*(Louisiana's) Le Roux - "New Orleans Ladies", "Nobody Said It Was Easy", "Addicted"
*Little America (band) - "Walk On Fire", "You Were Right"
*Mason Proffit - "Two Hangmen", "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream", "Better Find Jesus"
*McKendree Spring - "Down By The River"
*Michael Stanley Band - "Let's Get The Show On The Road", "He Can't Love You"
*Missouri - "Movin' On"
*Kim Mitchell - "Go For Soda"
*New England - "Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya"
*Orion The Hunter- "So You Ran"
*Pavlov's Dog - "She Came Shining"
*Phantom, Rocker & Slick - "Men Without Shame"
*Planet P Project - "Why Me", "Power Tools"
*Point Blank - "Nicole"
*Andy Pratt - "Avenging Annie"
*Prism - "Spaceship Superstar", "See Forever Eyes"
*Rare Bird - "Sympathy", "Hey Man", "Epic Forest"
*Dan Reed Network - "Ritual", "Get To You", "Tiger In A Dress"
*The Rockets - "Oh Well", "Desire"
*The Rossington-Collins Band - "Don't Misunderstand Me", "Misery Loves Company"
*Russ Ballard - "On The Rebound", "Voices", "The Fire Still Burns"
*Sad Café - "Restless"
*Saga - "On the Loose", "Wind Him Up", "The Flyer"
*Saraya - "Love Has Taken It's Toll"
*Saxon - "Just Let Me Rock"
*Sea Level (band) - "That's Your Secret"
*Sherbs - "I Have The Skill", "No Turning Back", "We Ride Tonight"
*Sheriff - "You Remind Me", "When I'm With You"
*Shooting Star - "Last Chance", "Flesh And Blood", "Hang On For Your Life", "Hollywood", "Do You Feel Alright", "Train Rolls On"
*Shy - "Hold On (To Your Love)", "Break Down The Walls"
*Silver Condor - "For The Sake Of Survival", "Holdin' on Barely"
*Sniff 'n' the Tears - "Driver's Seat"
*Danny Spanos - "Hot Cherie"
*Stabilizers - "One Simple Thing"
*Starcastle - "Can’t Think Twice", "Could this be Love"
*Starz - "Cherry Baby", "Sing It, Shout It", "Boys In Action"
*Steel Breeze - "You Don't Want Me Anymore", "Dreamin' Is Easy"
*Streets - "If Love Should Go", "One Way Street", "Gun Runner"
*Tall Stories - "Wild On The Run"
*Tarney-Spencer Band - "No Time To Lose"
*Taxxi - "I'm Leaving", "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "Still In Love"
*Billy Thorpe - "Children Of The Sun"
*Toronto - "5035", "Your Daddy Don't Know"
*Touch - "Don't You Know What Love Is", "When the Spirit Moves You"
*Trooper - "Raise A Little Hell"
*Vandenberg - "Burning Heart", "Friday Night"
*Van Zant - "I'm A Fighter", "Brickyard Road"
*Zebra - "Who's Behind The Door", "Tell Me What You Want", "Bears"

AOR as a genre of music, aka "melodic rock"

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  • album-oriented — al′bum o riented adj. mad of or designating a format featuring rock songs from LPs and CDs rather than singles • Etymology: 1990 95 …   From formal English to slang

  • Adult oriented rock — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El Adult Oriented Rock (AOR) (aunque no queda claro el origen de las iniciales, otras teorías lo traducen como Album Oriented Rock o Album Oriented Radio ), es una variante del estilo musical conocido como rock… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rock music — Infobox Music genre name=Rock music color=white bgcolor=crimson stylistic origins=R B Swing jazz Blues Rock and Roll cultural origins=Late 1940s Cleveland, Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia instruments=Electric guitar, Bass guitar, Drums,… …   Wikipedia

  • Rock clásico — El rock clásico (classic rock en inglés) es una radiofórmula desarrollada a partir del formato album oriented rock (AOR) en la década de los años 1970, teniendo acogida principalmente en los Estados Unidos. La primera estación que siguió esta… …   Wikipedia Español

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