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    Famous American Rock Singers

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    Are you a rock lover? If your answer is yes, this is your place!


    Today, from Topfestivals, we travel to the other side of the pond, specifically to the United States, to meet some of the artists who have left their mark or are still making their way in the world of rock.

    So what, do you dare to know who are these famous American rock singers?

    Top Famous American Rock Singers

    Although the rock genre was born in the 1950s, this style did not reach its success until the 1970s, when it introduced new, louder, more extreme and challenging forms.

    We know that many of you are lovers of this genre and that's why, from Topfestivals, we want to review some of the famous American rock singers. Get ready because after reading this, you will be able to turn on your speakers and enjoy a good session of good rock. Are you ready?


    Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley, who I'm sure many of you know, is one of the icons of this genre of music and is recognized by many as the"King of Rock and Roll". Elvis has been one of the references of the genre, as well as one of the most famous American singers of the twentieth century.

    This artist began his career in the world of music very young, with only 13 years and was one of the creators of rockabilly, a style that fuses country music with blues. Years later he managed to sign a contract with RCA Records, and in 1956 he released his first single "Heartbreak Hotel", which became number one in the United States.

    Little by little, from that moment on, he became one of the main figures of the popular rock and roll sound, until he became the soloist with the most sales in the history of popular music.


    It is worth mentioning his great and versatile voice, which allowed him to be successful in many other styles such as country, pop, ballads, gospel and blues. So that you can hear for yourself, songs like Jailhouse Rock, In The Guetto, Can't Help Falling in Love or Suspicious Minds are some of the best known of this American rock singer.

    Tom Petty

    Thomas Earl, known by the stage name Tom Petty, is another one of the best famous American rock singers. He was an American singer, musician and songwriter known for his career in the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, an American rock band. In addition, he also co-founded the group The Traveling Wilburys in the late 1980s.


    This artist, throughout his professional career, has managed to sell more than eighty million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musical artists. In 2002 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone magazine named him the 91st artist of the 100 greatest of all time.

    Free Fallin', American Girl, Listen to her heart, Even the losers, Change of heart, It's good to be king or Something good coming, are some of the best known songs of this American rock singer. Did you know any of them? You can tell us in comments ;)

    Lou Leed

    Lewis Allen Reed, known artistically as Lou Leed, was a musician, singer and songwriter, who has been recognized as the father of alternative rock. This artist began his musical career as a member of the group The Velvet Underground and years later continued his musical career as a solo artist.

    This singer has been a very influential figure in rock culture since the 80's, which reached its commercial success with the work "Walk on the Wild Side", released in 1972. A song that achieved great success because it tried to give visibility to prostitution and transsexuality, a topic that rock music had not addressed to date.

    We can highlight rock styles such as art rock, glam rock, proto-punk, experimental rock or noise rock in most of his songs. Some of the best known of this American rock singer are: Walk on The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Satellite of Love, Vicious or Coney Island Baby, among many others.

    Did you know any of them?

    Little Richard

    Little Richard was an American singer and songwriter, as well as a pianist. And this artist could not be missing in this selection of famous American rock singers, as he has been considered one of the most influential and important pioneers in the history of rock and roll.

    His dynamic music laid the foundations of Rock & Roll, but not only that, as his music also helped to consolidate other musical genres such as soul, blues and funk. In addition, he has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    He is also considered "The Preacher King of Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues and Soul", as in his early songs in the 1950s, a clear influence of blues and rhythm and blues could be noted.

    Songs like Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly, Lucille or Rip It Up, are some of the most listened songs of this great American rock artist. Had you heard any of them?

    Patti Smith

    Patricia Lee, known artistically as Patti Smith, is an American singer and songwriter from Chicago. The singer, nicknamed The Godmother of Punk, is one of rock music's most influential artists.

    Patti rose to fame with her debut album Horses in 1975, coinciding with the American punk movement. With her music she also took the opportunity to give a feminist and intellectual touch to this genre. In addition, in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame. It should be noted that the artist is also a writer and, in 2010, won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.

    Free Money, Rock 'N' Roll Nigger, Piss Factory, April Fool, Dancing Barefoot, Gloria or Because The Night, are some of the most known and listened songs of this American rock singer. Has she earned a place in your playlist?


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