Thread: Who was the last Classic Rock artist to have a big hit?

JimSheridan - 2/14/2018 at 07:37 PM

This topic emerged in the Clapton thread because we were discussing when Eric's last mainstream success was.

The answer seems to be his single "Change The World," which was 1996.

Is that the last time that an artist from that generation had a big hit?

I can remember marveling at how big "Rocking in the Free World" was when Neil Young released that in the fall of 1989. It was his commercial comeback after his very experimental 1980s work. I think that was his last really big radio song though.

I don't think any Stones songs really hit the public imagination since their Steel Wheels album, have they?

Plant / Page didn't really make much of an impression. I heard some of Robert Plant's songs from 1993's "Fate of Nations" album on the radio ("29 Palms," "I Believe"), but I have not heard really any of his stuff from the 2000s on the radio, even though I think it's great.

McCartney doesn't hit the radio.....Springsteen has not hit the radio in years....no Van the Man...hmmm.

I'll admit that I do not listen to much mainstream classic rock radio myself. But, what do you think? These guys owned the 1960s and 1970s and 1980s, maybe even a little bit of the 1990s, but did it end there?

What are some of the songs from classic rock artists that have had much of any radio play with staying power over the past 2 or 3 decades?


IPowrie - 2/14/2018 at 07:53 PM

U2 with Beautiful Day, Vertigo, and Get On Your Boots. All were made it into the Top 40 in this millennium.


axeman - 2/14/2018 at 08:24 PM

Santana had "Smooth" in 1999

I think the song he did with Michel Branch "Game of Love" in 2002 was pretty big.


After 2002 I'm honestly hard pressed to think of ANY band, classic or new, that has had a hit. It's all faceless corporate jingles and tabloid karaoke singers now and has been for a long time.


WarEagleRK - 2/14/2018 at 08:34 PM

Aerosmith "Jaded" in 2001?


cmgst34 - 2/14/2018 at 08:35 PM

quote:
Santana had "Smooth" in 1999

I think the song he did with Michel Branch "Game of Love" in 2002 was pretty big.


After 2002 I'm honestly hard pressed to think of ANY band, classic or new, that has had a hit. It's all faceless corporate jingles and tabloid karaoke singers now and has been for a long time.


Yep, I was thinking it has to be one of the Santana duet songs. "Smooth" was what immediately came to mind for me too.


cmgst34 - 2/14/2018 at 08:38 PM

Is Aerosmith old enough to count?

Don't Want to Miss a Thing was around the turn of the century.


WarEagleRK - 2/14/2018 at 08:39 PM

Just looked it up, amazingly U2 last US top 10 billboard hit was Discotheque in 1997. I would have thought Beautiful Day went to # 1, but it only got to 21.


cmgst34 - 2/14/2018 at 08:39 PM

quote:
Is Aerosmith old enough to count?

Don't Want to Miss a Thing was around the turn of the century.


Oops. Missed War Eagle's earlier post.


DeadMallard - 2/14/2018 at 10:26 PM

quote:
Santana had "Smooth" in 1999

I think the song he did with Michel Branch "Game of Love" in 2002 was pretty big.


After 2002 I'm honestly hard pressed to think of ANY band, classic or new, that has had a hit. It's all faceless corporate jingles and tabloid karaoke singers now and has been for a long time.


LOL, I have a friend who will love the reference to "tabloid karaoke". He's as cynical to "popular music" today as the comment.

[Edited on 2/14/2018 by DeadMallard]


Fretsman - 2/14/2018 at 10:30 PM

I hardly consider U2 rock, let alone Classic Rock. Too poppish for me.


Jerry - 2/15/2018 at 03:14 AM

I was thinking "Hittin The Note" but it only got to 37 on the Billboard chart.


hotlantatim - 2/15/2018 at 03:47 AM

Even Tom Petty who was putting out good music till the end, could not get a new song played on FM radio after Wildflowers in 1994/1995 (he was all over the radio from the late 70s until then). If he couldn't, you know it was going to be hard.




JimSheridan - 2/15/2018 at 04:23 AM

Great example, Hotlantatim.

So Petty was mid-40s at the time of "Wildflowers." I guess another way to ask the question is, can you have a hit if you're over 50?

Wikipedia tells me that Steven Tyler had a hit single in 2011 Called "It Feels So Good." It hit the Top 40 but I confess I have never heard of it. He would have been in his early 60s at that point maybe?


BrerRabbit - 2/15/2018 at 07:01 AM

Last real new FM hit maybe AC/DC "Rock and Roll Train" 2008. #1 on Billboard Mainstream Rock for 3 weeks, also nominated for Grammy.

Ozzy busted into FM with, "I Don't Wanna Stop" several years back.

Probably dont count, not new hits, but still going strong and firing the public imagination the Stones reissues of Sympathy, Paint It Black, Gimme Shelter made the charts, probably will forever or as long rock exists.




jszfunk - 2/15/2018 at 12:54 PM

Jaded and Don't Want To Miss A thing? Thats not Aerosmith!

Good discussion topic .

Santana and Smooth were the first to come to mind and really know one after that.

I agree with hotlantatim about the Petty example . I was never really a big fan of him, but always admired his prolific quality of music through the decades. Then it kinda stopped/slowed up for him. Why?

I think its a change in climate and culture in what people/society like in music. A generational thing? Maybe our parents and grandparents wondered the exact same thing as we are.

One of my kids the other day mentioned to me about Ian Gillan. Caught me totally off guard. He asked me if I knew of him , and of course yes. He discovered him not through DP but the Jesus Christ Superstar album. He was just amazed, in his words, how he could "wail" with his voice. Then I gave him a dissertation about him and the band. I can only hope he will discover more.


The classic rock style music that we loved and grown up with is not the majority standard the way it use to be. It tends to be this urban cross over country which seems to be pretty dominant along with the radio friendly "pop music" rap, dj club music.

I listened to a podcast with Ian Paice last year and this is an excerpt from the interview that really says a lot to me and the music business.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/deep-purple-interview-2017/
You can make the best record at the wrong time and it will disappear without a trace. You can make the worst record at the right time and have a major hit. There’s no logic to anything that goes on in our business.

I think he nails it with that. They're last two I thought were very good, but like he said, probably disappear without a trace. Not to me , but I think overall, yes.

Van Halens A Different Kind Of Truth is another example. Great album and stands toe to toe with anything else they have done IMHO. I am sure there are others, but those come to mind first.

I really do not listen to classic rock radio anymore. Probably have not at lest for the last 10-15yrs. It just recycles the same artists and same rotation of songs over and over. I doubt they even play a new single by a classic rock artist when the release it. I have listened to and read a lot of podcast and articles about the debate to release/ create new music or not. Lots of different answers there.

Whatever happened to the "guitar gods" of the 60's,70's ,80's? I think that topic kinda falls into what I explained above where classic rock has gone .

There are a few new bands out there that I can think of, maybe more, still carrying the torch.
Gret Van Fleet
Rival Sons
Crobot


WarEagleRK - 2/15/2018 at 01:56 PM

I don't see hits on the Mainstream rock charts as being "big hits". Of course rock bands are going to have hits on the rock charts, for it to be a big hit it needs to chart high on the Billboard 100. That means it is getting to the large audience. You can have a #1 on the Mainstream rock charts (or any of the more genre specific charts) and still not pull in the overall audience.

Gretta Van Fleet is the rock band of the moment. The singer has the Plant voice down, hopefully the songwriting will grow into the voice. The songs just aren't there yet, especially lyrically. However there is a ton of potential there.

I think Rival Sons could be great, but their sound seems forced. I really liked their first album "Before The Fire" when their singer was somewhat of a hybrid between Paul Rodgers and early Steven Tyler, but since that album he's become more of a shouter than a singer and they seem much more focused on image rather than the sound.


blueskyJohnson - 2/15/2018 at 03:08 PM

In 2007, The Eagles had a pretty big hit with "How Long", which was a cover of a J.D. Souther. It reached number 7 on the Adult Contemporary Billboard chart.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CRVBCzZ45Mg

[Edited on 2/15/2018 by blueskyJohnson]


BrerRabbit - 2/15/2018 at 03:53 PM

Conversation I overheard recently at record store while rummaging thru bargain bin, two twenty-somethings flipping thru recordings nearby:

"Hey look, Robert Plant."

"Who's he?"

"Pretty sure he was lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin."

"Led Zeppelin, huh?"

"Yeah."

"I've heard of them."


axeman - 2/15/2018 at 10:41 PM

quote:
Conversation I overheard recently at record store while rummaging thru bargain bin, two twenty-somethings flipping thru recordings nearby:

"Hey look, Robert Plant."

"Who's he?"

"Pretty sure he was lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin."

"Led Zeppelin, huh?"

"Yeah."

"I've heard of them."



That is f&*%ng stupefying.

Rock is truly dead.


hotlantatim - 2/16/2018 at 08:29 PM

My 17 yr old HS Senior had a baseball game last night. Their female classmates who are the "team trainers/managers" had a sound system playing in between at-bats for "walk up" music for each players.

My son walked up to Stairway to Heaven (most his classmates had chosen some type hip hop - modern R&B music and one guy had a pop country tune).

It was a proud Dad moment.

(now I wouldn't vouch for what my younger son would have chosen)


funkyfitter - 2/16/2018 at 10:03 PM

About a year ago, my 18, then 17 year old son, who works with all adults, heard them talking about this hot, new guitar player named Derek Trucks ! He schooled them about Derek and couldn't wait to get home and tell me !


amyjared - 2/16/2018 at 10:39 PM

I seem to remember when Sir Paul did a duet with someone (Kanye, I think?) and kids at my school were asking with this Paul guy is and "Kanye is certainly going to give a boost to HIS career" and such, and I just had to shake my head and laugh. I think Paul was even denied entry to a Grammy afterparty or something?

Rock music was originally more underground--it got little respect and it wasn't widely popular. The Beatles were about the first band to write AND play their own music. It finally got huge, got radio friendly and now it has started to subside. It may come around again, it may not. Personally, I like that it's less popular as I can get closer and better seats at live shows, lol! I sure hope hair metal never makes a comeback!

My girls, 12 and 16, listen to all kinds of great music. They've seen Miranda Lambert, Springsteen, Heart, Chance the Rapper and Flatbush Zombies, to name a few and have tickets for Dead and Co this summer. My youngest was in the shower singing along to Billy Joel's Piano Man yesterday and knew the verses by heart! Once, when I was complaining about their music, my oldest turned to me and said, "I never say anything bad about your music, why do you complain about mine?" Touche!


aiq - 2/17/2018 at 05:13 PM

In the sixties and seventies did you listen to Glenn Miller?



[Edited on 2/17/2018 by aiq]


Stephen - 2/17/2018 at 05:20 PM

My dad had a Benny Goodman album "Stomping at the Savoy" that us kids liked too -- 2 record set IIRC and a Good One -- loved Brian Setzer's big-band releases in the 1990s, they really had the same energy
can't think of the last classic rock artist who had a big hit

[Edited on 2/17/2018 by Stephen]


hedges - 2/17/2018 at 11:00 PM

touch of grey??


matt05 - 2/18/2018 at 12:10 AM

I'd say right around 2000 with Santana and aerosmith


BrerRabbit - 2/18/2018 at 03:55 AM

quote:
touch of grey??


Was gonna dismiss this because it was 30 years gone, but as a hit FM pop song that gathered another generation of fans, it stands alone among the others mentioned so far. When I saw the Dead in Oakland in 87 I was surrounded by kids who were there because of that song.


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