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150 Greatest Classic-Era AOR/Melodic Rock Artists

Background: Adult-oriented rock (AOR), also known as "melodic rock" and, derisively, "corporate rock," and sometimes used synonymously with "arena rock," is a genre of rock that was at the peak of its success between the mid-1970s and early-1990s. It is known for its sleek, shiny, glossy, polished, slick, well-produced, radio-ready, commercially-friendly sound. Despite this, it is a distinct genre from pop-rock and power pop (although some artists overlap with these genres). Other features of AOR/melodic rock are hard rock anthems, soft rock power ballads, arena rock aesthetics, sing-along choruses, heavy use of keyboards/synthesizers (most of the time), and smokin' guitars. Adult-oriented rock (AOR), a genre of music, is different from album-oriented rock (also abbreviated AOR), a radio format. This list only includes artists who released albums during the classic era of the genre. We somewhat arbitrarily used 1993 as the last year for album releases to accept nominations. Nonetheless, an artist's post-1993 output was factored into their position.

Criteria: These artists were chosen on thier popularity, acclaim, and influence..

List Begun: 2021-03-05
AOR/Melodic Rock Artists
  1. Journey
  2. Boston
  3. Foreigner
  4. Styx
  5. REO Speedwagon
  6. Toto
  7. Heart (1983-1993 output)
  8. Eddie Money
  9. Survivor
10. Pat Benatar
11. Jefferson Starship / Starship
12. Loverboy
13. Chicago (1980-1991 output)
14. ZZ Top (1983-1992 output)
15. Billy Squier
16. Asia
17. Bryan Adams
18. Night Ranger
19. Cheap Trick (1983-1991 output)
20. Kansas (1980-1988 output)
21. .38 Special
22. Kenny Loggins (1980-1988 output)
23. Peter Frampton
24. Bad Company (1986-1993 output)
25. Rainbow (1979-1983 output)
26. Blue Öyster Cult (1977-1985 output)
27. Cher (1982-1992 output)
28. Michael Bolton (1983-1989 output)
29. Europe
30. Triumph
31. Bonnie Tyler (1983-1988 output)
32. April Wine
33. Rick Springfield
34. Yes (1983-1991 output)
35. John Farnham (1986-1991 output)
36. Jimmy Barnes
37. Corey Hart
38. John Waite
39. Petra
40. Richard Marx
41. The Babys
42. Donnie Iris
43. Honeymoon Suite
44. Red Rider
45. Kim Mitchell
46. Aldo Nova
47. Trooper
48. Bad English
49. Glass Tiger
50. Lou Gramm
51. Steve Perry
52. Mike + the Mechanics
53. Saga
54. Harlequin
55. Mr. Mister
56. Magnum
57. Peter Cetera
58. Head East
59. Cutting Crew
60. Prism
61. Alannah Myles
62. Chilliwack (1978-1984 output)
63. Uriah Heep (1978-1991 output)
64. Nelson
65. Little River Band (1983-1990 output)
66. John Parr
67. Zebra
68. Gowan
69. Tommy Shaw
70. Russ Ballard
71. Robin Beck
72. Quarterflash
73. Harem Scarem
74. Tony Carey
75. Giant
76. Angel
77. FM
78. Scandal
79. Sheriff
80. Giuffria
81. Toronto
82. Autograph
83. Dennis DeYoung
84. Streetheart
85. Axe
86. Le Roux
87. Icon
88. GTR
89. Shooting Star
90. Streets
91. White Sister
92. Strangeways
93. Praying Mantis
94. Alias
95. House of Lords
96. Patty Smyth
97. Franke and the Knockouts
98. Joe Lynn Turner
99. Planet P Project
100. I-Ten
Journey rock band
Journey


Boston rock band
Boston


Foreigner rock band
Foreigner


Styx rock band
Styx


REO Speedwagon rock band
REO Speedwagon


Toto rock band
Toto






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101. Mark Free / Marcie Free
102. Benny Mardones
103. Gamma
104. Coney Hatch
105. Stan Bush
106. Max Webster
107. Blackfoot (1983-1990 output)
108. RTZ
109. Danger Danger
110. Fiona
111. Tyketto
112. Unruly Child
113. Charlie
114. The Law
115. Benjamin Orr
116. Saraya
117. Doucette
118. Orion the Hunter
119. Hardline
120. Signal
121. Shadow King
122. Fortune
123. Dakota
124. Touch
125. Red Dawn
126. Dare
127. Shy
128. The Storm
129. Witness
130. Fair Warning
131. Treat
132. Dominoe
133. Robert Tepper
134. Van Zant (1985 output)
135. Balance
136. Headpins
137. Hughes / Thrall
138. Virginia Wolf
139. Cobra
140. Van Stephenson
141. Spys
142. Diving for Pearls
143. Drive, She Said
144. Talisman
145. New England
146. Valentine
147. Aviator
148. Eric Martin
149. Alien
150. Alexa
Top 25 Artists Who Touched on the AOR/Melodic Rock Sound During the Classic Era of That Genre, but are Generally Better Classified as Something Else:
1. Van Halen
2. Deep Purple
3. Def Leppard
4. Rush
5. Bon Jovi
6. Genesis
7. Dire Straits
8. UFO
9. Meat Loaf
10. Whitesnake
11. Huey Lewis and the News
12. Sammy Hagar
13. The Outfield
14. Y&T
15. Stevie Nicks
16. The Tubes
17. David Lee Roth
18. Dokken
19. Warrant
20. Winger
21. White Lion
22. Vixen
23. Damn Yankees
24. FireHouse
25. King Kobra



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