175 Rock And Roll Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of rock and roll quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about rock n roll.

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The Most Famous Rock And Roll Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll. — Muddy Waters

You can't have rock and roll without drugs, you can't have rock and roll without sex. — Rick James

Everybody started calling my music rock and roll, but it wasn't anything but the same rhythm and blues I'd been playing down in New Orleans. — Fats Domino

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It's gotta be rock and roll music, if you wanna dance with me. — Chuck Berry

I love classic rock, rock and roll, that's the top notch. I love soul - bluesy music as well. — Haley Reinhart

My my, hey hey... Rock and roll is here to stay. Hey hey, my my... Rock and roll will never die. — Neil Young

Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.' — Elvis Presley

If you don't have sex and you don't do drugs, your rock 'n' roll better be awfully good. — Abbie Hoffman

Rock and roll is catching on all over . . . France . . . England . . . They even have it in Japan, only over there they call it judo. — Bob Hope

Rock n' roll is very special to me. It's my lifeblood. — Joey Ramone

Short Rock And Roll Quotes

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  • A kid once said to me "Do you get hangovers?" I said, "To get hangovers you have to stop drinking. — Lemmy Kilmister
  • Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does. — David Carson
  • I'm not God but if I were God, ¾ of you would be girls, and the rest would be pizza and beer. — Axl Rose
  • If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'. — John Lennon
  • If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! — Kurt Cobain
  • You're singing a song about making love to your drummer, well gay guitar pickers don't turn me on. — Hank Williams, Jr.
  • Hail, hail rock and roll / Deliver me from the days of old. — Chuck Berry
  • Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll. — Keith Richards
  • Rock and Roll's got to be like Jack Daniels. You've got to feel it burn. — Nikki Sixx
  • What would rock and roll be without ambition, craziness, danger, and fun? — Pete Wentz

Top 10 Rock And Roll Quotes

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A kid once said to me "Do you get hangovers?" I said, "To get hangovers you have to stop drinking. — Lemmy Kilmister

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Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does. — David Carson

I'm not God but if I were God, ¾ of you would be girls, and the rest would be pizza and beer. — Axl Rose

Everybody started calling my music rock and roll, but it wasn't anything but the same rhythm and blues I'd been playing down in New Orleans. — Fats Domino

Rock and roll is about having a good time, so no matter where you are right now blast some music and forget about lifes problems. — Andy Biersack

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It's gotta be rock and roll music, if you wanna dance with me. — Chuck Berry

When I was a kid, I was told rock n' roll wasn't music. It wasn't art. Queen was my proof, my evidence, that these people were wrong - and they meant everything to me. — Axl Rose

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'. — John Lennon

What they teach you in school doesn't prepare you for life. Textbooks don't compare to living in the real world. Rock and roll teaches you how to live. — Joey Ramone

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If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! — Kurt Cobain

Rock And Roll Image Quotes

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Rock and roll quote by David Carson

Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does. — David Carson

Rock and roll quote by Kurt Cobain

If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! — Kurt Cobain

Rock and roll quote by Chuck Berry

Hail, hail rock and roll / Deliver me from the days of old. — Chuck Berry

Rock and roll quote Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but get you nowhere
Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but get you nowhere.

Inspirational Rock And Roll Quotes

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I started playing ukulele first for 2 years from age 9 to 11 and got my first guitar and got inspired by blues I heard on the radio that turned me on and I started learning myself. — Johnny Winter

When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance the transmission is shot. — Larry Lujack

I am a rock & roll man, and therefore, a denim man. Musicians of any era - whether it be The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine, or, of course, Madonna - will inspire fashion. And we in turn will inspire them. — Renzo Rosso

Rock and roll quote Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

Because the blues is the basis of most American music in the 20th century. It's a 12-bar form that's played by jazz, bluegrass and country musicians. It has a rhythmic vocabulary that's been used by rock n' roll. It's related to spirituals, and even the American fiddle tradition. — Wynton Marsalis

It's absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we're not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. — Paul Stanley

The music that I have always liked has always been more rooted in anger or sadness or alienation or any of those inspirational factors that drove rock'n'roll, gospel, and blues. I tend not to value a more pop aesthetic. — DJ Shadow

Rock and roll quote Excuses are the rocks where our dreams are crushed.
Excuses are the rocks where our dreams are crushed.

I'm inspired by the words: 'electrifying', 'epic', 'minimalistic', 'transcendent', 'timeless' and 'rock n' roll.' — Janelle Monae

New York was the inspiration for The Heart of Rock and Roll and Workin for a Livin. There are a lot of songs in the streets of New York. — Huey Lewis

No rock and roll ensemble, however inspired, can deliver the kind of musical variety obtainable with the resources of 110 instruments. — Nicholas Meyer

Fall 2013 was inspired by the 1970s equestrian lifestyle. I wanted to incorporate the moody and romantic - intricate baroque detailing and classic menswear elements - with something tougher and edgier in a nod to London's rock n' roll underground. — Rachel Zoe

Rock N Roll Quotes

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Well, I wouldn't want to say that I started it (rock 'n' roll), but I don't remember anyone else before me playing that kind of stuff. — Fats Domino

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Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way. — Axl Rose

The only negative thing about murder is that when you kills someone they can no longer suffer — Varg Vikernes

Life is beautiful. Be thankful for everything. Destroy your ego. Free hugs. Sing your hearts out in the street. Rock ‘n roll. — Ariana Grande

Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture. — Thelonious Monk

My driving philosophy about making music is that you can reduce it all down to one note if that note is played with the right kind of sincerity. — Eric Clapton

One time we saw some hookers but when we got closer we realized it was Motley Crue. — James Hetfield

Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms. — Salman Rushdie

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I am like the little rock n' roll backseat driver. — Nina Blackwood

The music I like to play is Rock 'N Roll. I like to rock like a wild animal. I like to rock it well enough to whip a yak's ass. I love to rock it good on a horse's ass. I like to rock it real hard. I love to rock it all the way to Russia. I like to kick out the Jazz and kick it out all the way. — Wesley Willis

Rock And Roll Music Quotes

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Rock music is important to people , because it allows them to escape this crazy world. It allows them not to run away from the problems that are there, but to face up to them , but at the same time sort of DANCE ALL OVER THEM. That's what rock and roll is about. — Pete Townshend

If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music. — Keith Richards

Remember when you used to watch TV in the Sixties and you'd see Perry Como in a cashmere sweater? That's what rock 'n' roll is becoming. It's your parents' music. — Neil Young

Rock and roll by its nature is sexual. So girls playing rock and roll is saying to the world, "We own our sexuality." I think that pop music is sort of about "you can do what you want to me" kind of energy, while rock and roll is "I'm going to do what I want to you" kind of energy. — Joan Jett

When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues. — Little Richard

Rock and roll is a music, and why should a music contribute to ... juvenile delinquency? If people are going to be juvenile delinquents, they're going to be delinquents if they hear ... Mother Goose rhymes. — Elvis Presley

I mean, there's times to rock and roll, and I love that too. But I think my first love is acoustic music. — Graham Nash

Call me a relic, call me what you will, say I'm old fashion, say I'm over the hill. Today's music ain't got the same soul, I like that old time rock and roll. — Bob Seger

Never lose faith in real rock and roll music. Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it's always going to be there. — Dave Grohl

Rock & Roll is feeling, and after you know most of the basics ... chords, rhythm, scales and bends ... getting that feeling is just about the most important aspect of playing guitar — Eddie Van Halen

Rock-n-roll Quotes

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It's boring to be 70, I don't want to be there, I'll be dead and gone, I don't have any aspirations to be 70. — Freddie Mercury

You can take things that Jimi Hendrix took, from Curtis Mayfield or from Buddy Guy for example, because we are all children of everything, even Picasso. But if you want to stand out, you have to learn to crystallize your existence and create your own fingerprints. — Carlos Santana

Be who you want to be and not care about what others think." -Andy Sixx Rock n roll isn't meant to be taken so seriously, I think sometimes people forget it's meant to be fun. A rock show is meant to be a time for people to have fun and let go of the drudgeries of life. — Andy Biersack

As I said, when we needed to move over to rock'n'roll, Sam and Vernon couldn't quite make the shift. So that's when Larry took over on drums, and we needed a bass player. — Neil Innes

A lot of people seem to think I started this business. But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that kind of music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing like Fats Domino can. I know that. — Elvis Presley

When I see footage of Guns N' Roses, I see that fu**ing hunger and attitude. You could not f**k with those five guys. It was just raw. It was this lean, hungry thing on its way up. It was as sincere as any rock 'n' roll that I've ever heard, and I'm proud of that. — Slash

And it's a - it's a term that's based on contempt; it's a term that's based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism, and, everything that's rotten about rock 'n' roll. — Iggy Pop

I forever felt that I've fallen right between the crack of way too young for the first generation of classic rock 'n' roll and too old to be brand-new. It's hard. — Paul Westerberg

I am the innovator. I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock 'n' roll! — Little Richard

A rock'n'roll band needs to be able to get under people's skin. You should be able to clear the room at the drop of a hat. — Paul Westerberg

Rock N Roll Music Quotes

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Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock 'n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there's always a new generation with new music. — Bobby Vinton

Rock 'n' roll will never die. There'll always be some arrogant little brat who wants to make music with a guitar. — Dave Edmunds

Before Elvis there was nothing. — John Lennon

Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't. — Johnny Depp

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture. — Etta James

Rock ’n roll is really swing with a modern name. It began on the levees and plantations, took in folk songs, and features blues and rhythm. It's the rhythm that gets to the kids – they're starved of music they can dance to, after all those years of crooners. — Alan Freed

In pop music, you say, 'You can do what you want to me.' Rock 'n' roll says, 'I'm gonna do what I want to you.' — Joan Jett

The calm mind allows one to connect with the inner self, the Soul, the very source of our being. That's where the music lives. That's where my music comes from. — Clarence Clemons

If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they won't even let you in the hotel. — Buddy Holly

I had never done TV. I think it's a foolish medium for, most rock 'n roll music. Nobody ever comes off well on TV. — Dan Fogelberg

Rock Music Quotes

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Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there. — David Bowie

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People don't run out of dreams - people just run out of time. — Glenn Frey

Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything. — David Bowie

But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last. — Prince

When you talk like an asshole and look like an asshole, you're an asshole — John Lydon

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This is Manchester, we do things differently here. — Tony Wilson

Live with your memories and keep them as memories and that’s great. Forget the bad times just remember the good ones and you know and hope tomorrow is a good day — Roger Meddows Taylor

I have very eclectic taste in music, but when it comes to going to concerts, I like going to rock concerts. — Fran Drescher

At 15, I started listening to hard rock and heavy metal, but I would say it was more hard rock because I liked Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, and eventually AC/DC. — Rick Rubin

Led Zeppelin is the greatest. Robert Plant is one of the most original vocalists of our time. As a rock band they deserve the kind of success they're getting. — Freddie Mercury

Rockabilly Quotes

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With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues. — Brian Setzer

The blues appealed to me, but so did rock. The early rockabilly guitarists like Cliff Gallup and Scotty Moore were just as important to me as the blues guitarists. — Jimmy Page

Music is music; you can't change rock and say well this is punk rock and this is acid rock or rockabilly. — Chuck Berry

That rockabilly sound wasn't as simple as I thought it was. — Carl Perkins

I didn't realize how many true Rockabilly fans there were here in America. — Wanda Jackson

I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten. — Brian Setzer

For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas. — Brian Setzer

I didn't say I wasn't gonna do rockabilly. I just said I ain't gonna sing no song that ain't a country song. I won't be known as anything but a country singer. — Buck Owens

I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids. — Katy Perry

To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better. — Brian Setzer

Classic Rock Quotes

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I see friends who are in different genres of music, and they say they're so burnt playing the same stuff every night. That's why you see a country act wanting to go out and play an old classic rock song. But what cracks me up is that they all want to be Jimmy Buffett. I can't figure that out. — Kid Rock

Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity. — George Thorogood

When people come to the show they think we are a legendary band because they hear us on Classic Rock radio all the time. It is psychological. That's okay - I'm down with that. — George Thorogood

When I'm 40, too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music. — Chris Martin

Classical music is far from boring - it has all the blood, energy, the sinister dark side, rhythm that rock music has, and all the refined, subtle sensuality that one can ask for — Yuja Wang

Now, I know you expected me to say that, well, I just kick back in the rocking chair, fished a little bit, listened to Willie Nelson tapes and watched old baseball games on the Classic Sports network. And, tell you the truth, I have done that for maybe about five total minutes. — Dan Rather

I like rock music. I also like classical, if you ask me. I'm very adaptable, they say that. But I have certain preference too, be honest. — Tommy Wiseau

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice. — Boz Scaggs

A well-rounded performer will listen to all kinds of music. I like classical, Middle Eastern, and rock a lot. — Patti LuPone

A miserable, self-destructive, death rocker...better to burn out than to fade away. — Kurt Cobain

Hard Rock Quotes

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Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. — Lao Tzu

Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem! — Lauryn Hill

May your character not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock! — Charles Spurgeon

Don't be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams. — Dwayne Johnson

It's gonna be okay, no matter how hard your rock bottom is, you can rise above it and you can come back. — Demi Lovato

Valhalla on the right. Paradise regained on the left. Stuck between a Godiva truffle and a chocolate eclair. Between a rock and a very hard place. Two very hard places from the looks of it. — Karen Marie Moning

Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow. — Plutarch

The feeling you get from playing to a good audience is hard to describe without sounding as though you are talking silly. But reaction is important. You might feel in yourself that you're doing it ok but it's when you get the live reaction that you know you're doing it right. — Tony Iommi

Hard rock for me is AC/DC, Def Leppard, Tesla, Kiss. Metal tends to be louder, ruder, darker, like Judas Priest, Slayer, Iron Maiden. — Eddie Trunk

Interior decorating is a rock-hard science compared to psychology practiced by amateurs. — Antonin Scalia

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Quotes

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I'm not a big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's just a personal thing, not an ego thing. — Steve Perry

Mom, thanks for letting me drop out of high school. Haha! — Dave Grohl

Now, I don't know how they judge all that, but if anybody in the world deserves to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Ritchie Valens does. — Waylon Jennings

Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It caused quite a controversy, because his nose isn't eligible for another fifteen years. — Conan O'Brien

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not a public democratic organization; it's a private club basically. It's like a private golf club and they decide who they're going to let in the club. — Micky Dolenz

I have never been accepted. I'll never make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They're never going to let me in. — Nancy Sinatra

Prince presented us at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. — Bernie Worrell

I always felt that I was one of the women who helped lay the foundation for rock and roll. But I'd always been overlooked by the Hall of Fame. — Brenda Lee

I'm in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the One-Hit Wonder Wall. I'm still very troubled by the fact that I'm in the hall and my dad isn't. — Debby Boone

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing. You've got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. — Paul Stanley

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More Rock And Roll Quotes

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I guess you could say there are two Slashes. There's the crazy, rock-and-roll Slash, he's wild. And then there's the real Slash- he collects miniature soaps and treats his hookers real nice. — Slash

Woodstock was not about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was about spirituality, about love, about sharing, about helping each other, living in peace and harmony. — Richie Havens

Roll big blunts, a whole ounce of reefer Rocked that 'Black and Yellow' before Wiz Khalifa It's a killer bee color scheme — Ghostface Killah

My first real writing job was at 'Rolling Stone,' so I wrote about rock-and-roll and politics and the like. At the time, I really didn't know what I wanted to write, and I did a bunch of investigative journalism. — Tim Cahill

When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll. — Eddie Van Halen

My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture. — Paul Thomas Anderson

The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues. — Luther Allison

My body is the rock and roll temple and my flesh, blood and body fluids are a communion to the people whether they like it or not — GG Allin

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