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List of Argentine Rock Bands and Artists : Vote for your favorites.

List of Argentine Rock Bands and Artists   : Vote for your favorites.

Argentine rock (locally Rock nacional) is rock music composed or made by Argentine bands or artists mainly in the Spanish language. For nearly half a century it has been a major popular genre, and is regarded as part of the music tradition of Argentina alongside tango and Argentine folk music.

The moment when Argentine rock began as a distinct musical style can be traced to the mid-1960s, when several garage groups and aspiring musicians began composing songs and lyrics that related to local social and musical themes. Rock and roll itself, however, began in Argentina almost a decade before. During that time until the rise of Argentine rock, local groups recycled the hits of English-language rock & roll. Since then, Argentine rock started a continued and uninterrupted evolution through the 1970s and into the 1980s, when it turned into an international genre. It is widely considered one of the most prolific and successful forms of Rock en Español, and one of the most important non-English language forms of rock music in the world. In Argentina it is known as "Rock Nacional" (/rok.nasjo'nal/), literally National Rock (not in a political way at all but as a local movement).

A distinct trait of Argentine rock is its uncompromising stance to only use Spanish language lyrics. Rock music is made in many languages around the world, but in most cases it shares the lyrical creative pen with English. The Argentine rock movement was one of the first non-English forms of rock to be commercially successful overseas. Today it's rare for an Argentine rock band to sing in a foreign language as happens in other nations, even within Latin America and Spain (except to convey a sense of artistic freedom, or in an attempt to isolate their message or aesthetic). Argentine rock today is a blanket term describing a number of rock styles and sub-cultures within Argentina.

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