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Now I know that they were a grunge rock band or whatever, but they brought real rock and roll back after the '80's almost killed it. Kurt Cobain was one of those rare super talents that saved music as far as i'm concerned.

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Thats a very good question. Just when does something become 'classic rock'? I don't think I would consider it classic rock yet, maybe in 10 years time or something. I think classic rock will also apply to a certain time period too, like the 60-70s rock. Thats just my opinion... what does everyone else think? I do agree though that Kurt was a genius - I love their music.
What about the RAMONES - Old style but new era
I guess it depends on what year you were born, but I don't consider Nirvana to be classic rock. They were a great band, just not classic rock IMO. I consider classic rock to be more of a year it came out thing than a genre thing.
No - it's a style
I would like to modify and retract here, I think it's a bit of both, year of the music and genre and style, as well. Year wise, I would say 1963-1989, band wise too many to list, but to name a few:
Led Zeppelin, Rush, Aerosmith, Beatles, Boston, Foreigner, ZZ Top, Hendrix, Cream, CCR, The Doors, The Who, Stones, Kinks...  But neither The Ramones(they are on the cusp) nor Nirvana qualify as classic rock.

The classic rock station in Florida that I grew up with used to play a track or two by the Ramones in the early 80s, especially Blitzkrieg Pop.

NIRVANA WAS ONE OF THOSSE HEAVY OLD CLASSIC ROCK BAND AND KURT WAS ONE OF THE LEGEND SINGER AND LEGEND GIT PLAYERS JUST LIKE JIM MORRISON AND HENDRIX
Kurt was a great frontman/guitarist, but I wouldn't quite put him up there w/ Morrison and certainly not Hendrix. But having said that, he was the closest thing to that era that were gonna get. Every era/genre/decade needs their legends/heroes and Kurt was it for the 90's/grunge thing.
Followed closely by other Seattle bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, (I am not a big fan of Mudhoney or Sonic Youth) and non-Seattle, yet still grunge-esque bands such as Stone Temple Pilots and Smashing Pumpkins.
Good question....from the other replies it looks like maybe your opinion is unique. In my mind classic rock is anything rock and roll that is over 20 years old so it covers most of the 80's. But the true PIONEERS of rock were all from the 60s/70s.

I loved Kurt and still listen to Nirvana often. I recently saw a documentary of interviews with him - it was eerie because he talked of death so much and died shortly after.

For me, most rock in the 80s doesn't qualify as classic rock. It was a 60s and 70s thing. There were a few exceptions: Billy Squier, Rush (their early 80s albums)...

there is nothing wrong with 80's rock!!!!!

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