INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA: In this image released on May 2, Brian Johnson of music group AC/DC performs onstage with music group Foo Fighters during Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Global Citizen VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World will be broadcast on May 8, 2021.

Most of us can remember that song or artist that made us fall in love with rock. That tune made us say “I like this sound and I want more.” For many of us, there was one band or song that opened the door to a whole new world of rock music. And it was fascinating! I wanted to look at 5 Bands New Jersey Music fans Pick to get you Into rock!

I have a feature at 5 PM called First Call Last Call. It’s a themed block of music for your ride home that is put together based on the responses to the question of the day on the DHA Facebook page. I decided to pose this question yesterday: If a kid who has never heard a rock song came to you, what band or song would you play for them to see if they are into rock music?

The responses I got were great. Many answered with some staple classic rock bands. Some thought of modern bands who may sound more accessible to the young ones. The artists mentioned were all over the map, but some received more mentions than others.

I don’t know if I could answer my question. In fact, for most of the First Call Last Call questions I’m glad I don’t have to answer LOL! It’s especially tough for me to pick one band to use as a gateway into the world of rock music. That’s why I leave it up to the DHA listeners. Our listening family always has great, intriguing, and sometimes surprising answers. And I love that!

So, who would you pick as a gauge or introduction to see if someone is into rock music? Let’s look at 5 Bands New Jersey Music fans Pick to get you Into rock!


    Van Halen is undeniably a band that kind of sums up what rock is all about. Both eras (Dave or Sammy) feature songs with electrifying guitar, pounding drums, and catchy vocals. This song is what it’s all about!


    Dave Grohl certainly did some fantastic drumming with Nirvana.  But with Foo, he writes some amazingly catchy and powerful songs.  Backed by thumping drums and a wall of guitars,  It just works so well!


    Sure, Metallica’s fans in the 80’s were thrown off by the “Black Album” release.  What were their thrash masters doing??!!  But man, if this wasn’t the ultimate gateway to show mini-rockers that a band could be melodic and infectious, yet heavy, what was?


    Zeppelin certainly had a diverse catalog.  All of which rocked and all of which showcased what a band was capable when it was made up of extraordinary musicians.

  • AC/DC

    Tons of mentions in the comment section for these guys on my Question of The Day.  It’ straightforward rock that is bangin’, with lyrical content related to rocking out, sex, and drinking.  Rock N roll baby!!

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