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Vocal group New Direcctions from the TV show Glee perform in an episode of the show. (Handout Image)
Vocal group New Direcctions from the TV show Glee perform in an episode of the show. (Handout Image)

Rock n' roll is dead, but Glee prevails Add to ...

Is rock 'n roll really dead?

Music charts seem to indicate so, according to The Guardian, which reports the number of rock songs on the singles charts plunged to a 50-year low in 2010. Meanwhile, only three rock tracks made it on Britain's top 100 best-selling hits.

The best performing rock song of the year? Don't Stop Believin', that 30-year-old Journey tune made popular again by the television show Glee. Meanwhile, the hottest rock stars, like Jon Bon Jovi, are getting on in age with few newcomers to fill their shoes.

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"It is the end of the rock era. It's over, in the same way the jazz era is over," veteran DJ Paul Gambaccini told The Guardian. "That doesn't mean there will be no more good rock musicians, but rock as a prevailing style is part of music history."

Fairing far better than the rock genre last year were hip-hop/ R&B, pop and dance music, The Guardian says.

( Check out the top-selling albums in Canada for comparison.)

Could Lenny Kravitz, of all people, be right? Is rock 'n roll doomed?

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