AOR or "Album Oriented Rock" is a radio format that we associate with "Classic Rock".
Ironically, the format was born of the freeform radio movement in the 1960's when DJs had freedom to play non-single tracks from a variety of genres.
The freeform movement happened because it was dictated by the FCC. Broadcasters using the then new FM standard, could not simply simulcast what they played on their AM bands, they were forced to mix it up a bit.
Eventually, the freeform movement became more standard with the inception of song rotation. AOR began to play only select, or "focus" tracks from rock albums as opposed to singles. This format remained strong for decades, and has now spun off into the Classic Rock, Active Rock and Adult Album Alternative.
For this playlist I focused on selecting some of the most popular artists to be played on classic rock stations across the country. These are songs that have been broadcast daily for decades in America, and whose roots run deep in our culture.
In selecting the songs I used criteria that were fairly straightforward.
Each song had to fit in the classic rock format, had to be well known (no deep tracks), and I chose not repeat any artist in the list.
The resulting playlist can easily replace your local classic rock station with the added benefit of zero commercial interruptions. So whether your a diehard Camaro-driving mullet, a 40-something professional who grew up on classic rock, or a youngin' looking to discover rock and roll history, these songs will do the trick.
This playlist includes:
10. Break On Through - The Door