Rock music is often identified at the ultimate genre which tops the list of those most notable and classic ones. Actually, the history of rock music includes many famous musicians, with bands and individual singers and players.
The rock music derives from rock'n'roll and rhythm and blues, and also blues itself. Although some consider rock just the form of rock'n'roll, in fact both are different genres, whereas rock was born some time later, being somehow associated and connected to rock'n'roll. There have been many bands and singers who influenced rock as a genre in a very meaningful way. Although Elvis Presley was a rock'n'roll singer, his "Jailhouse Rock" and other songs were top influences on rock.
Later, the genre got developed by such notable artists as The Beatles, Eric Clapton, or more pop rock singers, as Rod Stewart or Elton John. As a very general term, rock had many shades and subcategories. There have been representatives of Golden Age (Petula Clark, The Animals), garage rock (The Knickerbockers), blues rock (Fleetwood Mac), folk rock (Joan Banez and Bob Dylan), psychedelic rock (Jimi Hendrix), roots rock (Outlaws), progressive rock (Frank Zappa), or glam rock (David Bowie).
These are just various of rock subcategories, however, there are many more artists that could be mentioned and that influenced the rock scene. The most famous bands that remain on top of recent charts include Coldplay, Travis, or Stereophonics. Nevertheless, there still are some older legendary bands that remain well known and respected, touring the world with their music.
These musicians include The Rolling Stones, who most recently gave a milestone performance in Cuba.