The Best Rock Music Streaming Services

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For some people, the experience of picking a vinyl record out of a collection, slowly sliding it out of its sleeve, placing it gently on the turntable and setting the arm is the ultimate music listening experience.

Many still believe vinyl records sound better than digital formats like MP3 since the sound isn’t compressed to make it fit on an MP3 player or phone, although FLAC format is supposedly lossless and solves many of the quality issues.

Vinyl’s not perfect though. You can’t put a vinyl turntable in your pocket to listen to wherever you go. Unless you’ve spent years building up your collection, you won’t have a vast library of classic and contemporary songs. This is where streaming services come in.

While there is a lot more focus on video streaming services, including mainstream platforms like Netflix and Hulu, and niche services like PokerStars TV and Crunchyroll, there are also plenty of music streaming services available too.

If you love listening to punk rock, thrash metal, or some classic rock ballads, there are plenty of ways that you can stream music easily.

Rock Radio:

Rock Radio is a dedicated streaming platform that serves up only rock music. It has over 30 channels of different sub-genres that have been curated by aficionados and experts rather than by an algorithm.

Like many streaming services, Rock Radio offers free and premium packages. For around $8 a month, you get ad-free streaming and higher quality audio. Not only that, but you can skip tracks that you don’t like so you only ever listen to your favourite tunes.

Rock Radio is available through your web browser, iOS and Android devices and even Amazon’s Kindle Fire. If you use media player software like Winamp, VLC or iTunes you can connect Rock Radio to it. The same goes for hardware from Roku, Phillips and Sonos.

Rock Radio also accepts submissions from up and coming bands to help keep their channels fresh with the latest and greatest talent.


Deezer is a streaming service that covers every sort of genre from classical to 80s synth-pop. Don’t let this put you off though, it carries an extensive library of rock music with a huge selection of playlists designed to fit your mood. This includes “Rock Workout” for when you’re pumping iron in the gym, “Highway to Home” for when you need to blast some ballads on your drive home, and “Rock & Chill” for when you want to wind down.

There are also plenty of playlists for each sub-genre including punk rock, 00s rock, and indie rock. These are all hand-picked so you know you’re only getting the best.

Like Rock Radio, Deezer has a free version that is paid for by ads that interrupt your listening every few songs. For $9.99 per month, you can get unlimited access to its 56 million track library with no ads getting in the way.

Deezer also works through mobile apps for iOS and Android, your computer, and many smart TVs, so you can listen wherever you are.

You can also skip songs when the one you don’t like comes on, and you can listen while you’re not connected to the internet.

Kerrang! Radio:

While not technically a streaming service, Kerrang! is one of the most recognised brands of rock music in the world. It started as a weekly British magazine back in 1981 and has since produced rock music awards, a TV channel, live tours, and a radio station.

Kerrang! Radio has been broadcasting the best rock music for 20 years and continues to do so today. It’s available in the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and worldwide via the internet and the Kerrang! App.

Kerrang! plays music from legendary artists like Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, and the Foo Fighters, as well as newer bands.

While you can’t pick and choose your songs or playlists, you can be sure you’ll have the greatest rock songs streamed to you all day long when you’re streaming Kerrang!