Is "The House of the Rising Sun" a rock song?

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  1. 2HBStrat

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    Or a pop song?
     
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    Folk song
     
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    I don't know. It's fun to play lead over. Clean or dirty.
     
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    Pop song, IMO.
    It doesn’t rock, IMO.
    It is an important song, especially for guys (and gals) in the vicinity of my age.
    The challenging F chord in it is a rite of passage.
    Anyways, I think that if a piece of music is created to be sold, it’s Pop music.
    It ain’t art, again, just my opinion.
    It’s actually not at all one of my favorites.
    It’s kinda long, kinda boring, and criminally repetitious.
     
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    I don't really get to into all the endless 'categorisation' thing.

    It's certainly a song. Beyond that, it all depends on how it's played, by whom, and with what.

    Edit - the Frijid Pink version above has always been my favourite interpretation of it.
     
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    I’ve always heard it as a folk song. Arguably folk-rock.
     
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    thread over in one response.
     
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    I would consider. knowing the song's history that it's a combination of folk and blues, depending on how it's performed. The Animals version is one of the more bluesier to me.
     
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    I third on the first response, it’s a folk song. I believe the first recorded version was by Leadbelly. Therefore: folk song.
     
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    House of the Rising Sun is a minor key blues. It tells a story. I play it using an Am C D7 Fmaj7 progression with the next line Am C E7, guitar and voice, moving my solo using the A Dorian scale from the end to between the fourth and fifth verses. It’s one of my favorites, one I dug out from my past as I got frustrated with the banality of modern country. I could play this one everyday without ever tiring or becoming bored with it. The song is long because it has a story to tell that doesn’t fit the three verses and chorus model of pop.
     
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    I was wrong, Leadbelly didn’t record it until the mid-40s. It had already been recorded numerous times by then, but all by folk artists. So again: folk song.
     
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    Blues
     
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    Woody's version is folk

    The Animals was rock
     
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    I hear it as a mix of the country gospel blues grand ole opry source falling under the folk umbrella.
    Gospel and grand ole opry were big on warnings to young men about the dangers of the drink and the sinning.
    But the broader context was folk.

    I can sort of see what @brookdalebill means in calling it pop.
    Not only was it popular, but the writing wasn’t really aiming at a small time folk target, more trying to make something bigger, and less being good church goers singing a warning to wayward youth.

    That’s my thoughts anyhow!
     
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    it's a ballad...;)
     
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    Valid question.
    But as usual I have to ask... What defines "rock and roll"?
    Song pattern? instrumentation/arrangement? Distortion? A beat you can dance to?

    No doubt to me the origins of this song are blues/folk. More ballady and story telling than a standard blues. But this song also had some psychedelic elements of the period. (Depending on whos version we are analysing...)

    And a secondary question/point- is anyone arranging a song with the intent of hitting the charts not somewhat "pop"?

    Does anybody really know what style it is? Does anybody really care? (About style)?
     
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    It’s a great song... ‘nough said
     
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