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

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  1. oldunc

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    EVERYBODY recorded it- Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Duane Eddy, Tab Benoit, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Alan Price without the Animals...
     
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    Traditional, says so on the songwriter credit :)
     
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    It isn’t one of my favorites so it is pop.
    In that case I really don’t like Hendrix so he is Pop.
     
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    That's true. So...is The Animals' version of "The House of the RISING Sun" a pop song or a rock song? Keep in mind it was a big hit, but also featured prominent guitar and organ, and had a good beat...
     
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    Yep, I'll go with that. It's not like some rigid forms of music where students get chastised for deviating from hundred-year-old pieces by a 16th of a note. I guess Nigel Kennedy isn't that well-known in America but he was/is a maverick violinist who liked pushing the 'traditional 'limit. He used to drive the cobwebbed hardline-classic listeners mad!
    Here's an example of his supposed Hendrix Purple Haze cover. Great fun, as you can see by his fellow musicians and the audience but I have to admit I don't see any connection at all with the original. No matter, it was entertaining.
     
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    It's a song I wish I could sing!
    n A minor...

    ( and I would not change key because of the cool climbing and descending progression is perfect for 1st position chords/open strings)

    ... singing the low Am octave is too low for me, and the high octave is too high!
    - but it was perfect for Eric Burdon ( who loved Dylan's version) and those pipes! The Animals loved the blues.

    So I'm just happy to play it with anyone else who can sing it well.

    Just like so much in R&R, I think of it as a folk-blues, open to a little artistic interpretation/improv
     
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    its been the ruin of many a poor boy.

    some were folk, some rocked, some traditional... all ruined.
     
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    Pop
     
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    Blues….. interpreted by Michael burks…..

     
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    That one is Blues. No further interpretations will be accepted.
     
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    It works just fine as a rock song in 4/4
     
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    Hey, that's great, in the same way as Disturbed's Sound of Silence. I like new slants on classic songs; note-for-note covers are only for pub rock audiences in my biased opinion. Google search Greensleeve versions for some interesting takes.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    It must be blues - Lead Belly was doing it before we had rock .

     
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    I first learned THOTRS from a Pete Seeger folk song collection that the guy sold me as part of my only guitar lesson ever, right after I bought my first guitar in 1975.

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    “All music is folk music…I ain’t never heard no horse singing a song!”
    —Louis Armstrong (possibly misquoted)
     
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    All I know back in the 60's when I picked up a guitar learning the chords to House of the rising sun (Animals version) was very cool.
     
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    Hey Chiogtr4x in post #66 there - capo up 5 frets then maybe D minor will suit your low voice?

    and the guitar can be the same, but different ... maybe interestingly different!?!
     
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    If it is blues, it is 16 bar, not 12 bar blues. Chords are a little different than the many forms of what is considered blues. I vote for folk. Chord progression is: i III IV vi, i III V V, i III IV vi, i V i i
     
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    Here is a history about the song.
    What is the history of the House of the Rising Sun?
    This is about a brothel in New Orleans. "The House Of The Rising Sun" was named after Madame Marianne LeSoleil Levant (which means "Rising Sun" in French) and was open for business from 1862 (occupation by Union troops) until 1874, when it was closed due to complaints by neighbors
     
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