The BEST episodes of 7 Ages of Rock

Every episode of 7 Ages of Rock ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of 7 Ages of Rock!

A definitive landmark series charting the emergence and re-emergence of rock music as a global force, told through the musicians who have shaped this most enduring of genres.

Last Updated: 1/22/2023Network:BBC
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What the World is Waiting for: British Indie
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9.72
39 votes

#1 - What the World is Waiting for: British Indie

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/30/2007

Indie: 1980 - 2007 The story of British indie, beginning with The Smiths, the archetypal indie group. The film follows The Stone Roses as the heirs to the indie crown, Suede's dark sexuality and the media saturation of Brit-pop's Blur v Oasis. What The World Is Waiting For explores how indie ultimately lost its once cherished intimacy and integrity in front of 250,000 fans at Oasis's Knebworth spectacle in 1996 and how, by returning to its roots in clubs and bars (and even front rooms) with bands such as Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines and The Arctic Monkeys, indie became respectable again.

Directors: William Naylor
Left of the Dial: American Alternative Rock
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9.67
66 votes

#2 - Left of the Dial: American Alternative Rock

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/23/2007

Alternative Rock: 1980 - 1994 The rise of alternative rock in the USA. From its early underground days where bands like Black Flag drew inspiration from the DIY ethos of punk, Left Of The Dial traces the history of the network of fans, clubs and fanzines that sustained the scene and launched the careers of bands like REM, The Pixies and Hüsker Dü. The film takes a fresh look at the explosion of the Seattle scene, culminating in the success of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and the tragic loss of Kurt Cobain, an artist whose triumph and tragedy continues to cast an inescapable shadow.

Directors: William Naylor
White Light, White Heat: Art Rock
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9.61
38 votes

#3 - White Light, White Heat: Art Rock

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/26/2007

Art Rock: 1966 - 1980 The story of how artistic and conceptual expression permeated rock. From the pop-art multi-media experiments of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground to the sinister gentility of Peter Gabriel's Genesis, White Light, White Heat traces how rock became a vehicle for artistic ideas and theatrical performance. We follow Pink Floyd from the fated art school genius of Syd Barrett through the global success of Dark Side of the Moon to the ultimate rock theatre show, The Wall. Along the way, the film explores the retro-futurism of Roxy Music and the protean world of David Bowie.

Directors: William Naylor
Never Say Die: Heavy Metal
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9.33
43 votes

#4 - Never Say Die: Heavy Metal

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/9/2007

Heavy Metal: 1970 - 1981 The story of the longest surviving and certainly the loudest genre of rock, heavy metal. With no sign of disappearing, metal has been the most controversial and misunderstood of all rock genres. Emerging at the tail end of the hippy dream from the rust belt of industrial England, heavy metal would go on to secure the most loyal fan base of all. With Black Sabbath as the undisputed Godfathers, we follow their highs and lows, and, along the journey, meet Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

Directors: William Naylor
My Generation: The Birth of Rock
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8.95
76 votes

#5 - My Generation: The Birth of Rock

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/19/2007

Blues-Based Rock: 1963 - 1970 The rock revolution of the 1960s seen through the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. The first doomed icon of rock, Hendrix was the synthesis of everything that had gone before him and all that was to come. The Birth Of Rock also explores the influence of rhythm & blues on a generation of British musicians such as The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Who, and how the song-writing of Bob Dylan and studio developments of The Beatles transformed the possibilities and ambitions of rock.

Directors: William Naylor
We are the Champions: Stadium Rock
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8.83
70 votes

#6 - We are the Champions: Stadium Rock

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/16/2007

Stadium Rock: 1965 - 1993 We Are The Champions follows the development of some the biggest names in Rock, among them Queen, Bruce Springsteen, The Police and Dire Straits and shows how, through events such as Live Aid and the rise of MTV, rock achieved a global influence on culture and politics. The film concludes in the early 90s, as U2 effectively brought the era to a close by reinventing the big rock show so completely, that fifteen years later most major rock tours are still pale facsimiles.

Directors: William Naylor
Blank Generation: Punk Rock
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8.40
68 votes

#7 - Blank Generation: Punk Rock

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/2/2007

Punk: 1973 - 1980 A tale of two cities, London and New York and the birth of punk. Each city created a bastard child that marked the biggest and fundamental shift in popular music since Elvis walked into Sun Studios. Blank Generation unpicks the relationship between the bankrupt New York and the class and race-riven London of the mid-1970's and explores the music of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Television, Patti Smith, The Damned and Buzzcocks.

Directors: William Naylor

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