The A-Z of AOR

The Ultimate Rock Radio Playlist

Broadcasted as a series on BBC Radio 2, running 6 weeks from Wednesday 7th April 2010

Bob Harris introduces a series of six programmes – the Ultimate Rock Radio Playlist…great rock tracks, power ballads, million selling songs and album gems…some of the greatest music ever recorded.


Programme 1 – Wed, 7 Apr 2010, 22:00 on BBC Radio 2.

Bob Harris presents the ultimate rock radio playlist – The A-Z Of AOR – a new series featuring great rock tracks, power ballads, million-selling songs and album gems.

Powered by the West Coast experimental music scene and the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper LP, Album Orientated Rock (AOR) first burst onto American radio in San Francisco in 1967. It was a revelation, a tour de force of creative programming which empowered its DJs and provided an antidote to the Top 40 hit radio that just wasn’t “hip” anymore. By the mid-70s, AOR had become the most successful radio format in America.

From Pink Floyd, Boston, Journey and Apple Tree Theatre; to Spirit, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Santana, The A-Z Of AOR plays the biggest hits and the hidden gems from a genre that drove album sales into the triple millions.

Programme 2 – Wed, 14 Apr 2010, 22:00 on BBC Radio 2.

Bob Harris continues his journey through the world of Album Orientated Rock [AOR].

Powered by the West Coast experimental music scene and the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper LP, AOR first burst onto American radio in San Francisco in 1967. It was a revelation, a tour de force of creative programming which empowered its DJs and provided an antidote to the Top 40 hit radio that just wasn’t “hip” anymore. By the mid-70s, AOR had become the most successful radio format in America.

The A-Z Of AOR plays the biggest hits and the hidden gems from a genre that drove album sales into the triple millions. Boston, Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar and Supertramp are amongst the artists featured this week.


Programme 3 – Wed, 21 Apr 2010, 22:00 on BBC Radio 2.

The A-Z Of AOR plays the biggest hits and the hidden gems from a genre that drove album sales into the triple millions. From Appletree Theater in 1967 through to Porcupine Tree in 2002, via Santana and Jethro Tull, Bob Harris presents another eclectic selection of music from the AOR songbook

Powered by the West Coast experimental music scene and the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper LP, AOR first burst onto American radio in San Francisco in 1967. It was a revelation, a tour de force of creative programming which empowered its DJs and provided an antidote to the Top 40 hit radio that just wasn’t “hip” anymore. By the mid-70s, AOR had become the most successful radio format in America.

Programme 4 – Wed, 28 Apr 2010, 22:00 on BBC Radio 2. This week’s show features Bruce Hornsby as either pianist, songwriter or performer; as well as tracks from Janis Joplin, It’s A Beautiful Day and Toto.

Programme 4 – Wed, 5 May 2010, 22:00 on BBC Radio 2.This week’s show features Asia, Bob Seger, The Wallflowers and a rarely heard version of a Mott The Hoople classic.


Programme 5 – Wed, 12 May 2010, 22:00 on BBC Radio 2.

Bob Harris concludes his journey through the world of Album Orientated Rock [AOR], playing the biggest hits and the hidden gems from a genre that drove album sales into the triple millions. This week’s show features Steve Perry, Free, Cry Of Love, Stevie Nicks, and an all time classic by Led Zeppelin.


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