Rock was first published in April 1982, under the name Rock 82. Initially, Rock 82 was as a supplement of NIP Politika's comic magazineStrip 82, the back cover of Strip 82 being the front cover of Rock 82. The publication was published in an unusual format of 11x30cm. The first Editor-in-Chiefs of Rock 82 and the initiator of the magazine publishing was critic Peca Popović. In an interview for the documentary series Rockovnik Popović stated:
I believed that the generation which had already met MTV, [...] that generation of young, curious people, that had already seen how the video killed the radio star, deserves a bit different magazine. A bit more visual magazine, a magazine with a different sensibility, wiith a different generation of authors, just as Džuboks in the 1970s had a talented, brave, great generation. I believed that there were more people who, unfortunately, weren't writing for the papers. It turned out they were good too.
Since January 1983, Rock was published as an independent magazine in tabloid format, and since March 1985, it was released in magazine format. In 1985, 7" single with the charity song "Za milion godina", the Yugoslav contribution to Live Aid, was released with the magazine.
Popović was succeeded by Vladislav Bajac, who was succeeded by Dragan Todorović. Since October 1988, the magazine was edited by Saša Gajević, and was published under the name Pop Rock. The last, 161st issue, was released on December 13, 1990.