Greatest 60s and 70s Singers and Bands

This is a compilation of who I believe is the best from the 60's and 70's!

The Top TenXW

1The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Are you kidding me? #3 that's crap. The Beatles should be #1! The Beatles are the most successful group in history! I'm 15 years old and the Beatles are my favorite band. I mean hearts name will fade into the past along with their music. The Beatles will live forever! They created everything we know. As president Obama said, "Elvis created rock and roll, The Beatles came in and busted the walls down. " We have to keep the Beatles alive, otherwise my generation and generations to come will never know what real music is!

How does the jackson 5 make this list 2 times? The bands who really deserves to be on this list two times is the Beatles. They influenced more bands than any any other in history. There music varied from rock to pop and the Beatles dominated in every genre and still manage to be inspiring to artists always. I'll give up if you can give one artist, just one, that the Jackson Five or Heart influenced then I'll give up. The Beatles had albums upon albums where you can name many of there albums. The two bands ahead of the Beatles had no albums and almost 0 hits. God bless the Beatles for there forever engraved in my memory. By the way, why is the Velvet Underground not on here?

This is the most influential band in the rock era. They wrote most of their music, and changed their style so rapidly that no other artist (s) could match them. Elvis Presley was undoubtedly a good singer, but his songs were written for him by other people. The Rolling Stones first learned how to write songs by watching Lennon and McCartney, and their style never evolved anything like the Beatles did. Brian Wilson may have been on a par with Lennon-McCartney as far as creativity goes, but the total body of his work does come close to the Beatles! This is like comparing Shakespeare with Neil Simon! The difference in the relative quality of their work is that much above almost all of their contemporaries.

Rock and roll baby

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2Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

THE most influentual band ever. I bet if Micheal Jackson was still alive, Jackson five would be nowere on this list - d3rrick95

led zeppelin is amazing jimmy page john bonham john paul jones robert plant four of the most talented musicians ever - rockman

First off, it's spelled led zeppelin, not zepplin. No band could match the aura of zeppelin. Within one hour that the people got the news that they were touring, all the tickets would be sold out. They outsold the Beatles and the stones put together 40-1

The second best band in my opinion

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3Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. ...read more.

I understand why this is number three but at the same time I don't. More people like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin ( I am a huge fan too) more than the number of people who like Pink Floyd the best so that's why they are third buy why they like em better is what I don't understand. I'm not saying that the number one and two are not good I'm saying because I absolutely love them both I'm saying that Pink Floyd id just better in my opinion but it makes complete sense that floyd is 3rd because the number outweigh and its totally predictable seeing as how many fans they have and had but I just had to put in my vote for floyd but all three are like my favourite bands but I've just had more of a personal liking to Pink Floyd more ever since I was like 5 but its really close because on a scale from 1-10 floyd is a 10 and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin are both a 9.5 but yeah I'm not arguing or soundin like a douche I just sorta wanted to say this because I'm in school and bored and not wanting ...more

Awesome song writing, music, voices, totally started a "new" progressive kind of music

No seems to remember who founded the band, Syd Barrett. He started the band, gave it its name and wrote most of their songs until he took too many drugs, misbehaved and got kicked out. You know Roger Waters for many years wrote Pink Floyd's songs about him after he was kicked out.

I really like Pink Floyd he's great. I love his song Another Brick In The Wall

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4The Doors

Hypnotic, rich music, combined with poetic lyrics and a strong presence overall - the band, that seduces you, strips you naked, opens up your head and chest and dares you to look inside, to dig deeper every time you face fear and death, to go crazy and embrace the path you choose. Their music was bluesy, solid rock, individual and really influential, it had a message, it was like a door to a hidden face of our surrounding reality. And, no, I don't do drugs.

All the best frontmen were REALLY messed up... John Morrison was no exception. A brilliant young man (and fun to look at laugh out loud) who, unfortunately, had serious problems. He was a true poet. Robby Kreiger paved the way for electronic music through the years, and provided some of the most melodic tunes of the era. He was, in short, extremely overrated. The Doors broke the mold... And there will never be another band like them.

The Doors influence on music is vastly under appreciated. Forget Marilyn Manson, Jim Morrison was the first "rockstar" & he only developed more depth/soul as time rolled on. One of the most original & talented individuals ever to create music, surrounded & assisted with 3 talented musicians in their own right.

The greatest band ever!

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5Jackson 5

Was a great Band, just think that in this band was Michael Jackson!
- Laryssa

Popular in the late 60's?
NOT.
They were unheard of outside of their home town of Gary, Indiana until "I Want You Back" was released at the very end of December in 1969.
The album itself did not even chart until January of 1970.

Of course the Jackson 5... They will alwasy live in the hearts of all who grew up to there beautiful music... Michael was amazing as a little boy/young teen frontman... - love4mjj

Mane my favorite boy band - Ajkloth

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6QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

How could Heart be ahead of Queen? You don't know what music is - rodoglez

YOU PEOPLE ARE SERIOUS? HAVE YOU HEARD BOTH QUEEN AND HEART?! :( - stevebobjo

No, I say Queen is the most influential ever. Look at Lady Gaga... Hm...

Radio Gaga
Lady Gaga

I see something going on here

Queen should be higher the hell?

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7The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Jagger-Richards, Aftermath, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Goats Head Soup.

And Mick Taylor's lead guitar playing (1969-74).

The longest running band of all time really 1500 hundred dollars a ticket and still filling arenas obviously just as influential as any of the above bands and jaggers intencity speaking which wheres ozzy on this list and what about maynard slayer no mention of the darker side of music Michael jackson is a creepy weird man yet the 5 make top 5 really come on this is bogus

This group should be somewhere in the top 5. They were 2nd to the Beatles in the 60's an 2nd behind Zeppelin in the 70's among bands. Overall they were relevant in four different decades. How many other artist or bands can say they have these credentials?

Best band ever period.

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8Heart

Saw them in concert just this week and they are beyond great. Unbelievable how good the lead singer sounds. Best vocalist I've ever heard and one of the Top 5 hard rock shows I've ever seen.

They were absolutely brilliant! One, if not the best of female bands.
A personal favourite of mine. I have quite a few of their albums

Were brilliant?!?! ARE BRILLIANT! Just KILLED at the Greek last summer. One of the best bands and singers ever - male or female.

Love them, their still the top for me

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9The WhoThe Who is English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are best ...read more.

This is the greatest band of all time. Zeppelin has nothing on this innovative group. With the rock opera Tommy they made albums like The Wall possible. They were probably the best and most talented live band as well, each person brought a uniqueness to the group. The best scream in history in Wont Get Fooled Again, introspective songs people could relate too, and music that ROCKS! The Who are underrated, innovative, spectacular legends.

I probably like The Beatles more, but they basically broke up by the 70s. The Who, on the other hand, were unbelievably strong both decades. I've been addicted to this band's music for a year, and I still loved them before that. Check out Who's Next and The Who by Number, changed my life.

I like majority of the bands on this list but.. How is the Who #8? The Rolling Stones should be somewhere in the top five as well, which is crazy.

The Who is like all-star team of heavy. Should be upper in the list!

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10Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Without this man there would have been no Beatles, no rolling stones and probably a lot more bands who would not have formed themselves, unfortunately he is responsible for cliff richards

Elvis is THE KING, THE BEST, EVERYTHING! Without him we'd be stuck with crappy music. He brought a new era, he was a humble, nice, caring person. He has sold more than ANY other solo artist in the world... EVER! What an accomplishment! Elvis changed the world forever, and still is changing it! Without Elvis, there is nothing.

You could dance and sing with Elvis' music. I have many great memories from the late 50's and into the 60's of Elvis' songs and music that I loved to dance to at Teen Town and enjoy with my friends at home! He really rocked during those days, and his music continues to rock and roll.

The king say no more

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The Newcomers

?Manfred Mann

Mastered many genres, found new talent, passion came through in his music.Best version of "Spirits in the Night".

16 UK hits. 3 No 1s. Success in US. Members included Paul Jones (3 more solo hits), Jack Bruce to Cream, Tom Mc Guiness (2 more hits what McGuiness Flint from which came Gallagher and Lyle), Manfred Mann (3 big hits with Manfred Mann's Earth Band and numerous acclaimed albums), Mike d'abo who went on to produce Rod Stewart and write classics like Build me up Buttercup and Handbags & Gladrags.
These guys at least deserve to be in the to 50.

The Contenders

11Bob Dylan

Dylan's amazing lyrics and ability to adapt to various instrument styles makes him one of the most influential musicians of his era. On a completely separate note, why has Grateful Dead only gotten 0.2%!?!

Bob Dylan is the father of a lot of things we correlate with Rock. He should be WAY highter on this list

Are you kidding? Beatles over Bob Dylan? You must be joking. Without Dylan there would be no modern music these days.

The greatest living poet, has written some of the greatest songs ever and covered by so many other great artists

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12Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix was an American guitarist and singer. He's cited as one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Hendrix was the member of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" and all albums were succesful. Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 after choking on his own vomit.

The Eagles are the most iconic rock band group of the '70's. How could anyone vote The Jackson 5 as a more iconic group? That is ludicrous and idiotic in my opinion. They were like so many other boy bands of that era. Other than Michael doing some new dance steps, there was nothing new from this group.

Jimi 'the dead God' Hendrix revolutionized the electric guitar and spearheaded psychedelic rock like no one before or since. The fact that he is 9th on this list is ridiculous to me. I'm sorry but if you cannot see the beauty that Jimi communicates through his music I just feel sorry for you. I am 16 & know for a fact that he is a master of not just the guitar but music as well. Please, go light a candle & throw on a Hendrix record. You won't be dissapointed, I promise.
"Music is my religion" - Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is a rock god and it's so shocking to see him so low on this list he was amazing in every way and played the guitar in a way that you could feel and hear his soul running through every tune and play - forever living on he is amazing! 0_0

Jimi Hendrix was one of those people who should have lived because the world would be totally different like ozzy he was one who was suppose to live and he did and he is still going

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13Aerosmith

Legends. Greatest artists on the planet. No-one will ever exceed their status and ability.

I LOVE Steven Tyler. Without him the band would be nothing. Lead singer The best

greatest american rock band, should be much higher on your list.

Steven Tyler....say no more!

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14The Eagles

The eagles should be on top. THEY're awesome! Come on people listen to their music and at least vote for the right band to get first! I mean seriously? The eagles"12"? Come on.. Without this people, we wont know about music especially the guitarist part. come'on people!

Heart in front of the Eagles. Are you serious. I really cannot take you seriously.

A real class one band. I have listened their songs more than one thousand times but I swear that each time I explore anew THE EAGLES. I recommend that every single soul should at least hear it once, then become a fan of their fame. Thanks. Bye. Navee Rehman.

Absolutely a great band. Should be rated higher!

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15David BowieDavid Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016, a hero to millions. ...read more.

Bowie should be at the top of that list so inspirational admire him so much such a great vocalist and amzing at writing lyrics, such an amazing man and tye most outrageous fashion sense which is one thing I admire so much I'm 14 years old and to be able to do what bowie does would be a dream come true to e bale to walk around in the stuff he wore and not care what anyone thinks is just fantastic

Most successful artist whether be music or lyrics, undoubtedly, and with the most harmonious evolution over time.
Just after Johan-Sebastian Bach!

Bowie should be up there with Pink Floyd. They both put on the most Fabulous stage shows. They are the most creative artists and most definitely the best rock 'n roll in the 70s besides the Beatles.

Ziggy Stardust, Heroes and Life on Mars

How is he not in the top 5? - SomewhereInLondon

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16Simon & Garfunkel

I'm only 14 and I fell in love with Simon and Garfunkel from the minute I first heard them! If only today's music was this good, what they have out now is garbage.
They should definitely be #1, or at least in the top 10!

The greatest musicians of all time. This list is crap.

ONE OF THE GREATEST AND LONGEST LASTING PERFORMERS, HIS MUSIC WAS ENJOYED BY ME 64 YEARS OLD AND MY DAUGHTER 25 YEARS OLD.

17Eric Clapton

I cannot believe Clapton is this far down the list.

Clapton should be at the top of this list for the simple reason that HE IS GOD!

What the F is EC doing 18th on the list? He's a legend who far surpasses most of the bands listed higher in ranking.

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18The Hollies

Loved The Hollies, they bring back some happy memories.

Hollies had the best lead singer and finest harmonies of any of the "British Invasion" groups!

He ain't heavy. He's my brother. Great voices and musicians.

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19Billy Joel

Come on guys billy joel has some of the catchiest songs

20Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

Michael Jackson was great but in the 70's he was mainly part of a group. His real individual fame started in the late 70's through the mid 90's.

He is amazing, I don't see why he isn't number 1, he may not be as good as the Beatles at singing, but he is the best performer ever!

Michael Jackson was great but in the 70's he was mainly part of a group. His real individual fame started in the late 70's an went through the mid 90's.

Just love him. The best artist of all times.

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