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 Beatles

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.

Especially John Lennon was a genius!

V66 Comments
2Led Zeppelin

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

Simply the best all around, music and musicians!

V21 Comments
3Pink Floyd

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.

Should be 2nd not down here.

V18 Comments
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!

V9 Comments
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

V2 Comments
6Queen

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

Middleweights, not even the greatest of their late-70's time frame. Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and Elton John were all much bigger and more popular, not to mention much bigger sellers.

V26 Comments
7The Rolling Stones

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?

You call this a good band?

V7 Comments
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

V3 Comments
9The Who

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 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.

This was a monster of a band during the 70's. With Heart's original line up, only a few could claim to have ever had their musical talent. Ann Wilson on Lead Vocals, Michael Derosier on drums, Steve Fossen playing bass and three of the most underrated guitar players of all time Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher and Howard Leese. HEART could play with the best of them and if they would have been able to stay together they would have easily dominated rock music well into the 21st century.

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

V3 Comments
10Bob 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%!?!

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

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

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

V2 Comments

The Newcomers

?Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The Contenders

11Elvis Presley

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

V20 Comments
12Aerosmith

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!

V3 Comments
13Jimi Hendrix

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

V5 Comments
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.

I agree brilliant harmonies and great song writing

V11 Comments
15David Bowie

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.

David Bowie not only had some of the most amazing music from the 70's, but to me he seems unrivaled in the quality of his lyrics. - Anthony_Floyd

V7 Comments
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.

V2 Comments
18The Hollies

Loved The Hollies, they bring back some happy memories.

Under rated band :(

19Billy Joel

Come on guys billy joel has some of the catchiest songs

20Michael Jackson

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.

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!

He is a legend honestly

V8 Comments
PSearch List

Related Lists

Best Rock Bands of the '60s and '70s Top Ten Most Underrated Bands and Singers of the 60s Best Female Singers of the '60s Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s Best Bands of the 60s

List StatsUpdated 13 Feb 2016

5,000 votes
179 listings
9 years, 18 days old

Top Remixes (12)

1. Led Zeppelin
2. Pink Floyd
3. The Velvet Underground
grinningsoul
1. Pink Floyd
2. The Beatles
3. Led Zeppelin
Ayushmaan
1. Pink Floyd
2. Led Zeppelin
3. The Beatles
mleat97

WRemix
View All 12

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P