Greatest Bands of the 1970s

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1Led Zeppelin

I'll admit, the other people in the list are excellent bands; I like them all. But Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page's intense guitar skills, Robert Plant's screaming wails, John Paul Jones's deep rhythms, and of course John Bonham's powerful hands, and its musical diversity, they are the best of the 70s.

First of the Firsts. This band stopped making music before I was born. Yet they still appeal to me more than any thing new of my generation.

Led Zeppelin, has the most requested song EVER CALLED Stairway To Heaven. Besides that fact, Led created blues with rock. Please read Hammer Of The Gods, its autobiography of the band. With out a doubt, Led is #1, followed by the Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Jackson 5, The Doors. Led Zeppelun will be played for ever. Robert Plant & J. Page created ROCK over many years and to say that Abba is #1, I have 2 ask if He/ she is " HIGH " when making that answer...

Led Zeppelin II was the first rock album I ever heard around about 1966/67, I was 14 years old. I am now 61 and they're still excellent. 1 of the best!

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Seriously? Heart and ABBA above Queen? Led Zeppelin I can kind of understand, but seriously? Before you vote for any other band, go look up Bohemian Rhapsody on iTunes or YouTube or something. Now, Freddie wrote that in a SINGLE NIGHT. And you hear that amazing guitar solo? That was Brian May on his first try (also he built his own guitar from bits and bobs he found around England. Now go listen to Another One Bites the Dust. Hear that amazing bass and drumming? Well the drumer dit that WHILE HE WAS DRUNK. I kid you not, go look it up, ol' Roger Taylor always had two shots of "the strongest stuff I could get sent to me in 45 minutes" before each studio recording and live performance. And as for John Deacon (the bass guy), well, his awesome playing speaks for itself. Their Live Aid concert was the best in music history. I think enough has been said.

Simply put, Freddy Mercury is the greatest vocalist/performer of all time and the grace and command that his stage presence evoked was nothing short of magical hypnosis. I challenge anyone to name his equal! As a band, their voices blended with such ease and perfection that you can't help but be mesmerized. Easily the greatest band ever, not just of the 70's.

To be honest everyone I know likes and has heard of queen, ask someone about heart and they won't know, heart is not a very worldwide known band, whilst queen is, in my opinion. - AmINumberOneYet

Freddy, there's no comparison

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3Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd put out their best work during the 1970s.
With "Dark side of the Moon" they made an album that not only sold millions but it gave the listener a story or sense of realism about the modern world. Other bands durning this time were writing about pop songs that were radio friendly but had no real meaning that stands the test of time nearly 40 years later.
Led Zeppelin are not even close to Pink Floyd, I'm a fan of all music but Floyd sets the standards, every song they did has something for everyone and a meaning.

I'm not sure I would say Pink Floyd is my FAVORITE band, as I tend to change my opinion at times, but I can without a doubt state that it has the strongest, most down to earth, brilliant and honest lyrics I have ever heard. Stuff that's so good, I felt the need to rethink about my life, and life in general.

Songs like 'Welcome to the Machine' even made me sort of depressed at times.

With a combination of brilliant lyrics, chill to badass beats, and just about the greatest songs, you can't go wrong with Pink Floyd! It definitely has my vote!

-Anonymous. (I hope)

It takes extremely good taste in music to listen to this awesome band. They have the best albums The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals (if you are a big fan), and lest not forget The Wall, which is the most popular double album in history. VOTE FOR PINK FLOYD

This is band is so overrated. I HATE IT

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ABBA is without a doubt the best music group ever, with a sound that is completely unique. I have heard every song that they have played/sung in English, as well as a few in Swedish and Spanish. I have not yet come across a song by them that is not in its own way enjoyable. Their music has a strange quality, due to their Swedish accents and interesting style of choice. Their melodies are pleasant, extremely catchy and at first listen seem simple. However, trying to sing almost any one of their songs will bring to light how complicated they really are. The ranges that the singers have with their voices are incredible, and yet they make it sound so easy. They also manage very well three different voices, usually at the same time, which gives the music a depth and complexity without the use of a lot of instruments. I was born in 1996, so I never did get to follow their career, or see them in concert, (which is my dream) I learned about them only when the movie Mamma Mia! Came out. It is ...more

Amazing Songwriters, musicians, producers and two of the most fantastic female vocalists ever and timeless music from where English isn't even their first language.
Lets not forget their Polar music studio as it was in Stockholm where many artists including Led Zeppelin used the facilities to record an album.
Listen to their evolution from the Ring, Ring to The Visitors albums. No wonder they are even more popular today, whether it's songs recorded in Swedish, English, French, German or Spanish.

One of the best ever. Hundreds of masterpiece songs, with a sound so far ahead of time that even few bands today can rival the quality.

ABBA is the best pop group ever. It has such a lovely beat and the melody is perfect, the only music I listen is ABBA. I love them!

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5Black Sabbath

One grate band to see at the age of 12! 3rd row kansas city, ks 1971. Thy kicked ass.

Black Sabbath is awesome they are one of my favourite bands despite my age I love this band

Ozzy IS the best

Ozzy in the 70's and Dio in the 80s ~ two different bands but both great!

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Rush totally shreds, sends Mercury records an ultimatum after their first album, and says "it's our music, and we play it our way. Very prolific, very instrumental in their influence of modern day progressive music.

Rush is amazing. Hard to believe that it is only three guys making all that racket.

And on the 8th day God created Rush. - asphaltpilot

Listen to 2112. Enough said.

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This isn't serious, AC/DC supported Aerosmith in 3 tours in the 70's, they weren't even close to Aerosmith.
Allman Brothers? Seriously?

Top 5

Aerosmith is a legend that was born in the early 70's and still are roaming at the top as we speak, greatest band of the 70's without a doubt!

Clicked on this link from google looking for some ideas on music and all I found was a joke of a list. ABBA beats Aerosmith?

LOVED them since I was 13 and you can tack 40 onto that! Have practically every album, even in the ones from the bad times. Still my fave!

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8The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones had an awesome decade, one of their strongest in the 70's. After the awesome Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street, they had a trio of REALLY underrated albums, Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock And Roll and Black And Blue, before releasing the equally awesome "Some Girls". So why are they this low down. Don't know really. It is the nature of these lists to have some terrible band (my opinion, if you like them that's fine with me, your's is as good as mine)and in this case the jackson 5, in the top 5 and have a few awesome bands lower down like the Stones. The Who, Deep Purple and Fleetwood Mac should not be where they are either.

THE best rock band that ever existed and probably every will. The Beatles are THE best band of all time (and their music can be viewed as rock, classical, blues, folk, country, experimental, pop, etc) but The Stones were dark, evil, gritty, driving, sexually charged (in all ways), straight ahead rock and roll... Beggar's Banquet and Let it Bleed are two of the must own albums for any serious fan of the genre. Dig.

I was just scrolling through thinking, when do the Stones bloody show up?
I haven't checked (yet), but I bet The Stones have performed in front of the most
People, ever. Lets face it, they still tour (after nearly 6 decades! ), and still draw many
Fans to sold out (still amazingly energetic) shows. I'm huge Acca Dacca fan as well but
If you wanna talk longevity, have a look at the originals, who would eat Beatles for brekky, -).
Time really is on their side-)

Why are the Stones 8? They should be 3 behind Queen and Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Heart are great bands, but come nowhere close to the Stones. - therootbeer

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You are def not the only HEART fan left . Just seen them in concert, sold out , standing room only and they rock the house. I love HEART and there are a lot more people who argee, Heart is one of the greatest groups to ever put their foot on a stage.Heart Rules.

Nancy and Roger were Magic on stage. Add the singing from the best voice in Rock, Ann Wilson, and you have HEART.

Three great guitar players.One of the best drummers ever and Steve Fossen on bass. Oh yea, before I forget. Ann Wilson, Ann Wilson, Ann Wilson. Need I say anymore. Ann Wilson!!!!! This band was so good live it was sick.

Thanks to you-tube you can see for yourself that during the 70's no one did it better than HEART.

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10The Who

The who should be #1. the 70's was they're best decade. releasing songs like baba o'riley, bargain, behind blue eyes, won't get fooled again, the real me, the punk and the godfather, 5:15, sea and sand, love reign o'er me, the seeker, long like rock, slip kid, dreaming from the wasit, squeeze box, who are you, bell boy, doctor jimmy, and the albums Who's Next, and Quadrophenia, makes them the greatest band ever. - Nickname

My band started playing their songs when they had two albums out in the US. Once I saw them live, it was all over. Each of them were so ' awesome in their own unique, individual ways, when they rocked so hard together, there was nothing left to ask for.

Musicians all but it was hard to see Keith Moon and be satisfied with another drummer - the composition and musicality of this band are hard to equal

The Who deserves more than this, guys. At least in the top 10.

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The Contenders

11The Allman Brothers Band

I think they could be a little higher up on that totem pole sir. Best live band at the time, I think. Could not leave a concert feeling bad. So good, they didn't really even need words. Best instrumental band of all time. Just my opinion. I can't be alone on that though. ;)

The most versatile and talented guitar band of ALL TIME (rock, blues, country, jazz, they could do it all). Nothing will ever compare to the dual lead guitar work of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts at the Fillmore East, as well as Betts' compositions like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", "Les Brers in A Minor" and "Jessica" which are some of the best rock instrumentals ever written.

I grew up listening to these guys. Best southern rock band ever in my opinion. Personal favorite songs are Ramblin' Man, Midnight Rider, Dreams and Whipping Post

I think Pink Floyd is better but these guys deserve to be in the top 5

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12The Eagles

1. Hotel California
2. Take It Easy
3. One Of These Nights
4. Already Gone
5. New Kid In Town
6. Peaceful Easy Feeling
7. Lyin' Eyes
8. Best Of My Love
9. I Can't Tell You Why
10. Tequila Sunrise

Look at the list of hits. Number one in my book.

A top 10 band no doubt in my book. Their music spoke the heart of America at the time. Funny thing... It still applies today...

Hits sure, but way OVER PLAYED on the radio in the late 70s

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13Jackson 5

The Jacksons where the greatest band to ever grace the stage with perfection of dance, vocal, style and fashion. Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon, and Michael became icons before they became adults. The first group to have all four of their releases to hit number 1 their debute year, and became a global success.

They should be in the top ten, at least!

I love you Jackson 5


Disagree. KISS are number 1. People like bands that only put out a couple of albums & then call it quits. KISS pissed a lot of people off because they were louder & more successful & have outlasted everyone they pissed off. Every one in the business has had line up changes but somehow people act like they killed Santa Claus cause they got rid of a drunk & a junkie & replaced them with skilled musicians who appreciate all they have.

Kiss deserves better than 13. I'm not a diehard fan like millions are, but they were a COMPLETELY better band then Journey, who I can't stand. Actually, I used to like them a lot, but Glee ruined it for me. CURSE THE DIRECTOR FOR RUINING A REALLY GOOD BAND! But still, Kiss owns.

13?! Seriously! I mean, think of the albums they made. Alive, Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun, come on! Watch Detroit Rock City the movie! Watch it beginning to end. Then let's see if this band belongs in the top 10, and maybe top 5, but slight chance no. 1. - kissrules!!!

Cotton Candy Rock ~ tastes good, but rots yer teeth...

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because ACDC is the best rock band and has ever since they are 50-70 yrs old still rocking so ROCK ONNNN ACDC!

ACDC is the very best my mom likes it dad brother frends like it ACDC IS THE VERY BEST ROCK ON!

This is the Best band ever especially Back in Black and She Shook Me All Night Long and Moneytalks

AC/DC should be higher than Kiss

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16Deep Purple

Deep Purple was one of the Greatest Rock Bands in the 1970s and although they didn't last long together than Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath their Music was and always will be Memorable. Everyone knows Smoke on the waters Guitar rif and my god Highway star is one of the most Best car songs of all time!

Deep purple is in my top ten great listening groups, they have some of the great songs of today... CHILD IN TIME A CLASSIC... MY WOMAN FROM Tokyo... And many more. But they are one of the BEST METAL BANDS AROUND. Thank you

Deep Purple's Burn Album is one of the best albums they ever made. Every song on that album Rocks!

They were one of THE three hard Rock bands of the early 70s along with The Who & Zeppelin

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17The Doors

Morrison Hotel and LA Woman. Although The Doors really are mainly a 60s band, these two albums (from 1970 and 1971, respectively) are the greatest with blues rock and jazz rock influence. For that alone, and their lasting influence in rock history, the Doors deserve higher positioning.


N°1 the LEGEND Great voice and instrumental play!

Best American rock band of all time!

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18Fleetwood Mac

as much as I appreciate AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac ruled the 70's, and it all started when rumours came out - pauler94

I'm almost 17 and am in love with this band. It just goes to show that many children of the new generation have old souls and truly appreciate these older bands for the music that they have given us

Do not underestimate the creativity.

Their music is timeless. It holds up even today.

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19The Beatles

They barely existed in the 1970s but they did give us the brilliant - and underrated Let It Be album so they deserve to be on this list. One sub-standard album by them is still better than most other bands could even dream of.

They only existed in the 70's for a few months before breaking up, and of course most of their work was in the 60's, but they are without a doubt the GOAT- Greatest Of All Time.

Without this band it's probable that hardly any of the other bands on this list would not have achieved what they achieved.

Beatles are #1 ~ without them most other bands would not have even been formed, COME ON!

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20The Monkees


The monkees deserve 20 oh my my was a good song in 1970

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