Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

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1Led 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.

Yes, I was definitely expecting this. If someone put Led Zeppelin below number one, then I would simply say this man has no respect to one of the greatest bands ever in music history. Each member was one of the most influential musicians in their own fields and so many bands idolized them. There are just so many bands that loved Led Zeppelin's songs while they grew up, so many bands that admitted having been influenced by their unique music, and so many musicians that wanted to see the reunion of Zep. Their music has depth which some bands may lack. They rarely give out the answers to their music but go on to talk about so many things in our lives. It's not just the music I'm talking about - the creativity, the reflection of life and the uniqueness are what I'm trying to mention.

Led Zeppelin is OBVIOUSLY above queen, I mean, they have been rocking since the 1968, and its no secret Robert PLant was an inspiration for Mercury. Led is proclamed as the best rock band ever by fans and critics. They are the best seller rock band too, without mentioning they are ahead every other band in others top ten lists. Led zeppelin did less with stairway to heaven than queen with bohiam rhapsody and yet stairway to heaven lyrics and music is so much better. Led zeppelin is quality.

With other bands you can usually ask people what their best album and they will always say 1 or 2 that are always talked about. With Led Zeppelin you could ask someone and they will tell yo with absolute certainty what their best album is, but this could be completely different than what other might say.

KISS is way better than Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin is a very overrated band.

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2Pink 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.

Pink Floyd were so much better than Queen. Lets break it down to prove it. In terms of vocal ability, I'm giving it to Freddie Mercury. So, Pink Floyd 0-1 Queen. Drumming, I'm giving it to Nick Mason. Pink Floyd 1-1 Queen. Guitar playing, David Gilmour by far! Pink Floyd 2-1 Queen. Base, Roger Waters. Pink Floyd 3-1 Queen. Songwriting, includes lyrics and music, Roger Waters/David Gilmour. While Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest songs of all time, more Pink Floyd sings have more meaning, better lyrics, and better music than Queen songs. Pink Floyd 4-1 Queen. Album writing, Pink Floyd hands down. The Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall are one of the best albums of all time. Pink Floyd 5-1 Queen. Piano/Keyboard playing, Richard Wright. Pink Floyd 6-1 Queen. In terms of sells, Pink Floyd sold 250 million units, while Queen sold 200 million. Pink Floyd 7-1 Queen. All Queen did was write radio friendly songs. Just because you hear their songs on the radio doesn't mean they're that ...more

Stupid Question! Pink Floyd is obviously the best band of the 70's! Dark Side of the Moon alone tops every other 70's artist out! Every single album they produced at this time went to the top of the charts immediately. Led Zeppelin was very good but they didn't change the coarse of music the way Pink Floyd did. Some of you will try to argue that but look, Pink Floyd Pioneered so many things that set the stage for others like Concerts: Pink Floyd INVENTED the Light show. They were the first band to master the art of using visual effects, blinking lights, lazers, huge stages, -ALL Pioneered by the Floyd. All the music before Pink Floyd was made to be radio friendly. Pink Floyd were the first to really write music and song about what THEY wanted to say, and not what they knew people wanted to hear. They were the first to take that risk. This inspired so many bands after them to write for you and not for the radio. Pink Floyd was able to connect with people at a lot of deeper level ...more

Pink Floyd are absolutely great. While Queen wrote good singles, Pink Floyd wrote outstanding albums. The reason why this is not number one or two is because people don't listen to entire albums anymore. They base their answers on one or two singles. Yes, Queen does have more number one singles, but Pink Floyd has way more number one albums, being The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and The Dark Side Of The Moon, which, in my opinion, is the greatest album ever made. People just vote Queen because they know the songs We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, and Bohemian Rhapsody, which I do recognize is one of the greatest songs of all time, and I do love it. Yes, Queen does have the best voice, but Richard Wright, David Gilmour, and Roger Waters are far better musicians than Brain May, Roger Meddows Taylor, John Deacon. In my opinion, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are better than Queen (although Queen are also excellent). Queen's music is just more commercial.

Pink Floyd has never Rocked.

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3QueenQueen 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.

Every song had meaning and reason behind it. Songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Somebody to Love", "We are the Champions"... All really meant something. This year will be their 41st anniversary. 41 years of great music in our world... Sadly, there were only 45 years of Freddie Mercury in our world. He was deceased thanks to HIV/AIDS in '91... Long live Freddie.

This is one of my favorite bands ever next to CCR but today I will give all praise to Queen a small time band at first that turned into an all time international success thanks to the amazing band it is sad that Freddie mercury died younger than everyone expected but it affected more than just queen, it affected everyone it was no small matter it was twice as sad as the deaths of Prince and of David Bowie and they were just as fantastic because this was one of the most renown ways showing us that nothing is immortal but music.

Even though all of the other rock bands were amazing Queen took rock to a whole other level, the heart. They deserve the number one title because they changed rock forever. Who could forget the first time they heard Freddie Mercury pour his heart out into his music? I thought so.

Where is the Steve Miller?!

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4AC/DCAC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal.

They made a very good songs in 70s.
Highway to hell, TNT, it's a long way to the top, if you want blood, let there be rock...
In BON SCOTT) era.
Classical rock n' roll songs - shatti

Ac/dc was THE hard rock band of the 70's. Just below Led Zeppelin. AC/DC was all about sex, drugs, and good music. When AC/DC played, audiences roared. Truly magnificent rock'n'roll band. They are hardcore and know the real meaning of rock.

I think on the 'Dirty Deeds' album that's where they found their sound.

Ever Green Angus

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5AerosmithAerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Steven Tyler is my man! Still going strong, touring and raising hell. He filled many of my memories of college and hear an oldie it excites me like it did in cole! I love every album!

Awesome band, deserve to be higher, they were brilliant in the 70's and achieved arguably their best work, very good band.

This band should be right behind Led Zeppelin and then number 1 from the 80's all the way to this day

They're awesome than alice cooper and other rock bands.

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6The 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.

I can't believe the Who are less than 2. Maybe I'll give you Led Zeppelin at number one. MAYBE! But the seventies were the Who's prime. They released Who's Next in 1971 with Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, and seven other knockout songs. They also released Quadrophenia two years later, in 1973. This is their best album. It has The Real Me, 5:15. And Love Reign O'er Me on it, as well as 14 other songs that rock and kick ass. And the lyrics! Pete is truly a lyrical genius! And of course, the Who wouldn't be the who without the one of the best vocalists and rhythm sections ever known to rock music. Keith and John were incredible by themselves, and together, they filled in all the gaps during one of Pete's guitar solos. Sometimes you feel like there is something missing during a guitar solo when the singer is not singing, but not with the Who. And of course, Roger. Roger Daltrey has one of the best voices ever. I don't know how you can sing that intensely in a studio. He really got ...more

Definitely one of the best bands, deserves more significance on this list. The Who influenced hundreds of musicians and bought a whole new genre to music being one of the first bands to implement effects and non instrumental tones. With the crazy power of John Entwistle's mad bass playing skills, Keith Moons wild drumming skills, Pete Townshends amazing song writing technique, and Roger Daltreys powerhouse voice this was a band that truly influenced generations of musicians

The Who, I love them so much! It's always sad to see that they are hardly noticed maybe because there were so many other great bands in this era. But this band had something that others didn't have - their music just moved you! If you just spare a day - no actually, you only need five minutes -, go on YouTube and listen to just one song that they've performed, you'd seriously realise that The Who is beyond what you can imagine about a band. Yes, they were only a band! But their music says more about them. You can't but just love them, I swear.

For 50 years in Rock they have stood the test of time

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7EaglesThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

They are the best. Tell me a group which can give us a country classic like Desperado, a superb disco-blues in One of these Nights and the might rock song Hotel California. Nobody in music history was is and will have the range like The Eagles. The Pink Floyd's, Led Zep, who, Rolling Stones just do not have the range of this music nor have they the Harmonies that the Eagles give us. For me, they are No: 1, then the others follow.

Every member of this group sang lead at one time or another, producing unrivaled harmonies. There is a reason their Greatest Hits album is the second best selling album except for Thriller.

Felder (fingers) on the guitar, Henley and Frey with writings and their voices, Eagles should be number 1 oh and you don't wanna forget about joe walsh!

Great for any thing in life music

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8Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after inproving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, Ozzy was fired and replaced ...read more.

This is the reason why the genre heavy metal was born.
With those gothic tunes and riot solo's. this bands trademark is the best - isoldmysoulforrocknroll

Creators of Heavy Metal who have never been bettered by any of their imitators.

#9?! How much crack are you guys on? These guys at THE START of this genre of rock

Said ""War Pigs enough

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9Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

The most talented, creative, innovative, technical and advanced = THE BEST.
A band of masters. Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe.
Details:
The riff that rules all other riffs - Smoke on the water;
The solo that rules all other solos - Highway Star;
The screams that rule all other screams - Child in time;
The best band live - Live in Japan;
The most technical pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal;
The globe's loudest band of the 70s, officially listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records.

Anything else for number 1? - Metal_Treasure

Lazy, definitely the best. best hard rock sound of the seventies.
Seriously, Judas Priest in forth place?

This group branched out into powerful bands: Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Country Communion, to name a few. Who hasn't been influenced by Ritchie Blackmore? Ask Slash, Randy Rhoads (RIP), Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie.

What ever line up deep purple put out they were great.

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10The 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.

They're songs really get stuck in your head. It's mainly because the songs are repetitive, and they're also repetitive. They definitely deserve a number ten spot, if only for the mark they left in music history, but I feel like they were talented musicians that wasted some of their talent by writing songs that lacked a lot of meaning and were also repetitive.

I like all the bands on this list, but I honestly think that the stones deserve 2. I mean the stones are probably as influential as the Beatles. They made many great songs, it's pretty hard to not like the stones, I mean I like every song they ever made and released. Thanks!

There were certainly some great bands through the 60's, 70's and 80's but, nobody who has ever seen the Stones could vote for any of the Others as the Stones are one of the very best bands ever!

They're still playing today!

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Rush is the most underrated and under appreciated band ever. In spite of this they've managed to thrive as a band and influence many, many other more popular up and comming bands.

The best 3 musicians of the decade, and probably the best drummer of the Rock and Roll era.

If anyone says that Rush is not one of the top ten rock bands of 70s they obviously have not listened to any of their songs from that decade. Both their self titled debut album and BOTH of their live albums are examples of rock in its purest form. These, along with their rock epics 2112 and Cygnus x-1 place them top 10 on any rock list.

What a ton of great music from a 3 piece band miss ya.

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12Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

Ah the Mac. Seriously talented and unique bunch but yes very repetitive after Rumours, trying to duplicate its success. Fortunately there was enough variety to continue to entertain. Tusk was brilliant. The Dance was great. Miserable tightwads of late doing world tour but no album releases or live recordings known of, due to piracy concerns. How innovative; what a concept. If everyone did the same there would be no more recorded music. Great job guys. Anyhow they should be in the top 5

Seriously, Stevie Nicks in 1976? Is that even open to argument?

Fleetwood Mac were best while they played the blues, before the female singer.

Hands down the best.

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13KISSKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Nothing against any of the bands ranked ahead, they were very influential in there own ways but KISS was the face of 70's rock music. The makeup, pyro, and merchandise made them stand out and that's all some people give them credit for. Kiss was way more than that. They were four guys who could all write songs, sing, and play instruments very well. They also dabbled in several types of music genres. KISS, to me, is the most underrated musicians of all time. Sit and actually listen to any album they put out in this decade and I believe you will have a different aspect.

Yes there were many 70's rock bands but KISS was the ultimate 70's band. They owned the 70's and got bigger from there on. They started in the 70's and got bigger ever since but the 70's made them and they the 70's

Kiss will always be remembered as THE rock band of the 70s. No matter if you were in elementary school, high school, college, middle aged etc. EVERYONE has KISS memories.

KISS is the best 70s rock band and they have so many hits I don't why they are not higher on the list. Rock and Roll All Nite is one reason they should be in the top ten.

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14Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is by far the very best band ever! They sold out every concert they ever did back in the 70,s. Ronnie Van Zant wrote the greatest rock song of all time freebird! Their songs to this day are in heavy rotation on the best rock radio stations not even the Beatles songs are this timeless! If not for the plane crash that decimated the band in 1977 who knows how far they would have went. long live the bird!

How can Lynyrd Skynyrd NOT be in the top 3? This is nuts! Who are these bubble gum rockers that are taking this poll?

Why are they here they should easily be in the top 5 Pink Floyd really

Skynyrd must be in the top two with led zed first

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15Blue Oyster CultBlue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

Blue Oyster Cult should be in the top ten of any hard rock/metal list as they did both and more. Very experimental with great lyrics, way ahead of their time and has one of the best guitar players that ever came to the into the rock world, Buck Dharma. Go see them if you don't believe it, they put on excellent live shows.

Definitely a top 10 band of all time. Influential in many genres of music particularly punk and metal. First band that could be labelled as Gothic as well.

We need rock bands like this today cause todays music really eats it

After Sabbath the best classic Heavy Metal band.

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16RainbowRainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. A limited number of European appearances have been announced by Blackmore for the summer of 2016. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio's American rock band Elf, but after the first ...read more.

I definitely think a guitarist like Ritchie Blackmore deserves to be mentioned here for more than one occasion. And long live zeppelin on their throne!

The best musicianship offered by the 70s in every respect: guitars, vocals, drumming, songwriting. A very creative and innovative band as they invented several metal subgenres currently very popular and respected. R.I.P. Dio! - Metal_Treasure

Very underrated band, buy the album rising you'll see what I mean

Good but they could or should have done more

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17JourneyJourney is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

Only one good song. I don't like em. Clash should be 3 spots higher ( for dumb people ) that's basically above journey )

I like journey, but haven't really gotten into them yet. I hope to while there's time. Worth a listen.

Best vocals with Steve Perry great musicians. Never got over Steve leaving the band his voice his look. They are my favorite of all time.

One of the best in pop rock

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18Van HalenVan Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Even when they release their first album close to the 80s, in 1978 to be exact, it became one of the most successful album debut in all rock history and marks the beginning of a great rock bands ever.

I love Van Halen.

They released their first album in 1979 close to 1980 so they shouldn't be in the top ten

I LOVE VAN HALEN THEY SHOULD BE FIRST!

Where are the Van Halen's today please come back

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19The RamonesThe Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

Simple, fast and good. 15 minute songs?! No way! Average 2 minute good songs made some difference back there.

The Ramones should not be at 75 they deserve to be at number one!

Energetic mainstream pop with a rock beat brilliant

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20The ClashThe Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

The Only band that matters and in my opinion the greatest band who ever lived. Sure they aren't the best singers, but man did they make up for it with great songs, extremely ambitious albums, the widest variety of music sound wise of any band ever, and just straight up attitude. Their songs may have gotten a little too political at times but most of their songs are either still relevant or easy to understand what the world was going through at the time. They only had one bad album and that is because Mick Jones was fired. This band is awesome and deserves more credit. Honorable Mentions: The Who, and The Ramones.

44? This is a crime. The Clash is and always will be the only band that matters. They deserve to be at least in the top 5.

Underrated for Joe Strummer's and Mic Jones's contribution to modern rock, the Clash definitely deserve to be higher on this list.

Clash was 80s though.

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