Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

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1Led Zeppelin

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.

Simply the best.

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2Pink Floyd

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.

Awesome band!, but I still prefer Queen.

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3Queen

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.

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.

Queen is one of the best bands of the decade creating breathtaking singles such as Bohemian Rhapsody and We are the champions among may others. These songs are certainty timeless and have lots of meaning even their less popular hits like '39, Radio gaga, Prophet's song are AMAZING. So much genius and great vocals.

No words to express their talent.

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4AC/DC

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.

The majority of AC/DC hits are from the 70's. The Bon Scott era was great

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5The Who

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.

Needs to be higher on list

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6Aerosmith

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

Their power ballads and blues rock were awesome in the 70's and are still awesome now.

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7Eagles

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!

By far the best band of the 70s

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8Deep Purple

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.

Deep Purple, the best! The BEST! I told ya

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9Black Sabbath

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.

This band most definitely deserves to be higher in this list, considering that they are the founders of the heavy metal genre.
Power and groove personified. !

Black Sabbath RULE THE 70's

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10The Rolling Stones

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 definitely are one of the greatest bands of all time. I certainly believe that they deserve a higher place on this list, through their innovative songs and spiritual lyrics.

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The Contenders

11Rush

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.

Rush should be above any other band in the world.

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12Fleetwood Mac

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

Love this band and Stevie's unique sound... Nothing better

In my option the best band of the 70s.

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13KISS

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.

Best theatrics

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14Blue Oyster Cult

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.

Blue Oyster Cult should be wayy higher. They have great songrwriting abilities. They have great riffs and mind-blowing solos. Really good band. Deserves top ten.

After Sabbath the best classic Heavy Metal band.

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15Rainbow

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

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!

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16Journey

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.

My prom song was open arms... So nostalgic.

I like their style; ahead of their time.

Just love their style. Powerful.

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17Van Halen

I love Van Halen.

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

Van Halen is second great band with David
Lee Roth as front man

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18The Clash

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.

London Calling ranks amongst the best albums in history.

How are The Clash below Journey!?

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19Lynyrd Skynyrd

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?

No, No, its in the wrong place! They are a great band and should be in the top ten, especially since Aerosmith is there. Freebird has the greatest solo of all time! 1. Beatles 2. Queen 3. Rolling Stones $. LYNYRD SKYNYRD!

Best band ever! Be a Simple Kind of Man!

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20The Cars

I have to agree with the other statement, that they are overlooked. Every top rock band list I have ever seen has them ranked low. There first album was basically a greatest hits compilation and they had many more hits after that. They should easily be top 10.

I can't believe I actually had to add this band! The Cars were great. Let's go, just what I needed, moving in stereo, my best friend's girl, they were a really phenomenal band.

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