Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

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Led Zeppelin
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.
The best rock band I ever heard simply the best!

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Booming into the 70's with 'Led Zep II', wow! Plant took his voice into the stratusphere with a band as cohesive and talented as they come!
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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 good. You hear a lot of Nicki Minaj and Lil' Wayne on the radio. That doesn't mean they're good. It's the same thing with Queen. All they did was write mainstream music. Really nothing that special besides Bohemian Rhapsody, The Show Must Go On, and Under Pressure are excellent songs. But all their other songs are just commercial music. I Want To Break Free sounds like a commercial 80's pop music. Somebody To Love is terrible. Their just easy songs to listen to. Pink Floyd is way, way better.
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 because of their willingness to write about inter-struggles of the human race and thing like that, instead of the same crap that every other artist wrote about. Their Music was able to connect like no other and their lyrics to go along made it that much more timeless. This kind of depth along with their sort of spacey vibe made them the MOST Original band to be as successful as they were. I could go on and on and on and on...
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.
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3Queen
Queen was the best band not only in the 70's, but the best band ever. They played rock, rockabily(Man on the prowl, crazy little thing)prog rock, jazz, hard rock, early trash metal(stone cold crazy, oggre battle), opera, pop, stadium rock, gospel(somebody to love), little punk, waltzer (the millionaire waltz), funk, disco, and much more genre. They are the most talented band ever, and they had the absolut best frontman-singerin the band. This is fact. Anyone who says queen are just a pop band, should listen: the march of the black queen, the millionaire waltz, death on two legs, modern times rock 'n' roll, stone cold crazy, Jesus, liar, oggre battle, graet king rat, son and daughter, hitman, innuendo, gimme the prize, put out the fire, mustapha, flick of the wrist, etc. And Bring back that leroy brown? Absolutely genius! Every song is different. They can be never boring, like another rock bands. And I said nothing about the hits: BoRhap, STLove, WATC, We will rock you, The show most go on, etc. And my personal favorite was the quiet one: Deacy, and his real bass lines, which added melody and harmony to the songs. The four members were not just incredibly talented musicians but great composers too. They were(are) just too good and comlex for the music press and for the US. BEST BAND EVER!
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.
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4Black 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

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The godfathers of heavy metal might be the greatest band of all time, along side the godfathers of progressive rock (led zep and rush)
Aerosmith above Sabbath I don't think so not even close
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5AC/DC
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.
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

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They just play some kick butt rock and Roll.
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6Deep Purple
Lazy, definitely the best. best hard rock sound of the seventies.
Seriously, Judas Priest in forth place?
Smoke on the water is so good to hear.
Especially when you want to hear a kick ass song

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They combine swing whith hardrock and it makes a nice groove...
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7Aerosmith
You might say this band was famous during 90's era
But they sounded kick ass during 70's
With "walk this way" and "toys in the attic" they are the grooviest band ever

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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.
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8The Who
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
Not exactly from the 70's but still one of the greatest bands ever.

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Great band! Just as good as the stones
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9The Rolling Stones
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!
Never can get enough! Always loved them!
They leaned to go with the times.
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You can't get much better
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10Eagles
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.
Nothing better than Hotel California.
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.
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The Contenders

11KISS
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
They were new loud and had great songs Amazing Band
It was there songs that made them great!
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12Judas Priest
Psychedelic? Are you daft? In what world are they psychedelic.
The loudest psychedelic rock band I've ever heard

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13Jethro Tull
A wizzard on stage, Ian Anderson and Co. Created music that was really off mainstream. Loads of different styles, from little ballads like "slipstream" over concept albums like "Thick as a brick" and "A Passion Play" to mystic songs like "Dun Ringill". I love the music since I was a young guy.

Poetic lyrics, though often not understandable even for native speakers, just stunned me. Anderson's flute was and still is unique. To me still my favourite band.
Ian and company is, was and will always be one of the most unique bands in the history of Music. Thick as a Brick will someday be discovered as the masterpiece thet it is...
Aqualung is the first album to get me away from the usual radio crap of the early 70's. Still my favourite band ever! Still haven't got back to the radio!
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14Alice Cooper
Amazing performer! Knows how to rock the house and add some drama to the performance.
The king of shock rock!

15Lynyrd 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!
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!
What this band accomplished in 5 years (1973-77) will never be seen in the Rock world again. Ronnie Van Zant, in my opinion was the best frontman of the 70's. When you take in consideration; voice, writing meaningful lyrics, and being a respected leader of the band, no one can compete with RVZ.
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16Journey
My prom song was open arms... So nostalgic.
Best guitarest! Best vocalist! Best music! Wht else needs to be said!?

17Status Quo
Indeed one of the greatest British rock bands of all time. The classic line up of Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster & Coghlan really knew how to write & perform some wonderful, catchy rock songs. No-one who knows anything about 70's rock (and their whole long career) can honestly say they weren't great at what they did or unworthy of their success. Might not have been technically brilliant or as influentual as their peers but live they were wonderful and very powerful. The first rock band I really listened to back in 1974 and through the 70's Quo were THE band. Still following them and collecting all their stuff. Long live The Quo!
Probably created some of the most underrated rock songs of all time. Tracks like Rain, Roll Over Lay Down, Big Fat Mama and Forty Five Hundred Times rival anything done in the 70's
Not one of the best but only the best long living rock legends! Quo oh oh oh oh
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18Rush
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.
Rush is one of the best groups ever!
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19Van Halen
I LOVE VAN HALEN THEY SHOULD BE FIRST!
Van Halen is second great band with David
Lee Roth as front man

20The Doors
The Doors songs were always played during our highschool days and they're thd greatest!
Most authentic rock band - a revolution
Cool band!
My father love this band

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21Blue 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.
Hard driving and no fear of the reaper!
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22Uriah Heep
No one remembers one of the best. They are still playing
And recording. They belong in top 20.
Wonderful lyrics and music.

23Fleetwood Mac
Seriously, Stevie Nicks in 1976? Is that even open to argument?

24Creedence Clearwater Revival
The best band of all time
Absolute great old band. They should of stayed together.
They were down home good!
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Favorite band of the 70s
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25T. Rex
Absolutely fantastic. Excellent albums and super singles. Very influential and still used in many movies/

26Def Leppard
They weren't in the 70s. One of the best in the 80s for sure!

27The Sweet
The sweet? Nice! Most of the glam rock bands are really underrated. It's good to see some appreciation here!

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Not the best. But if Queen is at no. 2 Sweet should be higher. They were the first to bring the high pitched harmonics in rock. Very overlooked band from the 70s.
The most underestimated band of all time!
If you ever had the chance to listen to the self penned B- sides of their hit singles you'd know why. For reasons unknown to me, they where never given the chance to reach their full potential.
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Had great flipsides and album tracks
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28The 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.
London Calling ranks amongst the best albums in history.

29Thin Lizzy
One of the most unheard of and underrated bands of the 70s who had greats such as Phil Lynott and Gary Moore lead them. They released epic songs such as emerald, Chinatown, whiskey in the jar, the boys are back in town, the rocker, jailbreak, the list goes on. They also had some of the most awesome guitar riffs I have ever heard making them definitely one of or the best rock bands of the 70s
Two of the top one hundred guitarist of all time were in Thin Lizzy.
Inspiration for U2.
One of the greatest bands.

30Grand Funk Railroad
No way these guys are 26. Remember the name of the list: Seventies
Solid Rock band that blew it up in the 70's!
Great band blew Zepplin off the stage early in there career

31Boston
Pure musical and technical geniuses in every sense of the word. Tom scholz's mastery of guitar and studio mixing were phenominal, and Brad Delp had one of the widest ranges of any singer. Very overlooked band these days, but huge back then!
A couple of them were neighbors of mine, genuinely the nicest guys ever
Best 70s band ever they should be number 1
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32Heart
Completely awesome... Ann wilson voice is a powerhouse.
The wilson sisters rocked the 70's- Led zeppelin protégés

33Electric Light Orchestra
Jeff Lynn is awesome!
Electric Light Orchestra is one of the most unique and talented bands of all time!
Jeff lynne heads the BBC summer concert this Sunday at Hyde Park, wish I was there.
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34Supertramp
One of the best of all time. Totally underrated
"Crime of the Century"... Simply put, a masterpiece.
What could be better than school?
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35Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
No one rocked like Seger live in concert in the Seventies.
Some of the greatest songs ever written in my book.. Simple yet extraordinary.
Bob left memories that make me a wealthy soul...
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36The Ramones

37ZZ Top
ZZ Top impacted rock bringing Southern Rock into classic rock great along with Lynyrd Skynyrd

38The Grateful Dead
I realize the dead isn't for everyone, but for those of us that get it, jerry garcia guitar playing, with the dead or the jgb just satisfies my soul

39Dire Straits
Dire Straits got the best music!
DE LOS MEJORES SOLOS DE GUITARRA.

40The Allman Brothers Band
The greatest southern rock band ever!
Words no words, the best souhern rock of all time

41Steely Dan
Favorite group ever, but surprised at their inclusion with their heavy jazz influence

42Foreigner
Come on now... Some of the best ballads and hottest rock songs ever! Feels like the first time, Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Juke Box Hero, Urgent, Waiting for a Girl like You! The list goes on and on!
Listen and fall in love... That is what their songs are capable of doing.

43Santana
Unique and groundbreaking with what they brought the world of rock & roll! Nothing like em'.

44Slade
Great Band check out their later albums like Rogues Gallery... I think you'll be surprised
Huge English band with little North American credit.

45King Crimson

46Yes
The 70's are so long ago people just don't remember, plus 7-9 minute songs found little airplay until the advent of FM stations. Before the 70's AM played top 40 and FM played classical - mostly. I am not arguing who is best, etc. , but Yes has a plethora of works that last the test of time. They were one of the original Stadium Bands where nearly 130K showed up in Philly to watch their ethereal, Laser Light laden show. This was 1976! What was Iron Maiden (RU Kidding), Aerosmith and Deep Purple doing then? Hell, Peter Frampton - during the Frampton Comes Alive height - OPENED for Yes. They were individually unmatched musicians within the top 5 at any instrument and there music so inventive that they practically invented Progressive Rock. Not saying the "best" and in the recent years seem to be just out there for the buck, but not 46. 46? Really?
Who had more genuine musical ability and talent than Yes both individually and collectively?

47The Damned

48Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Great band, classic American rock about the open road and the working man.
Deserves to be LOT higher!

49Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

50Sex Pistols

51Triumph
Rik Emmitt -most under-rated guitarist and songwriter maybe ever

52The Velvet Underground
Along with stooges fathers of punk and avante garde rock

53Mahogany Rush
Watch California Jam nobody is cooler than Frank Marino

54UFO
Along with Thin Lizzy one of the best melodic hard rock bandsEngland has produced

55The Charlie Daniels Band

56The Beach Boys

57Genesis

58Focus
Insane music, awesome pepople! Should be in the top 10

59The Kinks
So underrated, and so amazing.

60Bob Marley & The Wailers

61Toto

62Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Frank Zappa should be in the top10 any musician will say they the best band was the the Mothers

63The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
One of the best front men in rock

64Scorpions
The best band ever

65Steppenwolf
John Kay's music is relevant today. Listen to Monster.

66Jefferson Starship

67The Alan Parsons Project
Different, fast and in your face

68Little River Band
Wow... People should go out & buy a greatest hits album to get reacquainted with this powerhouse group! Lady, Lonesome Loser, and Happy Anniversary Baby.. Got you on my minnnddd!

69Crack the Sky

70Climax Blues Band

71Poco

72Pure Prairie League

73Fanny

74Bad Company

75Chicago
The most Underrated band in the history of Rock!
They are the most underrated band ever!
Chicago should be in the top 10!

76Styx
Styx has some very HARD roots in Rock and Roll. Just take a quick listen to Styx I, II and Serpent Rising will prove it. It was carried thru into Equinox and Crystal Ball but DD's relenting and unwavering influence turned the bands direction toward pop and more mellow "top 40" stuff which is were the "underrated" title began. The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Tour has done a lot to show the band in its best light as they continue to pack venues all over the states and around the world! ROCK ON STYX!
Super talented band, great vocals with Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung. 4 consecutive Platinum albums.
This band is underrated and better than people rate them. This should be in the top 10!

77Foghat

78Bee Gees

79Wishbone Ash
This is the band that inspired iron maiden... Check out the seminal album "argus".. It will blow you away... Twin lead guitars set the bar for bands to come...
Argus ranks among the best albums of all time. Try Leaf and Stream.

80Duran Duran

81Cheap Trick
The best American rock band of all time.

82The Police
ANDY SUMMERS, GRAN GUITARRA, STING MEJOR VOCALISTA POST PUNK, GRAN BATERIA DE STUART COPELAND.

83The Cure
DESDE POST PUNK Y NEW WAVE, HASTA ROCK/POP.
GRANDES.

84The Cramps

85The Victims

86Whitesnake
GRANDES MUSICOS EX DEEP PURPLE.
LA MEJOR EN LOS 80s.

87The Adicts

88The Guess Who
Really. Well lets just start counting Top ten hits.

89Firefall

90The Specials

91Golden Earring

92Good Rats

93Renaissance

94Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

95Outlaws

96The Marshall Tucker Band
Can't you see... Whipping Post... Strong, strong songs.

97April Wine
Highly underrated Canadian band... Best known for "Just Between You and Me" but many gems far superior

98Utopia

99S**theads

100Dead or Alive

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