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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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.
I love almost all the bands on this list, but Queen is my #1. From Freddie Mercury's singing to Brian May's sick guitar solos, the beautiful piano sprinkled into the songs. They are simply the best. Also, they were so original. The opera added to Bohemian Rhapsody, leaves me speachless no mater how many times I listen to it.
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3Pink 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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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


They just play some kick butt rock and Roll.
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5The 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
Queen, Aerosmith, Who, Pink Floyd

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


Awesome band, deserve to be higher, they were brilliant in the 70's and achieved arguably their best work, very good band.
Aerosmith is the best band there ever was!
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7Black 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


Aerosmith above Sabbath I don't think so not even close
My first cassette tape. Ever.. love them. !

8The 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!
From Hippysurvivor
Awesome. At their age they can sing no wrong! Long live rock n roll and the Rolling Stones.


9Deep 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


Es una de las mejores bandas exponentes del rock

10Judas Priest
the loudest psychedelic rock band I've ever heard


The Contenders

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.
Rush is Rush. Case closed.
Wow, Rush is close to the top ten for once on a list like this (you know, where they should be).

Faith in humanity +5 points.

Rush rules.

12Jethro 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.
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!
Unique band will stand the test of time
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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.
The eagles have to be the most creative musicians of all time. Hotel California is a master piece in my opinion, they are the greatest band of all time!
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15The Doors
cool band!
my father love this band


The Doors songs were always played during our highschool days and they're thd greatest!
Most authentic rock band - a revolution
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16Blue 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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17Uriah Heep
No one remembers one of the best. They are still playing
And recording. They belong in top 20.
Wonderful lyrics and music.

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
It was there songs that made them great!
In the 70s there were great bands, and bands that made evrryone say they listened to rock kiss was the band that evrryone knew! Does that make, them the best? If not they were the most identfiable rock band, and everyone knew a kiss song (or 3 or 4... Or alblum) not in rock and roll hall of fame, makes the rock and roll hof less than what it should be.
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19T. Rex
Absolutely fantastic. Excellent albums and super singles. Very influential and still used in many movies/

20Creedence Clearwater Revival
The best band of all time
Absolute great old band. They should of stayed together.
They were down home good!

21Alice Cooper
Amazing performer! Knows how to rock the house and add some drama to the performance.
The king of shock rock!

22Status 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!
They are just the best

23The Sweet
The sweet? Nice! Most of the glam rock bands are really underrated. It's good to see some appreciation here!


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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24Fleetwood Mac
Seriously, Stevie Nicks in 1976? Is that even open to argument?

25Grand Funk Railroad
No way these guys are 26. Remember the name of the list: Seventies
Great band blew Zepplin off the stage early in there career

26Van Halen
Van Halen is second great band with David
Lee Roth as front man

27Thin 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.

28The Ramones


30The 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.

31Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
Some of the greatest songs ever written in my book.. Simple yet extraordinary.
No one rocked like Seger live in concert in the Seventies.

Best 70s band ever they should be number 1
The guitars man, its albout the guitars.
I agree, should be #1 as it's the BEST :D

33ZZ Top
ZZ Top impacted rock bringing Southern Rock into classic rock great along with Lynyrd Skynyrd

34Lynyrd Skynyrd
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!
Why are they here they should easily be in the top 5 Pink Floyd really

35Dire Straits
Dire Straits got the best music!

36Steely Dan

37Electric Light Orchestra
Jeff Lynn is awesome!

One of the best of all time. Totally underrated
"Crime of the Century"... Simply put, a masterpiece.
What could be better than school?


Huge English band with little North American credit.

41The 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

42King Crimson

43The Allman Brothers Band

44The Damned

45Barclay James Harvest
Vastly underrated British prog rock band, who enjoyed massive success in Europe and are still going in 2013 (albeit in two separate guises - 'John Lees BJH' and 'BJH featuring Les Holroyd'), 46 years after their formation.

46Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Great band, classic American rock about the open road and the working man.
Deserves to be LOT higher!

47Def Leppard

48Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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

50The Velvet Underground
Along with stooges fathers of punk and avante garde rock

Who had more genuine musical ability and talent than Yes both individually and collectively?

52The Beach Boys


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

55Bob Marley & The Wailers


57Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention

58Mahogany Rush
Watch California Jam nobody is cooler than Frank Marino

59The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
One of the best front men in rock

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


The best band ever

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

64Jefferson Starship
Top 20 for sure

65The Alan Parsons Project

66Little River Band

67Black Oak Arkansas


69Pure Prairie League

70The Charlie Daniels Band

71Bad Company




75Bee Gees

76Wishbone 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...

77Duran Duran

78Cheap Trick

79The Police

80Sex Pistols

81The Cure

82The Kinks

83The Cramps

84The Victims


86The Adicts

87The Guess Who


89The Specials

90Golden Earring

91Crack the Sky

92Good Rats

93Climax Blues Band


95Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


97The Marshall Tucker Band

98April Wine



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