Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

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21The CarsThe Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.

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.

Definitely a top 10 band. Great unique sound that doesn't age.

Strange but true but also dam good

22Alice CooperAlice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

When you talk about 70's Hard Rock or Heavy Metal, 3 Bands should always be in the top 3. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper! Ground breaking sounds, combined with heavy themed lyrics. Alice Cooper will always be my favorite, because he scared the crap out of my father and whats not to love about that. He may not of been the Blonde God of Rock, or the Prince of Darkness but he is undisputed

Get over it, it's a subjective list. AC is a great musician and entertainer, but who knew that he was even a band in himself? It's like adding Neil Diamond as a band to me, though obviously he had a backing band. Anyway he's not up there with the top bands ever, as good as he was, and is.

Alice Cooper was by far the biggest act in the world in the early 70s so this list Is pretty bull in my opinion I mean seriously number 25 that's a bunch of crap!

The first and original master of the stage & king of shock rock!

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23Bruce Springsteen & The E Street BandThe E Street Band is an American rock band, and has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Top 3 easily. Only reason not #1 is so much of the work has continued through the decades, but Greetings, Born to Run, Darkness on Edge of Town and The River all came from the 70's.

Great band, classic American rock about the open road and the working man.

Easily top ten, live show top one or two!

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24The PoliceThe Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.

The Police are very underrated in my opinion. They made a song about a guy stalking a Woman, that made number 1 on the billboard top 100 chart, that was there for 8 WEEKS. I don't think many bands can do that. And if you need one more piece of evidence, there in the rock and roll hall of fame. Nice.

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25The Alan Parsons ProjectThe Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, ...read more.

At least top twenty. The Alan Parsons Project had perfect arrangements and melody. Not the best but top twenty.

This is not your average rock band they were to far ahead of their time in that era

The first of great ensemble groups and great songwriting

Different, fast and in your face

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26Uriah HeepUriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.

No one remembers one of the best. They are still playing
And recording. They belong in top 20.

Like deep purple they also played metal in the early years - zxm

They have the best intro to a song ever for Sunrise

I love them, too. - Metal_Treasure

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27The Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

A great jams band that have some good albums they need to be at least in the top ten.

This band went through so much and yet gave us the greatest songs of all time.

They are the greatest America band of all time.

The greatest southern rock band ever!

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28ForeignerForeigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

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!

The problem with this rating system is the age of the voter... Come on now is absolutely right... They are one of the best bands of all time... All songs listed below were HUGE hits!

Listen and fall in love... That is what their songs are capable of doing.

Good-good music by far

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29T. RexT. Rex were an English glam rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, released four folk albums under this banner.

Absolutely fantastic. Excellent albums and super singles. Very influential and still used in many movies/

The greatest pop rock band ever

I'm between T. Rex and ELO for this one.

One good album so so for the rest

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30Status 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!

Following my last comment. I would say the most underrated rockers ever too! Mystery song, Is It Really Me/Gotta Go Home, Backwater, Just Take Me, Most Of The Time, Take Me Away, Accident Prone, Dust To Gold, Running Inside My Head, Big Fat Mama, In My Chair, Creeping Up On You, Oh Baby, Twenty Wild Horses, Little White Lies, Two Way Traffic, Is There A Better Way, Forty Five Hundred Times, Spinning Wheel Blues, Lucinda, and the list could go on forever and ever and ever Rock On!

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

The classis line up did not put a foot wrong in the 70s

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31Supertramp

One of the best of all time. Totally underrated

"Crime of the Century"... Simply put, a masterpiece.

"Crime of the Century," "Breakfast in America" and a lot of "... Famous Last Words..." is good produced music that still works.

They are underrated.

You can't forget "Even In The Quietest Moments" a classic.

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32BostonBoston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

Wow, way too low on the totem pole... Boston's the whole package, and then some. Very, very unappreciated today in this culture of off key "singing" and poorly delivered acoustics. Yes, they are still number one with this fan and I'm sure more in best era of bands--the 80's!

A couple of them were neighbors of mine, genuinely the nicest guys ever

Who knew geniuses could play guitar? The band Boston has a interesting sound to it unlike anyone else. - joe0400

Should be in the top 20 at least.

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33Electric Light OrchestraThe Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

George Harrison said that ELO is what the Beatles would have sounded like if they hadn't split up. John Lennon called them the "sons of the Beatles". Jeff Lynne is an incredible musician, the arrangements he made were excellent, the band was unique in incorporating strings into rock and roll. They should definitely be in the top ten.

I really love this band even though its not really rock, its still my most favorite band I just love the sound of the orchestra mixed with Jeff lynne's voice.

Listened to them as a 70's Child. Just rediscovered them in my 40's and they've definitely stood the test of time. Jeff Lynne is a Musical Genius and a Legend!

Jeff lynn is a mastermind early elo was great later elo sorry but sucked

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34The Jackson 5The Jackson 5, or Jackson Five, also known as The Jacksons in later years, is an American popular music group. Formed in 1963 under the name the Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.

This is not a rock band so why are they listed here come on man

Whoa whoa whoa! They're POP, NOT rock!

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35Jethro TullJethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

Let's face it, Ian Anderson was Jethro Tull, who really recalls the other band members? Very few, that's who. To bring a flute on the rock stage was genius & gutsy! Ian Anderson didn't have to, he played so many other instruments far more proficiently, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica & a variety of lesser well known instruments. His sound was truly unique, his lyrics were deep, some far more thought provoking than others. Even The Eagles borrowed a few notes subconsciously. His on stage antics combined with his theatrical use of the flute actually hid his less than average technique & some incorrect notes, quite a feat! He now, thanks to his daughter who plays flute proficiently & accurately, uses correct finger technique & rarely misfires a note. Why Tull? Who in the history of Rock n' Roll played flute, had a major hit album with a full 2 sides of a continuous song (Thick As A Brick) & is still recognized worldwide today? Who would be your ...more

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.

The flute, the lyrics just put them over edge!

Tull was never dull

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36Steely Dan

Great lyrics. Wonderful and imaginative musical riffs. Timeless.

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

I actually want to give my vote to creedence clearwater revival but it's too late...

The best, just the best

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38Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

Psychedelic? Are you daft? In what world are they psychedelic.

Their first album 'ROCKA ROLLA' was prog rockfish.

The loudest psychedelic rock band I've ever heard - isoldmysoulforrocknroll

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39Creedence Clearwater RevivalCreedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Absolute great old band. They should of stayed together.

What could they have done if they survived? Listen to them loud abd in high quality. Inspiring. John Fogerty basically divorced his band and went on to sing in a band using his own name. Some feel he was even better after that but I can't see it. Maybe I need to listen to more. Get everything CCR you can even live. If your sound quality is lacking, go and buy yourself a good CD compilation remastered. Worth it. And get good speakers or headphones.

I played them so much the songs are in my long term memory. They were that good.

If this band don't move you then you're near dead

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40Sex PistolsThe Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.V1 Comment
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