Best Rock Bands of the '60s and '70s

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1The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

At 62 I still haven't heard anyone near to the Beatles yes number 1, then I would put Pink Floyd at #2, Led Zeppelin at #3, the Doors at #4, the Cream #5, Creedence Clear Water at # 6, Ten Years After #7, and Iron Butterfly at #8. The rest could go any were under this. Surprise though is this little New Zealand Girl Lorde, if she can maintain her uniqueness she could equal the Beatles

Without The Beatles, the rest of these bands might not exist... John, Paul, George, and Ringo--best ever and I'm a Deadhead... Haha!

My favorite of this band is Paul in singing it's Ringo because Ringo's singing voice is so different

Number one then daylight as none others would exist without them

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2Led 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.

Their talent and innovation was incomparable.

Great on vinyl rubbish live band

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3Pink 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 (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

Just consider Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals alone most bands would kill to have recorded any one of these albums. Then if you add the Wall and Atom Heart Mother, Obscurred By Clouds, Saucer Full of Secrets. Also they have one of the greatest rock guitarist ever. And can play live! What can I say!

Greatest live band in history you just didn't want the gig to end

4QueenQueen 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.

Queen can't be explained because their music was pure genius.

QUEEN is the best of the best Ever! If you only Queen from their hits, then you don't know Queen at all. They're So much more!
Their hidden gems are a treasure trove of sheer ecstasy! An excursion into auditory bliss!
Queen is still new, fresh, and ever so relevant; not like most fr that era: dull, old, stale, and dated.
Queen is totally timeless! Their songs could be hits today, they're so ageless. Also the most eclectic band w/over 40 genres of music, from the frenetic Stone Cold Crazy and Dead On Time to the gorgeous Love Of My Life and Save Me. There's something for everyone.
With Freddie's stunning range and his electrifying passion, Queen put on the greatest show on Earth! (Move over Ringling Bros., lol)

5The WhoThe Who is an 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 ...read more.

Saw them just last week. For being in their seventies now, they sounded pretty dam good!

Saw The Who live at Indiana University Assembly Hall in 1975... One word "Magic"

Saw them perform at Charton City football ground in 1975(? ). The best live performance I've ever seen. For me rock music is defined in the main by power and energy and The Who had it in spades.

Amazing talents in each member

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6The 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.V1 Comment
7The DoorsThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

The Beatles caused a Riot everywhere they played... One of the reasons they quit touring... And they kept their pants zipped up...

The doors were a lot better than the Beatles The Beatles took 20 years to get where they're at nowThe doors only Took 3 years The Doors had over 3 riots How many did the Beatles have Jim Morrison He wasn't afraid to show his Audience a good time. The Doors gave a reason to remember about the 60'

Nothing ever like The Doors before or after. Absolutely stunning.

Morrison was the most intelligent and dangerous lead singer in rock history.

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8AC/DCAC/DC are a 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. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.V1 Comment
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.
Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe. - Metal_Treasure

10EaglesThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.V1 Comment

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11Creedence 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.
12Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England 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 improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.V1 Comment
13Status Quo

By far the best live band on this list like being on the Kop or Stretford End.

Status quo go as far as best in my eyes
Complete legends great music great guitarists
And great live shows.

Rock on Quo

Hardrock boogie band. Excellent Live.
The old killer Frantic four.

Actual Quo good enough live too.

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14Uriah 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.

Demons and Wizards...and the Magician Birthday are incredible albums. If you haven't heard the song "Rain" from Magician B-day! They might be considered a precursor to Queen.

15AerosmithAerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
16The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances ...read more.
17The Grave Eaters

Best rock band with dark lyrics of the 60s

18ScorpionsScorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
19The KinksThe Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies.

Ask The Beatles, Who, Stones, Zeppelin, who should be in the top five with (or above) them and I bet they all say The Kinks.

20The 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.
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