There really is no contest. The only reason the 80s or leading here is the age of the people voting. If most of those were old enough to have lived through the 70s or would just research where all these stars were born that have had staying power there would be no reason for a survey. Just read on... Contrary to at least one of the other remarks here the Beatles were the 60s but Paul McCartney and Wings and John Lennon and George Harrison and Ringo Starr all had hits in the 70s! Not to mention the continuation of The Who, The Rolling Stones and others. But then you do have from the 70s only, and continuing Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Queen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, The Eagles, lynyrd Skynyrd, Yes, Journey, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Steppenwolf, jazz Greats like Buddy Miles, Earl klugh, the Crusaders and the list goes on and on! For those that are posting any other decade it's time for you to ...more

The best soul, pop, dance, folk, rock music was made between 1965 and 1985. Most of what's considered today classic rock comes from this period. And most classic bands produced their best material in the seventies, independently of their genre. Take any band, any genre, their best contribution to music comes from this period in time. The sixties created most of the innovation in pop music, but the quality and quantity of good bands from the seventies is really remarkable and undisputable.

3!? The reason people forget the 70s is that they don't look into it. Because music videos were mostly used during the 80s, people don't watch 70s songs on youtube. ( besides the most commercial ones! What really annoys me is when people write down artists that were already famous in the 70s as 80s artists. Like the police, michael jackson or queen. GRINDS MY GEARS.

The 70s saw the development of music from the simplicity of the 60's. Technology and tons of new forms of music made it one of the most interesting periods of music... During the 70s we saw the birth of symphonic rock, perfection of progressive rock, creation of synthesizers, genesis of heavy metal, etc... The decades surrounding it were just not the extraordinary period of transition that was the 70s.

The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie. I mean, come on. This should be at least second behind the 60's, which I will concede is the the greatest decade of music purely for The Beatles and Rolling Stones. Also, the late 70's was certainly a slump in terms of originality in music (disco). However, the disco period is still not enough to say that this decade was worse than the 90's (#3) or the 80's (#4).

Carol King, Cat Stevens James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, the Band, The Dead, Derek and the dominoes, The Allman Brothers.. Incomparable decade when the wall of sound was still lush and harmonies were at their peaks. This era had the most sonorous, blended and appealing music of any decade. this is when people were truly singers, performers and musicians not just techno kings and video show offs. There is absolutely no other decade like the seventies although I do appreciate the 50's and 60' for their raw and innocent musicality and originality!

People are just judging by radio hits. The '70s was clearly the greatest decade for music innovations that went under the radar much of the time. Electronic was invented (Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream), heavy metal (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest), Prog rock was fully formed (Pink Floyd, Yes, Jethro Tull), avant-garde bands like Can and Magma were just too nuts to easily catagorize. Punk, Jazz-fusion... Even Hip-hop started in the underground in the '70s not the '80s.

If you go to the greatest songs of all time list and look at the top ten, you'll see that a majority of them come from the 70's. Even if I don't agree with some of them (Stairway To Heaven is overrated) they're still all great songs. Plus, the 70's had Queen in their prime. I want you to sit there and explain to me how Queen could ever somehow be considered bad. No, please take your time - spiritofhiphop

The 1970's were the best decade for rock music, especially for Progressive Rock, Punk Rock and Hard Rock, which expanded and grew during the decade, influencing musicians everywhere. On top of that, music in those days was written to express a reason rather than just used for mindless noise.

What how is this so low? The 70s were awesome! Bands like Rush, Yes, King Crimson, Camel, etc. all started in this decade. It was a decade of inspiration. In my opinion the 70s and the 80s included amazing music.

The 70's had a little bit of everything. Folk, punk, ragea, salsa, disco, funk, soft rock, rock metal, hard rock, progressive, r&b, soul, blues, early rap and real country. The artist, before they became famous, worked for years in clubs and regular bars all across the country,for years. There they perfected their skills of learning to play multiple instruments. They learned how to work the crowds at concerts. Today, a lot of artist get in the business by sending a video of themselves singing a song from their home or winning a talent competition. They don't have it as hard as artist from the 60's or 70's did. You can hear it in the soft lyrics music has now. Modern artist don't appreciate fame or stay together as a band like they once did.

This decade had a little bit of everything, musically. You had r&b, soul, pop, disco, funk, punk, folk, jazz, salsa, reggae, soft rock, rock, hard rock, metal and southern rock. Bands like Zeppelin, Stones and The Who were better this decade. It was pre-MTV era which meant it didn't matter what an artist looked like. Another thing is, this music is constantly being played today, unlike most of today's music which will die out in 5-10 years.

The 70's are by far the best. Too name a few from many genres: hall and Oates, the early police albums, Led Zeppelin, the eagles, the best Pink Floyd albums, Boston, Chicago, early foreigner, the cars, the clash, steely dan, bad company, America, elo, wings, early rush, the list goes on.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway to Heaven, Imagine - the three songs widely regarded as the greatest of all time - all from the 70's. As well as Hotel California, American Pie, Piano Man, Free Bird, Eagle Rock, all 70's. The list goes on..

I have to think the only reason the 60s and 70s are below the 80s is their votes were split between eachother, while the 80s are a distinct choice. The 60s and 70s were the peak of music in my opinion, by far the most inventive and revolutionary works were made during these decades. The 70s took what was pioneered in the 60s and perfected it. For the most part, the 80s took away the progress made, and replaced it with shallow pop songs.

Light years beyond the other decades, although I think the best years would be mid-60s to mid-70s, but really all of those people who are voting 80s and 90s don't have any idea of the level of music that was produced in the 70s

Hard Rock bands flourished throughout the decade, the Heavy Metal genre started, Progressive Rock ruled the early 70's and Punk Rock took over. As you can see, the 1970s were the days when rock truly ruled the world, that's why it's the best "musical" decade after 1900. - fidelcanojr

This era was a highy influenced by the Beatles. It refined 60s music and took it to another level. Music had much soul with touching lyrics. The musicians were highly crafted both instrumental and vocally. (with no auto tune). There was a large selection of popular genres. Rock, R&B, metal, soul, funk, disco, to name a few. This periods elements are found in a lot of the subsequent era.

Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Ac/Dc! The 1970s were the years when bands started playing ACTUAL heavy metal which influenced all the 1980s thrash metal and speed metal bands. The 70s was the most influential decade ever, as far as rock and metal music is concerned.

The 1970s are underrated. It's easy to see how this decade has influenced the music of the subsequent decades, and most of the artists who started recorded in the 1960s also had hits in subsequent decades.

When I listen to music from the 70's I get pulled back to a time where I did not exist. It makes me feel like I lived in that Era which is a great feeling. Love 60's, 70's and 80's music. I think every decade has its own amazing music.

Although I think the 80s had a wider variety of music to choose from, 70s music appeals to me. You have the classic rock from bands like Zeppeliln, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, and Kansas. In addition, there was funk music, like Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, the Bee Gees. I feel like the music of this era has a groove and feeling to it that other decades are missing

No question the 70's was the decade for GREAT music and innovation. Followed closely by the 60's, if it weren't for those two decades say goodbye to what followed.

Disco people! This is a great dancing, singing, and disco era. I had trouble choosing between the 80's, 70's, and 60's, but since the 1970's are in the middle of the 60's and the 80's, I choose the 70's. I mean, why not?

This should be higher in my opinion. Anyone who liked the soundtrack to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie should know it was mostly from the 70's.