Greatest 60s and 70s Singers and Bands

This is a compilation of who I believe is the best from the 60's and 70's!

The Top Ten

1 The Beatles The Beatles The 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.

Are you kidding me? #3 that's crap. The Beatles should be #1! The Beatles are the most successful group in history! I'm 15 years old and the Beatles are my favorite band. I mean hearts name will fade into the past along with their music. The Beatles will live forever! They created everything we know. As president Obama said, "Elvis created rock and roll, The Beatles came in and busted the walls down. " We have to keep the Beatles alive, otherwise my generation and generations to come will never know what real music is!

How does the jackson 5 make this list 2 times? The bands who really deserves to be on this list two times is the Beatles. They influenced more bands than any any other in history. There music varied from rock to pop and the Beatles dominated in every genre and still manage to be inspiring to artists always. I'll give up if you can give one artist, just one, that the Jackson Five or Heart influenced then I'll give up. The Beatles had albums upon albums where you can name many of there albums. The two bands ahead of the Beatles had no albums and almost 0 hits. God bless the Beatles for there forever engraved in my memory. By the way, why is the Velvet Underground not on here?

This is the most influential band in the rock era. They wrote most of their music, and changed their style so rapidly that no other artist (s) could match them. Elvis Presley was undoubtedly a good singer, but his songs were written for him by other people. The Rolling Stones first learned how to write songs by watching Lennon and McCartney, and their style never evolved anything like the Beatles did. Brian Wilson may have been on a par with Lennon-McCartney as far as creativity goes, but the total body of his work does come close to the Beatles! This is like comparing Shakespeare with Neil Simon! The difference in the relative quality of their work is that much above almost all of their contemporaries.

Musical masters. Nobody else close...

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2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led 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.

THE most influentual band ever. I bet if Micheal Jackson was still alive, Jackson five would be nowere on this list - d3rrick95

led zeppelin is amazing jimmy page john bonham john paul jones robert plant four of the most talented musicians ever - rockman

First off, it's spelled led zeppelin, not zepplin. No band could match the aura of zeppelin. Within one hour that the people got the news that they were touring, all the tickets would be sold out. They outsold the Beatles and the stones put together 40-1

Best ever!

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3 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive 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), ...read more.

I understand why this is number three but at the same time I don't. More people like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin ( I am a huge fan too) more than the number of people who like Pink Floyd the best so that's why they are third buy why they like em better is what I don't understand. I'm not saying that the number one and two are not good I'm saying because I absolutely love them both I'm saying that Pink Floyd id just better in my opinion but it makes complete sense that floyd is 3rd because the number outweigh and its totally predictable seeing as how many fans they have and had but I just had to put in my vote for floyd but all three are like my favourite bands but I've just had more of a personal liking to Pink Floyd more ever since I was like 5 but its really close because on a scale from 1-10 floyd is a 10 and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin are both a 9.5 but yeah I'm not arguing or soundin like a douche I just sorta wanted to say this because I'm in school and bored and not wanting ...more

Awesome song writing, music, voices, totally started a "new" progressive kind of music

Damn everybody who says pink Floyd is only for old guys. I'm a ten year old girl and I love this band to death. And to the person asking if we had forgotten Barrett, we haven't. He really was the beginning of pink Floyd, and seemed a magical bloke before he gave his life to LSD. There are many mixed opinions on him, but I think we should credit him on his naming of the band and his ethereal presence that continued to inspire his bandmates long past his departure. An amazing band. Keep on rocking, Roger.

I really like Pink Floyd he's great. I love his song Another Brick In The Wall

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4 The Doors The Doors The 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.

Hypnotic, rich music, combined with poetic lyrics and a strong presence overall - the band, that seduces you, strips you naked, opens up your head and chest and dares you to look inside, to dig deeper every time you face fear and death, to go crazy and embrace the path you choose. Their music was bluesy, solid rock, individual and really influential, it had a message, it was like a door to a hidden face of our surrounding reality. And, no, I don't do drugs.

The Doors influence on music is vastly under appreciated. Forget Marilyn Manson, Jim Morrison was the first "rockstar" & he only developed more depth/soul as time rolled on. One of the most original & talented individuals ever to create music, surrounded & assisted with 3 talented musicians in their own right.

All the best frontmen were REALLY messed up... John Morrison was no exception. A brilliant young man (and fun to look at laugh out loud) who, unfortunately, had serious problems. He was a true poet. Robby Kreiger paved the way for electronic music through the years, and provided some of the most melodic tunes of the era. He was, in short, extremely overrated. The Doors broke the mold... And there will never be another band like them.

Great uniqe amazing band

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5 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band 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.

How could Heart be ahead of Queen? You don't know what music is - rodoglez

YOU PEOPLE ARE SERIOUS? HAVE YOU HEARD BOTH QUEEN AND HEART?! :( - stevebobjo

No, I say Queen is the most influential ever. Look at Lady Gaga... Hm...

Radio Gaga
Lady Gaga

I see something going on here

Best-est of the best.

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6 Jackson 5

Was a great Band, just think that in this band was Michael Jackson!
- Laryssa

I grew up listening to the Jackson 5. I had their music on 45's to play on my record player.

I would never include them among the best rock bands.

Look at michael's voice. It was very much better than everyone on this list. His high notes at such young age is really greatest of greatest. MJ is the GOD OF MUSIC.

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7 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The 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.

This group should be somewhere in the top 5. They were 2nd to the Beatles in the 60's an 2nd behind Zeppelin in the 70's among bands. Overall they were relevant in four different decades. How many other artist or bands can say they have these credentials?

Jagger-Richards, Aftermath, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Goats Head Soup.

And Mick Taylor's lead guitar playing (1969-74).

I put the Stones in the top 3. I'm 66 and remember singing Satisfaction on the school bus when I was 12 or 13! They are still rocking! They have adapted to the times and remain top notch. I'm seeing bands that were only together a few years with higher ratings? Wow

Should be number 2

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8 The Who The Who The Who is an English 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). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled ...read more.

This is the greatest band of all time. Zeppelin has nothing on this innovative group. With the rock opera Tommy they made albums like The Wall possible. They were probably the best and most talented live band as well, each person brought a uniqueness to the group. The best scream in history in Wont Get Fooled Again, introspective songs people could relate too, and music that ROCKS! The Who are underrated, innovative, spectacular legends.

As if the rest of their catalog wasn't enough to rocket them to the top, Quadrophenia is likely the greatest album ever produced. It's combines the concept of the rock opera, which they kept coming back to, but after A Quick One (the track) and Tommy, it was perfected here. The band had earned the sophistication in the album. It had bite to it, but ultimately was uplifting. And Entwistle's performance is just ridiculous. My reason for wanting to learn bass.

I probably like The Beatles more, but they basically broke up by the 70s. The Who, on the other hand, were unbelievably strong both decades. I've been addicted to this band's music for a year, and I still loved them before that. Check out Who's Next and The Who by Number, changed my life.

Who?

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9 Heart Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

Saw them in concert just this week and they are beyond great. Unbelievable how good the lead singer sounds. Best vocalist I've ever heard and one of the Top 5 hard rock shows I've ever seen.

They were absolutely brilliant! One, if not the best of female bands.
A personal favourite of mine. I have quite a few of their albums

Were brilliant?!?! ARE BRILLIANT! Just KILLED at the Greek last summer. One of the best bands and singers ever - male or female.

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10 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

Dylan's amazing lyrics and ability to adapt to various instrument styles makes him one of the most influential musicians of his era. On a completely separate note, why has Grateful Dead only gotten 0.2%!?!

Bob Dylan is the father of a lot of things we correlate with Rock. He should be WAY highter on this list

His lyrics are somewhat different from the others, and when you listen to some of his songs and imagine what actually he meant, gives you goosebumps. Surely a legend and a living great

The greatest solo-artist of the 60s and 70s

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The Contenders

11 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Without this man there would have been no Beatles, no rolling stones and probably a lot more bands who would not have formed themselves, unfortunately he is responsible for cliff richards

Elvis is THE KING, THE BEST, EVERYTHING! Without him we'd be stuck with crappy music. He brought a new era, he was a humble, nice, caring person. He has sold more than ANY other solo artist in the world... EVER! What an accomplishment! Elvis changed the world forever, and still is changing it! Without Elvis, there is nothing.

You could dance and sing with Elvis' music. I have many great memories from the late 50's and into the 60's of Elvis' songs and music that I loved to dance to at Teen Town and enjoy with my friends at home! He really rocked during those days, and his music continues to rock and roll.

He is and always will be The King!

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12 The Eagles The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

The eagles should be on top. THEY're awesome! Come on people listen to their music and at least vote for the right band to get first! I mean seriously? The eagles"12"? Come on.. Without this people, we wont know about music especially the guitarist part. come'on people!

Heart in front of the Eagles. Are you serious. I really cannot take you seriously.

A real class one band. I have listened their songs more than one thousand times but I swear that each time I explore anew THE EAGLES. I recommend that every single soul should at least hear it once, then become a fan of their fame. Thanks. Bye. Navee Rehman.

THE best band ever in my opinion. the guitar is great!

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13 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

The Eagles are the most iconic rock band group of the '70's. How could anyone vote The Jackson 5 as a more iconic group? That is ludicrous and idiotic in my opinion. They were like so many other boy bands of that era. Other than Michael doing some new dance steps, there was nothing new from this group.

Jimi 'the dead God' Hendrix revolutionized the electric guitar and spearheaded psychedelic rock like no one before or since. The fact that he is 9th on this list is ridiculous to me. I'm sorry but if you cannot see the beauty that Jimi communicates through his music I just feel sorry for you. I am 16 & know for a fact that he is a master of not just the guitar but music as well. Please, go light a candle & throw on a Hendrix record. You won't be dissapointed, I promise.
"Music is my religion" - Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is a rock god and it's so shocking to see him so low on this list he was amazing in every way and played the guitar in a way that you could feel and hear his soul running through every tune and play - forever living on he is amazing! 0_0

Best guitarist ever!

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14 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Another icon! One of the best concerts I have ever attended. Like the Stones, this is a group who survived the changing times while adapting to the times.

Legends. Greatest artists on the planet. No-one will ever exceed their status and ability.

I LOVE Steven Tyler. Without him the band would be nothing. Lead singer The best

Still one of my favorites. Always will be. Rock on.

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15 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

During the 1970s Bowie recorded nearly 10 full studio albums, nearly one per year, each unique and ever so pioneering in lyrics, sound and vision. There is not an album that does not have a cult rock hit on it. He accompanied his music with spectacular theatrical performances, the likes other artist of the time just didn't have the courage to do -- many times he did them in colourful, amost drag-looking attire. He broke boundaries of music, gender and sexuality and presented himself as an androgynous, bisexual singer/songwriter/performer, all this in the conservative era of the 70s. He is also renowned for incredible music collaborations with legends such as Bing Crosby, Mick Jagger and The Queen. To get new sounds and techniques incorporated in his music, he often opted for gifted, but rather obscure musicians to help him on his albums. David Bowie was the definitive trend setter, collaborator and shock figure of the 1970s, a must-go-to inspiration for any musician.

Bowie should be at the top of that list so inspirational admire him so much such a great vocalist and amzing at writing lyrics, such an amazing man and tye most outrageous fashion sense which is one thing I admire so much I'm 14 years old and to be able to do what bowie does would be a dream come true to e bale to walk around in the stuff he wore and not care what anyone thinks is just fantastic

Most successful artist whether be music or lyrics, undoubtedly, and with the most harmonious evolution over time.
Just after Johan-Sebastian Bach!

David Bowie is truely an amazing artist. Fantastic singer, actor, and he is very attractive, smart, and funny. She deserves to be higher on this list.

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16 Simon & Garfunkel

I'm only 14 and I fell in love with Simon and Garfunkel from the minute I first heard them! If only today's music was this good, what they have out now is garbage.
They should definitely be #1, or at least in the top 10!

The greatest musicians of all time. This list is crap.

ONE OF THE GREATEST AND LONGEST LASTING PERFORMERS, HIS MUSIC WAS ENJOYED BY ME 64 YEARS OLD AND MY DAUGHTER 25 YEARS OLD.

17 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

I cannot believe Clapton is this far down the list.

Clapton should be at the top of this list for the simple reason that HE IS GOD!

What the F is EC doing 18th on the list? He's a legend who far surpasses most of the bands listed higher in ranking.

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18 The Hollies

Loved The Hollies, they bring back some happy memories.

Hollies had the best lead singer and finest harmonies of any of the "British Invasion" groups!

Under rated band :(

Always my favourite from young still love them now old.

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19 Billy Joel Billy Joel

Come on guys billy joel has some of the catchiest songs

Billy joel had some of the best in that era

He has to be higher than this

20 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

Michael Jackson was great but in the 70's he was mainly part of a group. His real individual fame started in the late 70's through the mid 90's.

Michael Jackson was great but in the 70's he was mainly part of a group. His real individual fame started in the late 70's an went through the mid 90's.

He is amazing, I don't see why he isn't number 1, he may not be as good as the Beatles at singing, but he is the best performer ever!

Wonderful Singer Forever xx

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