Greatest Bands of the 1970s
Led Zep, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, The Undertones. All great rock bands. But those knocking ABBA need to read the title of this poll properly. 'Greatest Bands of the 1970's'. Not just Rock. And whether you like their music or not, they were undeniably a great band. Multi-talented, multi-lingual, wrote and produced their own material. The polls on this site regarding music seem very USA orientated, ie If their not big in that country, they don't count. Well guess what, there's a big wide world beyond and this group was massive in Europe, Australasia, Japan, Latin America and even behind the Iron Curtain. Get over the insecurities and accept people don't all have to think alike.
Lots of great bands in the 70s but the best (and one of the all-time best) was Led Zeppelin. Start of arena rock and rock artists getting a lot of money from touring. Led Zep I & II were released in the late 60's. But III, the untitiled fourth album, Houses of the Holy, and Physical Graffiti were all 70s. Amazing records. Presence and In Through the Out Door were very good as well, also with songs like Achilles Last Stand that really shine.
They are still played on regular (non-classic) rock stations today. That's how good and influential they were.
Just from a 70s perspective, I would have to then rank it Stones, Pink Floyd, Eagles, and Queen.
But Zep were the biggest and best.
Unless you've ever seen Zep live, you just can't imagine the "ELECTRICTY" in the air with their live performance. The last time I saw them live was "front-row-center" at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati Ohio on Wednesday April 20th, 1977, before there ever even was a 420. There were 2 concert dates for this show, the other was the night before, on Tuesday 4/19/77, in which there was a "RIOT", over 70 people were arrested, as 1,000 ticketless fans tried to gatecrash the concert, by throwing rocks & bottles through the glass at the entrance doors and the all-glass panes surrounding the outermost perimeter of the arena. Thank God, our tickets were for the following night when they had more than enough law enforcement necessary to prevent another riot. I was also lucky, my soon to be wife was from Kettering (Dayton), and her parents owned numerous radio stations throughout Ohio, so we were able to get 3 of the media tickets their stations received, because it was still festival/general ...more
Yes Led Zepplin tops all of these bands witch are all great by the way. But let's get down to business. When I first heard Led Zeppelin I didn't think I was in reality. I heard Stairway first and Roberts voice carried me away. All I could think about was Stairway and Black Dog. And then Over the Hills and Far Far Away came out and I didn't think I was in reality again. Jon Bonom made Moby Dick a freak show. All I'm trying to say is Led Zeppelin totally rocks! Ps. Leave a comment below if you disagree with me.
Seriously? Heart and ABBA above Queen? Led Zeppelin I can kind of understand, but seriously? Before you vote for any other band, go look up Bohemian Rhapsody on iTunes or YouTube or something. Now, Freddie wrote that in a SINGLE NIGHT. And you hear that amazing guitar solo? That was Brian May on his first try (also he built his own guitar from bits and bobs he found around England. Now go listen to Another One Bites the Dust. Hear that amazing bass and drumming? Well the drumer dit that WHILE HE WAS DRUNK. I kid you not, go look it up, ol' Roger Taylor always had two shots of "the strongest stuff I could get sent to me in 45 minutes" before each studio recording and live performance. And as for John Deacon (the bass guy), well, his awesome playing speaks for itself. Their Live Aid concert was the best in music history. I think enough has been said.
Queen is the best 70's band in my opinion. I really know the works from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and other bands in the concepts of the 70's, but Queen with their powerful vocalist Freddie Mercury, the awesome guitarist Brian May with his solos and harmonys with that guitar, who himself and his father made, plus John Deacon and Roger Taylor comand the rhythm with the drums and the bass, became the best band of the whole world.
Simply put, Freddy Mercury is the greatest vocalist/performer of all time and the grace and command that his stage presence evoked was nothing short of magical hypnosis. I challenge anyone to name his equal! As a band, their voices blended with such ease and perfection that you can't help but be mesmerized. Easily the greatest band ever, not just of the 70's.
The most fulfilled band with both musicians and singers that generated a sound that is unique combining individualism with a fantastic group feeling. Not just good music but a good behavior example
Queen above Pink Floyd in a 70s list ? Haha ! This is ludicrous ! Pink Floyd were the DEFINITION of 70s rock. They RULED the 70s from the beginning to finish.
They were all over the world with "The dark side of the Moon" (1973) around the time Queen started playing in SMALL bars and were still all over the world at the end of the 70s with "The Wall" (1979) around the time Queen were slowly dying.
Pink Floyd put out their best work during the 1970s.
With "Dark side of the Moon" they made an album that not only sold millions but it gave the listener a story or sense of realism about the modern world. Other bands durning this time were writing about pop songs that were radio friendly but had no real meaning that stands the test of time nearly 40 years later.
Led Zeppelin are not even close to Pink Floyd, I'm a fan of all music but Floyd sets the standards, every song they did has something for everyone and a meaning.
I'm not sure I would say Pink Floyd is my FAVORITE band, as I tend to change my opinion at times, but I can without a doubt state that it has the strongest, most down to earth, brilliant and honest lyrics I have ever heard. Stuff that's so good, I felt the need to rethink about my life, and life in general.
Songs like 'Welcome to the Machine' even made me sort of depressed at times.
With a combination of brilliant lyrics, chill to badass beats, and just about the greatest songs, you can't go wrong with Pink Floyd! It definitely has my vote!
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What?! How is Abba above Pink Floyd. People just vote for what is easy to listen to. Pink Floyd is not easy to listen to. It actually challenges you ears. You have to learn to listen to every note. They were extremely original and didn't conform to doing just commercial music. Yes, they were commercially successful, but that because their music was and always will be the best!
Rush totally shreds, sends Mercury records an ultimatum after their first album, and says "it's our music, and we play it our way. Very prolific, very instrumental in their influence of modern day progressive music.
I was 11 years old and the Album was the very first record I bought at Shoppers Drug Store at the plaza. I rushed home to listening it on headphones and the rest is History
Why is ABBA above Rush? This is how little the general public knows about Rush. Oh well, more for us!
Seriously. No bands should be above Rush. They are amazing with the best songs and albums ever.
Black Sabbath is one of the bands that started metal. I love them! And they have such a unique style. They are definitely one of the greatest bands that ever lived!
They are awesome. Ozzy still is really awesome. Go Ozzy! All of his songs espically Blizzard of Oz.
One grate band to see at the age of 12! 3rd row Kansas city, ks 1971. Thy kicked ass.
Black Sabbath is awesome they are one of my favourite bands despite my age I love this band
Number 1 by far. No band has ever rocked the 70's and came back with classics such as Permanent Vacation Pump and Get a Grip. The greast comeback of any band in history which actually oitsold their 70's classics. They are still the best performing band of all time. They are actually better live now than the 70's era. It's easy when you have Steven Tyler, the best front man of all time and the snarly guitar of Joe Perry and Brad Whitfords rythym guitar. Not to mention the most underrated bassist and head banging drummer. What a treat to enjoy their music since my first concert in 1974.
They are another favorite of mine. Aerosmith is a legend and for a good reason. They have so many great hits. I love them! AEROSMITH ROCKS!
Aerosmith is a legend that was born in the early 70's and still are roaming at the top as we speak, greatest band of the 70's without a doubt!
LOVED them since I was 13 and you can tack 40 onto that! Have practically every album, even in the ones from the bad times. Still my fave!
The who should be #1. the 70's was they're best decade. releasing songs like baba o'riley, bargain, behind blue eyes, won't get fooled again, the real me, the punk and the godfather, 5:15, sea and sand, love reign o'er me, the seeker, long like rock, slip kid, dreaming from the wasit, squeeze box, who are you, bell boy, doctor jimmy, and the albums Who's Next, and Quadrophenia, makes them the greatest band ever.
My band started playing their songs when they had two albums out in the US. Once I saw them live, it was all over. Each of them were so ' awesome in their own unique, individual ways, when they rocked so hard together, there was nothing left to ask for.
Unbelievable shame to have The Who behind Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, ACDC, among others. Easily the most pioneering band on the list. Zep have knowingly stolen songs, and yet are much higher? I'm sorry, if you are a real fan of rock music, there isn't a better band.
Top of the heap bands had one of the fast drummers alive tell him "PASS"on, I like listening to their albums. But now there is just two of the once great group.
The original Heart lineup produced 3 1/2 albums of mind-blowing quality: 'Dreamboat Annie', 'Little Queen', and 'Dog & Butterfly' are all very impressive works. 'Magazine' would have been too, if they'd completed it... As such, it's the "1/2". Ann Wilson is a phenomenal singer that blows everyone else away. Heart has had an impressively long career and some of their recent albums stand up to the quality of their early work: 'Jupiters Darling', 'Red Velvet Car', and 'Fanatic' are all excellent works.
You are def not the only HEART fan left . Just seen them in concert, sold out , standing room only and they rock the house. I love HEART and there are a lot more people who argee, Heart is one of the greatest groups to ever put their foot on a stage.Heart Rules.
Who does not love Ann and Nancy Wilson. This is the most underrated band in the history of rock. Crazy on you , Barracuda, Magic Man, Alone. Need I say any more.This band should be in the Hall of Fame.
Three great guitar players.One of the best drummers ever and Steve Fossen on bass. Oh yea, before I forget. Ann Wilson, Ann Wilson, Ann Wilson. Need I say anymore. Ann Wilson! This band was so good live it was sick.
70s AC/DC was AC/DC at its finest. There's nothing wrong with Brian Johnson era AC/DC, it's just that it was never as good as it was with Bon fronting the band. The vocals could be anything from silly and playful to the most hard rocking'est powerful vocals imaginable and every riff written by Angus and Malcom Young was an instant classic. "Riff Raff", "Sin City", "Let There Be Rock", "TNT", "The Jack", and EVERYTHING off of Highway to Hell have classic guitar riffs. And not to mention "Whole Lotta Rosie", which has the most recognizable guitar riff of all time (Yes, I think more recognizable than Back in Black). Even if people don't know the name of the song straight away, they have heard these riffs and start rocking out.
AC/DC is my second all time band, losing to Aerosmith. I was TOTALLY bummed when Bonn died, and still have a special place in my heart for his voice, but they did good when they picked Brian.
Though there are none on this list that hates AC/DC I hovered so many comments on how they suck, and to them I say, GET OFF THE CRACK!
Leonard Skinner After the plane crash toured for 40 years. Not on the list you got to be Kidding me
I saw the Allman Brothers, Pure Prairie League, the Outlaws (I think) among others at Legend Valley in Ohio back in 1978! It was the first concert at this outdoor venue. Oh man! It was like Woodstock. We even had the rain. I was with 2 other people. We had a large cooler full of beer and some food... two blankets, sunscreen, a couple chairs and some other stuff. We got in really early because we camped out the night before just across the street. It had rained in the night. While everyone had their cars all stuck in the mud and their tents too! We did have some smarts about us. We got to the campgrounds early the day before so we had our pick of spots. Pitched our tent on a hill. The next morning when most people were having lots of trouble trying to get themselves unstuck... My boyfriend had a brand new 4x4, which pulled others out in the jif. Then we were within the first 40-50 people in line for breakfast at the restaurant conveniently located about 20 yards from the entrance to ...more
The most versatile and talented guitar band of ALL TIME (rock, blues, country, jazz, they could do it all). Nothing will ever compare to the dual lead guitar work of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts at the Fillmore East, as well as Betts' compositions like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", "Les Brers in A Minor" and "Jessica" which are some of the best rock instrumentals ever written.
They invented the genre called Southern Rock. Duane Allman was one of the greatest guitarists of all time, with Dickey Betts right up there. Iconic songs like Melissa and Midnight Rider will still sound good 100 years from now. And Gregg Allman has been acknowledged as having one of the great rock voices of all time.
I think they could be a little higher up on that totem pole sir. Best live band at the time, I think. Could not leave a concert feeling bad. So good, they didn't really even need words. Best instrumental band of all time. Just my opinion. I can't be alone on that though.
The Rolling Stones had an awesome decade, one of their strongest in the 70's. After the awesome Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street, they had a trio of REALLY underrated albums, Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock And Roll and Black And Blue, before releasing the equally awesome "Some Girls". So why are they this low down. Don't know really. It is the nature of these lists to have some terrible band (my opinion, if you like them that's fine with me, your's is as good as mine)and in this case the jackson 5, in the top 5 and have a few awesome bands lower down like the Stones. The Who, Deep Purple and Fleetwood Mac should not be where they are either.
THE best rock band that ever existed and probably every will. The Beatles are THE best band of all time (and their music can be viewed as rock, classical, blues, folk, country, experimental, pop, etc) but The Stones were dark, evil, gritty, driving, sexually charged (in all ways), straight ahead rock and roll... Beggar's Banquet and Let it Bleed are two of the must own albums for any serious fan of the genre. Dig.
Why are the Stones 8? They should be 3 behind Queen and Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Heart are great bands, but come nowhere close to the Stones.
How are Abba and the Jackson 5 ahead of The Rolling Stones! They should be 1st or second and at leader in the top 5!
The Eagles, along with Fleetwood Mac are underrated on this list. They both had a very original sound, were incredibly gifted musicians that not only wrote musically gifted songs, but had one top ten hit after another in the 70s. And still, their music is timeless and cherished by many. A quick look on "YouTube" will show you their continuing popularity today. Both bands should be within the top ten.
The Eagles' music just has a way of staying relevant in a way the vas majority of bands can't. And the fact that the Eagles made it big in multiple genres is a testament to their incredible talent in both writing and performing. Very under appreciated band.
Eagles should be much higher up. They are true storytellers, setting a mood with each song. And their vocals and easy sound appeal to the masses. I'd let my Grandmother listen to their music if she were still around.
They are by far the most consistent band of the 1970's. Their Greatest Hits Album is the greatest selling album of the 20th Century. How can they not be higher on this list. Number 1 in my book.
From 1970-1974 nobody could touch Deep Purple's incredible speed, power, and mastery of instruments. Blackmore's wammy bar cranking-ripping Stratocaster and Lord's distorted Hammond Organ exchanges were legendary. Ian Gillan or David Coverdale vocals were stellar. Ian Paice drumming was incredible. For those 4 years as a teenager they were my #1 goto band.
Deep Purple was one of the Greatest Rock Bands in the 1970s and although they didn't last long together than Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath their Music was and always will be Memorable. Everyone knows Smoke on the waters Guitar rif and my god Highway star is one of the most Best car songs of all time!
Sabbath and Zep get all the credit but Purple from 1970-1973 was the biggest loudest and best> of the big three, only Purple was named by Billboard as the biggest selling world wide act (1973) an the loudest by Guiness Book of World Records.
Deep Purple's Burn Album is one of the best albums they ever made. Every song on that album Rocks!
Disagree. KISS are number 1. People like bands that only put out a couple of albums & then call it quits. KISS pissed a lot of people off because they were louder & more successful & have outlasted everyone they pissed off. Every one in the business has had line up changes but somehow people act like they killed Santa Claus cause they got rid of a drunk & a junkie & replaced them with skilled musicians who appreciate all they have.
KISS are the absolute best at showmanship.
They were the first band to..
A. Make the color black an official Rock N Roll color to wear
B. Perform with fake blood and extreme pyrotechnics
C. Pioneer Glam Metal
D. Bring performance in makeup and costumes to the extreme level
E. Merchandise the hell out of everything
F. Keep the merchandising rights to themselves when they first signed in to a record label
13?! Seriously! I mean, think of the albums they made. Alive, Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun, come on! Watch Detroit Rock City the movie! Watch it beginning to end. Then let's see if this band belongs in the top 10, and maybe top 5, but slight chance no. 1.
KISS just had it all guitar solos, great vocals, etc. I can't believe they are ranked lower than the Jackson 5. They could do everything hard rock songs like Love Gun and I Love it Loud, and slow quiet songs like Beth.
ABBA is without a doubt the best music group ever, with a sound that is completely unique. I have heard every song that they have played/sung in English, as well as a few in Swedish and Spanish. I have not yet come across a song by them that is not in its own way enjoyable. Their music has a strange quality, due to their Swedish accents and interesting style of choice. Their melodies are pleasant, extremely catchy and at first listen seem simple. However, trying to sing almost any one of their songs will bring to light how complicated they really are. The ranges that the singers have with their voices are incredible, and yet they make it sound so easy. They also manage very well three different voices, usually at the same time, which gives the music a depth and complexity without the use of a lot of instruments. I was born in 1996, so I never did get to follow their career, or see them in concert, (which is my dream) I learned about them only when the movie Mamma Mia! Came out. It is ...more
Abba is without a doubt the greatest musical group of the 1970's. Benny And Bjorn were behind the wheel and angnetha and frida were both the face of abba. Together, they where able to bring us up-beat singles like Mamma Mia, take a chance on me, Waterloo, dancing Queen as well as many more, they were able to bring us heart felt songs like, one of us, slipping through my fingers, under attack, and many more. Unlike musicians nowadays, they gained popularity by earning it by the eye of the world. They didn't have to make world news for getting into some kind of scandal, they earned all the popularity that they recived and the all should be proud of they accomplished. ABBA, the 70s group that will never be forgotten.
Amazing Songwriters, musicians, producers and two of the most fantastic female vocalists ever and timeless music from where English isn't even their first language.
Lets not forget their Polar music studio as it was in Stockholm where many artists including Led Zeppelin used the facilities to record an album.
Listen to their evolution from the Ring, Ring to The Visitors albums. No wonder they are even more popular today, whether it's songs recorded in Swedish, English, French, German or Spanish.
ABBA are pure quality in all aspects: exceptionally strong songwriting, excellent production, two of the best singers of the 70s. They wrote so many classics that it's difficult to list them all, and if you listen to their albums from 'Ring Ring' in 1973 to 'The Visitors' in 1981, you can hear that they evolved musically at lightning speed. Their two best albums, 'Arrival' (1976) and 'Super Trouper' (1980) are full of excellent tracks that either were or could have been hit singles.
There is not now, nor ever will be, another band with the Moodies' unique qualities of progressive songwriting and playing. Not to say the other bands listed weren't great, but the Moody Blues and their sound occupy a genre almost all their own, creating music that has a way of providing energy, solace, inspiration, whatever is needed for almost any given life experience. Not to mention their overall extraordinary musicianship and that fact that 45 years on, they are still playing, and playing well, and that Justin Hayward still has that magnificent, irreplacable, instantly recognizable voice that, I'm sure, has been like a faraway friend accompanying so many of us on our journeys in life.
The Moody Blues are all talented songwriters, offering great vocals and harmonies, singing guitars, skilled musicians who have the energy to keep going, concert after concert. Their orchestration and production have always been second to none, with poetry and inventive use of the flute and Mellotron adding a prog edge to the albums of their heyday. They were smart enough to reinvent themselves in the 80s, with some fun video and impressive synth.
Through all the ups and downs of the rock music business, the Moody Blues have always been a constant, a timeless quality to all their material, still loved by millions, all over the world. Consumate professionals, that is why they are still touring to this day. They're even doing a special Caribbean Cruise after their North America tour March 2013 and a UK tour in June 2013. Often overlooked and underestimated, The Moody Blues today are as great a live act as they were 45 years ago, - even more so!
Probably one of the most influencial bands after the Beatles and The Rolling Stones having a major impact in the 70s! Mike Pinder introduced the mellotron to the Beatles! These guys are still touring and their gigs are sold out! As Ian Anderson of Jethrol Tull said: "The Moody Blues are one of the most professional and classy acts you can see! " They should be in the top ten with Pink Floyd, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Jethro Tull.
I'll second that. Top 10 for sure.
Eddie is one of the best guitar player in the world,when he was only 23 years old.
They barely existed in the 1970s but they did give us the brilliant - and underrated Let It Be album so they deserve to be on this list. One sub-standard album by them is still better than most other bands could even dream of.
They only existed in the 70's for a few months before breaking up, and of course most of their work was in the 60's, but they are without a doubt the GOAT- Greatest Of All Time.
Without this band it's probable that hardly any of the other bands on this list would not have achieved what they achieved.
Just saw Paul McCarthy at the meadow lands.Utterly fantastic...next in line was Fleetwood Mack...brings back my younger years. K.Roberts...Long Island New York...
They are my favorite group of all time!
Blue oyster cult is such a rhea band they deserve top 15 Godzilla don't fear the reaper. The spectres album is so awesome
Very underrated, they did burnin' for you and don't fear the reaper.
Needs more cowbell
The Jacksons where the greatest band to ever grace the stage with perfection of dance, vocal, style and fashion. Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon, and Michael became icons before they became adults. The first group to have all four of their releases to hit number 1 their debute year, and became a global success.
They should be in the top ten, at least!
I love you Jackson 5
This band basically embodied the 70s. I can't believe people listened to The Captain and Tennille over this. I love their groovy baselines, country-inspired vocals and production, and their epic buildups (Looking at you, The Chain), it's such a good rock band!
Fleetwood Mac was the 70s. Their sound so wonderfully captured the feel and soul of the 70s it's a shame they are ranked as low as they are. By far one of the more underrated bands in classic rock. Such a lush, melodic, layered sound backed with probably the best three part vocal harmony in rock music and some of the deepest, most introspective lyrics ever put to music. Long live the Mac!
Fleetwood Mac should be higher on this list. They were highly original, had immense talent and a diverse sound. Stevie Nick's unique voice and her talent as a writer was amazing. They dominated the air waves, and had much respect in that era. In my opinion, they belong as one of the top 25 best bands ever, not just the 70s.
I'm almost 17 and am in love with this band. It just goes to show that many children of the new generation have old souls and truly appreciate these older bands for the music that they have given us
Alice was by far a better live and record band than most in this stupid list. ABBA? Foreigner? Wings? Cutting edge WAS Alice, babes are way out of touch, just ask musicians, they'll put Cooper up toward the top of this weak list. Are you judging 'Pop' or creative, loud and live performance? Screw popular, judge by greatness. At least 15. ABBA? Wow.
Alice Cooper should be at least in the top ten, maybe top five. He's such an amazing singer and an amazing showman. He's a legend. He's also he very influential figure in the music industry. He needs to be way higher up.
He was the King of Shock Rock! Groups today are still trying to imitate the master. He still rules after over forty years in Rock. Top five in my book!
Alice should be in the top 5 screw abba and bruce s I mean really wow
Journey is one of the most underrated bands in the history of rock and roll. People ought to stop listening to bad radios and look for what the real 70's were.
The absolute best! Steve Perry is a powerful vocalist and under-rated!
They by far were the best group with great guitar player, bass player and of course the raspy vocals of Steve Perry
THE pioneering heavy metal band, simply no one could match their style back then and one of the greatest things to ever come out of Great Britain. period