Greatest Bands of the 1970s

The Top Ten

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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 more.

I'll admit, the other people in the list are excellent bands; I like them all. But Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page's intense guitar skills, Robert Plant's screaming wails, John Paul Jones's deep rhythms, and of course John Bonham's powerful hands, and its musical diversity, they are the best of the 70s.

Led Zeppelin, has the most requested song EVER CALLED Stairway To Heaven. Besides that fact, Led created blues with rock. Please read Hammer Of The Gods, its autobiography of the band. With out a doubt, Led is #1, followed by the Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Jackson 5, The Doors. Led Zeppelun will be played for ever. Robert Plant & J. Page created ROCK over many years and to say that Abba is #1, I have 2 ask if He/ she is " HIGH " when making that answer...

First of the Firsts. This band stopped making music before I was born. Yet they still appeal to me more than any thing new of my generation.

Led Zeppelin, hands down, created the biggest impact in Rock history since The Beatles.

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 more.

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.

I totally agree with you on how incredible Queen were, but some info is a little off. First of all, Freddie wrote Bohemian Rhapsody in a space of YEARS (Not that this fact takes anything away from it. In fact, that makes it sound even better). However, Freddie did indeed write a Queen song in one day in 1979 (Crazy Little Thing Called Love) for 1980's "The Game". Also, Brian built his guitar from bits and bobs lying around in his house (the body was made from his fireplace). Only the electronics were from an external source. - Rickygforce

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.

To be honest everyone I know likes and has heard of queen, ask someone about heart and they won't know, heart is not a very worldwide known band, whilst queen is, in my opinion.

They were much better in the 70s in my opinion. But, it's understandable. Music evolves.

Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

In this decade, Pink Floyd were able to make arguably the greatest album of all time (Dark Side) and two more in contention for top ten (The Wall and Wish you were here)

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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It takes extremely good taste in music to listen to this awesome band. They have the best albums The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals (if you are a big fan), and lest not forget The Wall, which is the most popular double album in history. VOTE FOR Pink Floyd

Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

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.

Rush is amazing. Hard to believe that it is only three guys making all that racket.

And on the 8th day God created Rush.

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

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

Without black Sabbath we wouldn't have Metal as we know it, bands like zeppelin and deep purple deserve some credit but it was Sabbath that got the world hooked and Inspired a Generation of Metal Bands so I think number 1 goes to them with zeppelin at a close 2nd it's Such a close call for me but I say number 1 should go to the 4fathers of Metal

One grate band to see at the age of 12! 3rd row Kansas city, ks 1971. Thy kicked ass.

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!

Black Sabbath is awesome they are one of my favourite bands despite my age I love this band

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

This isn't serious, AC/DC supported Aerosmith in 3 tours in the 70's, they weren't even close to Aerosmith.
Allman Brothers? Seriously?

Top 5

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!

Clicked on this link from Google looking for some ideas on music and all I found was a joke of a list. ABBA beats Aerosmith?

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 The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

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.

Musicians all but it was hard to see Keith Moon and be satisfied with another drummer - the composition and musicality of this band are hard to equal

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.

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

Nancy and Roger were Magic on stage. Add the singing from the best voice in Rock, Ann Wilson, and you have HEART.

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.

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.

Who does not love Ann and Nancy Wilson. This is the most underated 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.

AC/DC AC/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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

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.

because ACDC is the best rock band and has ever since they are 50-70 yrs old still rocking so ROCK ONNNN ACDC!

ACDC is the very best my mom likes it dad brother frends like it ACDC IS THE VERY BEST ROCK ON!

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!

The Allman Brothers Band The 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.

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 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.

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 Contenders

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). more.

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.

I was just scrolling through thinking, when do the Stones bloody show up?
I haven't checked (yet), but I bet The Stones have performed in front of the most
People, ever. Lets face it, they still tour (after nearly 6 decades! ), and still draw many
Fans to sold out (still amazingly energetic) shows. I'm huge Acca Dacca fan as well but
If you wanna talk longevity, have a look at the originals, who would eat Beatles for brekky, ;-).
Time really is on their side;-)


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.

1. Hotel California
2. Take It Easy
3. One Of These Nights
4. Already Gone
5. New Kid In Town
6. Peaceful Easy Feeling
7. Lyin' Eyes
8. Best Of My Love
9. I Can't Tell You Why
10. Tequila Sunrise

Look at the list of hits. Number one in my book.

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.

A top 10 band no doubt in my book. Their music spoke the heart of America at the time. Funny thing... It still applies today...

Deep Purple Deep 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, more.

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!

Deep purple is in my top ten great listening groups, they have some of the great songs of today... CHILD IN TIME A CLASSIC... MY WOMAN FROM Tokyo... And many more. But they are one of the BEST METAL BANDS AROUND. Thank you

Since I listened Child in time in 1976, deep purple became the best in my life.

Deep Purple's Burn Album is one of the best albums they ever made. Every song on that album Rocks!

Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Kiss are a solid number one. Even after 45 years, and the death of Eric Carr, they are still performing. KEEP ON rocking ROLLIN KISS!

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 deserves better than 13. I'm not a diehard fan like millions are, but they were a COMPLETELY better band then Journey, who I can't stand. Actually, I used to like them a lot, but Glee ruined it for me. CURSE THE DIRECTOR FOR RUINING A REALLY GOOD BAND! But still, Kiss owns.

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.

ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

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

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.

Talk about four Swedes who studied and mastered the art of Pop music, you know, lived it, breathed it, and were like professors at it.

One of the best ever. Hundreds of masterpiece songs, with a sound so far ahead of time that even few bands today can rival the quality.

The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

Best ever band that transcends decades!

How many of the bands listed above can boast that they are still touring 45 years later and are in the top ten in highest grossing currently touring rock bands. They are still the best "Singers in a Rock and Roll Band"!

Justins voice is as beautiful as it was 45 years ago, and still on tour. Next june in Amsterdam!

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.

Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Van Halen came out in 1978
they were the best band I ever heard
they definitely deserve to be in the Top 10

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.

1. jump
2. dreams
3. runin with the devil
4. dance the night away
5. and the cradle will rock

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 more.

Lol what are they doing here? They're a great band but they didn't really last long in 1970. Therefore, they shouldn't be qualified on this list.

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.

The Monkees The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed.

They are my favorite group of all time!

The monkees deserve 20 oh my my was a good song in 1970



Blue Oyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

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.

The only group I have seen 6 times

Needs more cowbell

Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

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.

as much as I appreciate AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac ruled the 70's, and it all started when rumours came out

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

Jackson 5 The Jackson 5, or Jackson Five, currently known as The Jacksons, are an American family music group. Formed in 1964, the founding members were elder brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Younger brothers Marlon and Michael would join after.

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.

I love you Jackson 5

They should be in the top ten, at least!


Alice Cooper Alice 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.

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.

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.

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 Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

The absolute best! Steve Perry is a powerful vocalist and under-rated!

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.

Number One on my list of the best bands ever,with Steve Perry #1 vocalist ever

They by far were the best group with great guitar player, bass player and of course the raspy vocals of Steve Perry

Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

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

Steely Dan Steely Dan is an American rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972.

An argument can be made that Steely Dan is the greatest band of the 70's because of the incredible and diversified virtuoso of the musicians assembled under the conceptual rubric -"Steely Dan". Moreover, the lyrics are sophisticated, hip and insightful - making them, along with Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen the only bands that really make a case for elements of rock being a literate art form. Most of the above are either - 60's bands ie the Beatles - who disbanded prior to the 70's, or trivial pop artists. The Doors, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers excepted.

The Monkees ahead of Steely Dan, huh?

Its like Led Zed Zep and the Eagles. AA DZT

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.

Morrison Hotel and LA Woman. Although The Doors really are mainly a 60s band, these two albums (from 1970 and 1971, respectively) are the greatest with blues rock and jazz rock influence. For that alone, and their lasting influence in rock history, the Doors deserve higher positioning.


Two albums in the first two years of the decade and still the best

Best American rock band of all time!

The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

Best band ever


Sorry Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys was and will always be my absolutly number one. I agree with Sir George Martin of The Beatles." If I've to choose one living person I will choose BRIAN WILSON"

I have recently discovered The Beach Boys. They’re #1 for me. Their music always makes me feel great.

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

John is and was Creedence Clearwater Revival... it was all him. His voice, his words, his music. It was shallow and pedantic what the other members did to him, (especially) and including his brother. I was so happy that he was able to find himself again and bring us back his wonderful music and his new music is just as awesome. He has a wonderful wife and children and they are all blessed with each other. All I know is when I'm in a bad mood or not feeling good for whatever reason all I have to do is put on "John Fogerty" and I start feeling better. My first CCR song I ever remember hearing was "Green River".

Creedence Clearwater Revival. Countless hits, a top 10 70's band for sure. John Fogerty, one of rock's most iconic frontmen of all time.

Brilliant But l prefer John Foggerty on his own
Listen to The Old Man Down The Road



One of the geniuses of the 60s with group No. 1, continues being a genius in the 70s with group No.2. Saw Wings on their last-ever tour (almost their last ever gig) and it was the best concert I ever went to. "Band On The Run" is considered their best album, but, for me, it's "Back To The Egg". Class.

Best Band even better than the Beatles. Wings or Paul McCartney & Wings sang and wrote my favorite song: Mull of Kintyre, which is the biggest selling song in U.K History. It even outsold the Beatles biggest selling song which Paul McCartney also wrote.

They were one of the biggest selling bands of the 70's, had a string of #1 albums, including a live one, and many number one hits.

Silly love songs? Band on the run? Not the best 70's band but maybe one of the top ten at least

Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful bands of all time.

For such a band to not be in the top 10 shows how much of a joke it is. have influenced some of the greatest artists and bands of our generations not to mention songwriters and producers (prince, david foster, etc)

EARTH, WIND & FIRE, the greatest band ever. Never will there ever be another band leader like the great Maurice White; unless its me. Db

Top ten's please it's all about Earth, wind & Fire. These guys are legendary, how can they not be in the top 10's.

Earth, Wind & Fire - 'the black Beatles'. Great band. One of the best live bands around.

Badfinger Badfinger was a British rock band that, in their most prolific lineup, consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, Joey Molland and Bob Jackson.

BADFiNGER is awesome baby blue is a good song

I like baby blue

Never equaled... Day After Day, Baby Blue, No Matter What, Take It All, Without You ^^ Lonely You... just some of the many great songs Pete Ham ^^ Tom Evans wrote in their short-lived career... Badfinger, one of my favorite band next to The Beatles.

Foreigner Foreigner 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.

Feels like the first time, hot blooded, head games, double vision, jukebox hero, blue morning blue day and I want to know what love is are all great songs.

Unique in there style but brillient sin^g along stuff

Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen.

Showed the 70's a rock band could be anything ( or a bit of everything ). Pop, rock, punk, new wave all thrown into the blender to create a delicious sound to be swallowed by fans of discerning taste. Still tastes good to this day.

Still a mighty force of rock to be reckoned with after all this time. Their new music can proudly stand against their absolute best. How many bands can you say that about with a straight face?

One of the greatest bands to come out of the American Midwest. Heck, out of America!

They have produced great music for decades, vastly underrated in my humble opinion.

The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers is an American rock band from San Jose, California. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Still one of the best live on stage bands around. Have stood the test of time, they have songs that everybody just seems to know.

Night owls great. AA DZT

Love ❤️ this group. Napoleon and Lafayette love ❤️ this band.

Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powel how muc better than that can you get

Long Live Ritchie Blacmore! Di & Cozy come oonn!

The New Seekers

Great groups don't stop with hit records, the New Seekers were 5 individuals with a great range of musical talents and styles in their repertoire, as is demonstrated by their B sides and album tracks. They could woo audiences in the concert halls, cabarets and on disc. They had something for everybody, a true mark of their greatness.

The New Seekers survived despite a number of personnel changes, their popularity was not confined to the UK, but was evident in America and around the world, where their music was always well-received and their live shows were outstanding. Given that their musical style was forever changing, they made each recording unique with their incredible harmonies and appealed to a broad spectrum of people and age groups - something they continue to do today.

Fantastic group. The harmonies and Peter Doyles' vocals gave them that unique sound which still sounds as good today as it did back then. Each member of the group had such talent and put together they were brilliant. Lyn Paul has since gone on to show just what a true talented artist she still is.

Favourite band of all times and still proud to be listen to them today, saw them in Swansea when I was in my teens and met my No One Hero of all times, Marty Kristian, I had a kiss and his autograph and still got it safe today 42 years on, I'll never forget that day. All 5 members were so talented and were unique band, they were amazing to see in concert and to watch on T.V., they dressed in amazing 70s outfits which I still love to this day. Were under rated for their excellent talent and should be up the top of the list with Abba.

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

I made love to many of his songs/had a blast and cried to some of his songs. Special place for hm in my HEART!

Great lyrics that have proved to be timeless

Ageless tunes, better live than recorded, how many can say that?

One of the best ever

The Champs
Uriah Heep Uriah 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 more.

Skynyrd was the best and who know's where they would be now if Ronnie was still with us! Bottom line... They put it down and got it across!

One of the best of the long hair rubbish.

David Byron along with the rest of " Heep " were the most underrated band of the 70's. With Gary Thain on bass, Lee Kerslake on drums, Mick Box on guitar and the awesome Ken Hensley on keyboards, they created some unforgettable albums such as Demons & Wizards, Look at Yourself, Magicians Birthday & Wonderworld. If you have never listened to their music, you are missing a wonderful part of music history. David's voice still moves me today. RIP David & Gary.

The best and great rock. AA DZT

Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.

Just listen to Thin Lizzy greatest hits once. You will be made a believer. You wouldn't have a band like Metallica without them. Not many other bands were that creative.

Legendary. Words cannot describe how great this band was.

Great band to bad Phillip passed so young. Great guitar work and great rock n roll band

3 Dog Night

Great group!

Sex Pistols The 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 more.

They should be in the top ten! Their music changed the face of popular music! People vote for the Pistols!

They made punk rock sub culture the thing in the 70s and still influence today, they're just like jesus

The most influential group since the Beatles.

ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

Love ZZ TOP don't mess with these guys you might get hurt! "Legs" great tune. "Maniac Machanic" awesome

Camel Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founding member Andrew Latimer, they have produced fourteen original studio albums, fourteen singles plus numerous live albums and DVDs. Without achieving mass popularity, the band gained a cult following over the years with albums such more.
The Residents The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.
Yes Yes is an English progressive rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.

1973's Guinness World Book of Records ( since renamed ) placed Steve Howe as the Worlds fastest guitarist, this from the 5 fastest. It also named Howe as the guitarist knowing the most chords, and the most 4 fingered chords. This number was over 6,000. Also, he along with Steve Hackett are the Only 2 guitarist's to be named Guitarist of the Year 7 yrs. In a row by Guitar Magazine. The Album Tales From Topographic Oceans is More than overlooked. This Double Album brought out all of the 5 members absolute best. Howe may have managed to play Everything in his vast repertoire. In fact, this was the case for Every Band Mate. Alan White at barely 24 yrs. Of age played a 186 pc. Drum & Percussion Kit using everything from Great power shots & fills to the deftest of Grace Notes. Jon Anderson's voice was Custom built for this Band, this Sound. Rick Wakeman in his Golden Cape with his So Long Blond Hair playing 16 types of Keyboards at once, and Very Fast. Toss a coin in the air to see who was ...more

Unique in their euphoria. Both accessible (Fragile, 90125) and complex (Close to the Edge, Relayer), the music of Yes stands out as the finest of its day. From 1971's The Yes Album to 1977's Going For the One, Yes was simply the best. All the time. Ever.

The greatest band of all time, they seem to never get any attention. Progressive music is always overlooked

The greatest progressive rock band of all time. Jon Anderson's iconic voice made the band so successful.

Barclay James Harvest

Just seen Barclay James Harvest in concert (the John Lees version), performing classic songs, like "Mockingbird", Hymn", "For No One", "Poor Man's Moody Blues", "She Said", "Ball and Chain", "Hymn for the Children", as well as many songs from their excellent new 2013 album, "North". No less than 46 years after the band was originally formed, they put on a storming performance - more impressive than the previous twice I 've seen them (in the 1980s and a few years ago), and the new album is genuinely very, very good - imaginative and varied with plenty of depth. If such longevity and consistent creativity isn't a sign of greatness, I don't know what is!

Still great after 46 years. At least they are still creating original music, unlike the Moody Blues, who seem to have given up! Perhaps the latter band should now be referred to as the 'Poor Man's BJH'!

Nobody has ever heard of them

The Carpenters

Classic then and still in style. Simply put Karen Carpenter could sing extremely well. And no matter what style of music you preferred you would always stop and listen to her distinctive voice... Yes, she was really that good.

It's really sad to know that the Carpenters' are only in top 52. Karen had one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, and Richard composed and arranged beautiful songs. They really are an under appreciated duo.

Top selling group of the 1970's deserves better than 61.

What a shame they're not even in the top 20. They were the biggest selling American act of the 70's, shouldn't they be higher?

Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

Very underrated band. Great musicians to go along with great song writing. A progressive rock band that sounds better live than in studio. When all is said and done Kansas music will still be around for generations to come.

Kansas blew most other bands off the stage. They gained a reputation for a band you didn't want as an opening act!

Kansas is a great band and they should be number one.

Sold out stadiums in the '78-81 years. Unreal live performances.

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