Greatest Bands of the 1970s

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41 Joy Division Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

What a great band

42 Wings

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.

The monkeys...come on wings is way up there in top 3

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43 Nazareth Nazareth

I love Nazareth Music, went to see them July 2014 in Saskatoon, Canada. I was really disappointed, They Replaced the lead singer cause Dan McCafferty can no longer preform, new singer cannot compare to Dan

Good tracks very rousing

44 Thin Lizzy 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

45 MC5
46 3 Dog Night
47 Sex Pistols 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.

48 ZZ Top 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

49 Rainbow

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

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50 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'!

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51 Yes Yes Yes are an English 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.

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. - MusicaConCarne

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.

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52 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.


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53 Bay City Rollers

Saw them in 2013 in Saskatoon Canada, Awesome Band won't disappoint you

Are the band you reminisce about as a child best music ever

Les McKeown the voice of the Bay City Rollers still has an amazing following today

Les McKeown still tours and puts on a great show!

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54 T.Rex T.Rex

Two of the greatest albums ever! The Slider and Electric Warrior! Not to mention 5 other really good albums in the 70's. Anyone that loves great guitar sounds and riffs that you can't get out of your head, must hear the mighty T.REX. There are none cooler.

The greatest song writer in a long time no one comes close after all these years Marc bolan did it all

The first super star of the 70's. Was way ahead of his time.

The natural successors to The Beatles after their split...enough said

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55 Kansas 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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56 REO Speedwagon

The 70s were not the 70s without them.

Amazing band loved they're music.

57 Elton John Elton John

Whoever wrote this list must be homophobic! Since Madman across the water, Elton John has been putting out hit albums year in and year out! Daniel, Candle in the Wind, Honkey Chateaux and on and on! Give the man his due. Top 10 at least!

He is just the best especially honkey chateau

58 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer, bassist, and producer Greg Lake, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer.

Deserves a higher rating and not a rock group


No one came close to this band's virtuosity. For the first half of the 70's they vied with Led Zep for the world's biggest band. Their concerts were events unlike no others.

They were one of the greatest and you put them at 55. crazy and lebile

59 Grand Funk Railroad Grand Funk Railroad

Can't believe they are not bigger than some of the ones before them.

I must be missing something... This band was the biggest band of the late 60's and early 70's --- Grand Funk was the band!

I grew up during those years grand funk was better and more popular than about 40 of those bands ranked ahead of them

Great melodies were produced by this band. Very underrated!

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