Greatest Bands of the 1970s

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41 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 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. V 1 Comment
44 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

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45 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

46 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

It's insane to put Tull so low on this list. I saw most of these bands play live. Tull was in a league all their own miles above most of these groups. They were by far the best touring band I've seen and I've seen The Who, Pink Floyd, Heart, CSN, ZZ TOP, Yes, Chicago, James Taylor (had a great band), Doobie Bros., Foghat, Montrose, BOC, Uriah Heep, Kansas, The Eagles, Outlaws, Dirt Band, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk, REO, etc. Etc. Etc.. Any list that starts with ABBA is a joke anyway. I saw many of the greats. Tull was by far the best. It isn't even close.

Greatest band ever thick as a brick passion play pure genius ian is the greatest songwriter of all time they never get the respect they should

Tull should be higher on this list for several reasons, but most people forget that as a live band they excelled. Not only was the Passion Play tour one of the biggest tours of 1973, when Jethro Tull played the LA Foum during that tour they sold out 5 nights, breaking the previous record set by The Rolling Stones. A show with flawless sound and musicianship!

They beat Metallica. You heard that right. - MusicalPony

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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.

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50 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

51 Uriah Heep 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

52 Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

Can't believe they're only 73! Jeff lynne is a rock genius writer/composer/producer, produced for the likes of george harrison/tom petty/ big o and so on, up there with the best! Certainly higher than 73! And that's a fact, most records in billboard top 20 record etc etc etc

Jeff Lynne is an all time legend.
Very under rated and overlooked.
So many hit albums and singles.

I agree Jeff Lynne has a voice straight from heaven. I love Mr. Blue Sky!

A string of wonderful records throughout the decade, for me they are the sound of the 70's. badly under-rated on this chart.

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53 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

still one of the greatest bands of all time.

The only thing that pisses me off about this list is that jackson 5 are in the top 10... I wish I was born in the 70s...

Should be In the top 10. Best live band of the decade

54 Rainbow

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

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55 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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56 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). more.

These guys are just criminally underrated. Should At least be in the top twenties.

57 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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58 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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59 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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60 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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