Greatest Bands of the 1970s

The Contenders: Page 4

61 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.

62 REO Speedwagon

The 70s were not the 70s without them.

Amazing band loved they're music.

63 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.

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64 America

38th is ridiculous. When America came on the scene, it essentially ended the popularity of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Although the harmonizing was similar, America was very up tempo in their songs. I've always thought when Peek left the band it lost the glue that stuck it together. The same happened to Blood, Sweat and Tears lost David Clayton Thomas, and later when Bread lost David Gates. The exact opposite happened when Pink Floyd lost Syd Barrett for it sent the group in a new direction. His mental illness was the catalyst to many of their songs.

So many hits. If you liked soft rock of the 70s, this was a great band.

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65 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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66 Roxy Music Roxy Music

Great Band Great Music would have liked to have seen them live

67 Boston Boston Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

Definitely one of my most favorite band with that unique guitar sound and great vocal harmonies. The guitar arrangements is like a rock orchestra. The type of music you just have to crank up the volume on to get the full effect. Has the all time best arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner ever.

For Real? #66

Brad Delp - one of the best voices ever - RIP Brad
Tom Scholz - master musician, song writer, recording engineer, inventor. Thanks for your contributions/innovations to the music industry. Thanks for the memories.
More Than a Feeling, Peace of mind (my all time favorite), Foreplay/Longtime, Rock & Roll Band, Smokin', Hitch a Ride, Something About You, Let Me Take You Home Tonight, Don't Look Back, Cool the Engines, Party, Feelin' Satisfied, Amanda, A Man I'll Never Be

Awesome concert June 2015 in Huntsville, AL

Should be #1! More Than A Feeling never gets old

Boston is so upbeat and fun just #1

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68 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

Simply the best out of the whole list of 70's music!

The greatest band ever with the greatest song ever baring none.

Not on the list? Shame on everyone's visited this page lol

Putting Skynyrd here is just an act of spite.

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69 Looking Glass
70 Slade Slade

Reading 1980, Slade proved they were rock masters when they captured a crowd that was waiting for Ozzy, who can forget their charisma other than London's music critics

At times heavy when they wanted to be... Would have sounded better in the mix with harder drumming and a more even vocal sound

In 70s & 80s best live band going and very underrated as musicians


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71 Funkadelic

Single handedly invented metal with super stupid from the album maggot brain eddie hazel was the worlds greatest guitarist

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72 Poco

If you love country rock of the early 70s, this is the ultimate band. Randy Meisner of the Eagles was in this band. Other great singers also.

Rose of Cimarron, a classic. Timothy B Schmit's high pitch vocals really are great in this song.

73 The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances more.

They should be top 10. Definitely one of the most versatile and probably the most prolific band of all time. Also one of the longest lasting sub cultures of all time.

The 70's were the time for the grateful dead not only there studio albums (American Beauty, Workingmans Dead, Aoxomoxoa, etc. ) but also there live stuff which was amazing in the 70's

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74 Sweet

Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run, Love Is Like Oxygen and so on. The Sweet have to be ranked higher!

One of the best during the 70s. Probably forgotten to the newer generations. - Alexa

Deserves a much higher rank on this list!

Definitely should be higher on this list. Fox on the Run is one of the greatest songs ever written along with other countless Sweet hits.

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76 Bad Company Bad Company

Paul Rogers has very distinctive voice that made this band rock and had lots of bands in area (England)that makes you only better-Eric Clapton-Stones-David Bowie-Zepplin-The Who

Amazing band then and now. Just saw them paired with skynyrd this past summer 2014. Rodgers still has a great voice even at his age

Rodgers was/is the greatest white blues rock singer ever!

I love Bad Company I even have 10 from 6. - MusicalPony

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77 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Their output between 1970 (Trespass) to 1980 (Duke) is simply brilliant. Since early Peter Gabriel days to the balanced prog-pop of Duke, maybe the band should have ended as such in 1980, as later albums sounded not as good as those from this classic period.

Why does everyone always seem to forget Genesis? They have, in my opinion, the greatest song of all time in Supper's Ready, and that is even ranked far too low on it's own list!

Genesis Is the best band ever, they had any sort of Songs, ranging from Squonk and Behzind the Lines to Afterglow, Heathaze, Supper's ready and so many (too many) others. You cannot compare Watcher of the Skies to Misunderstanding.

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78 Little Feat Little Feat Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles. George disbanded the group due to creative differences in 1979, shortly before his death.

Best of the best. I dare you to listen to this stuff without bouncing.

Feat are a great, tight band, would love to see them tour again.

I know people who love little feat - MusicalPony

79 Black Oak Arkansas
80 Foghat Foghat Foghat are an English rock band formed in London in 1971. The band is known for its prominent use of electric slide guitar in its music.

First concert I ever went to, I was 15 and I still remember it like it was yesterday.
They were great.

Would it kill you to play a little Foghat?

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