Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s
The Top Ten
Simply the best band of all time! The best live band! Heavier than anything else, by sheer attitude. Organic live performances that were different every night. They played tight but loose. Free enough to improvise and push the limit on songs, tight enough to always fall back into place. Just as you think that Page is gonna disintegrate, emotionally and physically from the ethereal and extremely personal playing, and as Bonzo is playing some super-human beat, like a Great Gorilla pounding on the heart of a star, and Jonesy is grooving with a fat thump and total confidence and control of his fingers that somehow never tire...just as you think that the incredibly heavy, mesmerizing and cosmic groove spell being performed in front of you will collapse, buckle under its own weight and take with it the lives of the band and perhaps everyone else in the room...they find each other in the darkness (or the light) and the pieces crash into place with tremendous accuracy and effectiveness. They ...more
Yes, I was definitely expecting this. If someone put Led Zeppelin below number one, then I would simply say this man has no respect to one of the greatest bands ever in music history. Each member was one of the most influential musicians in their own fields and so many bands idolized them. There are just so many bands that loved Led Zeppelin's songs while they grew up, so many bands that admitted having been influenced by their unique music, and so many musicians that wanted to see the reunion of Zep. Their music has depth which some bands may lack. They rarely give out the answers to their music but go on to talk about so many things in our lives. It's not just the music I'm talking about - the creativity, the reflection of life and the uniqueness are what I'm trying to mention.
Led Zeppelin is OBVIOUSLY above queen, I mean, they have been rocking since the 1968, and its no secret Robert PLant was an inspiration for Mercury. Led is proclamed as the best rock band ever by fans and critics. They are the best seller rock band too, without mentioning they are ahead every other band in others top ten lists. Led zeppelin did less with stairway to heaven than queen with bohiam rhapsody and yet stairway to heaven lyrics and music is so much better. Led zeppelin is quality.
I agree that Led Zeppelin was the greatest rock band of all time! Nobody comes close. The power, precision, intensity and accuracy of this band from 1970 - 1973 was incomparable. When you consider that hall-of-fame talent such as Plant and Page may not have even been the best athletes in the band (listen to a John Bonham solo and tell me otherwise), this was an unprecedented cast of four musicians that came together to produce jaw-dropping music throughout the 1970s. Considering the crap that comes out of the recording studio today, I consider myself lucky to have been a part of this era. Queen and Pink Floyd are right there, They are all in my top three but considering the quality from top to bottom, you have to give the edge to LZ. Any other band would find another drummer and not miss a beat. Everyone understood that they could not do what they did absent Bonzo.
I never get tired of listening to the amazingly talented Queen.
Every song had meaning and reason behind it. Songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Somebody to Love", "We are the Champions"... All really meant something. This year will be their 41st anniversary. 41 years of great music in our world... Sadly, there were only 45 years of Freddie Mercury in our world. He was deceased thanks to HIV/AIDS in '91... Long live Freddie.
No one can come close to Freddie Mercurys vocals. Bohemoan Rhapsody is the most brilliant composition of its time. Queen had a very distinct sound unlike no other, so recognizable. Their harmonys were magnificent. Best band of all time in my opinion. Would have loved to hear what other songs they would have produced had Freddie not died. Listened to them then, and still listen to them now. Classic and legendary.
Not only could Freddie Mercury able to hit all the notes, they were all able to create a harmony like no other. All of their songs gave you a different feeling, and I actually could feel myself mouthing the lyrics to the songs, and I never do that. The talent in each and every band member was unlike any other. Freddie mercury was able to sing all types of songs, and the amount of talent they had was incredible. A lot of people like bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones, but in my opinion I feel like Queen was the best. Freddie Mercury had a voice like no other, and it is such a shame HIV got him killed. Long live Freddie.
Pink Floyd were so much better than Queen. Lets break it down to prove it. In terms of vocal ability, I'm giving it to Freddie Mercury. So, Pink Floyd 0-1 Queen. Drumming, I'm giving it to Nick Mason. Pink Floyd 1-1 Queen. Guitar playing, David Gilmour by far! Pink Floyd 2-1 Queen. Base, Roger Waters. Pink Floyd 3-1 Queen. Songwriting, includes lyrics and music, Roger Waters/David Gilmour. While Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest songs of all time, more Pink Floyd sings have more meaning, better lyrics, and better music than Queen songs. Pink Floyd 4-1 Queen. Album writing, Pink Floyd hands down. The Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall are one of the best albums of all time. Pink Floyd 5-1 Queen. Piano/Keyboard playing, Richard Wright. Pink Floyd 6-1 Queen. In terms of sells, Pink Floyd sold 250 million units, while Queen sold 200 million. Pink Floyd 7-1 Queen. All Queen did was write radio friendly songs. Just because you hear their songs on the radio doesn't mean they're that ...more
Stupid Question! Pink Floyd is obviously the best band of the 70's! Dark Side of the Moon alone tops every other 70's artist out! Every single album they produced at this time went to the top of the charts immediately. Led Zeppelin was very good but they didn't change the coarse of music the way Pink Floyd did. Some of you will try to argue that but look, Pink Floyd Pioneered so many things that set the stage for others like Concerts: Pink Floyd INVENTED the Light show. They were the first band to master the art of using visual effects, blinking lights, lazers, huge stages, -ALL Pioneered by the Floyd. All the music before Pink Floyd was made to be radio friendly. Pink Floyd were the first to really write music and song about what THEY wanted to say, and not what they knew people wanted to hear. They were the first to take that risk. This inspired so many bands after them to write for you and not for the radio. Pink Floyd was able to connect with people at a lot of deeper level ...more
Pink Floyd are absolutely great. While Queen wrote good singles, Pink Floyd wrote outstanding albums. The reason why this is not number one or two is because people don't listen to entire albums anymore. They base their answers on one or two singles. Yes, Queen does have more number one singles, but Pink Floyd has way more number one albums, being The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and The Dark Side Of The Moon, which, in my opinion, is the greatest album ever made. People just vote Queen because they know the songs We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, and Bohemian Rhapsody, which I do recognize is one of the greatest songs of all time, and I do love it. Yes, Queen does have the best voice, but Richard Wright, David Gilmour, and Roger Waters are far better musicians than Brain May, Roger Meddows Taylor, John Deacon. In my opinion, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are better than Queen (although Queen are also excellent). Queen's music is just more commercial.
This is a very difficult decision to make. And I also agree with Led Zeppelin. I have all the albums of both bands, but I have to go with Pink Floyd for several reasons: First I think the musical variety and exploration of uncharted territories is much larger with Pink Floyd. Someone was mentioning that all the albums of Led Zep could be chosen as favorite. This is true because they are all great but also because they all obey a similar recipe (blues hard rock folk). Pink Floyd went from Psychedelic rock (early albums) to atmospheric prog-rock mixed with electronica to the harsher sound of Animals and the Wall and the whole packaged into concept albums telling a story. The fact for example that Rolling Stone magazine classifies the first album of Pink Floyd (Dark Side...) at #43 is for me a complete aberration. Although it's not my personal favorite of Pink Floyd, there is a reason why it remained 700 something weeks in the billboard and it's in the top 10 most sold albums of all time ...more
I can't believe the Who are less than 2. Maybe I'll give you Led Zeppelin at number one. MAYBE! But the seventies were the Who's prime. They released Who's Next in 1971 with Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, and seven other knockout songs. They also released Quadrophenia two years later, in 1973. This is their best album. It has The Real Me, 5:15. And Love Reign O'er Me on it, as well as 14 other songs that rock and kick ass. And the lyrics! Pete is truly a lyrical genius! And of course, the Who wouldn't be the who without the one of the best vocalists and rhythm sections ever known to rock music. Keith and John were incredible by themselves, and together, they filled in all the gaps during one of Pete's guitar solos. Sometimes you feel like there is something missing during a guitar solo when the singer is not singing, but not with the Who. And of course, Roger. Roger Daltrey has one of the best voices ever. I don't know how you can sing that intensely in a studio. He really got ...more
Definitely one of the best bands, deserves more significance on this list. The Who influenced hundreds of musicians and bought a whole new genre to music being one of the first bands to implement effects and non instrumental tones. With the crazy power of John Entwistle's mad bass playing skills, Keith Moons wild drumming skills, Pete Townshends amazing song writing technique, and Roger Daltreys powerhouse voice this was a band that truly influenced generations of musicians
The Who, I love them so much! It's always sad to see that they are hardly noticed maybe because there were so many other great bands in this era. But this band had something that others didn't have - their music just moved you! If you just spare a day - no actually, you only need five minutes -, go on YouTube and listen to just one song that they've performed, you'd seriously realise that The Who is beyond what you can imagine about a band. Yes, they were only a band! But their music says more about them. You can't but just love them, I swear.
I really think The Who were among the strongest bands of the 60s to carry on their work into the 70s, perhaps one of the only to still be relevant by the end of the decade. Certainly deserve their place in the top 5 and I personally would hold them at number 3.
Steven Tyler is my man! Still going strong, touring and raising hell. He filled many of my memories of college and hear an oldie it excites me like it did in cole! I love every album!
Aerosmith is a true hard rock band!. Aerosmith where influenced from artists such as Rolling Stones to the Yard Birds.
Awesome band, deserve to be higher, they were brilliant in the 70's and achieved arguably their best work, very good band.
Best most adaptable and appealing band ever! It's all about the rhythm and the have it in spades!
They made a very good songs in 70s.
Highway to hell, TNT, it's a long way to the top, if you want blood, let there be rock...
In BON SCOTT) era.
Classical rock n' roll songs
Ac/dc was THE hard rock band of the 70's. Just below Led Zeppelin. AC/DC was all about sex, drugs, and good music. When AC/DC played, audiences roared. Truly magnificent rock'n'roll band. They are hardcore and know the real meaning of rock.
I think on the 'Dirty Deeds' album that's where they found their sound.
Ever Green Angus
The best of the big 70's beasts and the most original. Where Zeppelin were ripping off every old blues player and their dogs, the stones were vanishing into a heroin fugue, deep purple were stuck in the 60's with sub par writing and production and the Who were mired in the follies of Pete Townshend, Black Sabbath laid down the blueprint for every metal band to come with 6 of the most original albums ever recorded and the grand master of heavy guitar Tony Iommi. When Sabbath crashed after Sabbotage, they left nothing on the table for anyone. They have never been matched by any other band ever, period, and all those who try are merely following along in their still churning wake.
This is the reason why the genre heavy metal was born.
With those gothic tunes and riot solo's. this bands trademark is the best
First good band I ever heard. Blown away by paranoid at 15. Still my kings. P.S. named my best ever dog Geezer.
Creators of Heavy Metal who have never been bettered by any of their imitators.
The most talented, creative, innovative, technical and advanced = THE BEST.
A band of masters. Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe.
The riff that rules all other riffs - Smoke on the water;
The solo that rules all other solos - Highway Star;
The screams that rule all other screams - Child in time;
The best band live - Live in Japan;
The most technical pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal;
The globe's loudest band of the 70s, officially listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records.
Anything else for number 1?
Lazy, definitely the best. best hard rock sound of the seventies.
Seriously, Judas Priest in forth place?
The band had the best keyboard player (Jon Lord) and best guitarist (Ritchie Blackmore) plus a great drummer (Ian Paice). They have the all time best riff in Smoke On The Water and the 2 most underrated rock songs of all time, Space Truckin' and Highway Star. And I am not even a hard rock fan, I just like great music. Even if you are not a Deep Purple fan, you cannot argue with the facts.
Actually, they were the best! And the best live concerts! The greatest artistst at that time, every and all together.
Is there a 3 piece band that can produce the music of a 5 piece band with the precision Geddy, Neil, and Alex consistently achieved?
Additionally, the musical quality, content, and volume of music would push Rush higher on this list.
Rush is good but I would put Rolling Stones on this list before choosing Rush
Rush is the most underrated and under appreciated band ever. In spite of this they've managed to thrive as a band and influence many, many other more popular up and comming bands.
2112 that's all I need to say
They are the best. Tell me a group which can give us a country classic like Desperado, a superb disco-blues in One of these Nights and the might rock song Hotel California. Nobody in music history was is and will have the range like The Eagles. The Pink Floyd's, Led Zep, who, Rolling Stones just do not have the range of this music nor have they the Harmonies that the Eagles give us. For me, they are No: 1, then the others follow.
Should be number 1 with Pink Floyd, great songs, great lyrics, wonderful harmonies.
Hotel California song is a unique masterpiece, number 1 of all times!
Eagles should be the top one of the list. Their songs and talents is way better that most of the bands now and previous bands. They are the real dream team. Their songs are real catchy and enjoyable to hear. "Love will keep us alive" is my favorite song from them.
I am 15 now when I was younger I hated the eagles could not stand them then one day when I was 12I was listening to after the thrill is gone and I realised that that song was great. Then I started really listening to them and found out how talented of a band they were now the Eagles are my favourite band I love how on so many of there songs that Don Henley and Glen Frey will switch off on who sings lead. I just love that to me the eagles are NUMBER 1. And I agree should definitely be higher on this list
They're songs really get stuck in your head. It's mainly because the songs are repetitive, and they're also repetitive. They definitely deserve a number ten spot, if only for the mark they left in music history, but I feel like they were talented musicians that wasted some of their talent by writing songs that lacked a lot of meaning and were also repetitive.
I like all the bands on this list, but I honestly think that the stones deserve 2. I mean the stones are probably as influential as the Beatles. They made many great songs, it's pretty hard to not like the stones, I mean I like every song they ever made and released. Thanks!
There were certainly some great bands through the 60's, 70's and 80's but, nobody who has ever seen the Stones could vote for any of the Others as the Stones are one of the very best bands ever!
THE ROLLING STONES 11th?! You're joking? Should be in the 1st 3 positions.
Rumors was a pinnacle album back in the 70s, and you couldn't turn on any radio channel without hearing a track form that album. It really defined the middle portion of the 70s and went on to be perhaps one of the most well known and familiar albums of all time, with several top 10 hits and great rock songs one after the other.
Ah the Mac. Seriously talented and unique bunch but yes very repetitive after Rumours, trying to duplicate its success. Fortunately there was enough variety to continue to entertain. Tusk was brilliant. The Dance was great. Miserable tightwads of late doing world tour but no album releases or live recordings known of, due to piracy concerns. How innovative; what a concept. If everyone did the same there would be no more recorded music. Great job guys. Anyhow they should be in the top 5
Best band in the world never mind the 70s the end of the chain is the best guitar peice ever
Fleetwood Mac were best while they played the blues, before the female singer.
The average rock listener won't catch the magic that was 70s YES music, which is why they normally don't make generic top 10 lists and aren't considered by most to be mainstream. However, the construction of YES music is far superior to other bands due to their very complex arrangements and inspirational thematic elements. To truly appreciate this you have to listen close to tracks on albums such as The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close to the Edge, listen closely to hear what each individual musician is contributing and how they are interwoven (the average listener may not have the patience). While analyzing what they are doing, it is good to do so from the perspective of how difficult it would be to reproduce these efforts. YES members have always been the most proficient musicians. One other outstanding aspect of this band is that their messages were largely positive, not just pandering to teens who have always clamored for music that reflects an attitude of "Let's party" and "Drugs, ...more
Progressive rock, art rock, symphonic rock and just all around rock. Not many other bands truly did what they wanted to do and were successful at it. Yes is one of those special bands.
Once upon a time Yes was mentioned in the same breath as the Who, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. These days, unless you are a big prog fan or maybe of a certain age it's unlikely you have even heard of them. That's a shame too because some of their albums are amazing. Close to the Edge in particular belongs in the collection of every person who owns anything by Rush or Pink Floyd.
As far as quality goes they are as good as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Genesis even though they never quite achieved the popularity of those bands. Close to the Edge in particular is a masterpiece and a must hear album for everyone. New to prog rock? This should be the first band you listen to.
Blew The Rolling Stones off stage at knebworth 1976-should be in top five of this list considering the fact that there is not one band out there that can follow free bird whatsoever
Lynyrd Skynyrd is by far the very best band ever! They sold out every concert they ever did back in the 70,s. Ronnie Van Zant wrote the greatest rock song of all time freebird! Their songs to this day are in heavy rotation on the best rock radio stations not even the Beatles songs are this timeless! If not for the plane crash that decimated the band in 1977 who knows how far they would have went. long live the bird!
Lynyrd Skynyrd simply is the 70s you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing free bird or sweet home Alabama on the radio. Also in 1973 or 74 they went on tour with The Who and critics said that they blew The Who off stage. And then in 1976 at the knebworth festival in The Rolling Stones home country of England they proceeded to blow the stones off stage. Their Live performances were untouched because of the amazing power of Ronnie Van zants voice as he delivered his songs and behind him a perfect blend of triple threat rocking guitars a piano played like no other ever and solid drums bass and backup vocals. Go back and listen to some of their songs and you will hear three distinct sounding guitars blended perfectly to make it sound insanely good. Lastly listen to the lyrics Ronnie Van Zant had the most creative lyrics of all time And he never wrote them down this man thought of whole songs while sitting on a couch listening band members playing riffs. No other songwriters did that ...more
How can Lynyrd Skynyrd NOT be in the top 3? This is nuts! Who are these bubble gum rockers that are taking this poll?
I definitely think a guitarist like Ritchie Blackmore deserves to be mentioned here for more than one occasion. And long live zeppelin on their throne!
The best musicianship offered by the 70s in every respect: guitars, vocals, drumming, songwriting. A very creative and innovative band as they invented several metal subgenres currently very popular and respected. R.I.P. Dio!
Very underrated band, buy the album rising you'll see what I mean
Ritchie is the best...
Kiss were as innovative as Elvis or Chuck Berry or The Beatles. Almost ALL live shows these days owe a debt to KISS for blazing the trail and showing the world what a live show should strive to be. Before KISS live shows were just lacking. Everything live today can be traced back to KISS. Lit logo behind the stage, pyro, raising platforms, fire, merchandising, wireless systems, sound systems, lighting systems, lasers, stage props, face paint, costumes, licensing, management. The list goes on and on. But most importantly, KISS' music can stand up to any 70s act out there. So many catchy hooks, sing along anthems, and great rock riffs. KISS are the most underrated band in history music- wise. KISS has left their mark on the face of rock n roll and almost every band today can trace certain elements of their band back to KISS somehow.
Nothing against any of the bands ranked ahead, they were very influential in there own ways but KISS was the face of 70's rock music. The makeup, pyro, and merchandise made them stand out and that's all some people give them credit for. Kiss was way more than that. They were four guys who could all write songs, sing, and play instruments very well. They also dabbled in several types of music genres. KISS, to me, is the most underrated musicians of all time. Sit and actually listen to any album they put out in this decade and I believe you will have a different aspect.
KISS was by far the most recognized band of the decade, with their stage show and merchandise. Their music was awesome to, playing anything from early metal to grunge to disco and pop. They influenced a large amount of 80s bands and are still influencing bands today.
KISS, the band that set the bar for a rock 'n' roll show, and the band that is so underrated musically. To any of the critics that still don't like KISS, please listen to KISS Alive! Dressed to Kill, Also another super tight and groovy album from the 70s KISS catalogue. Hottter than Hell, their second album that is so heavy for its time, is filled with heavy lead riffs from Ace and great raw playing from all members, the poor production is something unique, as crazy as it sounds it creates a certain rawness to the sound. Their first album is a no brainer, the beginning of the band. Destroyer, Love Gun, Rock and Roll Over, ALL released in the 70s! Hardly any fillers on the albums, and some of the greatest riffs in rock n roll such as Mr.Speed, She, Black diamond, Parasite, Take me, the list goes on. A couple notes on the band members, Gene Simmons: a solid bass player who has some groovy riffs and who plays very tight especially considering he is wearing 30lbs of armour, jumping up and ...more
The Ramones should not be at 75 they deserve to be at number one!
Simple, fast and good. 15 minute songs?! No way! Average 2 minute good songs made some difference back there.
Energetic mainstream pop with a rock beat brilliant
Awesome. I wanna be sedated and Blitzkreig Bop are some of the best. Great band
Even when they release their first album close to the 80s, in 1978 to be exact, it became one of the most successful album debut in all rock history and marks the beginning of a great rock bands ever.
I love Van Halen.
They released their first album in 1979 close to 1980 so they shouldn't be in the top ten
I LOVE VAN HALEN THEY SHOULD BE FIRST!
Van Halen should be in the top 5
The harmony of their melodies is unique... no other band has so many great songs as Blue Oyster Cult have! Certainly the most underestimated band of all the times... or actually maybe not that much since we human hardly appreciate great things!
Blue Oyster Cult should be in the top ten of any hard rock/metal list as they did both and more. Very experimental with great lyrics, way ahead of their time and has one of the best guitar players that ever came to the into the rock world, Buck Dharma. Go see them if you don't believe it, they put on excellent live shows.
Deepest catalog of any band of their era. They remain unique over the decades and the musicianship and songwriting exceeds nearly all other American bands of the 70s!
Definitely a top 10 band of all time. Influential in many genres of music particularly punk and metal. First band that could be labelled as Gothic as well.
The Police are very underrated in my opinion. They made a song about a guy stalking a Woman, that made number 1 on the billboard top 100 chart, that was there for 8 WEEKS. I don't think many bands can do that. And if you need one more piece of evidence, there in the rock and roll hall of fame. Nice.
Wish they would have done more
Come on now... Some of the best ballads and hottest rock songs ever! Feels like the first time, Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Juke Box Hero, Urgent, Waiting for a Girl like You! The list goes on and on!
The problem with this rating system is the age of the voter... Come on now is absolutely right... They are one of the best bands of all time... All songs listed below were HUGE hits!
Listen and fall in love... That is what their songs are capable of doing.
Good-good music by far
I have to agree with the other statement, that they are overlooked. Every top rock band list I have ever seen has them ranked low. There first album was basically a greatest hits compilation and they had many more hits after that. They should easily be top 10.
I can't believe I actually had to add this band! The Cars were great. Let's go, just what I needed, moving in stereo, my best friend's girl, they were a really phenomenal band.
Definitely a top 10 band. Great unique sound that doesn't age.
Moving in Stereo-All Mixed Up. Nothing more needs said!
Their debut album was absolute perfection! Everyone - and I mean everyone- had this album!
Wow, way too low on the totem pole... Boston's the whole package, and then some. Very, very unappreciated today in this culture of off key "singing" and poorly delivered acoustics. Yes, they are still number one with this fan and I'm sure more in best era of bands--the 80's!
A lot of people just listen to more than a feeling and then call it a one hot wonder, but if you have ever listened to Peace of Mind or Foreplay/Long Time, you would probably have rated this band higher, I dare all of you to listen to those two other songs and then vote.
A couple of them were neighbors of mine, genuinely the nicest guys ever
The Only band that matters and in my opinion the greatest band who ever lived. Sure they aren't the best singers, but man did they make up for it with great songs, extremely ambitious albums, the widest variety of music sound wise of any band ever, and just straight up attitude. Their songs may have gotten a little too political at times but most of their songs are either still relevant or easy to understand what the world was going through at the time. They only had one bad album and that is because Mick Jones was fired. This band is awesome and deserves more credit. Honorable Mentions: The Who, and The Ramones.
44? This is a crime. The Clash is and always will be the only band that matters. They deserve to be at least in the top 5.
London Calling ranks amongst the best albums in history.
With The Clash ranked at 20 I don't know whether I should stay or should I go
At least top twenty. The Alan Parsons Project had perfect arrangements and melody. Not the best but top twenty.
This is not your average rock band they were to far ahead of their time in that era
The first of great ensemble groups and great songwriting
Different, fast and in your face
Th Doors definitely deserve a higher spot on this list, the way Jim Morrison could blend his poetry with rock music makes the best songs that have a deeper meaning in the lyrics.
Jim Morrison was a drunken degenerate who only made it to 25. However they were very popular and had a lot of great music. In the top 20 of best ever musically.
Most authentic rock band - a revolution
I honestly never liked them. I am ready for people to attack/kill me for saying that.
Styx has some very HARD roots in Rock and Roll. Just take a quick listen to Styx I, II and Serpent Rising will prove it. It was carried thru into Equinox and Crystal Ball but DD's relenting and unwavering influence turned the bands direction toward pop and more mellow "top 40" stuff which is were the "underrated" title began. The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Tour has done a lot to show the band in its best light as they continue to pack venues all over the states and around the world! ROCK ON STYX!
Styx along with Supertramp are both worthy of top 25 spots. Look at the great albums they put out. Some of the bands ranked ahead are one or two hit wonders. I love Def Leppard but they weren't big until the 80s.
Wow, some of you must have lived in a different 70's or perhaps you were not growing up in the 70's. Styx was and is a "top 10" 70's rock band by all means. Too many albums that were all time best!
This band is underrated and better than people rate them. This should be in the top 10!
Top 3 easily. Only reason not #1 is so much of the work has continued through the decades, but Greetings, Born to Run, Darkness on Edge of Town and The River all came from the 70's.
Deserves to be LOT higher!
Great band, classic American rock about the open road and the working man.
Best band ever. Period.
One of the top 10 bands of all time.
35th...behind Status Quo and the Alan Parsons project...get serious
Most underrated band there is
Best rock band ever.
This is not a rock band so why are they listed here come on man
Whoa whoa whoa! They're POP, NOT rock!
The beggining of The King of pop
No no no no no, they don't belong in here
Camel are great and worth adding to anyone's collection. I don't remember too much about their music so will refrain from comment.
Maybe a little more jazz than rock influenced but a great band
Buy the mirage album and you be the judge
Love their smooth Yacht Rock style big time, as the years go by I've found a greater appreciation for them
Great lyrics. Wonderful and imaginative musical riffs. Timeless.
Favorite group ever, but surprised at their inclusion with their heavy jazz influence
I actually want to give my vote to creedence clearwater revival but it's too late...
Let's face it, Ian Anderson was Jethro Tull, who really recalls the other band members? Very few, that's who. To bring a flute on the rock stage was genius & gutsy! Ian Anderson didn't have to, he played so many other instruments far more proficiently, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica & a variety of lesser well known instruments. His sound was truly unique, his lyrics were deep, some far more thought provoking than others. Even The Eagles borrowed a few notes subconsciously. His on stage antics combined with his theatrical use of the flute actually hid his less than average technique & some incorrect notes, quite a feat! He now, thanks to his daughter who plays flute proficiently & accurately, uses correct finger technique & rarely misfires a note. Why Tull? Who in the history of Rock n' Roll played flute, had a major hit album with a full 2 sides of a continuous song (Thick As A Brick) & is still recognized worldwide today? Who would be your ...more
Simply the best! Aqualung, To cry you a song, Benefit are unbeatable.
Of couse Ian Anderson was Jethro Tull and what's wrong with this. He's a genius. Nothing to compare with. ORIGINAL. Masterpieces. Who dare to put a flute on a rock band...
A wizzard on stage, Ian Anderson and Co. Created music that was really off mainstream. Loads of different styles, from little ballads like "slipstream" over concept albums like "Thick as a brick" and "A Passion Play" to mystic songs like "Dun Ringill". I love the music since I was a young guy.
Poetic lyrics, though often not understandable even for native speakers, just stunned me. Anderson's flute was and still is unique. To me still my favourite band.
The flute, the lyrics just put them over edge!
Highly under rated! Loved to see them. Many non-mainstream artists of the time attributed their inspiration to Sparks. Their performance on SNL is a classic! They and Cheap Trick were my favorites for this kind of music.
Glam rock with witty lyrices
Wonderful lyrics and music.
No one remembers one of the best. They are still playing
And recording. They belong in top 20.
Like deep purple they also played metal in the early years
They have the best intro to a song ever for Sunrise
Prog Genesis - so the Hackett/Gabriel years- are easily on a par with Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Yes, the last four albums were mostly trashy pop, but up to 1976 Genesis were sublime.
Peter Gabriel's costumes and eccentric stage persona, allied to superb musicianship from Banks, Collins, Rutherford and Hackett, made Genesis one of the must see bands of the seventies
Classic classic classic masterful best of the best
Brilliant. Phil Collins is a part-time genius musically
When you talk about 70's Hard Rock or Heavy Metal, 3 Bands should always be in the top 3. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper! Ground breaking sounds, combined with heavy themed lyrics. Alice Cooper will always be my favorite, because he scared the crap out of my father and whats not to love about that. He may not of been the Blonde God of Rock, or the Prince of Darkness but he is undisputed
Get over it, it's a subjective list. AC is a great musician and entertainer, but who knew that he was even a band in himself? It's like adding Neil Diamond as a band to me, though obviously he had a backing band. Anyway he's not up there with the top bands ever, as good as he was, and is.
Alice Cooper was by far the biggest act in the world in the early 70s so this list Is pretty bull in my opinion I mean seriously number 25 that's a bunch of crap!
He should seriously be higher on this list! The guy is the master of shock rock and opened the doors for so many bands!
My favorite of all times but only with Steve Perry! The best lead singer of all time Steve Perry made the bands greatness.
Just the best...vocals by Steve Perry, drumming by Steve Smith, and that melodic electric guitar by Neal Schon... My favorite band
Even though not real hard Rock had incredible drummer and guitar player. Kids today know Journey and their songs. Enough said
Best vocals with Steve Perry great musicians. Never got over Steve leaving the band his voice his look. They are my favorite of all time.
Completely awesome... Ann wilson voice is a powerhouse.
Belongs in the top ten!
I agree early stuff
At least on top 15
You can go either way with dire the songs I like great songs the rest so so
To quote Molly Meldrum, "they are very very good, but very very boring". Well that may be partly due to having 15 minute arrangements and repeating the same chord and riff throughout. But still, entertaining, and a top band.
The First two albums are so underrated they are Masterpieces.
You have this band very under rated
Made great Metal in the 70's
Hard rock pioneers with a great sense of melody and insightful lyrics from the late great Phil Lynott. Known for developing a twin harmony lead guitar attack supported by rock solid drumming from Brian Downey. Although known principally for their hit The Boys are Back In Town, they certainly were no one trick pony and have an extensive catalog of excellent music that is widely varied. Do yourself a favor and explore this great band's catalog. Any album from Fighting released in 1975 through Black Rose released in 1979 is sure to please any rock fan
One of the most unheard of and underrated bands of the 70s who had greats such as Phil Lynott and Gary Moore lead them. They released epic songs such as emerald, Chinatown, whiskey in the jar, the boys are back in town, the rocker, jailbreak, the list goes on. They also had some of the most awesome guitar riffs I have ever heard making them definitely one of or the best rock bands of the 70s
Get their live video for a real treat. Phil Lynott is a more energetic guitarist than Hendrix and comparable. I'd rank in the top 15 although if I'm watching them live much higher.
Two of the top one hundred guitarist of all time were in Thin Lizzy.
Inspiration for U2.
Unbelievable that they are not even mentioned yet. Better than Yes in their early days. For their early masterpieces they deserve a top 50 ranking 'til the end of time. So, someone give them a ladder...
ELP on album or live was unbelievable. I saw Palmer recently solo. Him and Neal Pearl are top 5 with Phil Collins on drums. Bonham and Moon. What, they are TOP 10 with Yes. Who did this survey, a deaf man.
Best band in the 70's until "Love Beach" was released. Then they went from first to worst. Everything they have produced since then is garbage!
In the "round" in LA. Stage rotated 360 so there were no bad seats, late 70's. They were unbelievable when they were in synch! They must have had blood transfusions from 10yr olds before the performance they were so up!
This list is a joke, Paul and the Wings put out some of the biggest hits of the decade.
No way is Wings this far down the list. One of the Best bands
Wings at 56? They're Top 20 at the absolute worst.
No way, wings should be way up there, if not number one!
Simply the best. I am wondering with which criteria Status Quo are at No 44?
Indeed one of the greatest British rock bands of all time. The classic line up of Rossi, Parfitt, Lancaster & Coghlan really knew how to write & perform some wonderful, catchy rock songs. No-one who knows anything about 70's rock (and their whole long career) can honestly say they weren't great at what they did or unworthy of their success. Might not have been technically brilliant or as influentual as their peers but live they were wonderful and very powerful. The first rock band I really listened to back in 1974 and through the 70's Quo were THE band. Still following them and collecting all their stuff. Long live The Quo!
Following my last comment. I would say the most underrated rockers ever too! Mystery song, Is It Really Me/Gotta Go Home, Backwater, Just Take Me, Most Of The Time, Take Me Away, Accident Prone, Dust To Gold, Running Inside My Head, Big Fat Mama, In My Chair, Creeping Up On You, Oh Baby, Twenty Wild Horses, Little White Lies, Two Way Traffic, Is There A Better Way, Forty Five Hundred Times, Spinning Wheel Blues, Lucinda, and the list could go on forever and ever and ever Rock On!
Probably created some of the most underrated rock songs of all time. Tracks like Rain, Roll Over Lay Down, Big Fat Mama and Forty Five Hundred Times rival anything done in the 70's
One of the best true rock 'n roll bands of their day! Should have been inducted into the RRHF a long time ago!
Should be in the rock n roll hall of fame. Mark Farner is way too underrated as a guitar player, singer and songrwriter. Give him his props already!
Great filler for any collection. Worth a listen if only for the nostalgia. But really they were good, and I don't knock them as many do.
This band can jam you can't go wrong with the grand funk railroad
Noddy holder amazing voice..and the rest of the boys brilliant.a band I will never forget
Very underrated and they do not get the credit they deserve. Slade were the first band to ever get 3 consecutive straight in at number 1. At the time the only other band to go straight in at number 1 was the Beatles. Slade were the best live band ever and in my opinion they more than deserve to be in the top 3.
Very underrated first band ever to have 3 consecutive singles go straight to number 1 in British charts. Deserve to be in top 20
Great Band check out their later albums like Rogues Gallery... I think you'll be surprised
Carlos Santana is an icon. Sadly, I do not think he will ever be given the credit or recognition he deserves. When he is compared to the other groups in this rating, we are forgetting that he has always been in a different genre. Jimi Hendrix admired his performance at Woodstock. Miles Davis considered him a friend and admired his musical acumen. It was hard to break into a culture of teens who were listening to CSN, The Who, and the British music explosion. No one, no one, no one, has done more for the various genres of music than Carlos Santana. He can play any style with ease and conviction. From "Soul Sacrifice" to "En Concierto de Aranjuez". From the beginning, his music has always been "breakthrough" music. From Woodstock to today look who he has partnered with. From Pit Bull to Placido Domingo, that is his range; and he is unbelievable at adapting and making any type of music his own. Lastly, if you want to look at longevity, look at his touring schedule. You don't have to wait ...more
Unique and groundbreaking with what they brought the world of rock & roll! Nothing like em'.
Best of best for his style of music
Santana is an under-rated guitar god.
The sweet? Nice! Most of the glam rock bands are really underrated. It's good to see some appreciation here!
Not the best. But if Queen is at no. 2 Sweet should be higher. They were the first to bring the high pitched harmonics in rock. Very overlooked band from the 70s.
Yes should be higher after led zeppelin this band influenced more heavy metal bands in the 80s than anybody else
Seriously under-rated band. Burn on the Flame. Set Me Free. Sweet FA. Set the stage for Motley Crue and the hair bands of the 80s.
How can they be #47? Best southern rock band of all time. Best live band, too.
A great jams band that have some good albums they need to be at least in the top ten.
This band went through so much and yet gave us the greatest songs of all time.
They are the greatest America band of all time.