Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

The Top Ten
1 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 ...read more.

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.

Led Zeppelin is not only the greatest band of the 70's, but of all time. It is rare to have a band that has the best vocalist, best guitar player, the best drummer (of any genre), and the best all around musician, that plays a damn good bass. The set the standard for hard rocking music and then kept evolving. From hard rocking blues (When the Levee Breaks) to a country swing (Bron-Y-Aur Stomp) or a samba (Fool in the Rain) with one of the most amazing drum tracks to a funk sound (The Crunge), they never stopped trying new sounds. Led Zeppelin was about the music, they didn't need smoke and lasers like Pink Floyd, who is greatly overrated. I think that Queen is a very solid number 2 for the 70's and in the top 5 of all time.

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.

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

2 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 ...read more.

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.

Best groups of musicians ever. Together they created music that is timeless. You can’t just listen to the obvious: BoRhap. Another bites these dust, We are the Champions etc. You have to get inside the entire catalog. Some of their best music is primarily unknown unless you have listened to all their music. White Queen, The Prophet Song, It’s Late, Was it all Worth It, Stealing, and so much more. Intelligent young men with a dream and determination. That’s why there’s no song that sounds the same, the diversity on each album. Not only does Freddie Mercury sing and write music, Brian May writes and sings many songs as does Roger Taylor. While John Deacon doesn’t sing, he wrote the biggest hit single Queen ever had. I never get tired of Queen. Their concerts while Freddie was alive were unbelievable and they can still rock it out today with Brian and Roger in their 70s. This is a band that lived and loved music more than anything. I love many bands of all genres but Queen has ...more

This is one of my favorite bands ever next to CCR but today I will give all praise to Queen a small time band at first that turned into an all time international success thanks to the amazing band it is sad that Freddie mercury died younger than everyone expected but it affected more than just queen, it affected everyone it was no small matter it was twice as sad as the deaths of Prince and of David Bowie and they were just as fantastic because this was one of the most renown ways showing us that nothing is immortal but music.

3 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 ...read more.

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

I'd like to share my opinion too, but it's just an opinion and I know for a fact that not everyone perceives things the same way as one another. However, I suppose that the purpose of me typing this would be to express my point of view, so I'll try to do it as concisely as possible. Pink Floyd is just my absolute favorite band, and it's rather hard for me to describe how awesome I think their music is. But of course, I can say that their music is really deep and thoughtful, as well as proving to be the product of a lot of talent and creativity. To add one -really- specific thing, I personally like to describe the one part from their song "Echoes" (the part where the band is just jamming and grooving away right before beat fades away into the spooky part of the song) as the musical manifestation of the word cool. As I've read elsewhere, Pink Floyd masters texture, lyrics and melodies, and from what I've heard of the band, they do it in just the right ways. Well, the right ways to get ...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

4 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 ...read 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

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.

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

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.

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

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 were so British in the way the music was played with some blues & R&B included. In my opinion no one had as great a stage presence as Steven Tyler

Awesome band, deserve to be higher, they were brilliant in the 70's and achieved arguably their best work, very good band.

Aerosmith is a true hard rock band!. Aerosmith where influenced from artists such as Rolling Stones to the Yard Birds.

6 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. ...read more.

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 band most definitely deserves to be higher in this list, considering that they are the founders of the heavy metal genre.
Power and groove personified. !

That my son (11) and I (58) can enjoy together, makes Black Sabbath, for us, as good as it gets.
Mind you this list can be shuffled according to the mood of the day.

This is easily the band that started ALL metal. Definitely better than the who, queen, eagles and others ranked higher.

7 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 ...read more.

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.

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

There is no real meaning of rock. the beauty of rock is that it is open to interpretation. and ac dc was one of the most stale and overrated bands. they did not do anything to push rock forwards. the 70s were about being innovative and paving the way for future generations and expanding rocks horizon and all they did was sing about the same things and ride along the far superior led zep.

Only one thing to be said about AC/DC that they should be considered the gods/kings of rock and roll in my books with great songs such as back in black and highway to hell, well when I say this there right behind queen, the who, and The Rolling Stones

The best live band ever each concert 150 minutes of pure joy! Also listen to 42 Decibel!

8 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, ...read more.

The most talented, creative, innovative, technical and advanced = THE BEST.
A band of masters. Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe.
Details:
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?

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.

This group branched out into powerful bands: Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Country Communion, to name a few. Who hasn't been influenced by Ritchie Blackmore? Ask Slash, Randy Rhoads (RIP), Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie.

Greatest group ever! The talents from this band are far and away better than any band before or since.

9 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). ...read more.

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.

If anyone says that Rush is not one of the top ten rock bands of 70s they obviously have not listened to any of their songs from that decade. Both their self titled debut album and BOTH of their live albums are examples of rock in its purest form. These, along with their rock epics 2112 and Cygnus x-1 place them top 10 on any rock list.

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.

I've seen Rush twice and they are the best band that I have ever heard in my life. I will miss seeing them and I hope them the best!

10 Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

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 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.

The eagles achieve impressive variety in their collection of songs. Hotel California is easily one of the best songs of all time. The rhythm, the singing, the amazing and beautiful lyrics, and the pure emotion and atmosphere are what make this one of the greatest, if not the greatest band of the 70s.

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.

The Contenders
11 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). ...read more.

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!

They definitely are one of the greatest bands of all time. I certainly believe that they deserve a higher place on this list, through their innovative songs and spiritual lyrics.

12 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.

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

They are light years of talent over AC-DC, who I know are more popular with the LCD crowd however

Fleetwood Mac were best while they played the blues, before the female singer.

13 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.

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

The 70's are so long ago people just don't remember, plus 7-9 minute songs found little airplay until the advent of FM stations. Before the 70's AM played top 40 and FM played classical - mostly. I am not arguing who is best, etc. , but Yes has a plethora of works that last the test of time. They were one of the original Stadium Bands where nearly 130K showed up in Philly to watch their ethereal, Laser Light laden show. This was 1976! What was Iron Maiden (RU Kidding), Aerosmith and Deep Purple doing then? Hell, Peter Frampton - during the Frampton Comes Alive height - OPENED for Yes. They were individually unmatched musicians within the top 5 at any instrument and there music so inventive that they practically invented Progressive Rock. Not saying the "best" and in the recent years seem to be just out there for the buck, but not 46. 46? Really?

God I missed them in the round in the LA Forum, tremendous concerts where the entire stage slowly rotated 360 so there where no bad seats!

Yes, ELO, ELP, Pink Floyd (took my brother to the LA Wall tour, we still reminisce), Supertramp, music I grew up on when I was a DJ on campus radio in SoCal. Progressed on to following young bands such as Oingo Boingo (had a hand flyer from Elfman dressed in a dinosaur suit when they were the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo) and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy when they were a garage band in Ventura. Sad to see the state of today's music.

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.

14 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" .

Having been born and raised in Georgia, Skynyrd was and still is the band of the South. Timeless, great in concert, Ronnie wrote and sang to the people, real life lyrics, prophetic songs and the trio of screaming guitars sends shivers down my spine EVERY time I hear Simple Man, On the Hunt and never ever forget Free Bird. I have to wonder where would they be if that plane hadn’t run out of fuel. Sadly, Gary Rossington is the last remaining original member. In his own words, he doesn’t know anything else and continues to tour for Ronnie, Allen and Stevie. It doesn’t get any more real than Lynyrd Skynyrd of the 70s with Ronnie Van Zant. Another iconic band with a catalog of songs that need to be heard. They are way more than Sweet Home Alabama, every album from the Muscle Shoals recordings to Street Survivors are outstanding.

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

Simply the best. No competition, who was on top of the rock n roll business when the plane crash happened. Skynryd. I could name 20 good songs right now by them. Free bird, simple man, sweet home Alabama, I need you, gimme 3 steps, gimme back my bullets, that smell, four walls of raiford, the ballad of Curtis loew, call me the breeze, Saturday night special, Tuesdays gone, On the hunt, I ain't the one, don't ask me no questions, whiskey rock a roller, poison whiskey, all I can do is right about it, coming home, and swamp music. And that is coming from a 13 year old.

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!

15 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 ...read more.

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!

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!

People don't understand many things if they want to know Led Zeppelin is one music palagrisam,this band is underrated but the songs are having gret melodies much better one than Pink Floyd.Pink Floyd is nothing but effects. Its great Band.My favourite. It s not only Rising as an album it has great albums much better than Rising.

Very underrated band, buy the album rising you'll see what I mean

16 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 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, 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

When I think about 70s music, I think Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and many more. But to me, the band that encapsulated everything about the 70's was KISS. All of the original members are talented as hell; just listen to the solo albums. KISS made a hell of a lot of lifetime fans; not only for the makeup, live shows and merch, but releasing album after album of rock n roll goodness. Long live KISS!

17 The Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

Simple, fast and good. 15 minute songs?! No way! Average 2 minute good songs made some difference back there.

The Ramones should not be at 75 they deserve to be at number one!

Energetic mainstream pop with a rock beat brilliant

Awesome. I wanna be sedated and Blitzkreig Bop are some of the best. Great band

18 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.

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

Van Halen is second great band with David
Lee Roth as front man

Where are the Van Halen's today please come back

19 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".

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.

20 The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", ...read more.

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

21 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.

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!

The songs the have are amazing, and are even better in acoustic, like seriously. BYW the age of the voter doesn't matter as much as the taste. I'm a high schooler that loves bands like foreigner, boston, don mcclean, poison and much more.

One of my favorite bands of the 70's. We went to one of there shows in 2015 in Oak Ridge, TN. I was very disappointed. They only played 4 of their classic hits.

22 The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.

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!

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

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.

Pure musical and technical geniuses in every sense of the word. Tom scholz's mastery of guitar and studio mixing were phenominal, and Brad Delp had one of the widest ranges of any singer. Very overlooked band these days, but huge back then!

This band is awesome it doesn't deserve to be this low. Boston has one of the best guritarist and the best singer and also the rest of the band is good, but when they play together they create a whole different sound.

MOST of the bands beating Boston are bands that formed VERY late in the decade and did NOT get popular until the 1980's! It really makes no sense to me.

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

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.

Underrated for Joe Strummer's and Mic Jones's contribution to modern rock, the Clash definitely deserve to be higher on this list.

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.

With The Clash ranked at 20 I don't know whether I should stay or should I go

25 The Alan Parsons Project The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, ...read more.

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

One of the best. Melodical and pop/rocky with good depth. Could rank in the top 10.

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