Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

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The Top Ten

1 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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.

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.

One of the best. Love their vocals. Beatles sold more, but Zeppelin is better quality. These men should be the best.

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2 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were 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

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.

I love Led Zepplin, Queen and many others. But contrary to other groups who just produces music, Pink Floyd produces art to a level that is simply higher then the rest. Pink Floyd belongs together with Mozart, Beethove, Bach. The reset is just "nice to listen to".

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3 Queen 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.

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.

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.

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.

great band

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4 AC/DC 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.

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 - shatti

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.

This band should be 1 because they beat Led Zeppelin at music AC/DC has a better guitar better drums better frontman better bassist better rhythm guitarist

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5 The Who 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

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.

No way is Led Zeppelin better.

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6 Aerosmith 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 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.

They're Amazing. With the blink of an eye and you finally see the light its Amazing.

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7 Deep Purple 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? - Metal_Treasure

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.

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

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

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.

Every member of this group sang lead at one time or another, producing unrivaled harmonies. There is a reason their Greatest Hits album is the second best selling album except for Thriller.

I listened to the Eagles everyday in the 80's and every song spoke to me. I still listen to them today as I find their songs very therapeutic and there's nothing like sitting with a good group of friends with a few bottles of liquor, the Eagles are we can put the world to rights. Karan Wilson

Greates rock harmonies plus the changes theyve had and are still going today is really impresive they are iconic and deserve to be a bit higher on the list.

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9 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...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 is the reason why the genre heavy metal was born.
With those gothic tunes and riot solo's. this bands trademark is the best - isoldmysoulforrocknroll

Creators of Heavy Metal who have never been bettered by any of their imitators.

Sabbath deserves first place.

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10 The Rolling Stones 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!

How can you place Aerosmith and Deep Purple ahead of the Stones? They are very good, not great. The Stones have more hits than both put together.

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The Contenders

11 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

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!

2112 that's all I need to say

Rush needs to be higher on this list, at least number 5, should be higher than that...

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12 KISS 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 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 is awesome should be in top 5, they really know how to Rock N’ Roll, Don’t believe me just listen to hard luck woman and you will see what I mean, and they just put on a great show, they have sold almost as many records as the Beatles, That’s awesome!

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13 Fleetwood Mac 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.

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

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

Seriously, Stevie Nicks in 1976? Is that even open to argument?

Classy!

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14 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" .

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?

The best

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15 Rainbow 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! - Metal_Treasure

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!

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

STARGAZER

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16 Blue Oyster Cult 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".

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.

A very underrated band.
Definitely always on my playlist.
❤️❤️❤️

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17 Van Halen 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

I LOVE VAN HALEN THEY SHOULD BE FIRST!

They're 80's

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18 Yes Yes Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.

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

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.

My favorite is Pink Floyd but Yes should be way higher than 18. - MaxPap

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19 The Ramones 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.

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

Ha ha,punk legends.brought a new thing to the music - zxm

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20 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

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.

Journey needs to be close to the top with Steve Perry having the most outstanding voice and look. Want to see him in concert today.

Love Journey!

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

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

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

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

Should be in the top 20 at least.

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23 Foreigner 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!

Listen and fall in love... That is what their songs are capable of doing.

Good-good music by far

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24 The Cars 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!

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25 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

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!

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26 The Police 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

27 The Alan Parsons Project 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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28 The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

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.

I was there in the 70's, they were very big. ABB should be much much much
higher than #31.

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29 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal ...read more.

Wonderful lyrics and music.

No one remembers one of the best. They are still playing
And recording. They belong in top 20.

They have the best intro to a song ever for Sunrise

Uriah Heep... ROCKS!

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30 Styx

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!

They're so underrated. - hype

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31 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band The E Street Band is an American rock band, and has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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.

Pump me bruce

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32 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

Psychedelic? Are you daft? In what world are they psychedelic.

Their first album 'ROCKA ROLLA' was prog rockfish.

As good as Sabbath!

The band's body of work stands up to Sabbath and AC/DC (and anybody else ever), but style falls a bit outside of mainstream tastes. Halford/Tipton/Downing are a legendary trio and the Priest belongs in the Rock-n-Roll HOF!

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33 Status Quo Status Quo Status Quo are an English rock band who play a brand of boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 ...read more.

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

Great Band!

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34 The Jackson 5 The Jackson 5 The Jackson 5, or Jackson Five, also known as The Jacksons in later years, is an American popular music group. Formed in 1963 under the name the Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.

This is not a rock band so why are they listed here come on man

Whoa whoa whoa! They're POP, NOT rock!

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35 Kansas Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

One of the top 10 bands of all time.

Awesome sound

Best rock band ever.

How can you have a list of 70's rockers without Kansas? - FMFDoc

36 Camel Camel

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

37 Steely Dan Steely Dan Steely Dan is an American rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972.

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...

When I can't decide exactly what I want to hear, i.e. a specific song from a specific artist, I always go for Steely Dan or Donald Fagen. While I love many of their songs, I also love most of their songs on most of their albums... just a fantastic sound of which I never tire.

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38 Sparks Sparks Sparks are an American pop and rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael. The duo formed in 1968 under the name Halfnelson.

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

39 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.

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

39? what.

Yes and Genesis should both be top 10 with Sabbath, Floyd, Zeppelin, Queen, BOC, Skynyrd, Purple, and AC/DC

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40 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

So underrated, and so amazing.

Ray Davies is still performing, and still good. Or is it John? Whatever. Top 10 of 60's even 70's

Amazing band and incredibly underrated

Just great fun loving music style with a smile

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41 The Guess Who The Guess Who The Guess Who was a Canadian rock band formed in 1962. The band was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is mostly known for their hit "American Woman".

How this band is BEHIND 47 others is mystifying! Timeless lyrics and memorable songs make this Winnipeg-bred group truly worthy of a very high ranking on any list.

Burton Cummings had a great voice and wrote songs even better. Unfortunately he can't sing for nuts these days.But in the day one of the top bands and a must-have in collection.

Really. Well lets just start counting Top ten hits.

Los mejores de Canadá de todos los tiempos!

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42 Heart Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

Completely awesome... Ann wilson voice is a powerhouse.

Belongs in the top ten!

I agree early stuff

Heart is high ranking material. But only the early stuff. IE until they went commercial and mercenary

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43 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" ...read more.

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.

Dam good under rated band

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44 Santana Santana Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.

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.

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45 REO Speedwagon REO Speedwagon

They had so many songs better than entire careers of some of these artists

Still going strong after forty years.

Underrated I say no more

Underrated

46 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed ...read more.

Made great Metal in the 70's

47 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

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

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48 Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention The Mothers of Invention were an American rock band from California that served as the backing musicians for Frank Zappa. Their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate live shows.

Frank Zappa should be in the top10 any musician will say they the best band was the the Mothers

Probably the most underrated guitarist in rock history.

Strange funky weird cool hot rats great album

FZ was more of a parody than a serious band. He was more an audacious showman than a singer. Still they are worth a listen to many. I wouldn't rank highly.

49 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.

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!

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50 Slade Slade

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

Best band of the 70's. Anthem of my youth😄

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