Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

isoldmysoulforrocknroll

The Contenders: Page 2

21 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

V 6 Comments
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.

V 11 Comments
23 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!

V 1 Comment
24 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!

V 5 Comments
25 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

Different, fast and in your face

V 1 Comment
26 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

V 1 Comment
27 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.

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

Like deep purple they also played metal in the early years - zxm

They have the best intro to a song ever for Sunrise

I love them, too. - Metal_Treasure

V 3 Comments
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.

V 5 Comments
29 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a ...read more.

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

Their first album 'ROCKA ROLLA' was prog rockfish.

The loudest psychedelic rock band I've ever heard - isoldmysoulforrocknroll

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!

V 1 Comment
30 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

V 2 Comments
31 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!

V 7 Comments
32 Supertramp

One of the best of all time. Totally underrated

"Crime of the Century"... Simply put, a masterpiece.

"Crime of the Century," "Breakfast in America" and a lot of "... Famous Last Words..." is good produced music that still works.

They are underrated.

Absolutely timeless music, incredibly innovative, unique, and well-produced, not to mention catchy and downright beautiful. The Davies/Hodgson collaboration was one of the greatest in the history of rock 'n roll.

V 12 Comments
33 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.

Best rock band ever.

Awesome sound

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

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

George Harrison said that ELO is what the Beatles would have sounded like if they hadn't split up. John Lennon called them the "sons of the Beatles". Jeff Lynne is an incredible musician, the arrangements he made were excellent, the band was unique in incorporating strings into rock and roll. They should definitely be in the top ten.

I really love this band even though its not really rock, its still my most favorite band I just love the sound of the orchestra mixed with Jeff lynne's voice.

Listened to them as a 70's Child. Just rediscovered them in my 40's and they've definitely stood the test of time. Jeff Lynne is a Musical Genius and a Legend!

Jeff lynn is a mastermind early elo was great later elo sorry but sucked

V 8 Comments
35 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

36 Steely Dan Steely Dan

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...

Highly underrated... Walter Becker and Donald Fagen had voices made for each other (cf Eagles & CSN)

V 4 Comments
37 Sparks Sparks V 1 Comment
38 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The best band of all time

Absolute great old band. They should of stayed together.

What could they have done if they survived? Listen to them loud abd in high quality. Inspiring. John Fogerty basically divorced his band and went on to sing in a band using his own name. Some feel he was even better after that but I can't see it. Maybe I need to listen to more. Get everything CCR you can even live. If your sound quality is lacking, go and buy yourself a good CD compilation remastered. Worth it. And get good speakers or headphones.

Greatest band of all timr

V 12 Comments
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

43rd? BEHIND Camel, Alan Parsons Project, and Sparks. High-larious.

V 1 Comment
40 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies.

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

V 1 Comment
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Best British Punk Rock Bands From the '70s and '80s Best Rock Bands of the '60s and '70s Best Hard Rock Bands of the 70s Top Ten Hard Rock Bands from the 70s, 80s, and 90s Top Ten Rock Bands That Were Active During the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s

List StatsUpdated 24 Sep 2017

4,000 votes
145 listings
6 years, 45 days old

Top Remixes (32)

1. Led Zeppelin
2. Queen
3. The Who
Evanmb36
1. KISS
2. Led Zeppelin
3. Pink Floyd
yamaha
1. Rainbow
2. Black Sabbath
3. Deep Purple
surgeonsanic

WRemix
View All 32

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P