Greatest Rock Bands of the '70sisoldmysoulforrocknroll
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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
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
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?
Once upon a time Yes ruled the universe. Dinosaurs roared and curry was eaten on stage. The kiddies these days who know Dream Theater and Rush need to wake up to the band who inspired them and put prog rock on the map.
Yes not appreciated anymore but seriously good even if dated. Anyone with an open mind who appreciates good music of any kind should enjoy. Top 20 bandV 6 Comments
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.
Great band, classic American rock about the open road and the working man.
Easily top ten, live show top one or two!V 2 Comments
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
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!
The first and original master of the stage & king of shock rock!V 4 Comments
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 mercenaryV 3 Comments
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
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 faceV 1 Comment
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_TreasureV 3 Comments
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.
Seems like a butt load of near bubble gum stuff in the top 10 save the Stones & LZ all be them very over played of late.
The ABB gave us jam music live and put smiles on faces from Florida to Alaska. America's finest.
This is not a rock band so why are they listed here come on man
Whoa whoa whoa! They're POP, NOT rock!V 2 Comments
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 farV 2 Comments
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
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 suckedV 8 Comments
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.
I definitely don't agree with this list, but to each his own I guess. In my opinion, The Eagles should be #1, Supertramp #2, and Floyd #3. I also think that Joe Cocker should have been in the top ten.V 11 Comments
Let's face it, Ian Anderson was Jethro Tull, who really recalls the other band members? Very few, that's who. To bring a flute on the rock stage was genius & gutsy! Ian Anderson didn't have to, he played so many other instruments far more proficiently, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica & a variety of lesser well known instruments. His sound was truly unique, his lyrics were deep, some far more thought provoking than others. Even The Eagles borrowed a few notes subconsciously. His on stage antics combined with his theatrical use of the flute actually hid his less than average technique & some incorrect notes, quite a feat! He now, thanks to his daughter who plays flute proficiently & accurately, uses correct finger technique & rarely misfires a note. Why Tull? Who in the history of Rock n' Roll played flute, had a major hit album with a full 2 sides of a continuous song (Thick As A Brick) & is still recognized worldwide today? Who would be your ...more
A wizzard on stage, Ian Anderson and Co. Created music that was really off mainstream. Loads of different styles, from little ballads like "slipstream" over concept albums like "Thick as a brick" and "A Passion Play" to mystic songs like "Dun Ringill". I love the music since I was a young guy.
Poetic lyrics, though often not understandable even for native speakers, just stunned me. Anderson's flute was and still is unique. To me still my favourite band.
The flute, the lyrics just put them over edge!
Tull was never dullV 8 Comments
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 timrV 12 Comments
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...
The best, just the bestV 3 Comments
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