Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s

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21 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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22 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!

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23 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

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 is classic yes is to heavy for todays wanta be rockers

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24 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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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 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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27 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", "Roxanne", And "Every Breath You Take" .

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

28 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

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29 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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30 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

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31 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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32 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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33 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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34 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

35 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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36 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

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37 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.

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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

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39 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

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 dull

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40 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)

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