Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s


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41 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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43 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.

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44 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

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45 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".

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.

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.

Really. Well lets just start counting Top ten hits.

Los mejores de Canadá de todos los tiempos!

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46 The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances more.

Every band you have listed above the Grateful Dead is B.S. I toured with the GFD 5 tours, the biggest money grossing band of all time, and not of studio produced albums, off ticket Sales alone, and the fact they toured year round from the late 1960's to summer tour of 1995, you are way,way off having the Grateful Dead ranked this low, they proved they were the number one band of all time by playing thousands of shows every night for 4 decades, I would re-evaluate the rank of this band to the number one spot, obviously whoever has them ranked this low knows nothing about the Grateful Dead, or they would be sitting at the top spot, and looking at the bands you have ranked ahead of them on this ranking list is a complete joke. Learn about the band then you will see why they should be sitting at the top spot, if you are going to rank bands, at least rank them correctly! I find your rank of them insulting and obviously your rank of them proves this sites lack of knowledge of the band! It ...more

I realize the dead isn't for everyone, but for those of us that get it, jerry garcia guitar playing, with the dead or the jgb just satisfies my soul

Pity they didn't do anything else that approached Anthem of the Sun.

Too too laid back for me

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47 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" 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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48 Santana Santana Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.

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.

They are just wonderful

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49 REO Speedwagon

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

Underrated I say no more

50 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.

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.

You can go either way with dire the songs I like great songs the rest so so

You have this band very under rated

Best guitar I have heard.

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51 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.

52 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!

Best Band

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53 The Sweet The Sweet

The sweet? Nice! Most of the glam rock bands are really underrated. It's good to see some appreciation here! - AlexandeHoyte

Not the best. But if Queen is at no. 2 Sweet should be higher. They were the first to bring the high pitched harmonics in rock. Very overlooked band from the 70s.

Yes should be higher after led zeppelin this band influenced more heavy metal bands in the 80s than anybody else

The Sweet were a unique rock band with so many great songs which still sound amazing today.

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54 Slade Slade

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

Very talented 70's punk rockers. Good stuff and should be ranked higher than 52. More like top 20.

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

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55 Bob Marley & The Wailers

Rock band? Although Best reggae band ever...

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56 Joy Division Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Awesome and under rated alternative rock at a time when that was ground breaking

57 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history more.

God save the queen says it all

58 Wings

This list is a joke, Paul and the Wings put out some of the biggest hits of the decade.

Ugh how on earth is this band even mentioned? Worst music ever. Best thing he ever did was yesterday...a truer word was never spoken

No way is Wings this far down the list. One of the Best bands

With paul at the helm what could be bad, nothing.

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59 Free Free

Probably the most underrated band of the 70's

Best blues /rock band of early 70s

Free live great

Kossoff was a sad loss,the band were very underrated Rodgers one of the best front men of all time,recently seen him city hall Sheffield was brilliant.

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60 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

ZZ Top impacted rock bringing Southern Rock into classic rock great along with Lynyrd Skynyrd

From start to finish dam good music

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