Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s


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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 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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43 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


44 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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45 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 more.

Made great Metal in the 70's

46 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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47 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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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 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", 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

50 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

Seriously under-rated band. Burn on the Flame. Set Me Free. Sweet FA. Set the stage for Motley Crue and the hair bands of the 80s.

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51 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

52 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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53 Wings

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

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

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

Wings at 56? They're Top 20 at the absolute worst. - DiamondJoyride

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54 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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55 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen.

The best American rock band of all time.

Best live band ever!

56 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

57 Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

No one rocked like Seger live in concert in the Seventies.

Some of the greatest songs ever written in my book.. Simple yet extraordinary.

Bob left memories that make me a wealthy soul...

Bob seger don't get the recongization that he deserves. him and the silver bullet band hands down put on one of the best rock shows ever!

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58 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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59 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

60 Wishbone Ash

This is the band that inspired iron maiden... Check out the seminal album "argus".. It will blow you away... Twin lead guitars set the bar for bands to come...

They certainly deserve a higher ranking - and they are still unbelievable. The melancholic harmonics of their twin lead guitars are unforgettable.

Well we can't all get the limelight but worthy of collecting and should be much higher on list

Love um but where's Savoy Brown?

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