Greatest Rock Bands of the '70s


The Contenders: Page 3

41 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

42 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.

Amazing band and incredibly underrated

Ray Davies is still performing, and still good. Or is it John? Whatever. Top 10 of 60's even 70's

Just great fun loving music style with a smile

So underrated, and so amazing.

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43 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal 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 metal and more.
44 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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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.

Really. Well lets just start counting Top ten hits.

I love this band great rock and roll

Very very underrated band one good song after another

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46 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

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.

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

Dam good under rated band

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47 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.

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48 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Th Doors definitely deserve a higher spot on this list, the way Jim Morrison could blend his poetry with rock music makes the best songs that have a deeper meaning in the lyrics.

Jim Morrison was a drunken degenerate who only made it to 25. However they were very popular and had a lot of great music. In the top 20 of best ever musically.

Most authentic rock band - a revolution

I honestly never liked them. I am ready for people to attack/kill me for saying that.

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49 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 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 band

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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.

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

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 have this band very under rated

Best guitar I have heard.

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51 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

Brilliant. Phil Collins is a part-time genius musically

52 REO Speedwagon

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

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53 Grand Funk Railroad Grand Funk Railroad

Great filler for any collection. Worth a listen if only for the nostalgia. But really they were good, and I don't knock them as many do.

Solid Rock band that blew it up in the 70's!

This band can jam you can't go wrong with the grand funk railroad

Should be higher

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54 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!

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55 The Band The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson more. V 1 Comment
56 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Terrific band. Love em live or anyhow

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57 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

Underrated band in my opinion. The Sweet had it all. Looks, vocals and great songwriters.

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58 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.

Simply the best live band I've ever seen!. Should be in the top 5.

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59 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). more.

King Crimson should really be given credit for creating the Progressive Rock genre. Robert Fripp is known to be Jimi Hendrix favorite rock guitarist. How about the early work with master guitarist, bassist, singer and song writer Greg Lake.

Interesting, I will need to give them listening time

Listen to Red. It's got Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, and John Wetton (pre-Asia). This is one of the greatest bands of all time because they could always find a new sound and still be original.

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60 Bob Marley & The Wailers

Rock band? Although Best reggae band ever...

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