Best Rock Bands of the '60s and '70s

The Top Ten

1 The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

At 62 I still haven't heard anyone near to the Beatles yes number 1, then I would put Pink Floyd at #2, Led Zeppelin at #3, the Doors at #4, the Cream #5, Creedence Clear Water at # 6, Ten Years After #7, and Iron Butterfly at #8. The rest could go any were under this. Surprise though is this little New Zealand Girl Lorde, if she can maintain her uniqueness she could equal the Beatles

Without The Beatles, the rest of these bands might not exist... John, Paul, George, and Ringo--best ever and I'm a Deadhead... Haha!

Number one then daylight as none others would exist without them

To the 62 year old who left the inane comment about Lorde possibly equaling the Beatles, what were you smoking. In the almost 4 years Lorde has been around, she has made exactly one album that was passably decent, while in that same time period, the Beatles put out 5 of the 10 greatest albums ever created. Next.

2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Best musician all round drummer guitarist lead vocals ever!

Their talent and innovation was incomparable.

Best band of all time not even close

Best blues/rock band of all time

3 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Queen can't be explained because their music was pure genius.

It is very annoying, that the Beatles is number one in every list.

Can’t decide between queen and the Beatles but I think queen should be number one

QUEEN is the best of the best Ever! If you only Queen from their hits, then you don't know Queen at all. They're So much more!
Their hidden gems are a treasure trove of sheer ecstasy! An excursion into auditory bliss!
Queen is still new, fresh, and ever so relevant; not like most fr that era: dull, old, stale, and dated.
Queen is totally timeless! Their songs could be hits today, they're so ageless. Also the most eclectic band w/over 40 genres of music, from the frenetic Stone Cold Crazy and Dead On Time to the gorgeous Love Of My Life and Save Me. There's something for everyone.
With Freddie's stunning range and his electrifying passion, Queen put on the greatest show on Earth! (Move over Ringling Bros., lol)

4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

Just consider Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals alone most bands would kill to have recorded any one of these albums. Then if you add the Wall and Atom Heart Mother, Obscurred By Clouds, Saucer Full of Secrets. Also they have one of the greatest rock guitarist ever. And can play live! What can I say!

Greatest live band in history you just didn't want the gig to end

The Beatles couldn't touch them. Its like putting a Mopar against a Ford, the Mopar always wins.

5 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

The greatest show on earth!


6 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

Why are the Grateful Dead even mentioned in the same breath as The Who?
in my opinion, I just don't see what's the deal with the Grateful Dead. The only real musician in the band is Jerry Garcia. There are only a few songs by them that I like, and as for their live performances, I'm sorry, but most of them bore the hell out of me! Honestly, I've seen more complexity in a McDonald's cheeseburger!
The Who, however, are in my Top 10 favourite bands of all time, and maybe in my Top 5 favourite rock bands of all time! Wider diversity of songs and albums, more exciting live performances, and an overall better band!
We're Not Gonna Take It/See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You as performed at Woodstock beats anything by the Grateful Dead, no contest. The Grateful Dead don't have Keith Moon or John Entwistle in the band.

Saw them just last week. For being in their seventies now, they sounded pretty dam good!

Saw The Who live at Indiana University Assembly Hall in 1975... One word "Magic"

Saw them perform at Charton City football ground in 1975(? ). The best live performance I've ever seen. For me rock music is defined in the main by power and energy and The Who had it in spades.

7 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.

The Beatles caused a Riot everywhere they played... One of the reasons they quit touring... And they kept their pants zipped up...

The doors were a lot better than the Beatles The Beatles took 20 years to get where they're at nowThe doors only Took 3 years The Doors had over 3 riots How many did the Beatles have Jim Morrison He wasn't afraid to show his Audience a good time. The Doors gave a reason to remember about the 60'

Nothing ever like The Doors before or after. Absolutely stunning.

Morrison was the most intelligent and dangerous lead singer in rock history.

8 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

Pure rock n roll. Just it!

It's the best music I've ever hear in my life

9 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

The most talented, creative, innovative, technical and advanced = THE BEST.
Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe. - Metal_Treasure

10 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

Sabbath invented Heavy Metal!

The Contenders

11 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.

Very original

Best rock music in any galaxy!

12 Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

The Eagles were a very creative group and their harmony was second to none!


13 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 more.

By far the best live band on this list like being on the Kop or Stretford End.

Quo live. A great act. Real and sincere hard boggie rock.

There are the best rock group statusquo

Status quo go as far as best in my eyes
Complete legends great music great guitarists
And great live shows.

Rock on Quo

14 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 more.

Demons and Wizards...and the Magician Birthday are incredible albums. If you haven't heard the song "Rain" from Magician B-day! They might be considered a precursor to Queen.

15 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
16 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.
17 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.
18 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

I love Crosby, Stills, and Nash. They have great songs, great guitars, and great harmonizing

19 The Grave Eaters

Best rock band with dark lyrics of the 60s

20 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".

One of the best bands ever

Great band!,great singer!

21 Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Kiss was a great band of the 70's and rode the wave of Glam Rock but what they lacked musically they made up in there live shows. The first time I saw Kiss was in Indianapolis at the old convention center opening up for the James Gang when Tommy Bolin took over for Joe Walsh and Blue Oyster Cult. I doubt to many bands wanted Kiss as a opener!

Of the two decades, KISS was only active in the 70's. They were so great in that decade that they should be in the top 10, behind the Beatles and a handful of the groups that existed in both decades.

No way glam don't cover lack of talent

22 The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

Ask The Beatles, Who, Stones, Zeppelin, who should be in the top five with (or above) them and I bet they all say The Kinks.

23 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.
24 Yes Yes is an English progressive 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. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.

Yes someone has messed up YES should be in the top ten! Come on! Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer, Topographic Oceans, Going for the One, Tormato, even had a huge comeback in the 80's. Jon Anderson has one of the most distinct voices in progressive rock and Chris Squire is one of the greatest bass players ever. RIP Chris Squire

I have seen Yes twice in early 70's excellent musicians, real deal. Coming in at # 40 someone is mistaken. I'm 64 my favorite Beatles, Pink Floyd, Yes, Zepplin, Doors, Cream saw all live Wow!

Much, much better than #29!

25 Mad Dogs & Englishmen
26 The Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.
27 Supertramp Supertramp is an english progressive rock band that was founded in 1969 in London, United Kingdom with members Roger Hodgson, Frank Farrell, Rick Davies, Kevin Currie, and Dave Winthrop. The band reached their commercial peak with 1979's "Breakfast in America" which sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide. more.

Were very huge in mid 70s and early 80s

28 The Hollies The Hollies are a British pop/rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style.
29 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.
30 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time more.
31 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.
32 Golden Earring Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as The Golden Earrings. They achieved worldwide fame with their international hit songs "Radar Love" in 1973.
33 Asia Asia is an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the 1970s, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe more.
34 Wishbone Ash
35 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.
36 Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.

In my white room with black curtains... Great creative talent

37 Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
38 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
39 The Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are more.
40 The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial more.
41 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.
42 T. Rex T. Rex were an English glam rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, released four folk albums under this banner.

Without Marc Bolan there would of never been Glam Rock... Marc was a incredible artist. There are few bands of the 70's that could say Marc Bolan and T- Rex wasn't a huge influence to buy a guitar...including myself!

43 New York Dolls
44 Television Television is an American rock band from New York City formed in 1973. The group was founded by Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Billy Ficca, and Richard Hell. An early fixture of CBGB and the 1970s New York rock scene, the band is considered influential in the development of punk and alternative music.
45 Patti Smith Group Patti Smith Group was a rock group formed by Patti Smith in 1974 alongside guitarist, bassist and rock archivist Lenny Kaye, and later with a full band comprising Kaye, Ivan Kral on guitar and bass, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums and Richard Sohl on piano.

Most poetic lyrics,a female ws burroughs, they rock

46 Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane was a San Francisco, California-based band who pioneered the American counterculture movement as well as psychedelic rock. more.
47 Animals
48 Love
49 The Sweet The Sweet is a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. Their best known line-up consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. The group was originally called Sweetshop.

Powder puff rock at it's best. Glam it was but did you know they were once the loudest recorded rock bands in Europe

50 Richard Hell and the Voidoids
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