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

The Contenders: Page 2

21 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.

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.

22 Mad Dogs & Englishmen
23 Kiss 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.

24 The Ramones 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.
25 Rush Rush Rush is 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). ...read more.
26 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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

27 Asia
28 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".
29 The Jimi Hendrix Experience 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 ...read more.
30 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.
31 Van Halen 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.
32 Golden Earring Golden Earring
33 The Stooges 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 ...read more.
34 Wishbone Ash
35 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.

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!

36 The Hollies
37 The Byrds 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 ...read more.
38 T. Rex 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!

39 New York Dolls
40 Patti Smith Group Patti Smith Group

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