Top 10 Best Rock Bands of the '70s
Yes, I was definitely expecting this. If someone put Led Zeppelin below number one, then I would simply say this man has no respect for one of the greatest bands ever in music history. Each member was one of the most influential musicians in their own fields, and so many bands idolized them.
There are just so many bands that loved Led Zeppelin's songs while they grew up, so many bands that admitted having been influenced by their unique music, and so many musicians that wanted to see the reunion of Zep. Their music has depth which some bands may lack. They rarely give out the answers to their music but go on to talk about so many things in our lives. It's not just the music I'm talking about - the creativity, the reflection of life, and the uniqueness are what I'm trying to mention.
Simply the best band of all time! The best live band! Heavier than anything else, by sheer attitude. Their organic live performances were different every night. They played tight but loose, free enough to improvise and push the limit on songs, yet tight enough to always fall back into place.
Just as you think that Page is going to disintegrate, emotionally and physically, from the ethereal and extremely personal playing, and as Bonzo is playing some super-human beat, like a Great Gorilla pounding on the heart of a star, and Jonesy is grooving with a fat thump and total confidence and control of his fingers that somehow never tire... Just as you think that the incredibly heavy, mesmerizing, and cosmic groove spell being performed in front of you will collapse, buckle under its own weight, and take with it the lives of the band and perhaps everyone else in the room... they find each other in the darkness (or the light), and the pieces crash into place with tremendous accuracy and effectiveness. They touch back on Planet Earth, after intense deep space exploration. You can feel the energy shift in the room. I believe the stars in some far-off galaxy we will never see burn brighter immediately following this event.
They pull this feat off time after time, narrowly dodging total obliteration, like a cat who always lands on his feet. Sometimes, it is only after this that you realize that for the past 10 minutes, you've been standing in a dark swampy cave, and the black waters around you were rising. Close call.
Not only was Freddie Mercury able to hit all the notes, but they were also able to create a harmony like no other. Each of their songs gave you a different feeling. I actually found myself mouthing the lyrics to their songs, something I never do. The talent in each and every band member was unparalleled. Freddie Mercury could sing all types of songs, and the amount of talent they had was incredible.
A lot of people like bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones, but in my opinion, Queen was the best. Freddie Mercury had a voice like no other, and it is such a shame HIV led to his untimely death. Long live Freddie.
Best groups of musicians ever. Together, they created music that is timeless. You can't just listen to the obvious hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, We Are the Champions, etc. You have to delve into their entire catalog. Some of their best music is primarily unknown unless you have listened to all their music. Songs like White Queen, The Prophet Song, It's Late, Was It All Worth It, Stealing, and so much more showcase their talent.
Intelligent young men with a dream and determination. That's why there's no song that sounds the same. The diversity on each album is remarkable. Not only does Freddie Mercury sing and write music, but Brian May also writes and sings many songs, as does Roger Taylor. While John Deacon doesn't sing, he wrote the biggest hit single Queen ever had.
I never get tired of Queen. Their concerts while Freddie was alive were unbelievable, and they can still rock it out today with Brian and Roger in their 70s. This is a band that lived and loved music more than anything. I love many bands of all genres, but Queen has and will always be my all-time favorite.
Pink Floyd were so much better than Queen. Let's break it down to prove it. In terms of vocal ability, I'm giving it to Freddie Mercury. So, Pink Floyd 0-1 Queen.
Drumming, I'm giving it to Nick Mason. Pink Floyd 1-1 Queen. Guitar playing, David Gilmour by far! Pink Floyd 2-1 Queen. Bass, Roger Waters. Pink Floyd 3-1 Queen.
Songwriting, which includes lyrics and music, goes to Roger Waters/David Gilmour. While Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest songs of all time, more Pink Floyd songs have more meaning, better lyrics, and better music than Queen songs. Pink Floyd 4-1 Queen.
Album writing, Pink Floyd hands down. The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall are among the best albums of all time. Pink Floyd 5-1 Queen. Piano/Keyboard playing, Richard Wright. Pink Floyd 6-1 Queen.
In terms of sales, Pink Floyd sold 250 million units, while Queen sold 200 million. Pink Floyd 7-1 Queen. All Queen did was write radio-friendly songs. Just because you hear their songs on the radio doesn't mean they're that good. You hear a lot of Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne on the radio, but that doesn't mean they're good. It's the same thing with Queen. All they did was write mainstream music.
Really, nothing that special besides Bohemian Rhapsody, The Show Must Go On, and Under Pressure, which are excellent songs. But all their other songs are just commercial music. I Want to Break Free sounds like commercial '80s pop music. Somebody to Love is terrible. They're just easy songs to listen to. Pink Floyd is way, way better.
The band became mainstream after improving after their debut album got panned. In 1978, Osbourne was fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Who went to release... read more
The best of the big '70s beasts and the most original. Where Zeppelin were ripping off every old blues player and their dogs, the Stones were vanishing into a heroin fugue, Deep Purple were stuck in the '60s with subpar writing and production, and The Who were mired in the follies of Pete Townshend, Black Sabbath laid down the blueprint for every metal band to come with six of the most original albums ever recorded and the grand master of heavy guitar, Tony Iommi.
When Sabbath crashed after Sabotage, they left nothing on the table for anyone. They have never been matched by any other band ever, period, and all those who try are merely following along in their still churning wake.
This band most definitely deserves to be higher on this list, considering that they are the founders of the heavy metal genre. Power and groove personified!
This is easily the band that started all metal. Definitely better than The Who, Queen, Eagles, and others ranked higher.
I can't believe The Who are ranked lower than 2. Maybe I'll concede Led Zeppelin at number one. Maybe. But the seventies were The Who's prime. They released Who's Next in 1971, featuring Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, and seven other knockout songs. Two years later, in 1973, they released Quadrophenia. This is their best album, including tracks like The Real Me, 5:15, and Love Reign O'er Me, along with 14 other songs that rock and kick ass.
And the lyrics! Pete is truly a lyrical genius! And of course, The Who wouldn't be The Who without one of the best vocalists and rhythm sections ever known to rock music. Keith and John were incredible by themselves, and together, they filled in all the gaps during one of Pete's guitar solos. Sometimes, during a guitar solo, you feel like something is missing when the singer is not singing, but not with The Who.
And of course, Roger. Roger Daltrey has one of the best voices ever. I don't know how you can sing that intensely in a studio. He really got into it. The Who deserve the number one spot.
AC/DC was THE hard rock band of the '70s, just below Led Zeppelin. AC/DC was all about sex, drugs, and good music. When AC/DC played, audiences roared. Truly a magnificent rock 'n' roll band. They are hardcore and know the real meaning of rock.
The best live band ever, each concert is 150 minutes of pure joy! Also, listen to 42 Decibel!
I think on the 'Dirty Deeds' album, that's where they found their sound.
Steven Tyler is my man! Still going strong, touring, and raising hell. He filled many of my memories of college, and hearing an oldie excites me like it did back then! I love every album!
Aerosmith is a true hard rock band! Aerosmith was influenced by artists such as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds.
Awesome band, deserves to be higher. They were brilliant in the 70's and arguably achieved their best work. Very good band.
The most talented, creative, innovative, technical, and advanced = THE BEST. A band of masters. Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe.
- The riff that rules all other riffs - Smoke on the Water;
- The solo that rules all other solos - Highway Star;
- The screams that rule all other screams - Child in Time;
- The best band live - Live in Japan;
- The most technical pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal;
- The globe's loudest band of the 70s, officially listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records.
Anything else for number 1?
The band had the best keyboard player (Jon Lord) and best guitarist (Ritchie Blackmore), plus a great drummer (Ian Paice). They have the all-time best riff in Smoke On The Water and the two most underrated rock songs of all time, Space Truckin' and Highway Star. And I am not even a hard rock fan, I just like great music. Even if you are not a Deep Purple fan, you cannot argue with the facts.
If anyone says that Rush is not one of the top ten rock bands of the '70s, they obviously have not listened to any of their songs from that decade. Both their self-titled debut album and both of their live albums are examples of rock in its purest form. These, along with their rock epics 2112 and Cygnus X-1, place them top 10 on any rock list.
Is there a 3-piece band that can produce the music of a 5-piece band with the precision Geddy, Neil, and Alex consistently achieved?
Additionally, the musical quality, content, and volume of music would push Rush higher on this list.
Rush is the most underrated and underappreciated band ever. In spite of this, they've managed to thrive as a band and influence many other more popular, up-and-coming bands.
They are the best. Tell me a group which can give us a country classic like Desperado, a superb disco-blues in One of These Nights, and the mighty rock song Hotel California. Nobody in music history was, is, and will have the range like The Eagles. The Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Rolling Stones just do not have the range of this music nor do they have the harmonies that The Eagles give us. For me, they are No. 1, then the others follow.
I am 15 now. When I was younger, I hated the Eagles and could not stand them. Then, one day when I was 12, I was listening to After the Thrill is Gone and I realized that that song was great. Then I started really listening to them and found out how talented the band was. Now, the Eagles are my favourite band. I love how, on so many of their songs, Don Henley and Glen Frey switch off on who sings lead. I just love that. To me, the Eagles are NUMBER 1, and I agree they should definitely be higher on this list.
Their best works include songs like Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfication (Which ranked no. 2 in The Rolling... read more
Their songs really get stuck in your head. It's mainly because the songs are repetitive, and they're also repetitive. They definitely deserve a number ten spot, if only for the mark they left in music history, but I feel like they were talented musicians that wasted some of their talent by writing songs that lacked a lot of meaning and were also repetitive.
I like all the bands on this list, but I honestly think that The Stones deserve the number 2 spot. I mean, The Stones are probably as influential as The Beatles. They made many great songs. It's pretty hard not to like The Stones. I like every song they ever made and released. Thanks!
There were certainly some great bands through the '60s, '70s, and '80s, but nobody who has ever seen the Stones could vote for any of the others. The Stones are one of the very best bands ever!
Ah, the Mac. Seriously talented and unique bunch, but yes, very repetitive after Rumours, trying to duplicate its success. Fortunately, there was enough variety to continue to entertain. Tusk was brilliant. The Dance was great. Miserable tightwads of late, doing a world tour but no album releases or live recordings known of, due to piracy concerns. How innovative. What a concept. If everyone did the same, there would be no more recorded music. Great job, guys. Anyhow, they should be in the top 5.
Yes, I like their stuff with Stevie Nicks, but I also like their pre-Stevie albums as well. I always considered their album Penguin a classic from them, even though it is kind of a black sheep among their best albums. I find Bob Welch's voice to be good as well. I think their best album with Stevie Nicks would be Tusk. So many classic songs on that album, and it ended their classic '70s years with a bang. Let's just say I like both eras of the band.
The average rock listener might not catch the magic that was '70s YES music, which is why they often don't make generic top 10 lists and aren't considered mainstream by most. However, the construction of YES music is far superior to that of other bands due to their very complex arrangements and inspirational thematic elements. To truly appreciate this, you have to listen closely 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 their parts are interwoven - the average listener may not have the patience for this.
While analyzing what they are doing, it is beneficial to consider how difficult it would be to reproduce these efforts. YES members have always been among the most proficient musicians. Another outstanding aspect of this band is that their messages were largely positive, not just pandering to teens who clamor for music that reflects an attitude of "Let's party" and "Drugs, sex, and rock and roll." This is why their music has stood the test of time and stands out from the rest.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is synonymous with the '70s. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing Free Bird or Sweet Home Alabama on the radio. Additionally, around 1973 or '74, they toured with The Who. Critics stated that they outperformed The Who on stage. Then, in 1976, at the Knebworth Festival in England, the home country of The Rolling Stones, they were said to have surpassed the Stones in performance. Their live performances were unparalleled, mainly due to the incredible power of Ronnie Van Zant's voice as he delivered his songs.
Behind him was a perfect blend of a triple-threat rocking guitars, a uniquely played piano, and solid drums, bass, and backup vocals. When you go back and listen to some of their songs, you'll notice three distinct-sounding guitars blended perfectly, creating an exceptionally good sound. Lastly, the lyrics are worth paying attention to. Ronnie Van Zant was incredibly creative with his lyrics and never wrote them down. He conceived entire songs while sitting on a couch, listening to band members play riffs. This approach to songwriting was unique to him. He was simply a genius.
Known for their face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-1970s. Their shock rock-style live performances featured... read more
Nothing against any of the bands ranked ahead, as they were very influential in their own ways, but KISS was the face of '70s rock music. The makeup, pyrotechnics, and merchandise made them stand out, and that's all some people give them credit for. KISS was much more than that. They were four guys who could all write songs, sing, and play instruments very well. They also dabbled in several types of music genres.
KISS, to me, is one of the most underrated musicians of all time. Sit and actually listen to any album they put out in this decade, and I believe you will have a different perspective.
KISS were as innovative as Elvis, Chuck Berry, or The Beatles. Almost all live shows these days owe a debt to KISS for blazing the trail and showing the world what a live show should strive to be. Before KISS, live shows were just lacking. Everything live today can be traced back to KISS – the lit logo behind the stage, pyrotechnics, raising platforms, fire, merchandising, wireless systems, sound systems, lighting systems, lasers, stage props, face paint, costumes, licensing, management. The list goes on and on.
But most importantly, KISS' music can stand up to any '70s act out there. So many catchy hooks, sing-along anthems, and great rock riffs. KISS are the most underrated band in music history. KISS has left their mark on the face of rock n' roll, and almost every band today can trace certain elements of their style back to KISS somehow.
I definitely think a guitarist like Ritchie Blackmore deserves to be mentioned here for more than one occasion. And long live Zeppelin on their throne!
The best musicianship offered by the '70s in every respect: guitars, vocals, drumming, songwriting. A very creative and innovative band as they invented several metal subgenres currently very popular and respected. R.I.P. Dio!
People don't understand many things. If they want to know, Led Zeppelin is one music plagiarism. This band is underrated, but the songs have great melodies, much better than Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd is nothing but effects. It's a great band. My favorite. It's not only Rising as an album. It has great albums, much better than Rising.
Even when they released their first album close to the '80s, in 1978 to be exact, it became one of the most successful album debuts in all rock history and marks the beginning of one of the greatest rock bands ever.
Simple, fast, and good. 15-minute songs? No way! Average 2-minute songs made some difference back then.
The Ramones should not be at 75. They deserve to be at number one!
Blue Öyster Cult should be in the top ten of any hard rock/metal list as they did both and more. Very experimental with great lyrics, way ahead of their time, and has one of the best guitar players that ever came into the rock world, Buck Dharma. Go see them if you don't believe it. They put on excellent live shows.
The harmony of their melodies is unique. No other band has as many great songs as Blue Oyster Cult have! Certainly, they are the most underestimated band of all time... or actually, maybe not that much since we humans hardly appreciate great things!
Criminally underrated band. So many overlooked songs that are amazing! I have no idea why no one bothers to explore this band any further than Don't Fear the Reaper, because it's a true shame.
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, and it was there for 8 weeks. I don't think many bands can do that. And if you need one more piece of evidence, they're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nice.
I have to agree with the other statement that they are overlooked. Every top rock band list I have ever seen has them ranked low. Their first album was basically a greatest hits compilation, and they had many more hits after that. They should easily be top 10.
I can't believe I actually had to add this band! The Cars were great. Let's Go, Just What I Needed, Moving in Stereo, My Best Friend's Girl - they were a really phenomenal band.
Definitely a top 10 band. Great unique sound that doesn't age.
What could they have done if they survived? Listen to them loud and in high quality. Inspiring. John Fogerty basically divorced his band and went on to sing in a band using his own name. Some feel he was even better after that, but I can't see it. Maybe I need to listen to more. Get everything CCR you can, even live. If your sound quality is lacking, go and buy yourself a good CD compilation remastered. Worth it. And get good speakers or headphones.
They created one of the most unique sounds of the era in such a limited time span - they were together for 5 years! The volume and quality of music produced by them in such a small amount of time is virtually unparalleled.
Probably a top ten band of the seventies. They have delivered some real classics. Fogerty is one of the greatest frontmen of all time, not only for his voice but for his amazing songwriting skills.
Come on now... Some of the best ballads and hottest rock songs ever! Feels Like the First Time, Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Juke Box Hero, Urgent, Waiting for a Girl Like You! The list goes on and on!
The problem with this rating system is the age of the voter. Come on now is absolutely right. They are one of the best bands of all time. All songs listed below were HUGE hits!
One of my favorite bands of the '70s. We went to one of their shows in 2015 in Oak Ridge, TN. I was very disappointed. They only played four of their classic hits.
A lot of people just listen to More Than a Feeling and then call it a one-hit wonder. But if you have ever listened to Peace of Mind or Foreplay/Long Time, you would probably have rated this band higher. I dare all of you to listen to those two other songs and then vote.
This band is awesome. It doesn't deserve to be this low. Boston has one of the best guitarists and the best singer. Also, the rest of the band is good, but when they play together, they create a whole different sound.
Most of the bands beating Boston are bands that formed very late in the decade and did not get popular until the 1980s! It really makes no sense to me.
The only band that matters and, in my opinion, the greatest band who ever lived. Sure, they aren't the best singers, but they more than made up for it with great songs, extremely ambitious albums, the widest variety of music sound-wise of any band ever, and just straight-up attitude. Their songs may have gotten a little too political at times, but most of their songs are either still relevant or easy to understand in the context of what the world was going through at the time. They only had one bad album, and that was because Mick Jones was fired. This band is awesome and deserves more credit. Honorable Mentions: The Who and The Ramones.
Underrated for Joe Strummer's and Mick Jones's contributions to modern rock, The Clash definitely deserve to be higher on this list.
44? This is a crime. The Clash is and always will be the only band that matters. They deserve to be at least in the top 5.