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Best Rock and Roll Artists of the 1970's

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Led Zeppelin Report Abuse
Killer albums. Unmistakable influence.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Report Abuse
A true band of the '70, gaining a world wide audience in the decade, then having three key members die in a plane crash in '77. "Free Bird", Sweet Home Alabama", "Give Me Three Steps", "Simple Man", "Tuesdays Gone"
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Bad Company Report Abuse
Driving bass & drums, screaming guitars and the wonderful voice of Paul Rodgers.
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The Eagles Report Abuse
No denying their dominance in the 1970's.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival Report Abuse
CCR's peak was 69/70, but their music was so good that it still gets a lot of play today.
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Eric Clapton Report Abuse
As a member of the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and Derek and the Dominos, Clapton became a premier guitarist with a very recognizable voice. His solo career has continued to present.
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The Who Report Abuse
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Pink Floyd Report Abuse
Gilmour is the single most underappreciated musician on the planet. Waters wrote some great songs.
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Chicago Report Abuse
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Proved that horns can make great Rock music.
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ZZ Top Report Abuse
A lot of hard rockin' music from three guys and two beards.
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The Allman Brothers Band Report Abuse
Although founding members Duane Almond & Berry Oakley died tragically in motorcycle accident in the early '70, their influence as the principal architects of Southern rock assured their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Black Sabbath Report Abuse
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Davis Bowie Report Abuse
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Elton John Report Abuse
No one had more hits or better songs in the decade.
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Stevie Wonder Report Abuse
Maybe the decades most important artist.
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Deep Purple Report Abuse
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AC/DC Report Abuse
Pioneers of heavy metal w/ the highest selling album by any band: Back in Black.
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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Report Abuse
First hit in the '60s but best music in the '70. "Old Time Rock & Roll" is the most played single rock song.
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The Doobie Brothers Report Abuse
One of the top bands of the 70s, with a variety of sounds and musicians.
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The Grateful Dead Report Abuse
No band has ever had such a cult following, with Dead Heads literally following them around the country. In concert, songs could morph into marathons, with fans lost in time & space... and not just because of the music.
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Steely Dan Report Abuse
Their rock music has blended influences of jazz, funk, R&B, and pop yielding a distinctive sound that is their own.
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Queen Report Abuse
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Boston Report Abuse
Boston self titled debut album in 1976 is one of the best albums in rock.
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Kansas Report Abuse
Great musicians with the vocals by Steve Walsh: "Carry On Wayward Son", "Dust in the Wind".
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An absolutely fantastic and underrated band created by one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters of all time Kerry Livgren with hits that include Carry on Wayward Son, Dust in the Wind, Point of Know Return, People of the South Wind, Hold On, Play the Game Tonight, Fight Fire with Fire, and All I Wanted.
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Yes Report Abuse
"Roundabout", "Long Distance Runaround"
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The Bee Gees Report Abuse
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Had several pop favorites in the '60s, then dominated the late '70s disco era.
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Styx Report Abuse
"Lady", "Grand Illusion", "Come Sail Away", "Crystal Ball" "Babe" among their best.
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Foreigner Report Abuse
Has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide since their first in '77.
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Marvin Gaye Report Abuse
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Rod Stewart Report Abuse
Was w/ Jeff Beck in the late '60, but became enormously successful solo in the '70. 31 of his tunes reached the top 10, & he hooked up with some of the most beautiful women of the time.
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John Lennon Report Abuse
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Robin Trower Report Abuse
Lead guitar in Procol Harem, Trower started his own band in the '70s and wrote & played some great music: "Bridge of Sighs", "Long Misty Days", "Daydream".
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Grand Funk Railroad Report Abuse
Some powerful rock music from an American Band.
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Three Dog Night Report Abuse
13 gold albums
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Billy Joel Report Abuse
Iconic entertainer w/ roots in his 70s rock: classics "Captain Jack", "Piano Man".
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Badfinger Report Abuse
A great 70s band with a tragic story. Best tunes: "Hold On", "Day After Day", "Name of the Game", "Come And Get It", "No Matter What".
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Emerson, Lake and Palmer Report Abuse
Not only wrote, played and sang wonderful rock music in the period, they were instrumental in creating a new genre: Progressive Rock.
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Blue Oyster Cult Report Abuse
"Don't Fear The Reaper", "Burnin' for You", "Godzilla"
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Ten Yearws After Report Abuse
A variety of important 70s music: "I'd Love To Change The World", "Religion", "Positive Vibrations"
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Electric Light Orchestra Report Abuse
ELO had a distinctive orchestra sound that set them apart from other bands. They have been loved by some and reviled by others ever since.
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America Report Abuse
Great songs with tight harmonies: Ventura Highway, Tin Man & Sister Golden Hair.
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Paul McCartney Report Abuse
One of the most successful artists of all time . His Band On the Run album is one of the soundtrack of the 70s Ram is one of the best"ageing well "albums of any post- Beatles work.
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The J. Geils Band Report Abuse
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War Report Abuse
"Spill The Wine", "Low Rider", "The Cisco Kid", "Slipping into Darkness", "Why Can't We Be Friends?", "The World Is A Ghetto"
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Bachman-Turner Overdrive Report Abuse
BTO Canadian band w/ straightforward simple rock: "Takin' Care of Business", "Let It Ride", "Roll On Down the Highway", You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"
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The Alan Parsons Project Report Abuse
Most of the music is written by the duo of Parsons and Woolfson, but plugs in a wide variety of artists to play it. Albums tend to have themes, but a few tunes emerge as memorable like: "Time", "Eye In The Sky" and "So Far Away".
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UFO Report Abuse
A British band with international success from the '70s through now.
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Bob Marley Report Abuse
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Molly Hatchet Report Abuse
Southern Rock best remembered for "Flirtin' with Disaster" and their version of "Dreams I'll Never See".
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This band blew right by me 40 years ago - only heard a few songs back then - just purchased 5 cd's > Molly Hatchet is now my all time favorite Rock band - JR
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This band blew right by me apx. 40 years ago - just purchased 5 cd's> Molly Hatchet is now my all time favorite band - JR
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The Clash Report Abuse
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Neil Young Report Abuse
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Crosby, Stills & Nash Report Abuse
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Aerosmith Report Abuse
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Poco Report Abuse
Pop rock W/ a country influence: "Crazy Love", "Keep on Trying", "Follow Your Dreams"
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Loggins and Messina Report Abuse
Rock with a tinge of country. Best album: Sittin' In.
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Thin Lizzy Report Abuse
Thin Lizzy was an Irish hard rock band led by Phil Lynott. "The Boys Are Back in Town", "Jailbreak", The Cowboy Song"
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James Brown Report Abuse
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Aretha Franklin Report Abuse
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The Marshall Tucker Band Report Abuse
Southern country rock with a touch of jazz at its best. "Can't You See", "Take The Highway", "Virginia" & "Fire on the Mountain" just to name a few.
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KISS Report Abuse
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Nazareth Report Abuse
"Love Hurts", "Hair of the Dog", "Morning Dew"
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Toto Report Abuse
Started in '78 but made a lot of music in the '80s & 90s. A few of their best: "Hold The Line", "I'll Be Over You", "Africa", "I Won't Hold You Back" & "99"
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Edgar Winter Group Report Abuse
Over 20 albums, but most recognized singles: "Frankenstein", Free Ride", "They Only Come Out at Night"
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Supertramp Report Abuse
"The Logical Song"
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Big Star Report Abuse
Wrote That 70s Show theme "In The Street" + a bunch of other good music: "September Gurls", "Thirteen", "Blue Moon"...
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Wishbone Ash Report Abuse
Great live concert band. "Blowin' Free", "Time Was", "Warrior"
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Status Quo Report Abuse
British rock: "Down, Down", "Ice in the Sun", "Whatever You Want", Caroline"
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Spooky Tooth Report Abuse
"Sunlight Of My Mind", "The Mirror", "Society's Child", "Tobacco Road", "The Last Puff"
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Orleans Report Abuse
Pop-rock band: "Still the One", "Dance with Me", "If I Don't Have You", "Love Takes Time". One of the only rockers to make it in politics, John Hall served a couple of terms in congress.
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Rare Earth Report Abuse
A string of hits in the early '70s: "Get Ready", "I Just Wanna Celebrate", "Born To Wander", "I'm Losing You".
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Uriah Heep Report Abuse
With a few lineup changes has continued as a band, selling over 30 million albums and packing arenas.
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Linda Ronstadt Report Abuse
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Joni Mitchell Report Abuse
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Little Feat Report Abuse
Lowell George was fired by Zappa from the Mothers either because he was writing music too good to just be a member of the band or because "of the drug references in "Willin'".
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Terry Reid Report Abuse
A super talent who rejected superstardom.
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Cat Stevens Report Abuse
An important artist from the '70s
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Rory Gallagher Report Abuse
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Jackson Browne Report Abuse
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Moxy Report Abuse
A rockin' south Texas band that never got the national attention it deserved. "Sail On, Sail Away".
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Slade Report Abuse
Glowing success in Europe, but never really cracked the American market. "Far, Far Away" and "Everyday" are probably their best.
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"*** On Feel the Noize" was written by Noddy & Jim & first performed by Slade in '73
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April Wine Report Abuse
Canadian band hits since the 70s: Just Between You and Me"You Could Have Been a Lady", "Just Between You and Me"
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