The 70s were undoubtedly the mecca of rock n’ roll. By then, the genre had found its footing and expanded beyond what its creators thought possible. It transcended genre and had become a cornerstone of culture in more ways than one.
From Led Zeppelin to the Eagles, rock bands ruled the world and ushered in a new wave of hedonism, airy disposition and sexiness. Below, we review seven of the best rock bands that debuted or reached new heights in the ’70s.
1. Led Zeppelin
It’s impossible to confuse Led Zeppelin with any other band when Robert Plant’s singular voice reverberates through the speakers. With marked pomp and grandeur, their music seems almost otherworldly. Singing along to “Stairway to Heaven” or “Immigrant Song” is almost second nature at this point. They may have made waves in the 70s, but their influence is alive and well today.
Simply put, Pink Floyd was way ahead of its time. Going from psychedelia to prog-rock flavors, the group was a singular force. With deeply philosophical lyrics, sprawling musical compositions and elaborate live performances, few can match Pink Floyd.
3. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are one of the toughest rock bands to ever do it. Their success has largely continued since the 1970s, despite the constant evolution of musical trends. Their bluesy-rock riffs have made for some of the most recognizable songs in history, which have only become more iconic over the years.
4. Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac is a perfect example of using frustration and infighting to their advantage instead of letting them down. By now, it’s safe to assume everyone knows what was going on behind the scenes when the band were recording their magnum opus, Rumors— affairs, breakups and large amounts of drugs. Nonetheless (or maybe later), the band delivered one of the most iconic albums of the era.
5. The who
The Who were rock ‘n’ rollers through and through with a penchant for destroying instruments and heavy use of feedback. With songs like “Baba O’ Riley”, “Pinball Wizard” and “Tommy”, the group was one of the most innovative of the time.
6. Deep Purple
At one time, the Guinness Book of World Records considered Deep Purple “the loudest band in the world”. Having sold millions of records worldwide, they are the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal. We know you’ve heard a newbie guitarist or two pound out the opening riff to “Smoke on the Water” – just one mark of their lasting influence.
7. The Eagles
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone on planet earth who doesn’t know about “Hotel California”. This guitar solo has gone down in history as one of the best of all time and the chorus is in the minds of the majority of the world. The Eagles’ country rock inspired a whole generation of artists and the group continues to excite audiences around the world today, albeit with a few line-up changes.
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