AC/DC, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Aerosmith, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Ramones. These are just to name a few of some of the greatest rock bands of all time. These bands revolutionized rock music and defined what the genre’s all about. As you can see from the title, these bands represented a certain era of rock music. An era that started the shift of rock music that became what it is today. I’m talking about a certain decade that produced so many legendary rock classics. We’re gonna be looking into the historical music era of the 1970s.
I was first introduced to 70s rock by the band The Doors. Even though they were mostly popular during the late 60s, their music got me hooked to the classics and ever since then I grew more and more into it. After first listening to The Doors I then discovered Alice Cooper and especially Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lynrd Skynyrd’s music spread positivity to the world and it really sucks that they wasn’t able to take their music to the next level because of their tragic plane crash in 1977. Even though they’re one of the greatest bands of all time, imagine how bigger they would’ve gotten with the original members. The 70s also saw the rise of unique bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Journey, The Ramones, ZZ Top, and many others. These bands brought a new style of rock to the table that inspires so many generations to do the same if not more.
This era also features some dominate albums that blew up charts back in the day. You got albums such as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Deep Purple’s Machine Head, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, The Who: Who’s Next, and tons more. My personal favorite is AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. That album got me into the band mainly because of how unique their style was and the raspy vocals of Bon Scott, which I found to be very cool. Another standout album to me is Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. That album proved that Black Sabbath was here to stay and they were gonna dominate the music industry for decades to come and they sure proved that.
In my opinion, the top 3 bands that defined the 1970s rock era are Queen, Eagles, and AC/DC. These 3 bands played a big role in the change of rock music during this era. I know there’s many more bands to choose from for this decade, but that’s my opinion. I would love to know who you guys would choose as the top 3 bands of the 1970s.
The 1970s era of rock music defined the true meaning of rock and that is power. Each band from that era had the power to create songs that spoke truths, spread positivity, and most importantly brought nations together. This era can never be duplicated. If you guys have time, turn on a radio or find a playlist that consists of 70s rock music and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll hear. The 1970s rule!