Saturday, October 24, 2009

OPINION: The 5 Best 1970s Rock Bands

By Patricia Fields

This is a really tough list to narrow down. The 1970s were my favorite era of rock and roll, and some truly great bands emerged and thrived during this decade. 1970s rock bands were wild, glamourous, and all about the music. There were also plenty of long songs with great guitar solos, and you'd be hard pressed to find many mainstream songs these days that follow a similar structure. Anyway, here are my top 5.

5. Pink Floyd. Their trippy sound was unique and it paved the way for many bands who followed in their footsteps. Dark Side of the Moon was a truly great album, as were many of their others.

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd. The quintessential Southern rock band, this was a classic rock band in the purest form. Aside from their well known songs Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird, they produced many other great pieces of music.

3. Electric Light Orchestra. Known as ELO, Jeff Lynne and company produced so many great songs and albums. The 1970s were a prolific decade for this band and their space rock meets symphony orchestra sound was very unique.

2. The Band. They formed in the 1960s, but went strong all through the 1970s before finally splitting up in the early 1980s. This was a great band and possibly one of the most underrated out there.

1. Led Zeppelin. Perhaps the greatest rock and roll band of all time, depending on who you ask. The epic hits are too long to list.

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