10 Of The Most Influential Rock Bands In The 70s And Why

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Throughout the last five decades, millions of songs have reached our radios, turntables, walkman, Discman, MP3 player, etc. But despite the infinity of music that we have received, we can remember songs from times in which we were not even born because they have become icons and have survived generation after generation: We Look Back at the 10 Most Influential Rock Bands In The 70s And Why:

Led Zeppelin

considered one of the most important of that genre and one of the most popular during the seventies. It was founded in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page, who had belonged to The Yardbirds, by including John Paul Jones as bassist and keyboardist (whom Page knew from previous works with The Yardbirds), vocalist Robert Plant and John Bonham. on drums (which had coincided with Plant in The Band of Joy).

Led Zeppelin featured elements from a wide spectrum of influences, including blues, rock and roll, soul, Celtic music, Indian music, Arabic, folk, and even country.


Ramones were an influential punk rock band formed in Forest Hills, in the borough of Queens, New York, the United States in 1974. They were the pioneers of nascent punk rock, a simple, minimalist, and repetitive sound that avoided the musicality of the solos of guitar from 70s bands. It consisted of a raw, fast, and direct sound with direct influences on rockabilly groups from the 50s, but mainly from bands like New York Dolls, MC5, and The Stooges.


In 1974 they released their second major album, Get Your Wings, which included songs like “Train Kept a Rollin ‘”, “Lord of the Thighs”, “Same Old Song and Dance”, or “Seasons Of Wither”. This work, which was a commercial breakthrough compared to its first installment, featured for the first time the work of producer Jack Douglas and sound engineer Jay Messina. His arrival to musical stardom would be determined by the publication of Toys In The Attic (1975), an extraordinary album, considered one of the best albums in the history of rock music, becoming a diamond record; marked by his hit “Walk this Way” and by other splendid songs like “Sweet Emotion”, “Toys in the Attic” or “Uncle Salty”. This rise in his stellar status led to the reissue of his first single, the ballad “Dream On”, which managed to enter among the best-selling singles of the time. Boarded the bandwagon of fame and in a moment of great inspiration, they presented another masterful album, Rocks (1976), again under the production of Jack Douglas. Pieces like “Back in the Saddle”, “Last Child”, “Combination” or “Sick as a Dog” are integral elements of a fundamental LP.

Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were an iconic and influential punk rock band active during the first wave of British punk. During its fleeting existence, from 1975 to 1979 in which they released only four singles and an album, it became the backbone of the genre in England and its simple existence motivated the formation of hundreds of other groups. The Pistols are frequently credited as the initiators of the UK punk movement and the creators of the first generation gap in rock and roll. The band consisted of John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) on vocals, Steve Jones on guitar, Paul Cook on drums, and Glen Matlock on bass (later replaced by Sid Vicious).

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Described by Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide) as “the definitive Southern Rock group, fusing the saturated power of blues-rock with a rebellious southern image and the arrogance of hard rock.” The group rose to prominence during the 1970s, under the leadership of lead vocalist and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, until his death in 1977. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” on March 13, 2006. They were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed Southern rock groups of the 1970s.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd (formed in 1965 in London, United Kingdom, by Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and later by David Gilmour) was a British band famous for its progressive and psychedelic rock, philosophical lyrics, musical experimentation, and elaborate live performances. Its name was adopted by Barrett from the conjunction of the first names of the North American bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

David Bowie

David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947, and died January 10, 2016), better known as David Bowie, was a multifaceted singer, unclassifiable within a single genre since his music involves various musical styles such as rock, pop, and electronic music. He was also a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, visual artist, and British actor, strongly influential in several generations. He was a music icon and one of the most influential musicians in contemporary music.

Deep Purple

Deep Purple is a Hard Rock band formed in Hertfordshire, England, in 1968, which is considered one of the pioneers of heavy metal and hard rock, although it also incorporated elements of progressive rock. Throughout their career, they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and were recognized as the loudest band in the world by the Guinness Book of Records in the 70s.

Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep is a British rock band that emerged in the late sixties, from the roots of Spice, a band in which the legendary vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box, the group’s first founders, were active. Uriah Heep became a true pioneer band of the “Heavy metal” genre, although they stood out for the heterogeneity of their music, halfway between Hard Rock, progressive and epic styles in two of their best-known albums: Demons & Wizards and The Magicians Birthday, ultimately clear influences `for bands like Blind Guardian and other followers of epic Metal. It was characterized, among other things, by its constant line-up changes, in which the only permanent member has been the guitarist Mick Box.


Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath, along with Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Uriah Heep, is the quintessential rock of the seventies and are the creators of heavy metal. They were the pioneers of Metal, making it that kind of genre, dark and heavy, in addition to taking the theme of witchcraft beyond certain limits considered up to that moment (1968). Its dark aesthetics, never seen before, began by leaps and bounds a trend that would later influence an entire cultural movement called Heavy Metal. With a heavy sound and psychedelic overtones, the debut of Black Sabbath occurred in the early 70s as a threat to the establishment and an impoverished Christianity, who watched in terror as a horde of long-haired black-clad people began to invade record stores under the slogan of a return to ancient pagan values.