TOP 30 ROCK BANDS OF THE 70’S

OAKLAND – DEC 1978: The Doobie Brothers perform live at the Oakland Coliseum on December 30, 1978 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)

Figuring out the last few spots was not easy. But when it came down to a 70’s countdown in rock bands, you have to have a band named Doobie.

At #30 The Doobie Brothers. Their easy going sound can make just about anyone roll one up.

Blue Oyster Cult perform on stage circa 1978. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

At #29, we have Blue Oyster Colt. With hits like (Don’t fear the) Reaper and This Ain’t the Summer of Love (no kidding), they left their mark on the decade.

OAKLAND – AUGUST 23: Electric Light Orchestra performs at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on August 23, 1978 (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)

At #28 Electric Light Orchestra, a group that brought disco lights to rock concerts. Just a few of their hits include Evil Woman, Sweet Talkin’ Woman and Turned to Stone.

Styx perform on stage circa 1978. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

At #27 Styx brings their brand of glam rock to our list. Dennis DeYoung and the group hit the charts slow but made up for it fast with the albums The Grand Illusion in ’77 and Pieces of Eight in ’78.

At #26 is Kansas. They have been around a long time and in the middle of their career hit gold with hits like, Carryon Wayward Son, Point of No Return and Dust in the Wind. These songs and many of their others made you think while you were enjoying a smoke.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 5: Jethro Tull gather at the front of the stage to take applause during a performance at the Manchester Apollo on 5th June 1978. (L-R) John Glascock, Barriemore Barlow, Ian Anderson, David Palmer, John Evan and Martin Barre. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)

At 25, we have Jethro Tull and their own brand of rock 70’s style. The greatest hits include Locomotive Breath and Aqualung. If you haven’t heard these songs, please look them up on YouTube to enlighten your music listening. You will thank me.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 11: John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Brian May of Queen perform on stage at Wembley Arena, on May 11th, 1978 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)

At 24 we have Queen. Most people have seen the movie and so have heard some of their music. That being said, while staying inside, just listen to their greatest hits. It is that good.

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 1974: (L-R) Bob Welch, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of the rock group “Fleetwood Mac” pose for a portrait in August 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Fleetwood Mac

At 23 is Fleetwood Mac. From this point on, and even the whole list, is really one person’s taste in music. I love Fleetwood Mac but others had a better body of music in the 70’s. With tunes like Rhiannon and Landslide you here the amazing voice of Christine McVie and the skilled fingers of Mick Fleetwood on guitar.

(MANDATORY CREDIT Ebet Roberts/Getty Images) UNITED STATES – JANUARY 01: Photo of CARS; The Cars in Memphis,Tn. 1979, L to R: Ben Orr, Greg Hawkes, Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, David Robinson (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

At 22 is The Cars. A small band out of Boston came up with some big hits later in the decade. With “Just what I Needed” and “My Best Friend’s Girl” leading the way off their first album, the band had many more hits to come.

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 1976: Sisters and musicians Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of the rock band “Heart” pose for a portrait session in September 1976 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

At 21 are the Wilson sisters and Heart. The duo had several hits in the 70s and 80s including “Magic Man” and “Barracuda”. Rumor has it Magic Man is about Charles Manson. Listen to the words and let me know what you think.

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