Top 30 Solo Artists 1960-1989

This was a hard uptaking and I am sure I will hear different voices about this person should be lower or I forgot so and so. Your comments are welcome and this is the way it panned out for me. I hope everyone enjoys all of my comments on each artist and if so inclined listen to some of their music. Slainté.

NEW YORK, NY – CIRCA 1976: Peter Frampton circa 1976 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)

At Number 30 is Peter Frampton.

Everyone thinks Frampton comes alive is his only good album, I wholeheartedly disagree. He has many songs in his discography that bring the listener into the relaxing sounds of his psychedelic music.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 15: Frank Zappa performs on stage at Ahoy on 15th May 1982 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

At Number 29 is Frank Zappa.

Known to many as the Father of the psychedelic musical era in the US. Zappa’s style of bringing psychedelia, on stage antics, and sexual lyrics were a welcome distraction to what was happening in the U.S. in the 1970’s. Another interesting fact is that after his passing, his family was able to put together 54 more albums from his personal recordings making a total of 116 albums credited to Zappa, some were recorded with the Mothers of Invention but a majority were solo.

Singer Lou Reed performs, Chicago, Illinois, May 22, 1979. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

At Number 28 is Lou Reed.

Another misunderstood artist. Years ago I asked the owner of a pub to add Reed to the Juke Box for me. He said like most would say, “He only has 1 song”. That just isn’t true. Listen to his Transformer album to see some other fine music. Check out Andy’s Chest or a different Wagon Wheel than we know today.

CLARKSTON, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 31: Ted Nugent performs at DTE Energy Music Theater on August 31, 2019 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

At Number 27 is Ted Nugent.

Ted Nugent, sadly, is known more by this generation for his politics than his music. Musically, most people mention Cat Scratch Fever but he has had many good albums including ” Intensities in Ten Cities.” An incredible piece of work that is one song from each city on a 10 city tour. If you never heard, do yourself a favor and listen.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Inductee Yusuf Islam performs onstage during the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 50th Annual Induction And Awards Dinner at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)

At Number 26 is Cat Stevens.

Cat Stevens/ Yusuf Islam no matter the name he plays and records very good music. Just a couple of his hits are Father and Son and Peace Train. It is very not to sing along when his songs are played.

MINNEAPOLIS – MAY 2: Eddie Money performs at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 2, 1987. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

At Number 25 is Eddie Money.

With many hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take me Home Tonight” it is easy to see why he is on the list. And please don’t tell me that you didn’t sing one or the other of those songs.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 11: Singer Todd Rundgren performs onstage during the 50th anniversary tribute tour celebrating The White Album at The Wiltern on December 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

At Number 24 is Todd Rundgren.

A great balladeer and a fundamental musician who has helped many get into the music business. Two songs that will bring his music to your ears, “We Gotta Get You A Woman” and “Hello It’s Me” Rundgrenn is the type you want to sit back and relax too. Also a local to Philly area guy. Born in South Philly and grew up in Upper Darby.

American rock and roll singer Janis Jolpin (1943 – 1970) sings into a microphone on stage at a poorly lit venue, late 1960s. (Photo by Lambert/Getty Images)

At Number 23 is Janis Joplin.

Whenever I hear the name Janis Joplin, the first thing thing I think about is “Me and Bobby Magee.” An wonderful mix of blues, folk, and country rock.

BERLIN, GERMANY – MARCH 10: American singer Alice Cooper performs live on stage during the concert ‘Rock meets Classic’ at the Tempodrom on March 10, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)

At Number 22 is Alice Cooper.

First for the youngins, Alice is a man. A master of Gothic, Heavy Metal rock. Cooper is best known to me for his anthem, “School’s Out” “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Don’t Give Up.” Listen to Alice, you won’t be disappointed.

MORRISTOWN, NJ – MAY 10: Pat Benatar performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on May 10, 2015 in Morristown City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)

At Number 21 is Pat Benatar.

If you grew up in the 70s and didn’t have a fantasy that included Pat Benatar, please turn in your man card at the door. After all she told us “Love is a Battlefield” and then wanted us to “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Plus most of the brunettes were donning the Pat Benatar hairdo.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Rod Stewart performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

At Number 20 is Sir Rod Stewart

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