Who Says Rock Music Sucked In The 1970’s?

Your non-political/hotcoldwetdry thought of the day comes via a truly moronic DJ from some radio station I was listening to on IHeart Radio, who foolishly proclaimed that music in the 1970’s was horrible. Granted, there was disco, but that was at the end of the 70’s, and really only lasted a few years. So, for the fool, I’ll throw two words at him

Led Zeppelin

Which was interesting, because the fool played Zep’s Black Dog when he came back from commercial break.

I’ve had this conversation before with people, but, I’ve never put it “on paper”. So, did the 70’s suck for music, especially rock? Let’s see

Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, ELO, Grateful Dead, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, The Who, CCR, The Band, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Aerosmith, America, Bad Company, Blue Oyster Cult, Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick, Izzy Pop, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd (longest album in the top 200 ever!), Def Leopard, Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Neil Young, Greg Kihn, J. Geils, James Taylor, Carly Simon, The Kinks, Little Feet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, Meatloaf, Nick Lowe, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Peter Frampton, Genesis, The Pretenders, REO Speedwagon, The Scorpions, Sammy Hagar, Santana, Steely Dan, Supertramp, Ted Nugent, Triumph, UFO, Y&T, Yes, ZZ Top, Steve Miller, John Lennon, Elton John, The Police, Bob Marley, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, Lou Reed, Free, T. Rex, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, BTO, David Bowie, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, Golden Earring, The Hollies, Jimmy Buffet, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Kiss, Styx,  …..whew, quite a bit, eh?

And there’s certainly more. That list is mostly off the top of my and and a quick scroll through my MP3s. These are all groups that made great music in the 1970’s. Some started in the 60’s, some started in the late 70’s.

Oh, and let’s not forget The Rolling Stones and Rush!

So, no, the 70’s did not suck for rock.

My favorite Zep song

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9 Responses to “Who Says Rock Music Sucked In The 1970’s?”

  1. squidgrunt says:

    Zep is the pinnacle of Rock. Not just the 70’s either. That was back when they would come out on stage, no opening act and just BLAST it for 3+ hours…every time.

  2. Militant Catholic says:

    Every decade has it’s musical ups and downs. The Seventies bottomed out, in my opinion, with some of the AM gold crap and the Monkees (yes, they were sixties too). However, let’s focus on the great seventies bands – (my call) Zep, Yes, Van Halen, Tull, Styx, King Crimson, ELP, Genesis, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, BTO, Moody Blues, ACDC, Queen, and Rush.
    How did I do?

  3. Gumball_Brains says:

    And unfortunately,.. idiots breed.

  4. Militant Catholic says:

    Squidgrunt, love the comment about the Zep concerts. So few people know about that any more. They used to walk out and play nonstop. I think their last shows in Europe right before Bonham died were about three and a half hours no breaks.

  5. Gotta agree on the concerts. I never saw any in the 70’s, too young, but I went to plenty in the 80’s, and you would get your money’s worth. I saw the Dead play many a time, and it would go on for 2-3 hours. Same with so many others.

    About the only 2 groups seeing now are Rush and Iron Maiden. Maybe Buffett.

  6. Mike G. says:

    The Who will be in Greenville, SC November 8th. Lets not forget Alvin Lee, Rory Gallagher, Horslips, ect.

  7. Trish says:

    First concert ever- The Who- Who’s Next Tour- August ’71 Philadelphia Spectrum- ticket price $4.50. Seeing them smash all of their equipment at the end of the show- priceless!

  8. Gumball_Brains says:


    (yeah, i went there)

  9. Trish says:

    Guess Who.

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