I thought today I would have a look at rock songs from my favourite decade, which is the 70’s of course. Bands like Queen, The Who, The Jam, Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, Rolling Stones and how about Golden Earring, if you haven’t heard of them before check them out below.

Rock Music In The 70’s

When it comes to rock music in the 70’s the choice seems endless and the thought of whittling it down to my favourite 20 songs was a daunting task. I put these songs in no particular order as I love them all. I will also give you a bit of info on each band so you can check them out if you like the sound of their music.

Queen

Everybody knows about Queen, probably the best band ever to come from the UK in my opinion. They had Freddie Mercury on vocals and piano, Brian May on Guitar and vocals, Roger Taylor on drums and vocals and John Deacon on bass guitar.

They had a string of hits in the 70’s with there most famous hit Bohemian Rhapsody topping the charts here in the UK for 9 weeks in November 1975 through to late January 1976.

Now that song would be an obvious choice as my top song from Queen but I think people may have heard it too often so I have chosen another song which may be lesser known but is still a great rock song. It was their first hit in the UK reaching number 10 in the charts in March 1974.

Seven Seas Of Rhye

 

 

The Who

The ultimate rock band and still doing concerts to this day, although a couple of the original members have sadly passed away. They had Roger Daltry on vocals, Pete Townshend on guitar and vocals, John Entwistle on bass guitar and Keith Moon on drums. This song reached number 9 in 1971, enjoy.

Won’t Get Fooled Again

 

The Jam

The Jam appeared at the end of the 70’s and become one of the top bands in the late seventies early eighties, they had 4 number one singles hits in the UK. They had Paul Weller on vocals, Bruce Foxton on guitar and Rick Buckler on drums. This song only reached number 15 in the charts here in 1978, I can’t believe that it was a belter of a song.

Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

 

Golden Earring

This song by Golden Earring was a one hit wonder in the UK. They were a Dutch band and this song reached number 7 in the UK charts.

Radar Love 

 

Sweet

Sweet had many hits in the seventies including the one below which peaked at number 2 in the UK. Others songs include Wig Wam Bam, Hellraiser, Teenage Rampage, Fox On The Run and a few more besides. Sweet had Brian Connelly on vocals, Andy Scott on guitar, Steve Priest on bass and Mick Tucker on drums. I love this one.

Ballroom Blitz

 

Slade

Slade took 6 songs to number 1 during the 70’s. The band consisted of Noddy Holder on vocals, Dave Hill on guitar, Jim Lea on bass and Don Powell on drums. Some of these songs were proper rock songs as we say were I live. Enjoy this one.

Cum On Feel The Noize

 

David Bowie

David Bowie, it goes without was one of the biggest rock stars ever. He had 16 top 20 single hits in the 70’s in the UK. David deserves a post all on his own and I will do that soon. But in the meantime listen to this cracker.

The Jean Genie

 

Free

Free were an english rock band whose members were Paul Rodgers on vocals, Paul Kossoff on guitar, Andy Fraser on bass and Simon Kirke on drums. They had 4 top 20 hits in the early 70’s. My Brother Jake(4), Little Bit Of Love(13), Wishing Well(7) and this song that reached number 2.

All Right Now 

 

Sparks

Sparks was made up of brothers Ron and Russell Mael two strange guys form America. Going to see Sparks was my first real concert at the Odeon in Edinburgh. I was young at the time I do remember it was a great night.

They had 6 top 20 hits Amateur Hour in 1974 got to number 7, Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth reached number 13, Something For The Girl With Everything got to number 17 in 1975, The Number One Song In Heaven made number 14 in 1979, Beat The Clock also in 1979 reached number 10.

This song was their biggest hit in 1874 reaching the 2nd spot.

This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

 

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones had 8 number ones in the 60’s, there last being Honky Tonk Women in 1969 which was strangely enough their last ever chart topper. in the 70’s though they had another string of hits but none reached that covetted top spot. They had 6 top 20 singles in this decade with this song peaking at number 2

Brown Sugar

 

Bachman Turner Overdrive

This band were another one hit wonder band but I absolutely love this song, they did have a minor hit with Roll On Down The Highway in 1975 which reached number 22 but this song just missed out on the top spot by reaching number 2 in 1974.

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

 

T.Rex

T.Rex were another massive band in the uk during the 70’s with 15 top 20 hits. I think T.Rex also deserve a post of their own so I will let you listen to another great tune and please come back again to see their post when I do it..

Get It On

 

Mud

Another of my favourite bands who had 14 top 20 singles in the UK from Crazy in 1973 to Lean On Me in 1976. But to me this is their biggest and best hit. i saw Mud in concert, but it was when they were older and Les Gray the singer was not in good health. He had to do the concert sat down, sad to see but he still sounded great and yes it was another great night. Also on the bill were Alvin Stardust and the Glitter Band.

Tiger Feet

 

Status Quo

Status Quo had 16 top 40 singles in this decade with 1 number one called Down Down the song I have chosen is Caroline just because I like it. It reached number 5 in 1973

Caroline

 

Gary Moore

Parisienne Walkways

Gary Moore  was born on 4th April 1952 in Northern Ireland, he sadly passed away on 6th Febuary 2011 in Spain form a heart attack. But as they say his music lives on. This is my favourite Gary Moore song with Phil Lynott on vocals. His Ballads And Blues album is still one I listen to often.

 

Hawkwind

Silver Machine

I remember buying this single in 1972 when it was released, it reached number 3 in the charts here in the UK. I went with a friend to see them in concert years later, it was not my type of music and guess what they didn’t play Silver Machine:( I still love this song though.

 

Thin Lizzy

The Boys Are Back In Town

I find this track just makes you want to dance and sing along. It’s just a catchy tune. I also like a lot of other Thin Lizzy songs particularly Whiskey In The Jar which I will feature in another post. Phil Lynott sadly passed away in 1986 but the group has continued in various forms over the years.

 

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Blinded By The Light

This song written by Bruce Springsteen by the way is a cracking tune. If you have not heard it before give a listen it is well worth it. The original line-up consisted of Mick Rogers (guitar and vocals), Manfred Mann (organ, synthesizer and vocals), Colin Pattenden (bass guitar) and Chris Slade (drums and vocals).

 

E.L.O.

Evil Woman

Another prolific band in the 70’s, they had 15 top 20 hits and Evil Woman reached number 10 in the charts. They had Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne as two of the founding members, after Roy Wood left in 1972 Jeff Lynne took over as band leader and wrote virtually all of their original material.

 

Paul McCartney and Wings

Jet

This track was taken from the Band On The Run album which featured a still talked about album cover. Can you remember who was on the cover without looking it up? Leave a comment below and see if you are right.

 

Cozy Powell

Dance With The Devil

I know this is the 21st song on the list but I thought I would throw in this song by legendery drummer Cozy Powell who is sadly no longer with us. He passed a way on the 5th April 1998. This is what I call drumming.

 

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I hope this has giving you an insught into the great rock music in the 70’s. If you have enjoyed this post leave a comment and let me know which songs you think I should have included in my list. It will be interesting to see what other classics pop up and may inspire another post.

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8 Replies to “Rock Music In The 70’s – 20 Great Songs”

  1. I am so glad I found this post. Boy, did it take me back? This is my mainstay of music. I had a few favorites from this post but had a few more as well like Frank Zappa, Meatloaf, Styx, Boston, and Blue Oyster Cult. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. It was a great time!

    1. Thanks for adding a comment Lynda, it was hard to pin it down to just 20 songs but I may do another similar post in the future. I like your suggestions, Bostons More Than A Feeling comes to mind, Blue Oyster Cult (Don’t Fear) The Reaper and Meatloaf You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth. Styx only had one hit over here in the UK with Babe which though it is a great song is a bit slow for a rock post. I am not familiar with Frank Zappa, I have heard of him but can’t recall any of his songs. Anyway, thanks again for commenting on this post and make sure to come back and visit again soon.

      Frank

  2. Great selection of songs from the ’70s.. thank you!

    It brought back so many happy memories for me and watching the videos I was reminded of the flared trousers, long hair! I think I still have a pair of flared trousers tucked away somewhere!

    I was trying to pick one song as my favourite from this decade but I love them. I guess if I had to pick just one from the 70’s it would have to be Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Mercury was in a class of his own!

    Thank you for reminding me how much fun we had in days gone by!

    1. Hi Moni, thanks for commenting on my post. I have to admit to wearing flares or Dan Dares as they were known in the UK, I also had long hair which sadly is no longer with us:) I couldn’t pick one favourite song from the decade but Bohemian Rhapsody has to be up there for sure, make sure to come back to my site as I build it up over the coming months.

      Frank

  3. What an awesome list! So many hits to choose from that era, but I’d also include any song from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as well into your list of great acts from the 1970s 🙂

    1. Hi Dereck, thanks for the comment, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid is a must for a future post I think. I have not heard many Led Zeppelin songs so I can’t think of any off hand, they were more of an album band weren’t they? Thanks again for getting in touch.

      Frank

  4. Hi, Frank. I can’t talk about the 70s first hand, but I do remember, very faintly, my uncle always and repeatedly playing one song in the 80s from Status Quo. I believe it was called “You’re in the Army now.” Lol, we all lived in the same house, and he drove my mom bonkers with it.

    All in all, I believe you guys must have had the best childhood growing up in the 70s. I, personally, listen to much more songs from the 70s and 80s, than to any later decade. The music nowadays just isn’t what it used to be. Uncle still keeping his stash of Alice Cooper LPs; they’re his prized possessions.

    Thanks for sharing part of a great historical culture with us.

    Sincerely,

    Alexandra

    1. Hi Alexandra, I can understand why that song drove your mom bonkers. It was so slow and boring compared to other Status Quo songs. Alice Cooper on the other hand is a lot better I remember I had the album Billion Dollar Babies it had a baby underwater on the cover. I’m sure he has got that one. Thanks for your comment and hope you keep coming back as the site grows.

      Frank

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