10 Bands that Changed the Face of Rock Music in the 70s

The 10 most influential heavy rock bands of the 80s

The years between 1970 and 1980 proved to be a rather significant decade for rock music, with the emergence of some of the most influential rock bands ever to grace the genre. The 1970s set the path for a new, grinding genre of rock music. Out went the Beatles and Elvis, and in came the long hair, and the extended guitar solos.

Here, we list our top ten rock bands who blew up the 1970s. If you think we've left any band off this list, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

10 Deep Purple

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. The band is considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years.

09 AC/DC

AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. AC/DC have sold more records than any other heavy rock band in history, making them the most significant non-American/non-British rock act to ever grace the world of music.

08 Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music, breaking the conventional boundaries of rock music. They may not have been the heaviest rock band in the world, but no band could ever match Floyd's creativity, feel and dynamism.

07 Aerosmith 

Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Steven Tyler is regarded by many industry experts as the most naturally gifted rock vocalist of all time, such is his talent. Aerosmith have done well to adapt to the later decades, but it was in the 1970s when they in their ultimate peak - gritty and fearless.

06 Rush

Rush is a Canadian rock band composed of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. Forming in 1968, the band hit incredible heights in the 1970s, and they were particularly renowned for the sound of their masterful guitar solos. Even today, as their music lives on, Rush have a young cult following.

05 Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Thin Lizzy didn't blow people away, but their steady rise through the ranks made them the most reliable band of the 1970s.

04 Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. Sabbath were the first real 'dark' band of rock music, inspiring later bands such as Iron Maiden and even Marilyn Manson.

03 Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were an English band formed in London in 1975, and although they initially lasted just two and a half years, producing only four singles and one studio album, there is no question how big an influence they had on the rock world. In fact, this was a band who created a new genre of rock music - punk - and many of the punk bands today are a result of Sex Pistols existence.

02 Led Zeppelin 

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. Some regard Led Zeppelin as the greatest rock band ever.

01 Queen

Queen were a British rock band who set a new and exciting benchmark for rock music. Freddie and co were well ahead of their years, with endless hits, including the most famous ever rock song, Bohemian Rhapsody. They were selling out some of the world's biggest stadiums by the 1980s, and even today, Queen are still regarded as one of the most influential rock bands ever.

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