Top 100 Artists of the 70’s


These are the top 100 artists of the 1970's. This list was compiled using several sources including chart rankings, radio airplay, genre influence, and cultural influence to name a few.

Below each artist's name are links to the year/s they entered the top 40. Note, this does not include entries into the top 100.

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Stevie Wonder
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Led Zeppelin
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1979

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Elton John
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Pink Floyd
1973

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The Rolling Stones
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1978 | 1979

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The Eagles
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Marvin Gaye
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 19741976 | 1977

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James Brown
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

 
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The Who
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1976 | 1978

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Black Sabbath

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Aretha Franklin
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1976

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David Bowie
1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

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Paul McCartney / Wings
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Parliament Funkadelic
1976 | 1978

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The Isley Brothers
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977

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Fleetwood Mac
1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1979

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John Lennon
1971 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

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Bee Gees
1970 | 1971 | 19721975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Chicago
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Bob Marley

 
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The Jackson 5
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

 
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Earth, Wind & Fire
1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Al Green
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977

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Bruce Springsteen
1975 | 1978

 
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KISS
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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The Clash

 
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Curtis Mayfield
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974

 
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Lynyrd Skynyrd
1974 | 1975 | 1977 | 1978

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Eric Clapton / Derek & the Dominos
1970 | 1971 | 1974 | 1976 | 1978 | 1979

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Alice Cooper
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Gladys Knight & The Pips
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

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The Allman Brothers Band
1973 | 1979

 
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Aerosmith
1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

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Neil Young
1970 | 1972

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Bob Dylan
1972 | 1973 | 1975 | 1976 | 1979

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Rod Stewart
1971 | 1972 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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The O’Jays
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1978

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The Ramones

 
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Rush

 
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Bob Seger
1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Steve Miller Band
1973 | 1974 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

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Grateful Dead

 
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The Beach Boys
1974 | 1976 | 1979

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George Harrison
1970 | 1971 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1979

 
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Sly and the Family Stone
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974

 
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Peter Frampton
1976 | 1977 | 1979

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Elvis Presley
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

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Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
1970

 
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Billy Joel
1974 | 1975 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Deep Purple
1973 | 1976

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Creedence Clearwater Revival
1970 | 1971 | 1972

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Three Dog Night
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

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Temptations
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

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Boston
1974 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

 
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Jackson Browne
1972 | 1977 | 1978

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Joni Mitchell
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

 
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Commodores
1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Jim Croce
1972 | 1973 | 1974

 
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AC/DC

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The Spinners
1970 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977

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Kool and The Gang
1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1979

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Doobie Brothers
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1979

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Yes
1971 | 1972

 
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ZZ Top
1975

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The Guess Who
1970 | 1971 | 1974 | 1975

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer
1972

 
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The Staple Singers
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

 
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James Taylor
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Barry White
1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

 
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Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1974 | 1975 | 1976

 
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Jethro Tull
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

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Bad Company
1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1979

75

Steely Dan
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1978

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Santana
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1977 | 1979

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Moody Blues
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1978

 
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Electric Light Orchestra
1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Sex Pistols
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

 
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Grand Funk Railroad
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Journey
1979

 
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Foreigner
1977 | 1978 | 1979

83

Kinks
1970 | 1978

 
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Patti Smith
1978

85

Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan
1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

86

Kansas
1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

 
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Heart
1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

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Donna Summer
1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

 
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The Chi-Lites
1971 | 1972 | 1973

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Paul Simon
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

 
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Linda Ronstadt
1970 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

 
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America
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

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The Doors
1971

 
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Van Morrison
1970 | 1971

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Iggy Pop

 
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The James Gang

 
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Van Halen
1978 | 1979

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Lou Reed
1973