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 US Top 40 during the 70's.

1. Stevie Wonder

Genres: Soul, pop R&B, funk, jazz

Stevie Wonder Motown Records 1973

Stevie Wonder Circa 1973
Image source: Motown Records

In 1970, Stevie Wonder turned 20 years old. Having been a professional recording artist signed to Motown since 1961, Stevie was already a veteran of the industry. During the 1970s, Stevie released a total of eight studio albums with five tracks reaching number 1 and many others making it into the US Top 40. Number 1 singles during the 1970s include Superstition, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, You Haven’t Done Nothin, I Wish, and Sir Duke.
Between 1970 and 1979, Stevie Wonder took home a total of 12 Grammy Awards, more than half of the 22 he has received during the course of his career.

Stevie Wonder in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

2. Led Zeppelin

Genres: Hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, heavy metal

Led Zeppelin performing at Chicago Stadium in 1975

Led Zeppelin on stage Chicargo Statium 1975
Image source: Tony Morelli

Led Zeppelin was a 4-piece 70s rock band whose career spanned 12 years from 1968 to 1980. Sadly the band broke up due to the passing of drummer John Bonham in October 1980. The cause of death was asphyxiation from vomit after a heavy night of drinking the night before. The band released a total of eight studio albums, six of which were released during the 1970s. From 1970 to 1979 Led Zeppelin was nominated for 5 Grammy Awards but never won. Between 1999 and 2014, the band did, however, take home a total of 5 Grammy’s, 4 of which were Grammy Hall of Fame awards and the 5th for Best Rock Album in 2014.

Led Zeppelin in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

3. Elton John

Genres: Rock, pop rock, glam rock, soft rock, rhythm and blues

Elton John on stage live at Liseberg 1971

Elton John on stage live at Liseberg 1971
Image source: yabosid (Flickr)

Sir Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling musicians internationally, ever. During the 1970s, Elton John released a total of 12 studio albums (this excludes compilations, soundtracks, etc), six of which made it to number 1 in the Billboard 200 Album chart. Six singles made it to number 1 in the US Top 40 between 1970 and 1979. During the 1970s, Elton John was nominated for a total of 9 Grammy Awards but sadly never won during this period. In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1998 became Sir Elton John after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Elton John in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

4. Pink Floyd

Genres: Progressive, rock, art rock, psychedelic rock

Pink Floyd performing 1973 shortly before releasing Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd performing 1973 shortly before releasing Dark Side of the Moon
Image source: Erik Calonius

Pink Floyd started out as a 5-piece British rock band formed in London, 1965. By 1970, Pink Floyd were a 4-piece due to lead singer and guitarist, Syd Barrett left in 1968 due to mental health issues. Between 1970 and 1979, Pink Floyd released a total of 9 studio albums including their acclaimed The Dark Side of the Moon which sold 15 million units in the United States alone and made it to number 1 in the US Billboard 200 album charts. In total, 3 albums went to number 1 on the US Billboard 200 during this time. Just one song, Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) made it to number 1 in the US Top 40 during the 1970s. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Pink Floyd in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

5. The Rolling Stones

Genres: Rock, blues, rock and roll

Mick Jagger performing at Zuiderpark, Netherlands 1976

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones in concert at Zuiderpark, Netherlands May, 29th 1976
Image source: Bert Verhoeff / Anefo

The Rolling Stones are an British rock band formed in 1963. Since forming the group, there have been several members come and go with only Mick Jagger (lead vocals) and Keith Richards (lead guitar) being the only remaining founding members. The only other current members Charlie Watts (drums) joined the band during 1963 and Ronnie Wood (guitar) joined in 1975. During the 1970s, The Rolling Stones released 6 studio albums two of which went to number 1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. Between 1970 and 1979, the band had 3 tracks made it to number 1 in the US Top 40. They were nominated for just a single Grammy Award during the 70s but, unfortunately, did not win. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

The Rolling Stones in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1978 | 1979

6. Eagles

Genres: Rock, country, rock, soft rock, folk rock

Eagles Best of My Love single cover - Released 1974

Eagles Best of My Love single cover – Released 1974

The Eagles are a 5-piece American rock band formed in Los Angeles 1971. The band released a total of 7 studio albums, 6 of which were released during the 1970s. Three of their 1970s albums made it to number 1 in the US Billboard 200 album charts. Five tracks released during the 70s went to number 1 in the US Top 40. During the 1970s, The Eagles won four of their six Grammy Nominations. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Eagles in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

7. Marvin Gaye

Genres: R&B, soul, psychedelic soul, funk, jazz, pop

Marvin Gaye circa 1973

Marvin Gaye circa 1973
Image source: Jim Britt

Marvin Gaye is an American singer/songwriter from Washington DC. By 1970, at the age of 31, Gaye already had 9 years of experience in the music industry. Between 1970 and 1979, Marvin Gaye released a total of six studio albums including the famous Let’s Get It On which made it to number 2 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. During the same time, two singles made it to number 1 on the US Top 40. Marvin Gaye was nominated for six Grammy awards during the 1970s but unfortunately didn’t manage a win. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Marvin Gaye in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 19741976 | 1977

8. Queen

Genres: Rock

Queen performing in New Haven, Connecticut circa 1977

Queen performing in New Haven, Connecticut circa 1977
Image source: Carl Lender

Queen was a 4-piece 70s rock band formed in London in 1970. Founding members included Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar), Roger Taylor (drums) and John Deacon (bass). Freddie Mercury is widely regarded as one of the greatest male vocalists in history. His electrifying stage performance made Queen one of the best bands to see live during the 70s and 80s. Sadly, Freddie past away in 1991 after losing his battle with AIDS.

Between 1970 and 1979, Queen released a total of seven studio albums. Two albums made it to number 1 in the UK’s Official Album Charts but never got higher than number 3 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. Queen managed just a single US Top 40 number 1 with Crazy Little Thing Called Love in 1979. The band was nominated for two Grammy Awards during the 70s but failed to win. Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Queen in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

9. James Brown

Genres: Funk, soul, rhythm and blues

James Brown performing at Musikhalle of Hamburg, Germany February 1973

James Brown performing at Musikhalle of Hamburg, Germany February 1973
Image source: Heinrich Klaffs

Referred to as “The Godfather of Soul”, James Brown is recognized as one of the greatest funk musicians in history. Between 1970 and 1979, Brown released 23 of his 63 studio albums. Sadly none of his 1970s album releases made it to number 1 in the US Billboard 200 album charts, however, Brown did get a number 1 in the Billboard R&B album charts with The Payback released in 1973. While many of his singles made it into the US Top 40, James Brown never made it to number 1 during the 1970s. James Brown was one of the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

James Brown in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

10. The Who

Genres: Rock, hard rock, pop

James Brown performing at Musikhalle of Hamburg, Germany February 1973

The Who live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada October 21, 1976 (the last public gig with drummer Keith Moon)
Image source: Jean-Luc Ourlin

The Who are a British rock band formed in London in 1964. The band is widely regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. Founding members include Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (lead guitar, vocals), John Entwistle (bass) and Keith Moon (drums). The band released just four albums during the 1970s with two making it to number 2 in US Billboard 200 album charts. While many of The Who’s singles made it into the US Top 40, none made it to the number 1 position during the 1970s. The band wasn’t nominated for any Grammy Awards during the 70s but were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Who in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1976 | 1978

11. Black Sabbath

Genres: Heavy metal

Black Sabbath in London 1970

Black Sabbeth in London 1970
Image source: Vertigo Records

Considered by many to be “The Pioneers of Heavy Metal,” Black Sabbath was an English heavy metal band which formed in Birmingham, UK in 1968. It’s founding members were Tony Iommi (guitarist and songwriter), Bill Ward (drummer), Geezer Butler (bassist and primary lyricist), and Ozzy Osbourne (lead singer). Osbourne was dismissed from the band in 1979 and replaced by former Rainbow vocalist, Ronnie James Dio. After that, the band experienced many changes to the line-up, with Tony Iommi being the only constant member throughout the band’s history.

Black Sabbath released eight studio albums between 1970 and 1978 including their 1970 UK chart-topper “Paranoid.” All of these albums made it into the US Billboard 200, but none made it to number 1. Two of their singles released in the 70s made it onto the US Billboard Hot 100, “Paranoid” (1970) and “Iron Man” (1971).

Black Sabbath was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards in 1998 and 2013, for Best Metal Performance, and in 2019 the band was presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Black Sabbath in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

Black Sabbeth did not feature in the US Top 40 between 1970 and 1979.

12. Aretha Franklin

Genres: Soul, R&B, pop, gospel, dance

Aretha Franklin Billboard PR photo taken February 17th, 1968

Aretha Franklin Billboard PR photo taken February 17th, 1968
Image source: Atlantic Records

Aretha Franklin, also known as “The Queen of Soul” was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist from Detroit, Michigan. Aretha Franklin is the most charted female in history. Franklin released 10 studio albums between 1970 and 1979, all of which made it into the US Billboard 200, although none made it to number 1. She had ten R&B Billboard Chart-topper singles with hits like “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied),” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).”

Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She was nominated for a Grammy Award 44 times and won 18 times and was awarded a Grammy Legend Award in 1991 and then the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

Franklin died at her home on August 16, 2018, aged 76. The cause of death was a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

Aretha Franklin in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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13. David Bowie

Genres: Art rock, glam rock, pop, electronic, experimental

David Bowie shooting the music video for Rebel Rebel 1974

David Bowie, shooting the music video for Rebel Rebel February 1974
Image source: AVRO

David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, was a hugely influential English singer/songwriter. Bowie released 11 albums from 1970 – 1979, all of which made it into the US Billboard 200. Although none made it to number 1 in the US, his 1976 album “Station to Station” did make it to number 3. His first number 1 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Fame” in 1975.

Bowie won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

David Bowie died of liver cancer on 10 January 2016, just two days after his 69th Birthday and the release of his final album “Blackstar.”

David Bowie in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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14. Paul McCartney / Wings

Genres: Rock, pop, classical, electronic

Wings on stage with Paul McCartney circa 1976

Paul McCartney and Jimmy McCulloch performing at a Wings concert circa 1976
Image source: Jim Summaria

Sir James Paul McCartney is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. After his success as a guitarist and singer with the Beatles, McCartney pursued a solo career in 1970. His first solo album. “McCartney” (1970), was a US number 1 hit. He then formed the band Wings with wife, Linda McCartney and Denny Laine (guitarist), who were later joined by Denny Seiwell (drummer), and Henry McCullough (guitarist).

Wings’ first number 1 single in the US was the 1973 hit “My Love.” The band had 4 number 1 albums between 1973 and 1976.

Sir Paul McCartney is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999). He’s also an 18-time Grammy Award winner. Six as a solo artist and two as a member of Wings.

Paul McCartney / Wings in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

15. Parliament Funkadelic

Genres: Funk, psychedelia, rock, soul

Parliament band circa 1970

Parliament band circa 1970s
Image source: Wikipedia Creative Commons

P-Funk is an American funk music collective headed by George Clinton. The collective is two sister groups, Parliament and Funkadelic. Parliament is based on eclectic and commercial funk, while Funkadelic is influenced by psychedelic rock.

All the musicians who perform for one of George Clinton’s projects, fall under the name Parliament-Funkadelic. Other notable members who joined P-Funk during the 70s period include keyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Bootsy Collins, and guitarist Garry Shider.

In the 70s, Funkadelic released 11 albums and Parliament released 8 albums, none reached number 1 on the US Billboards.
Sixteen members of Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In May 2019, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Parliament Funkadelic in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

16. The Isley Brothers

Genres: Doo-wop, rock and roll, R&B, soul, rock, funk, gospel

The Isley Brothers 3+3 album cover from 1973

The Isley Brothers 3+3 album cover from 1973
Image source: Wikipedia Creative Commons

The Isley Brothers are an American musical group. Originally a vocal trio of brothers that turned into a band when two more brothers and a brother-in-law joined the group in 1973. The Isley Brothers went through several lineup changes through the 80s and 90s. Between 1970-1979 the group released 10 albums, 9 of which reached into the top 40 of The Billboard 200, with their 1975 “The Heat Is On” reaching number 1.

Although none of their 70s singles made it to number 1 on the charts, their hits “That Lady” and “Fight The Power” made it into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

The Isley Brothers in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977

17. Fleetwood Mac

Genres: Pop rock, soft rock, blues rock, art pop, blues

Promotional photo of Fleetwood Mac for June 25th, 1977 issue of Billboard Magazine

Promotional photo of Fleetwood Mac for June 25th, 1977 issue of Billboard Magazine 
Image source: Billboard Magazine

Formed in London in 1967, Fleetwood Mac is a British-American rock band. In 1975 the group consisted of Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham. With this line-up came two US chart-topping albums “Fleetwood Mac” in 1975 and “Rumours” in 1977, which also produced four US Top 10 singles. The album remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks and won an American Music Award and a Grammy in 1978. In 1977, the single “Dreams” reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band had 9 Top 20 singles between 1975 and 1979.

In 1998, members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Members inducted included the original band, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwan, and Rumours-era members Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham.

Fleetwood Mac in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

18. John Lennon

Genres: Rock, pop, experimental

Promotional photo of John Lennon for September 18th, 1971 issue of Billboard Magazine

John Lennon Promotional photo for September 18, 1971 issue of Billboard Magazine
Image source: Billboard Magazine

John Winston Ono Lennon was an English singer-songwriter who, after his success with The Beatles, released his debut solo album “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” in 1970. He went on to release 5 more studio albums during the 70s, two of which reached number 1 on the US Billboard 200; “Imagine” in 1971 and “Walls and Bridges” in 1974. His first number 1 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 was “Whatever Gets You thru the Night” (1974).

On 8 December 1980, Lennon was shot and killed by a crazed fan outside his apartment in New York. The following year, his best-selling solo album, “Double Fantasy” won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. John Lennon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

John Lennon in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

19. Bee Gees

Genres: Pop, soul, disco, rock soft

Bee Gees performing on the TV show “The Midnight Special” 1973
Image source: NBC Television

Formed in 1958, The Bee Gees were a pop music group consisting of brothers Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb. The groups most significant success came in the late ’60s and early ’70s. From the mid to late ’70s, The Bee Gees were notable contributors to the disco music era. They released 9 studio albums between 1970-1979 with 6 of their albums reaching the top 50 on the Billboard 200. Their 1979 album “Spirits Having Flown” making it all the way to number 1. They also released 35 singles during the same period. Twelve of their singles made it into the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 of which 8 made it all the way to the number 1 spot. In 1997 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After 45 years as a group, Barry and Robin decided to retire the band following Maurice Gibbs death in 2003.

Bee Gees in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

20. Chicago

Genres: Rock, soft rock, pop rock, jazz rock

Chicago Where do we go from here record cover

Chicago where do we go from here single cover released June 1970

Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago. The group initially called themselves ‘Chicago Transit Authority’ in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. Chicago has sold over 100 million records, making them one of the most successful rock bands of all time.

During the 1970’s they released 12 albums, 5 of which made it to number 1 in the Billboard 200. Their 1976 album entitled “Chicago X” produced the hit single “If You Leave me Now” which made it to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. During their career, they have won 2 American Music Awards and 5 Grammy Awards. In 2014 Chicago was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Chicago in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

21. Bob Marley

Genres: Reggae, ska, rocksteady

Bob Marley in concert in 1980, Zürich, Switzerland

Bob Marley in concert in 1980, Zürich, Switzerland
Image source: Ueli Frey

Robert Nesta Marley, famously known as Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer/songwriter and widely recognized as a Reggae pioneer.

In 1963 Bob Marley formed the group Bob Marley and the Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Between 1970-1979 Bob Marley and the Wailers released 10 studio albums with “Rastaman Vibration” reaching number 8 in the Billboard 200. They also released 62 singles during the ’70s; however, only “Roots, Rock, Reggae” made it into the top 100 in the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at 51.

In 1994 Bob Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2001 was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob Marley and the Wailers were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 for “No Woman, No Cry.” Sadly, Bob Marley died in 1981, just a few years after being diagnosed with acral lentiginous melanoma but his music is still enjoyed around the world to this day.

Bob Marley in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

Bob Marley did not feature in the US Top 40 between 1970 and 1979.

22. The Jackson 5

Genres: Pop, R&B, soul, disco, funk, bubblegum pop

The Jackson 5 promo picture - circa 1977

The Jackson 5 promo picture – circa 1977
Image source: CBS Television (via Wikipedia Commons)

The Jackson 5 were an American pop band composed of 5 family members. The original members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael. They were signed with Motown Records from 1968 to 1975 during which time they released 10 studio albums. In 1970 The Jackson 5 released two albums, “ABC” and “Third Album,” both making it to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. During this time they enjoyed great success with 16 of their singles reaching the top 40 of the Hot 100, the most successful being “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” all reaching number 1. In 1975 they left Motown Records and signed with Epic Records where they changed their name to The Jacksons. During 1976-1979 they released 3 albums with “Destiny” making it to number 11 in the Billboard 200.

The Jackson 5 in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

23. Earth, Wind & Fire

Genres: R&B, soul

The Jackson 5 promo picture - circa 1977

Earth Wind & Fire performing in 1982
Image source: Chris Hakkens

Earth, Wind, and Fire is an American band founded in 1969 by Maurice White. Between 1970-1979 they released 9 studio albums, with their 1975 album entitled “That’s the Way of the World” making it to number 1 on the Billboard 200. During the 1970s 6 of their singles made it into the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 with their 1975 single “Shining Star” making it all the way to number 1.  Some of the Earth, Wind, and Fire’s most notable achievements have been winning 5 American Music Awards, and 7 Grammy Award as well as being honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on March 6, 2000.

Maurice White died on February 4, 2016, after suffering for many years with Parkinson’s disease.

Earth, Wind & Fire in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

24. Al Green

Genres: R&B, soul, blues, gospel

Al Green on the Mike Douglas Show February 1973

Al Green on the Mike Douglas Show February 1973
Image source: Mike Douglas Show (via Wikipedia Commons)

Albert Leornes Greene also known as The Reverend Al Green is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Between 1970-1979 Al Green released 11 albums, 7 of which made it into the top 40 in the Billboard 200, with his 1972 album “I’m Still in Love with You” making it to number 4. Although none of his records made it to number one on the Billboard 200, he did enjoy more considerable success on the US Billboard R&B album charts with 6 number 1 albums all coming between 1972-1975.

Al Green released 26 singles between 1970-1979 with “Let’s Stay Together” reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 6 singles entering number 1 on the US Billboard R&B album charts. Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Al Green in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

25. Bruce Springsteen

Genres: Rock, heartland rock, folk rock, rock ‘n roll

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band circa 1977

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band circa 1977
Image source: Columbia Records (via Wikipedia Commons)

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen aka The Boss is an American singer and songwriter. Since 1972, Bruce Springsteen has played alongside The E Street Band. He released his first studio album in 1973 entitled “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” which made it to number 60 in the Billboard 200. He went on to release 3 more albums between 1973-1979. His 1975 album “Born to Run” made it to number 3 in the Billboard 200 and his 1978 album “Darkness on the Edge of Town” made it to number 5.

During 1973-1979 Bruce Springsteen released 10 singles. Sadly none of his early singles made it into the top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. His best performing single in the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1970s came in 1975 with “Born to Run.”

In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To date, Bruce Springsteen has won 4 American Music Awards and a total of 20 Grammy Awards.

Bruce Springsteen in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

26. KISS

Genres: Hard rock, heavy metal, shock rock, glam metal

Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley of KISS performing live in New Haven during the Alive II Tour 1978

Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley of KISS performing live in New Haven during the Alive II Tour 1978
Image source: Carl Lender

Kiss is an American rock band formed in 1973 famous for their elaborate stage performances, and eccentric makeup. The founding members include Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley. The band’s debut album was released in 1974 and simply entitled “Kiss.” Kiss released 7 studio albums between 1974 and 1979. In 1976 they released two studio albums, “Destroyer” and “Rock and Roll Over” both making it to number 11 in the Billboard 200. Their following album in 1977 “Love Gun made it to number 4 in the Billboard 200 and “Dynasty” reaching number 9 in 1979.

During 1974-1979 Kiss released 21 singles 8 of which made it into the top 40 with their single “Beth” making it into the top 10 peaking at 7. Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

KISS in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

27. The Clash

Genres: Punk rock, post-punk, new wave, experimental rock

Paul Simonon of the Clash performs at the Palladium September 1979

Paul Simonon of the Clash performs at the Palladium September 1979
Image source: Sands7 (via Wikipedia Commons)

The Clash was an English rock band formed in 1976 in London, England. They were pioneers in the British punk rock movement. The longest-standing band members were Joe Strummer as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Mick Jones as lead vocalist and guitarist, Nicky Headon on the drums and Paul Simonon as bassist. In 1977 The Clash signed with record company CBS and released their self-titled debut album “The Clash.” Between 1977-1979 The Clash released 3 albums with “London Calling” being their most successful album in the U.S. reaching number 27 in the Billboard 200. They released 11 singles between 1977-1979, none of which made it into the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003 The Clash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sadly, this was shortly after the death of Joe Strummer.

The Clash in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

The Clash did not feature in the US Top 40 between 1970 and 1979.

28. Curtis Mayfield

Genres: Soul, funk, R&B, psychedelic soul

Paul Simonon of the Clash performs at the Palladium September 1979

Curtis Mayfield performing for Dutch TV in 1972
Image source: ARVO

Curtis Lee Mayfield was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. In 1970 he left the group ‘The Impressions’ to pursue a solo career after being with the group for 14 years. During 1970-1979 he released 11 studio albums. His 1970 debut solo album entitled “Curtis” reached number 19 in the Billboard 200 and his 1972 soundtrack album “Super Fly” going all the way to number 1. During the same period, he released 19 singles of which his 1972 single “Freddie’s Dead” reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. He has won the Grammy Legend Award as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, first with his former group The Impressions and again as a solo artist. Mayfield has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice. The first induction was with The Impressions and then as a solo act. Curtis Lee Mayfield died in 1999 from complications with diabetes.

Curtis Mayfield in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

29. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Genres: Southern rock, blues rock, hard rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd November 1973

Lynyrd Skynyrd November 1973
Image source: Billboard, page 11, 24 Nov 1973

Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band. They were initially called ‘My Backyard’ and eventually settled on ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ in 1969, five years after forming. During the 1970’s Lynyrd Skynyrd had a significant influence in shaping the Southern rock genre. Their debut album entitled “Pronounced ‘Leh-’nerd ‘Skin-’nerd” came in 1973 and made it to number 27 in the Billboard 200. They went on to release another 4 albums during the 1970s, all making it into the top 40 in the Billboard 200, with 2 of their records making it into the top 10, “Nuthin Fancy” at number 9 and “Street Survivors” at number 5. The band released 14 singles during the 1970s. Three of their singles made it into the top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100, with “Free Bird’ at number 19, “What’s Your Name” at number 13 and “Sweet Home Alabama” at number 8. Sadly a plane crash in 1977 killed three of the band members, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines.

Lynyrd Skynyrd in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

30. Eric Clapton / Derek & the Dominos

Genres: Blues, rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd November 1973

Eric Clapton (right) with Derek and the Dominos February 1971
Image source: Billboard, page 7, 6 February 1971

In 1970, Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordon formed the blues-rock band known as Derek and the Dominos only to split up in 1971. During their year together, Derek and the Dominos released a single studio album called “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” which didn’t achieve much success.

Eric Clapton is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He released his debut self-titled album ‘Eric Clapton’ in 1970 which made it to number 13 in the Billboard 200. He released a further 5 albums during the 1970s with his 1974 album “461 Ocean Boulevard” making it to number 1 in the Billboard 200 and his 1977 album “Slowhand” making it to number 2. Between 1970-1979 Eric Clapton released 13 singes. His most successful single during the 1970s was his cover version of “I Shot the Sheriff” which made it all the way to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Eric Clapton has won 3 American Music Awards,17 Grammy Awards, and 1 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 4 times.

Eric Clapton / Derek & the Dominos in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1974 | 1976 | 1978 | 1979

31. Alice Cooper

Genres: Hard rock, heavy metal, shock rock, glam rock

Vincent Damon Furnier of Alice Cooper circa 1972

Vincent Damon Furnier of Alice Cooper circa 1972
Image source: Hunter Desportes

The original Alice Cooper was formed in 1968 as an American rock band with Vincent Damon Furnier on vocals, Glen Buxton on lead guitar, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and Neal Smith on drums. During the early 1970s, the band released 6 studio albums. The last 5 studio albums released as a band all made it into the top 40 in the Billboard 200, with “School’s Out” making it to number 2 and “Billion Dollar Babies” making it all the way to number 1. They released 14 singles between 1970-1974, “School’s Out” reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1974 Vincent Damon Furnier adopted the band name Alice Cooper and began his solo career. Between 1974-1979 Alice Cooper released 4 studio albums. His debut album “Welcome To My Nightmare” received the most success reaching number 5 in the Billboard 200. He released 9 singles during the 1970s. His most significant success came with his 1977 single “You and Me” which made it to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Alice Cooper in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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32. Gladys Knight & The Pips

Genres: R&B, soul, pop

Gladys Knight and the Pips at Grand Gala du Disque Populaire in Congrescentrum (the Netherlands). Date: 7 March 1969

Gladys Knight and the Pips at Grand Gala du Disque Populaire in Congrescentrum – Netherlands March 7, 1969
Image source: GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL)

Gladys Knight and the Pips, formally known as simply the Pips were an American R&b/Soul band made up of siblings and cousins. The lead members included Gladys Knight, Merald Knight, William Guest, and Edward Patten.

Between 1970 and 1979 Gladys Knight and the Pips released 9 studio albums. In 1973 the 70s the band released two albums, “Neither One of Us” and “Imagination,” both making it to number 9 in the Billboard 200 and number 1 in the Billboard R&B album charts.

During the 70s Gladys Knight and the Pips released an impressive 31 singles, 6 of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 while “Midnight Train to Georgia” went all the way to number 1.

Gladys Knight and the Pips have won 3 Grammy Awards and 7 American Music Awards. In 1996 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This 70s R&B band was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame both in 1999 for their single “Midnight Train to Georgia” and 2018 for “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

Gladys Knight & The Pips in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

33. The Allman Brothers Band

Genres: Southern rock, blues rock country rock

The Allman Brothers Band in 1972

The Allman Brothers Band in 1972
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The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band featuring Duane Allman and Greg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny Johanson.

Between 1970-1979 the band released 5 studio albums. All 5 records made it into the top 50 on the Billboard 200 of which 4 were in the top 10. In 1973 their album “Brothers and Sisters” made it to number 1. The Allman Brothers Band released 10 singles during the 1970s; however, only two songs made it into the US Top 40, with “Crazy Love” peaking at 29 and “Ramblin’ Man” at number 2.

Sadly, both Berry Oakley and the founding member Duane Allman died in separate motorcycle accidents. The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1996 they won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, and in 2012 they won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Allman Brothers Band in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1973 | 1979

34. Aerosmith

Genres: Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll

Aerosmith Live in Buenos Aires Elby 2007

Aerosmith Live in Buenos Aires Elby 2007
Image source: Ed Vill

Aerosmith is an American rock band from Boston who enjoyed great success in the 70s with gold and platinum-selling albums. The band formed in 1970 with Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joe Perry, and Joey Kramer.

In 1973, Aerosmith’s self-titled debut album “Aerosmith” made it to number 21 in the Billboard 200. They released a total of 6 studio albums during 1970-1979. The most successful record during this period was “Rocks” which peaked at 2 on the Billboard 200. Between 1970-1979 they released 22 singles. However, only two of their singles made it into the US Top 40. “Walk This Way” peaked at 10 and “Dream On” at 6.

Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time and has sold more than 70 million records in the US and 150 million records worldwide. Aerosmith has won 6 American Music Awards, 4 Grammy Awards, and in 2001 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Aerosmith in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

35. Neil Young

Genres: Rock, folk rock, hard rock, country rock

Neil Young promo image from 1970s

Neil Young promo image from 1970s
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Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter, often referred to as “the Godfather of Grunge.” He started his career as a solo artist and later moved to America and formed the group Buffalo Springfield.

The band broke up in 1968, and in 1969, he joined Crosby, Stills, and Nash as an occasional member. During 1970-1979 Neil Young released 9 studio albums with 4 of them reaching the top 10 in the Billboard 200 and his 1972 album “Harvest,” making it all the way to number 1.

Neil Young released 18 singles during the 1970s. His 1971 single “Heart of Gold” reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Neil Young was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on two occasions, first in 1995 as a solo artist and again in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. Young has won 3 Grammy Awards.

Neil Young in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1972

36. Bob Dylan

Genres:Folk, blues, rock, gospel, country, traditional pop, vocal jazz

Bob Dylan and The Band touring in Chicago, 1974

Bob Dylan and The Band touring in Chicago, 1974
Image source: Jim Summaria

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter. He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman but changed his name to Bob Dylan in 1962. As well as a singer, Dylan is also an author and artist. He has published 8 books comprising of drawings and paintings.

Bob Dylan is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling over 100 million records. During 1970-1979 Dylan released 8 studio albums, all of which made it into the top 20 on the Billboard 200. “Planet Waves,” “Blood on the Tracks” and “Desire” all making it to number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Dylan released 21 singles during the 1970s, eight of which made it into the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, only his 1973 single “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” made it into the top 20 peaking at 12.

Dylan has won 10 Grammy Awards, and 8 of his records have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1988 Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. in 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Bob Dylan in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1975 | 1976 | 1979

37. Rod Stewart

Genres: Rock, pop, blue-eyed soul, blues rock, folk rock

Rod Stewart, Norway November 1976

Rod Stewart, Norway November 1976
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Sir Roderick David Stewart is a British singer and songwriter. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide. In 2016 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

In the early 1970s, Stewart established his solo career while also performing with the 70s band The Faces. Stewart released eight studio albums during 1970-1979, six of them making it into the top 10 on the Billboard 200. “Every Picture Tells a Story” and “Blondes Have More Fun” made it to number 1.

During the 1970s, Rod Stewart released 32 singles, 14 of which made the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Reason to Believe” Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” and, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” were all US Top 40 number 1s.

Rod Stewart has been nominated 15 times and won just one Grammy Award. Rod Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a solo artist and again in 2012 as a member of the Faces.

Rod Stewart in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1971 | 1972 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

38. The O’Jays

Genres: Rock, pop, blue-eyed soul, blues rock, folk rock

The O'Jays Love Train record cover 1973

The O’Jays Love Train record cover 1973

The O’Jays are an American R&B band. The original members were Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey, Eddie Levert, and Bill Isles.

In 1972 they signed with Philadelphia International Records, where they enjoyed great success. The band released 11 studio albums during 1970-1979. Three of these albums made it into the top 10 on the Billboard 200, with “Back Stabbers” at number 10, “Family Reunion at number 7 and “So Full of Love” at number 6.

During the 1970s, The O’Jays released 37 singles. Twelve singles made it the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, six making it onto the top 10 and “Love Train” going all the way to number 1.

The band received the RIAA Platinum Record Award for sales exceeding 100 million copies on four of their albums. The O’Jays were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. They have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice, first in 2006 for their song “Love Train” and again in 2016 for “The Love Of Money.”

The O’Jays in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1978

39. The Ramones

Genres: Punk rock, pop punk

The Ramones performing at the New Yorker Theater in Toronto, 1976

The Ramones performing at the New Yorker Theater in Toronto, 1976
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The Ramones were an American punk rock band from New York. The band formed in 1974 and signed with Sire Records. In 1976 they released their self-titled debut album, which has since become their most iconic record.

During 1970-1979 The Ramones released four studio albums. Only their 1977 album “Rocket to Russia” made it into the top 50 on the Billboard 200. The Ramones released 11 singles during the seventies, with 3 making the Billboard Hot 100. “Rockaway Beach” was The Ramones’ most successful Top 40 single peaking at number 66.

The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, and in 2011 they received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Ramones in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

The Ramones did not feature in the Top 40 during the 1970s but are considered to be hugely influential for many musicians and genres of music. In particular, for punk and punk rock music.

40. Rush

Genres: Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal

Rush Hemispheres record cover 1978

Rush Hemispheres record cover 1978

Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band formed in 1968. Long-standing members include Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart.

Rush has 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums to their name. Between 1970 and 1979, Rush released 6 studio albums with two making it into the Billboard 200. “Hemispheres” at number 47 and “A Farewell to Kings” at number 33.

Rush released 12 singles during the 1970s, only two of which made it into the Billboard Hot 100. Their most significant chart success during the 70s coming from the 1977 single “Closer to the Heart,” which peaked at 76.

Rush were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rush in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

Rush did not feature in the Top 40 during the 1970s.

41. Bob Seger

Genres: Rock, hard rock, rock and roll, pop rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock

Bob Seger circa 1977

Bob Seger circa 1977
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Robert Clark Seger, famously known as Bob Seger, is an American singer-songwriter as well as a guitarist and pianist. In 1973 Bob Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band.

Seger has sold over 50 million albums and received two gold, four platinum, and seven multi-platinum certificates. From 1970 to 1979, Seger released six studio albums.

During 1971-1975 Bob Seger released five solo studio albums, and between 1976-1979 he released two albums with the Silver Bullet Band. “Night Moves” peaked at number 8 and “Stranger In Town” at number 4. Seger released 21 singles during the 1970s with “Night Moves” and “Still the Same,” both making it to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Bob Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bob Seger in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1977 | 1978 | 1979

42. Steve Miller Band

Genres: Rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, southern rock, rock and roll

Steve Miller Band The Joker record cover 1973

Steve Miller Band The Joker record cover 1973

Steve Miller Band is an American rock band from San Francisco, California. Initially, the group was called The Steve Miller Blues Band but was later shortened to Steve Miller Band.

Steve Miller Band released “Greatest Hits 1974-78” album in 1978, which has been certified 13 x multi-platinum.

During the 1970s, the band released six studio albums, three making it into the top 5 on the Billboard 200 with “The Joker” and “Book of Dreams,” reaching number 2.

Steve Miller Band released 14 singles between 1970 and 1979. “The Joker” and “Rock’n Me,” making it all the way to number 1 on the US Top 40.

Steve Miller Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Steve Miller Band in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1973 | 1974 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

43. Grateful Dead

Genres: Rock

Grateful Dead promo image December 1970

Grateful Dead promo image December 1970
Image source: Billboard Magazine December 5, 1970

Grateful Dead was an American rock band. They were often referred to as the Godfathers of the jam band due to their long instrumental jams during live performances.

From 1970 to 1979, Grateful Dead released 11 albums, of which 3 albums made it into the top 20 on the Billboard 200. The band’s most successful album during the 70s was “Blues for Allah,” which peaked number 12 on the Billboard 200.

During the 1970s, Grateful Dead released 14 singles, only 4 of which made it into the Billboard Hot 100 with their 1970 single “Truckin'” being their most successful peaking number 64.

In 1994 all the members of Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007, Grateful Dead received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Grateful Dead in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1973 | 1974 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

44. The Beach Boys

Genres: Rock, pop, psychedelia

The Beach Boys performing in Central Park, New York, 1971

The Beach Boys performing in Central Park, New York, 1971
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The Beach Boys are an American rock band known for their surf songs. The original members were brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, as well as their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine.

The Beach Boys are one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. They released 8 studio albums during the 1970s with four albums making it into the top 50 on the Billboard 200.

The Beach Boys’ most significant success came from their 1976 album “15 Big Ones” which made it to number 8 on the Billboard 200. The band released 21 singles during the 1970s. With all their success, sadly, none of The Beach Boys’ singles made it to number 1 during the 70s. “Rock and Roll Music” achieved the most success peaking at number 5.

The Beach Boys won the Merit Award at the American Music Awards in 1988 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year. The band won a Grammy Award in 2013 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 5 times.

The Beach Boys in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1976 | 1979

45. George Harrison

Genres: Rock, pop

George Harrison with a fan outside the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam February 1977

George Harrison with a fan outside the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam February 1977
Image source: Netherlands National Archives

George Harrison was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He is famous for his role as the lead guitarist of The Beatles.

After the Beatles, Harrison also enjoyed a successful solo career. Between 1970 and 1979 George Harrison released 6 studio albums, all making it into the top 20 of the Billboard 200. Four of these albums made it into the top 10.

In 1970 George Harrison released “All Things Must Pass,” and in 1973, he released “Living in the Material World,” both albums reaching number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Harrison released 17 singles during the 1970s with “My Sweet Lord,” “Isn’t it a Pity,” and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth),” all reaching number 1 on the US Top 40.

In 1974, George Harrison won a Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year and again in 2004 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2014, he was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2015, George Harrison won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

George Harrison in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

46. Sly and the Family Stone

Genres: Funk, psychedelic soul, rock

The Original Sly and the Family Stone promo image taken 1969

The Original Sly and the Family Stone promo image taken 1969
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Sly and the Family Stone was an American band playing instrumental, funk, rock, soul, and psychedelic music. In 1975 the band dissolved, and Sly began a solo career.

Between 1970-1974 Sly and the Family Stone released 4 studio albums. The band’s 1970 album “Greatest Hits” made it to number 2 on the Billboard 200, and “There’s a Riot Goin On,” went all the way to number 1. From 1970 to 1974 Sly and the Family Stone released 8 singles with “Family Affair,” reaching number 1 on the US Top 40.

In 1974 Sly and the Family Stone broke up, and in 1975, Sly released his first solo studio album “High on You.” In 1976, he released “Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I’m Back” under the original name ‘Sly and the Family Stone’ with a whole new band.

Sly and the Family Stone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and in 2007, they won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Sly and the Family Stone in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974

47. Peter Frampton

Genres: Rock

Peter Frampton Wind of Change record cover 1972

Peter Frampton Wind of Change record cover 1972

Peter Frampton is an English rock musician. Before starting his solo career, Frampton was a member of both ‘Humble Pie’ and then ‘The Herd.’ Frampton released his first studio album in 1972 with “Wind of Change.”

Peter Frampton released another 5 albums during the 1970s. His album “Where I should Be” made it to number 19 on the Billboard 200, and “I’m in You” made it to number 2.

Peter Frampton released 15 singles during the 1970s, three of which made it into the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. “Do You Feel Like We Do” at number 10, “Show Me the Way” at number 6, and “I’m in You” at number 2.

In 2007 Frampton won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Peter Frampton in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1976 | 1977 | 1979

48. Elvis Presley

Genres: Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues

Elvis Presley with Richard Nixon December 1970

Elvis Presley with Richard Nixon December 1970
Image source: White House Government Archives

Elvis Aaron Presley, aka ‘King of Rock and Roll,’ was an American singer, musician, and actor. He is the pioneer of rockabilly, a mix between country music and rhythm and blues.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Presley has 117 gold, 67 platinum, and 27 multi-platinum albums, and is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.

During 1970 and 1977, Presley released 13 studio albums. “Moody Blue,” making it into the top 10 in the Billboard 200. During the 70s, The King released 24 studio singles and 5 live singles.

Eight of his 24 studio singles made it into the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. His most successful of the 70s was 1972 single “Burning Love,” which reached number 2 on the US Top 40.

Elvis Presley has won 3 Grammy Awards, one of them being a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972. In 1986, Elvis Presley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1987, he won the American Music Award of Merit.

Sadly Elvis Presley died at home in 1977 at the age of 42.

Elvis Presley in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

49. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

Genres: Folk rock, country rock, soft rock

Crosby Stills Nash and Young on stage 1970

Crosby Stills Nash and Young on stage 1970
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Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young was an American folk-rock band. The band consisted of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young.

Although the band only released two albums during the 70s, both achieved great success. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young’s 1970 studio album “Deja Vu” went all the way to number 1 in the Billboard 200, and their 1977 album “CSN” reached number 2.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young released 7 singles during the 1970s, four of them making it into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The best performing single was 1977’s “Just a Song Before I Go,” with peaked at number 7.

In 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame three times, in 1999, 2009 and 2012.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

50. Billy Joel

Genres: Rock, soft rock

Billy Joel performing in the Netherlands September 13, 1972

Billy Joel performing in the Netherlands September 13, 1972
Image source: Netherlands National Archive

Billy Joel is an American singer-songwriter. He has sold over 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. In the US, Billy Joel is currently the third best-selling solo artist.

In 1972 Billy Joel signed with Columbia Records, and in 1973, he released his second album “Piano Man.” Between 1970 and 1979, Joel released 6 studio albums with “The Stranger,” reaching number 2 on the Billboard 200 in 1977 while “52nd Street,” made the number 1 spot in 1978.

During the 1970s, Billy Joel released 17 singles, both “Just the Way You Are” and “My Life,” reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

From 23 nominations, Billy Joel has won 5 Grammy Awards. Billy Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Billy Joel in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1975 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

51. Deep Purple

Genres: Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock

Promo pic for Deep Purple's 1976 European tour

Promo pic for Deep Purple’s 1976 European tour
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Deep Purple is an English rock band formed in 1968 and widely regarded as one of the pioneers of heavy metal and rock. Over the years, the group has changed numerous times, with Ian Paice being the only remaining original member.

Deep Purple released 7 studio albums during the 1970s, two of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200. “Machine Head” peaked at number 7 and “Burn” at number 9.

Between 1970 and 1979, Deep Purple released 19 singles, with 4 making it into the Billboard Hot 100. “Smoke on the Water” was the most successful 70s single, peaking at 4 in the US Top 40.

Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Deep Purple in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1973 | 1976

52. Creedence Clearwater Revival

Genres: Roots rock, swamp rock, Southern rock, blues rock, country rock

Creedence Clearwater Revival 1968

Creedence Clearwater Revival 1968
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Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band which consisted of brothers John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. Sadly, the group was only together for four years, from 1968 to 1972.

Despite only being together for four years, Creedence Clearwater Revival received incredible success selling more than 30 million albums and singles in the U.S. alone.

Creedence Clearwater Revival released 3 studio albums between 1970 and 1972. Both 1970 studio albums reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with “Pendulum” peaking at 5 while “Cosmo’s Factory,” went all the way to number 1.

The band released 13 singles during the 1970s, 9 of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Travellin’ Band,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Lookin’ Out my Back Door,” and “Long as I Can See the Light,” all making it to number 2, all missing the top spot.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Creedence Clearwater Revival in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972

53. Three Dog Night

Genres: Pop rock, boogie rock, hard rock, soft rock, blue-eyed soul

Creedence Clearwater Revival 1968

Three Dog Night from a 1972 US ABC Television special
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Three Dog Night is an American rock band that initially consisted of Danny Hutton, Cory Well, and Chuck Negron. The band signed with ABC Dunhill Records and released their first studio album in 1968.

Between 1970 and 1979, Three Dog Night released 8 studio albums, 3 of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200. “It Ain’t Easy” and “Harmony” reaching number 8 and “Seven Separate Fools,” making it to number 6.

Three Dog Night released 18 singles during the 1970s, 15 of which made it into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World” and “Black and White” went to number 1.

Even with the Three Dog Night’s chart successes, they have not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; however, in 2000, Three Dog Night were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Three Dog Night in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

54. The Temptations

Genres: R&B, soul, funk, psychedelic soul

Creedence Clearwater Revival 1968

The Temptations on The Ed Sullivan Show 1969
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The Temptations are an American vocal group who, with the help of producer Norman Whitfield, helped pioneer psychedelic soul.

Between 1970 and 1976, The Temptations released 11 studio albums with Motown Records, 7 of which made it into the top 20 on Billboard 200. “All Directions” was The Temptations’ best album of the 70s, peaking at number 2. Between 1976 and 1979, The Temptations released 2 studio albums, this time with Atlantic Records. Neither of these had much success in the album charts.

The Temptations released 29 singles during the 70s. 1971 single “Just My Imagination ( Running Away With Me)” and 1972 single “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” both made it all the way to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Temptations won an America Music Award in 1974. They have also won 4 Grammy Awards as well as receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In 1989 The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice. First, in 1998, for “My Girl” and again in 1999 for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”

The Temptations in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

55. Boston

Genres: Hard rock, arena rock, progressive rock

Boston - Don't Look Back record cover

Boston – Don’t Look Back record cover

Boston is an American rock band formed in 1975. The group has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, with 17 million sales coming from their self-titled debut album “Boston,” which was released in 1976 under Epic Records.

“Boston” climbed to number 3 on the Billboard 200, stayed on the charts for 132 weeks and went platinum 17 times. Boston released one more studio album during the 1970s titled “Don’t Look Back,” which went to number 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 7 x platinum.

The band released 6 singles between 1976 and 1979 with “More Than a Feeling,” making it to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Don’t Look Back,” peaking at 4.

Boston has only been nominated for 1 Grammy but did not win.

Boston in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

56. Jackson Browne

Genres: Rock, folk rock, country rock, soft rock

Jackson Browne performing 1976

Jackson Browne performing 1976
Image source: Klaus Hiltsher

Jackson Browne is an American singer-songwriter. Browne signed with Asylum Records in 1971 and released his debut album, “Jackson Browne,” in 1972.

Jackson Browne has sold over 18 million albums in the US alone. Browne released 5 studio albums during 1972 and 1979, of which 2 made it into the top 5 of the Billboard 200. “The Pretender” peaked at 5 and “Running on Empty” at number 3.

During the 1970s, Jackson Browne released 11 singles. His most successful being “Doctor my Eyes,” which made it to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jackson Browne has received 6 Grammy Award nominations but is yet to win. In 2004 Jackson Browne was awarded an honorary doctorate of music, and in the same year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jackson Browne in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1977 | 1978

57. Joni Mitchell

Genres: Folk, rock, jazz, pop

Joni Mitchell on stage August 1974

Joni Mitchell on stage August 1974
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Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Mitchell moved to America in 1965 and signed with Reprise Records in 1968.

Between 1970 and 1979, Joni Mitchell released 8 studio albums, all of which feature in the top 30 of the Billboard 200. “For the Roses” made it to number 5, and her 1974 album, “Court and Spark,” went all the way to number 1.

Joni Mitchell released 15 singles during the 1970s. In 1974, she released “Free Man in Paris,” which made it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Help Me,” which made it all the way to number 1.

Joni Mitchell has won 8 Grammy Awards as well as a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002. In 1997 Joni Mitchell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Joni Mitchell in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

58. Commodores

Genres: R&B, soul, funk, pop

Commodores - Still record cover 1979

Commodores – Still record cover 1979

Commodores is an American funk/soul band. In 1972 Commodores signed with Motown Records and in 1974 released their debut album “Machine Gun.”

Commodores went on to release another 6 studio albums during the 1970s. “Commodores,” “Natural High,” and “Midnight Magic” all reached number 3 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 in the US Top R&B charts.

Commodores released 16 singles between 1970 and 1979, seven of which made the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. “Three Times a Lady” and “Still,” went to number 1.

Commodores have received 9 Grammy Nominations and have won once in 1986 for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Duo, Group Or Chorus.

Commodores in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

59. Jim Croce

Genres: Folk, rock, soft rock

Jim Croce circa 1968

Jim Croce circa 1968
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Jim Croce was an American singer-songwriter who, with music partner Maury Muehleisen, signed to ABC Records in 1972.

Between 1972 and 1973, Jim Croce released three studio albums. All three records made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200. “Life and Times” peaked at number 7, while “I Got a Name,” and “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” went all the way to number 1.

During the 1970s, Jim Croce released twelve singles, five making it into the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle” both went to number 1.

Sadly both Croce and Muehleisen died in a plane crash in 1973.

Jim Croce in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1974

60. AC/DC

Genres: Hard rock, blues rock, rock and roll

AC/DC - High Voltage record cover 1975

AC/DC – High Voltage record cover 1975

AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. AC/DC has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best selling bands of all time.

In 1975, AC/DC released two albums, their debut album “High Voltage,” followed by “T.N.T.” Neither album featured in the Billboard 200.

The band went on to release a further five studio albums during the 1970s with success coming from their 1976 album “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200.

AC/DC released 15 singles between 1974 and 1979. “Highway to Hell” is the only single feature on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 47.

AC/DC has won one Grammy Award out of seven nominations. AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2013 AC/DC were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for their album “Back in Black.”

AC/DC in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

AC/DC did not feature in the US Top 40 during the 1970s; however, they are considered one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time.

61. The Spinners

Genres: R&B, smooth soul, Philly soul, Detroit soul, Doo Wop

The Spinners - The Rubberband Man record cover

The Spinners – The Rubberband Man record cover

The Spinners are an American R&B group, also known as the Detroit Spinners and the Motown Spinners.

The Spinners released eleven albums during the 1970s, two of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200. “New and Improved” peaked at number 9 and “Pick of the Litter” at number 8. The Spinners had great success in the US Top R&B Charts with “Spinners,” “Mighty Love,” and “New and Improved,” all reaching the number 1 spot.

Between 1970 and 1979, The Spinners released 28 singles. “Then Came You (with Dionne Warwick)” was the only single to reach number 1.

The Spinners were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. In 1976 they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Spinners in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

62. Kool and The Gang

Genres: R&B, soul, funk, disco, jazz

Kool and The Gang - Ladies Night record cover

Kool and The Gang – Ladies Night record cover

Kool and the Gang are an American band who perform an array of genres including jazz, rock, soul, funk as well as pop.

The band released their self-titled debut album in 1970 after signing with De-Lite Records. Kool and the Gang released 11 studio albums between 1970 and 1979, the most successful record being “Ladies’ Night,” which peaked at number 13 in the Billboard 200 and went to number 1 in the US Top R&B Charts.

During the 1970s, Kool and the Gang released 31 singles with four featuring in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s most significant success in the US Top 40 was from “Jungle Boogie,” which reached number 4.

Kool and the Gang have won two Grammy Awards and 7 American Music Awards.

Kool and The Gang in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1979

63. Doobie Brothers

Genres: Rock, soft rock, pop, blue-eyed soul

Doobie Brothers in Hilversum, Holland January 1974

Doobie Brothers in Hilversum, Holland January 1974
Image source: Netherlands National Archive

Doobie Brothers are an American rock band whose career has spanned five decades, with album sales exceeding over 40 million.

Doobie Brothers’ most significant success came during the 1970s where they released eight albums, six of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200.

During the 1970s, Doobie Brothers released 22 singles, 20 making it into the Billboard Hot 100. Their 1974 single “Black Water” and 1979 single “What a Fool Believes” both went to number 1.

The Doobie Brother received two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Doobie Brothers in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

64. Yes

Genres: Progressive rock, art rock

Yes on stage in Indianapolis August 1977

Yes on stage in Indianapolis August 1977
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Yes is an English rock band formed by Jon Anderson, Peter Banks, Chris Squire, Bill Bruford, and Tony Kate. The group contributed significantly to the progressive rock genre.

Yes released eight studio albums between 1970 and1979. Six of their albums made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200. “Close to the Edge” performed best on the Billboard 200 peaking at number 3.

Yes released 13 singles during the 70s, none of which had much success in the Billboard Hot 100.

Yes has received 5 Grammy Awards nominations and won for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1985.

Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Yes in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1971 | 1972

65. War

Genres: Funk, soul, black rock, jazz-rock

The original War band circa 1976

The original War band circa 1976
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War is a multi-genre band from America but is most famous for its funk music.

The band’s debut album came out in 1970 with “Eric Burdon Declares’ War’,” which reached number 18 in the Billboard 200. They released a further 12 albums during the 1970s, with 4 of their records reaching the top 10 in the Billboard 200. “The World is a Ghetto” went all the way to number 1 and was Billboard’s best-selling album of 1973.

War released 20 singles between 1970 and 1979, with seven singles making it into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s debut single “Spill the Wine” peaked at number 3, and “The Cisco Kid,” reached the number 2 spot.

War in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1978

66. ZZ Top

Genres: Blues rock, boogie rock, hard rock, Southern rock

ZZ Top circa 1976

ZZ Top circa 1976
Image source: Billboard, page 49, 22 Dec 1976

ZZ Top is an American rock band. Incredibly, the has remained the same since 1970 with the same three members Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard.

ZZ Top has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, 25 million being sold in the US alone. The band released their debut album in 1971 titled “ZZ Top’s First Album,” which went to number 2 on the Billboard 200.

ZZ Top released a further 5 studio albums during the 1970s. Their 1975 album “Fandango” climbed to number 10 in the Billboard 200 while 1973’s “Tres Hombres,” peaked at number 8.

Between 1970 and 1979, ZZ Top released 9 singles. “Tush” was the most successful ZZ Top single of 1970, peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

ZZ Top in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

67. The Guess Who

Genres: Rock, hard rock, pop rock, psychedelic rock

The Guess Who promo pic for Billboard, page 2, 18 July 1970

The Guess Who promo pic for Billboard, page 2, 18 July 1970
Image source: Billboard, page 2, 18 July 1970

The Guess Who is a Canadian rock band, formed in Winnipeg 1965. The group is best known for their pop-rock and psychedelic sound.

The Guess Who released 12 studio albums between 1970 and 1979, three of which made it into the top 50 of the Billboard 200. “American Women” was The Guess Who’s most successful album of the 1970s peaking at number 9 on the Billboard 200.

The Guess Who released 28 singles during the 1970s. “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” making it all the way to number 1.

The Guess Who were inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 1984.

The Guess Who in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1974 | 1975

68. Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Genres: Progressive rock, art rock

Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Toronto February 1978

Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Toronto February 1978
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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer were an English progressive rock band formed in London, 1972 featuring Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer. The group has sold an estimated 48 million Records worldwide.

In 1970, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer released their self-titled debut album “Emerson, Lake and Palmer,” which made it to number 18 on the Billboard 200. They released a further six studio albums during the 1970s with “Tarkus” and “Trilogy,” making it to 9 and 5 on the Billboard 200, respectively.

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer released 14 singles during the 70s. “Lucky Man” was achieved the greatest chart success during this period peaking at 48 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer has been nominated for a Grammy Award three times but have never won.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

69. The Staple Singers

Genres: Soul, blues, funk, R&B, gospel, pop

The Staple Singers appearing on Soul Train June 1974

The Staple Singers appearing on Soul Train June 1974
Image source: Billboard, page ST 30, September 28, 1974

The Staple Singers were an American soul, R&B, and gospel band formed by Roebuck Staples with his children Cleotha, Pervis, and Mavis.

The Staple Singers had 8 charted albums and 20 charted singles during the 1970s. Their best performing album was 1972’s “Be Altitude: Respect Yourself,” which went to number 19 on the Billboard 200.

The groups 1972 single “I’ll Take You There” and 1975 single “Let’s Do it Again” both went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Staple Singers were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 for their single “I’ll Take You There” and again in 2002 for “Respect Yourself.”

The Staple Singers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Staple Singers in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

70. James Taylor

Genres: Folk rock, rock, pop, soft rock, blues, Christmas music, country folk

James Taylor publicity photo circa 1979

James Taylor publicity photo circa 1979
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James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter. Taylor first signed with Apple Records, where he released his self-titled debut album before moving to Warner Bros. Records in 1970. James Taylor has sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his career.

Between 1970 and 1979, James Taylor released eight studio albums. Six of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard 200. “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon,” received the most success peaking at number 2.

During the 70s, James Taylor released 21 singles. His 1971 single “You’ve Got a Friend” went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

James Taylor has won 5 Grammy Awards and received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Williams College.

James Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

James Taylor in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

71. Barry White

Genres: R&B, soul, funk, disco

Barry White in Amsterdam February 1974

Barry White in Amsterdam February 1974
Image source: Netherlands National Archive

Formerly known as Barry Eugene Carter, Barry White was a multi-talented American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and record producer.

White is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with record sales exceeding 100 million.

In 1973, Barry White released his debut studio album with “I’ve Got so Much to Give,” which went to number 16 in the Billboard 200 and number 1 in the US Top R&B Charts.

Barry White released another 9 albums between 1970 and 1979. “Can’t Get Enough” being his most successful album of the 70s going all the way to number 1 in the Billboard 200.

Barry White released 24 singles during the 1970s, six of which made it into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” was his most successful single of the 70s going all the way to number 1.

Barry White has been nominated for 11 and won 2 Grammy Awards.

Barry White in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978

72. Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Genres: Rock, hard rock, boogie rock, blues rock

Bachman–Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet record cover

Bachman–Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet record cover

Bachman-Turner Overdrive is a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg. The group enjoyed significant success in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive released 8 studio albums between 1970 and 1979. Three of their albums reached the top 5 in the Billboard 200 with “Fragile” going all the way to number 1.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive released 14 singles during the 1970s. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Hey You” going all the way to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1975 | 1976

73. Jethro Tull

Genres: Progressive rock, hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, jazz

Jethro Tull performing in Hamburg, Germany 1973

Jethro Tull performing in Hamburg, Germany 1973
Image source: Heinrich Klaffs

Jethro Tull is a British rock band. Early on, the group was considered blues-rock but slowly moved towards a more progressive sound.

Jethro Tull released 10 studio albums during the 70s. All but one of their records make it into the top 20 in the Billboard 200. Their 1972 album “Thick as a Brick” and 1973’s “A Passion Play” both went to number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Jethro Tull released 18 singles during the 1970s. The most successful of which was “Bungle in the Jungle” which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1988 Jethro Tull won their only Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental.

Jethro Tull in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975

74. Bad Company

Genres: Hard rock, blues rock

Bad Company -  Feel Like Makin' Love record cover

Bad Company – Feel Like Makin’ Love record cover

Bad Company is an English hard rock band who achieved notable success in the US during the 70s with four multi-platinum selling albums.

Their first self-titled debut studio album “Bad Company” went to number 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1974. They released a further 4 albums during the 70s, all of which ranked in the top 20 of the Billboard 200.

Bad Company released 12 singles 1970s. Two of these climbed into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” peaked at number 10 while “Can’t Get Enough” went to number 5.

Bad Company has received one Grammy Award nomination but did not win.

Bad Company in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1979

75. Steely Dan

Genres: Jazz rock, soft rock, R&B, pop rock

Steely Dan - Rikki Don't Lose That Number record cover

Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number record cover

Formed in 1972 by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan is an American rock band. In 1974 they stopped playing live performances to become a studio-only outfit selling over 40 million albums worldwide.

Steely Dan’s 1972 debut studio album, “Can’t Buy a Thrill,” made it to number 17 in the Billboard 200. The pair released another 5 studio albums during the 1970s, with two top 10s in the Billboard 200. “Pretzel Logic” went to number 8, and “Aja” peaked at number 3.

Steely Dan released 16 singles during the 1970s. Two of their singles made it into the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. “Do it Again” at number 6 and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” at number 4.

Steely Dan were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Steely Dan in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1978

76. Santana

Genres: Latin rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock, Chicano rock, jazz fusion

Santana - Evil Ways record over

Santana – Evil Ways record over

Santana is an American rock band formed by Carlos Santana, who has remained the only constant band member.

Santana has sold 43.5 million certified albums in the US alone, and over 100 million sold worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

Between 1970 and 1979, Santana released 10 studio albums and 22 singles. Two of their albums went to number 1 on the Billboard 200, “Abraxas” in 1970 and “Santana III” in 1971.

Two of Santana’s most successful singles during the 70s were “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman,” which went to 9 and 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards out of 14 nominations, with 6 of their wins coming on the same night.

Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012.

Santana in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1977 | 1979

77. Moody Blues

Genres: Progressive rock, art rock, psychedelic rock, pop rock, symphonic rock, R&B

The Moody Blues arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, in the Netherlands, October 1970

The Moody Blues arrive at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, in the Netherlands, October 1970
Image source: Netherlands National Archive

The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in 1964. After making a few changes to the lineup, the group finally settled with long-time members Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Denny Laine, Graeme Edge, and Clint Warwick.

The Moody Blues has sold 70 million albums worldwide. During the 1970s, the band released 4 studio albums with their first 3 albums, making it into the top 5 in the Billboard 200. “A Question of Balance” at number 3, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” at number 2, and “Seventh Sojourn” went all the way to number 1.

The Moody Blues released 7 singles during the 1970s, with their 1972 single “Nights in White Satin” reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Moody Blues were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Moody Blues in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1978

78. Electric Light Orchestra

Genres: Progressive pop, pop rock, art rock, progressive rock

Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing record cover

Electric Light Orchestra – Livin’ Thing record cover

Electric Light Orchestra is an English rock band formed in 1970. Founding members include Jeff Lynn and Roy Wood, with Bev Bevan on drums. Two years later, Wood left the band and was replaced by Richard Tandy.

Electric Light Orchestra has sold over 50 million records worldwide. In 1971 the band released their debut album, “The Electric Light Orchestra.”

Electric Light Orchestra released another 7 albums during the 1970s, with 4 albums making it into the top 10 in the Billboard 200. Their 1977 album “Out of the Blue” was the best performing album peaking at number 4.

Electric Light Orchestra released 25 singles during the 70s. Five of these entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Bring Me Down” achieved the most success making it to number 4.

Electric Light Orchestra was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Electric Light Orchestra in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

79. Sex Pistols

Genres: Punk rock

Sex Pistols perform in Paradiso, Amsterdam, January 1977

Sex Pistols perform in Paradiso, Amsterdam, January 1977
Image source: Netherlands National Archive

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in 1975 in London. They are regarded as the pioneers of punk rock in the UK with the original lineup of Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, Steve Jones, and Glen Matlock, who was replaced by Sid Vicious id 1977.

Sadly, shortly after their 1978 US tour, the Sex Pistols announced they were breaking up, and in 1979 Vicious died of a heroin overdose.

The Sex Pistols’ only studio album came in 1977 with “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.” Although the album only made it to number 106 in the Billboard 200, it did reach number 1 in the UK Singles Chart. The Sex Pistols released 9 singles during the 1970s.

The Sex Pistols were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 but refused to attend the event.

In 2015 Sex Pistols were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for their album “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.”

Sex Pistols in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

80. Grand Funk Railroad

Genres: Hard rock

Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band record cover

Grand Funk Railroad – We’re An American Band record cover

Grand Funk Railroad is an American hard rock band, with the original lineup of Don Brewer, Mark Farner, and Mel Schacher. They formed in 1969 and achieved incredible success during the 70s.

Grand Funk Railroad released 9 studio albums between 1970 and 1979, with 7 of their records making it into the top 10 on the Billboard 200. “We’re an American Band” was the most successful album of the 70s peaking at number 2 on the Billboard 200.

Grand Funk Railroad released 20 singles during the 1970s with 4 top 5 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Their 1973 single “We’re an American Band” and their 1974 single “The Loco-motion” both made it all the way to number 1.

Grand Funk Railroad in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

81. Journey

Genres: Arena rock, hard rock, soft rock, progressive rock, jazz-rock

Journey - Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin record cover

Journey – Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin record cover

Journey was formed in San Francisco in 1973 by former members of the bands Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. They have sold over 75 million records worldwide, with 48 million sales in the US alone.

Journey released their self-titled debut album in 1975, followed by another 4 studio albums during the 1970s. “Evolution” was Journey’s most successful album in the Billboard 200 during the 70s, peaking at number 20.

During the 70s, Journey released 9 singles. The most successful single during the decade was “Lovin’, Touchin’. Squeezin’,” which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Journey in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

82. Foreigner

Genres: Hard rock, arena rock, pop rock, soft rock

Foreigner - Double Vision record cover 1978

Foreigner – Double Vision record cover 1978

Formed in 1976 in New York, Foreigner is an English-American rock band consisting of American Lou Gramm and Englishmen Mick Jones and Ian McDonald. Foreigner has sold over 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

The band’s self-titled debut album “Foreigner” reached number 4 in the Billboard 200 in 1977. They released another 2 albums during the 70s, both making it into the top 5 in the Billboard 200. “Head Games” went to number 5, and “Double Vision” peaked at number 3.

During the 1970s, Foreigner released 11 singles, all making it into the US Top 40. The greatest chart success came from 1978 singles “Hot Blooded,” making it to number 3 and “Double Vision” number 2.

Even with their incredible international success, Foreigner has not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Foreigner in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1977 | 1978 | 1979

83. The Kinks

Genres: Rock, pop

The Kinks - Lola record cover

The Kinks – Lola record cover

The Kinks are an English rock band from North London and widely regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 60s. The group has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, with four of their albums being certified gold by the RIAA.

The Kinks released 12 albums and 30 singles between 1970 and 1979. Their 1979 album “Low Budget” achieved the most success during the 70s, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200.

The Kinks 1970 single “Lola” was the only single of the decade to make it into the top 10 at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and in 1999, they were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame despite never winning a Grammy Award.

The Kinks in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1978

84. Patti Smith

Genres: Punk rock, art punk, art rock

Patti Smith performing at Cornell University, 1978

Patti Smith performing at Cornell University, 1978
Image source: Wikipedia Creative Commons

Solo artist, Patricia Lee Smith, is a multi-talented American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and author.

Her 1975 debut album “Horses” was seen as a significant influence on the New York punk rock movement and made it to number 47 in the Billboard 200.

Smith released another 3 studio albums during the 1970s with 2 albums making it into the top 20 in the Billboard 200. “Easter” at number 20 and “Wave” at number 18.

Patti Smith also released 10 singles during the 70s, of which 2 made it into the Billboard Hot 100. “Because the Night” was the highest-ranking single reaching number 13.

Patti Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Patti Smith in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

85. Rufus (featuring Chaka Khan)

Genres: R&B, soul, funk, smooth soul, disco

Rufus & Chaka Khan - You Got the Love record cover

Rufus & Chaka Khan – You Got the Love record cover

Rufus was an American funk band from Chicago, which formed the building blocks for Chaka Khan’s illustrious musical career.

In 1975, Rufus released the album “Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan,” which made it to number 7 in the Billboard 200 and number 1 in the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums.

Rufus released three singles from the same album “Jive Talkin’,” “Dance Wit Me,” and “Sweet Thing,” which all made it into the US Top 40.

Rufus won two Grammy Awards for their songs, “Tell Me Something Good” in 1974 and “Ain’t Nobody” in 1983.

Rufus in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

86. Kansas

Genres: Progressive rock, art rock, hard rock, arena rock

Kansas - Dust in the Wind record cover

Kansas – Dust in the Wind record cover

Kansas is an American rock band formed in 1970 in Topeka. In 1974 Kansas released their self-titled debut album after signing with Kirshner Records.

The band released a further 5 studio albums during the 1970s, of which two made it into the top 5 in the Billboard 200. “Leftoverture” went to number 5 and “Point of Know Return” to number 4.

During the 1970s, Kansas released 12 singles. Their biggest chart successes for the decade came from “Carry On Wayward My Son,” peaking at number 11, and “Dust in the Wind” at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Kansas in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1977 | 1978 | 1979

87. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

Genres: R&B, soul, disco

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - The Love I Lost record cover 1973

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – The Love I Lost record cover 1973

One of the 1970s most popular Philadelphia soul groups, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, was an American R&B/soul band best known for their R&B, soul, doo-wop, and disco genres.

The group’s debut album “I Miss You” was released in 1972, peaking at number 53 on the Billboard 200. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes released a further 5 studio albums during the 1970s. “Wake Up Everybody” achieved the greatest chart success making it to number 9 in the Billboard 200 and number 1 in the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums.

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes released 19 singles during the 70s with two top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100. “The Love I Lost (Part 1) went to number 7 and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” number 3.

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

88. Heart

Genres: Rock, hard rock, folk rock, pop rock

Promo picture of Heart circa 1970

Promo picture of Heart circa 1970
Image source: Wikipedia Creative Commons

Heart is an American rock band with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson being the only long-standing members. Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide, with 22.5 million sold in the US alone.

Heart released their debut album “Dreamboat Annie” in 1975, which went to number 7 on the Billboard 200. The group released another 3 studio albums during the 70s with “Little Queen,” reaching number 9 and both “Magazine” and “Dog and Butterfly,” peaking at number 17.

Heart released 16 singles during the 1970s with their most significant Billboard success coming from 1976 single “Magic Man,” which went to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Heart were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Heart in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

89. Donna Summer

Genres: Disco, R&B, dance, soul

Publicity photo of singer Donna Summer in the recording studio in 1977.

Publicity photo of singer Donna Summer in the recording studio in 1977
Image source: Casablanca Records via Wikipedia Creative Commons

Donna Summer was an American singer-songwriter and actress. Summer has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Donna Summer’s music had a considerable influence on the 1970’s disco boom. “Lady of the Night” was Donna Summer’s debut studio album was released in 1974. She released a further six studio albums during the 1970s, all making it into the top 30 in the Billboard 200 with “Bad Girls,” making it to number 1.

During the 1970s, Donna Summer released 35 singles. Four of these “MacArthur Park,” “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls,” and “No More Tears (Enough is Enough),” went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Donna Summer has won 5 Grammy Awards out of 18 nominations and 6 American Music Awards.

In 2013, Donna Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Donna Summer in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

90. The Chi-Lites

Genres: R&B, soul

The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl record cover

The Chi-Lites – Oh Girl record cover

Led by Eugene Record, The Chi-Lites are an American group famous for their R&B/soul sound. Joining Eugene Record as the original members were, Robert Lester and Clarence Johnson.

The Chi-Lites released 9 studio albums between 1970 and 1979. The most significant success came from “A Lonely Man,” which went to number 5 in the Billboard 200 and number 1 in the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Billboard 200.

The Chi-Lites released 24 singles during the 1970s. Their 1971 single “Have You Seen Her” reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and their 1972 single “Oh Girl,” went to number 1.

The Chi-Lites in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1971 | 1972 | 1973

91. Paul Simon

Genres: Folk, rock, pop, world

Paul Simon promo image circa 1970s

Paul Simon promo image circa 1970s

Paul Simon is an American singer-songwriter and actor. His early success came while singing with Art Garfunkel as the famous duo Simon and Garfunkel.

After splitting with Garfunkel in 1970, Paul Simon began his solo career. Simon released 3 studio albums during the 70s, all three making the top 5 of the Billboard 200. “Still Crazy After All These Years” went all the way to number 1.

Paul Simon released 17 singles between 1970 and 1979. Five of these made it into the top 5 in the Billboard Hot 100. Both “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like a Rock” peaked at number 2 in 1973 while “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” went to number 1.

Paul Simon has won 16 Grammy Awards from 35 nominations, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2001, Paul Simon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Paul Simon in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

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

92. Linda Ronstadt

Genres: Rock, pop, folk, country rock, country, art rock, hard rock, soft rock, mariachi, Latin

Linda Ronstadt at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport,  November 1976

Linda Ronstadt at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, November 1976
Image source: Netherlands National Archive

Linda Ronstadt is a multi-genre American singer. Ronstadt has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Linda Ronstadt released 8 studio albums between 1970 and 1979. Five of these made it into the top 5 in the Billboard 200. “Heart Like a Wheel,” “Simple Dreams,” and “Living in the USA” went to number 1.

During the 1970s, Linda Ronstadt released 27 singles. Her 1975 hit “You’re No Good,” went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Linda Ronstadt has 10 Grammy Awards from 26 nominations. She has also won 3 American Music Awards.

Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Linda Ronstadt in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

93. America

Genres: Soft rock, folk rock, pop rock

Promotional photo of America, September 1976

Promotional photo of America, September 1976
Image source: Warner Brothers Records via Wikipedia Creative Commons

Although the band was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnel, Gerry Beckley, and Dan Peek, America is, in fact, an American rock band.

The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 1971 and went to number 1 in the Billboard 200. America released a further 7 studio albums during the 1970s, three of which made it into the top 10 in the Billboard 200.

In 1972, America’s debut single “A Horse With No Name,” went to number 1 on Billboard Hot 100. America released another 24 singles during the 70s, with their 1975 “Sister Golden Hair,” also making it to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1972 America won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of the Year.

America in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976

94. Styx

Genres: Progressive rock, hard rock, arena rock, art rock, soft rock, pop rock

Styx - Babe record cover 1979

Styx – Babe record cover 1979

Formed in 1972, Styx is an American rock band from Chicago. Starting out, Styx was progressive rock but later moved towards pop rock and soft rock sound.

Styx released their self-titled debut album in 1972. Their following album Styx II reached number 20 in the Billboard 200 in 1973. They released a further 7 studio albums during the 1970s with 3 top 10s and “Cornerstone,” making it to number 2.

Styx released 12 singles during the 70s with the most success coming at the end of the decade from 1979 single “Babe,” which went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Styx in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979

95. The Doors

Genres: Psychedelic rock, blues rock, acid rock

The Doors - Riders on the Storm record cover

The Doors – Riders on the Storm record cover

The Doors, consisting of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, was an American rock band formed in 1965. The Doors have sold over 100 million records worldwide, with 33 million sales in the US alone. In 1973, two years after Jim Morrison died, The Doors finally split up.

During the 70s, The Doors released 5 studio albums with “L.A. Woman,” making it to number 9 on the Billboard 200 and “Morrison Hotel” peaking number 4.

The Doors released 9 singles during the 70s with two songs making it into the US Top 40.

The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

They were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, 2002 and 2010 as well as winning the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

The Doors in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

96. Van Morrison

Genres: Rock, R&B, folk, blues, soul, Celtic, jazz, soft rock, country, gospel, Americana

Promo picture of Van Morrison for Billboard July 29, 1972

Promo picture of Van Morrison for Billboard July 29, 1972
Image source: Billboard, page 1, 29 July 1972

After many years performing in various bands, Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison began his solo career in 1967 with his hit single “Brown Eyed Girl.”

Between 1970 and 1979, Van Morrison released 10 studio albums, 7 of which featured in the top 50 of the Billboard 200. Van Morrison released 25 singles during the 70s. “Domino” and “Wild Night” were the only tracks to enter the US Top 40.

Van Morrison has won 2 Grammy Awards from 7 nominations. Morrisons 1999 album “Astral Weeks” as well as his 2007 single “Brown Eyed Girl” were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Van Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Van Morrison in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1970 | 1971

97. Iggy Pop

Genres: Punk rock, glam rock, glam punk, hard rock

 Iggy Pop, October 25, 1977 at the State Theatre, Minneapolis, USA

Iggy Pop, October 25, 1977 at the State Theatre, Minneapolis, USA
Image source: Michael Markos via Wikipedia Creative Commons

Iggy Pop, aka the Godfather of Punk, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Before going solo, Iggy Pop performed vocals with punk band The Stooges.

Iggy Pop began his solo career collaborating with David Bowie on his 1977 albums “The Idiot” and “”Lust for Life.” Between 1970 and 1979, Iggy Pop released 6 studio albums and 8 singles. “The Idiot” was the only album to enter the Billboard 200. The record peaked at number 72 remained in the charts for 13 weeks.

Iggy Pop has been nominated for two Grammy Awards but has never won.

Iggy Pop in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

Iggy Pop did not feature in the US Top 40 during the 70s.

98. The James Gang

Genres: Hard rock, funk rock, folk rock

Promo picture of The James Gang for Billboard, September 12, 1970

Promo picture of The James Gang for Billboard, September 12, 1970
Image source: Billboard, page 34, 12 September 1970

The James Gang was an American rock band formed in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. After many changes to the lineup, the group finally settled with Joe Walsh, Dale Peters, and Jim Fox.

Between 1970 and 1979, The James Gang released 8 studio albums, all making it into the Billboard 200.

The James Gang released 9 singles during the 70s, none of which entered the US Top 40.

After several line up changes, The James Gang finally split in 1976.

The James Gang in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

The James Gang did not feature in the US Top 40 during the 70s.

99. Van Halen

Genres: Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal

Van Halen playing a lunchtime concert at La Canada High School in circa late 1976

Van Halen playing a lunchtime concert at La Canada High School in circa late 1976
Image source: Wikipedia Creative Commons

Formed in 1972 in California, Van Halen is an American hard rock band. The band was made up of acclaimed lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his brother Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony.

Van Halen has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, with 56 million sales in the US alone. The band released 2 studio albums during the 1970s. “Van Halen” made it to number 19, and “Van Halen II” went to number 6 on the Billboard 200.

Van Halen released 8 singles during the 1970s, two of which broke into the US Top 40.

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Van Halen in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979

1978 | 1979

100. Lou Reed

Genres: Rock, experimental, glam rock, art rock, noise rock

Promo picture of Lou Reed January 1977

Promo picture of Lou Reed January 1977
Image source: Wikipedia Creative Commons

Lou Reed was an American singer-songwriter and musician. In 1970 he left the rock band The Velvet Underground to pursue his solo career.

Between 1970 and 1979, Lou Reed released 9 studio albums, of which 3 made it into the top 50 on the Billboard 200. “Sally Can’t Dance” was his most successful album making it to number 10.

Lou Reed released 17 singles during the 1970s; however, only his 1972 single “Walk on the Wild Side” broke into the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 16.

In 2015, Lou Reed was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for his hit single “Walk on the Wild Side.” Sadly, Lou Reed passed away in 2013 from liver disease.

Lou Reed in the US Top 40 1970 to 1979