Focusing on a decade in which classic rock came into its own, our list of Top '70s Songs spans the gamut of cornerstone bands. Some, as you'll see by scrolling through the gallery below, were sadly on their way out. The stalwart Rolling Stones , meanwhile, showed they weren't going anywhere — fighting through addiction only to emerge right in the middle of the disco zeitgeist. Bands like Led Zeppelin , Pink Floyd and Santana — all of whom began to pick up steam toward the end of the '60s — could be found building the framework of their lasting legend in this new decade. But it wasn't all familiar figures from classic rock's initial era, either. Next-gen keepers of the flame like Aerosmith , Kiss , Steely Dan and Tom Petty expanded the music's reach in their own unique ways. Then an exciting new edge creeped into the music toward the end of the decade, personified by the likes of the Clash , the Police , the Ramones and the Sex Pistols.
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Be forewarned before proceeding any further: After reading this you may well this find these songs bubbling up in your brain in the days to come. If you wanted to hear its biggest hit — 5 on the Hot — just tune into your local album rock station. Or flick that switch in your head. Is it just coincidence that its tempo of beats-per-minutes is the same as the accelerated heartbeat one feels after doing just a bit too much cocaine? Little know fact: Miller did not write this one, composed by Paul Pena. Both its subject matter and near-irresistible hip-shaking beat helped this number imprint itself into rock fan consciousness. Even if it only reached 28 as a single, the song came in at 2 on the Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time in As one of the first popular heavy metal hits, it occupies a special place in the heart of many rock fans as well as on the mental playlists of millions. Interesting component to this list: As we get to the top the songs grow longer and more complex.
99. The Pretenders – ‘Brass In Pocket’
I have been an online writer for over five years. I am passionate about books, philosophy, music, and the music industry. This list shows the very best the decade had to offer. Natalie Cardona. Rock music branched out in the '70s. Musicians drew upon diverse influences, which fueled music experimentation, leading to the emergence of new subgenres. Thanks to progress and innovation, rock music became a globally accessible music genre. Some of the most memorable movements in rock history happened during this decade. This readiness to experiment gave '70s rock music a distinct identity. The decade played a pivotal role in shaping new subgenres that became popular in later years.
Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians. Newly added names are in Red. Edited By: Brian. Last Updated: Let's Stay Together - Al Green Let It Be - The Beatles Maggie May - Rod Stewart American Pie - Don McLean