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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:38 am 
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100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's

Criteria: - Rock 'n' Roll Music Artists Of The 70's based equally on Musical and Commercial Impact, Influence & Importance of their Recorded Work from 1970-1979 only.

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1. Stevie Wonder
2. Led Zeppelin
3. Elton John
4. Pink Floyd
5. Rolling Stones
6. The Eagles
7. Marvin Gaye
8. Queen
9. James Brown
10. The Who
11. Black Sabbath
12. Aretha Franklin
13. David Bowie
14. Paul McCartney/Wings
15. Parliament/Funkadelic
16. The Isley Brothers
17. Fleetwood Mac
18. John Lennon
19. Bee Gees
20. Chicago
21. Bob Marley
22. The Jackson 5
23. Earth, Wind & Fire
24. Al Green
25. Bruce Springsteen
26. KISS
27. The Clash
28. Curtis Mayfield
29. Lynyrd Skynyrd
30. Eric Clapton/Derek & the Dominos
31. Alice Cooper
32. Gladys Knight & The Pips
33. The Allman Brothers Band
34. Aerosmith
35. Neil Young
36. Bob Dylan
37. Rod Stewart
38. The O'Jays
39. The Ramones
40. Rush
41. Bob Seger
42. Steve Miller Band
43. Grateful Dead
44. The Beach Boys
45. George Harrison
46. Sly and the Family Stone
47. Peter Frampton
48. Elvis Presley
49. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
50. Billy Joel
51. Deep Purple
52. Creedence Clearwater Revival
53. Three Dog Night
54. Temptations
55. Boston
56. Jackson Browne
57. Joni Mitchell
58. Commodores
59. Jim Croce
60. AC/DC
61. The Spinners
62. Kool & The Gang
63. Doobie Brothers
64. Yes
65. War
66. ZZ Top
67. The Guess Who
68. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
69. The Staple Singers
70. James Taylor
71. Barry White
72. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
73. Jethro Tull
74. Bad Company
75. Steely Dan
76. Santana
77. Moody Blues
78. Electric Light Orchestra
79. Sex Pistols
80. Grand Funk Railroad
81. Journey
82. Foreigner
83. Kinks
84. Patti Smith
85. Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan
86. Kansas
87. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
88. Heart
89. Donna Summer
90. The Chi-Lites
91. Paul Simon
92. Linda Ronstadt
93. America
94. Styx
95. The Doors
96. Van Morrison
97. Iggy Pop
98. The James Gang
99. Van Halen
100. Lou Reed

101. Traffic
102. Cat Stevens
103. Foghat
104. Supertramp
105. Genesis
106. Ohio Players
107. J. Geils Band
108. Carole King
109. Mott The Hoople
110. Warren Zevon
111. Jeff Beck
112. Janis Joplin
113. King Crimson
114. Blue Oyster Cult
115. Four Tops
116. The Band
117. The Dells
118. Diana Ross
119. Ten Years After
120. Cheap Trick
121. Ringo Starr
122. Todd Rundgren
123. The Stylistics
124. Joe Cocker
125. Humble Pie
126. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
127. The Delfonics
128. Bobby Womack
129. Jefferson Starship
130. Ted Nugent
131. The Supremes
132. Edgar Winter
133. Sweet
134. The Dramatics
135. Uriah Heep
136. The Whispers
137. Bill Withers
138. Carly Simon
139. Rainbow
140. Nazareth
141. Joe Simon
142. Johnnie Taylor
143. Issac Hayes
144. Joe Walsh
145. Badfinger
146. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
147. The Three Degrees
148. 10cc
149. Golden Earring
150. Alan Parsons Project
151. Stephen Stills
152. Average White Band
153. Eddie Kendricks
154. Ike & Tina Turner
155. Dave Mason
156. Wilson Pickett
157. Marshall Tucker Band
158. Roxy Music
159. The New York Dolls
160. Slade
161. Meat Loaf
162. Boz Scaggs
163. Judas Priest
164. Harry Nilsson
165. The Miracles
166. Thin Lizzy
167. Rick Derringer
168. T-Rex
169. Blondie
170. Dan Fogelberg
171. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
172. Little Feat
173. Don McLean
174. The Knack
175. The Hollies
176. Rare Earth
177. Manfred Mann's Earth Band
178. Bootsy Collins
179. Dr. John
180. The Impressions
181. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
182. Orleans
183. The Grass Roots
184. Brownsville Station
185. Spirit
186. Smokey Robinson
187. Robin Trower
188. Clarence Carter
189. Dave Edmunds
190. Chuck Berry
191. Molly Hatchet
192. Charlie Daniels Band
193. Black Oak Arkansas
194. Joe Tex
195. Tower Of Power
196. Tyrone Davis
197. Billy Preston
198. Rose Royce
199. Rufus Thomas
200. Television


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:32 pm 
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I've been saying this for years, and people have been agreeing with me for years, so here it is again: The Who should be eighth on this list.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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... ditto


Last edited by gminer on Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:30 pm 
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Queen have the edge commercially on The Who, but the criteria states that the list is based equally on Musical and Commercial Impact, Influence & Importance of their Recorded Work from 1970-1979. When it comes to Musical Impact, Influence and Importance, Live at Leeds, Who's Next and Quadrophenia trump the likes of A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races and News of the World.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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What the hell did Rufus Thomas do in the 70s?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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Thomas had 3 top 40 singles during the '70s, but I do think there are quite a few artists not on the list that are more deserving: Michael Jackson, Chic, KC & the Sunshine Band, Talking Heads, The Cars, Jimmy Buffett, Kraftwerk, The Police, Hall & Oates, and Hot Chocolate are perhaps the biggest.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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I know its been said but this list is in need of a massive revision. I was shocked when I looked and noticed all of those artists Brian mentioned weren't on here. The only good thing I have to say about it is the top five is good. Even though I am not sure if Stevie Wonder belongs ahead of Led Zeppelin especially if both of there 1969 albums are included.

Also does anyone else here think that Elvis Costello, Blondie, Roxy Music, and Television should move up?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:48 pm 
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Yes, I think those 4 artists should be higher, with the first 3 probably in the top 100.

I agree that the list has a very good top 5. Sampson has said that when he updates his '60s artists list, he will make artists eligible that have less than 2 years of active recording, such as Zep, so since Zep will be getting credit for their '69 albums there, they shouldn't get credit here. My guess is that they already aren't.

For artists to be added to the list, some have to be dropped, and I would say the following 14 artists that are on the list are less deserving than the 11 that I mentioned: The Delfonics, The Whispers, Golden Earring, Rick Derringer, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Impressions, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, The Grass Roots, Brownsville Station, Spirit, Clarence Carter, Chuck Berry, Black Oak Arkansas, and Rufus Thomas. Some of these did nothing I know of in the '70s of great importance and were greater as '60s artists. (BTW, in case there was any confusion, "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" by the Delfonics is a '69 release.) Others are significant mostly for one song, and in some cases the album that that one song came from was a decent seller.

If ABBA is rock, and I think they are, then they also should be on the list, and probably in the top 100.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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What are the specific requirements for this list? The same criteria as the greatest artists list, except limited to the artists' work in the 70s?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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Basically, although cultural impact isn't included, and importance of recorded work from 1970-79 is included. But in practice, I don't think those differences change the result very much.


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Right right. In that case, I definitely agree that The Who should be higher. And (although I know many will disagree with me) I think that Elton John could be number one... could be


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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I dunno about number one but I do think he should be ahead of Led Zeppelin especially if both of their 1969 albums aren't being taken into account on this list anymore.


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I think the way the criteria breaks down is that Elton beats Stevie and Zep in popularity, but not by very much, and they both beat Elton in influence. Stevie would have the most musical impact of the 3, and it's close between Zep and Elton here. So I think Stevie is the right choice for #1, and it's close between Zep and Elton for #2.


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Yeah. I see that now... I was thinking purely on popularity before.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Music Artists Of The 1970's
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Brian wrote:
I think the way the criteria breaks down is that Elton beats Stevie and Zep in popularity, but not by very much, and they both beat Elton in influence. Stevie would have the most musical impact of the 3, and it's close between Zep and Elton here. So I think Stevie is the right choice for #1, and it's close between Zep and Elton for #2.


I think Led Zeppelin have a significant edge on Elton John in musical impact.


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