Favorite Artist, Golden Age of Classic Rock (1965-1980)

by alioth4 | created - 04 Jan 2014 | updated - 04 Jan 2014 | Public

I think I got most of the major acts of the period, plus a few of my own preferences that weren't as major (but were unique and influential). But I could only include 35 for now--maybe we'll do a followup poll with more acts. Discuss here

1. AC/DC

Soundtrack | Iron Man

AC/DC is a legendary rock band from Australia, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, adding them to the list of highest-certified music artists in the United States ...

2. The Allman Brothers Band

Soundtrack | The Perfect Storm

On October 29, 1971, lead guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia. The following year, on November 11, bassist Berry Oakley was killed in a similar accident three blocks away.

3. The Beatles

Soundtrack | The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas...

4. Black Sabbath

Soundtrack | Iron Man

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre ...

5. Blue Öyster Cult

Soundtrack | Zombieland

Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in Long Island, New York in 1967.

6. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

7. Eric Clapton

Soundtrack | Lethal Weapon 3

Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, on March 30, 1945. His real father was a Canadian pilot but he didn't find that out until he was 53. When he was 2 his mother felt she was unable to look after him, so Eric then went to live with his grandparents. When he was 14 he took up the ...

8. Deep Purple

Soundtrack | Twister

When the Mark II lineup reunited in 1984, front man Ian Gillan refused to sing material from the three albums the band had recorded with David Coverdale.

9. The Doors

Soundtrack | The Doors

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and John Densmore on drums. The band got its name, at Morrison's suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception. They were ...

10. Eagles

Soundtrack | The Big Lebowski

"Hotel California" was their first album with Joe Walsh and last with Randy Meisner.

11. Fleetwood Mac

Soundtrack | Frequency

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit ...

13. Jimi Hendrix

Soundtrack | Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al Hendrix, was off fighting in World War II. When his mother became sick from ...

14. Elton John

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...

15. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...

16. Kansas

Soundtrack | Pitch Perfect

Formed in 1970, the band Kansas, originally called Reasons Why, did not start to gain in popularity until 1973 and really did not have a hit until the release of their 4th album, "Leftoverture" in October 1976, which produced a hit single, "Carry on my Wayward Son". Some of their songs have been ...

17. KISS

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

KISS is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured ...

18. Led Zeppelin

Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same

Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300...

19. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Secret Service

The song "Sweet Home Alabama" was written as a response to Neil Young's "Alabama" and "Southern Man". Ironically, in spite of the title, none of the band members were actually from Alabama; most of the group came from Florida, and guitarist Ed King was from California.

20. Ted Nugent

Soundtrack | Pain & Gain

Ted Nugent was born on December 13, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Theodore Anthony Nugent. He has been married to Shemane Nugent since January 21, 1989. They have one child. He was previously married to Sandra Ann Jezowski.

21. Pink Floyd

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Syd Barrett: vocals, guitar (born: Roger Keith Barrett; 6 January, 1946; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK). In 1968, Syd Barrett left the band. Syd died in July, 2006 at aged 60 from pancreatic cancer.

David Gilmour: vocals, guitar (born: David John Gilmour; 6 March, 1946; Cambridge, ...

22. Queen

Soundtrack | Flash Gordon

Queen were one of the longest-lasting and most commercially successful bands to emerge from the British heavy rock scene of the early 1970s, but unlike their contemporaries such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, they soon became just as popular with pop fans as fans of hard rock and ...

23. Lou Reed

Soundtrack | V for Vendetta

He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental ...

24. The Rolling Stones

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "...

25. The Runaways

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

The Runaways were a really ferocious and influential 70's all-girl adolescent hard rock band from Hollywood, California. Although shamelessly promoted by their manager Kim Fowley as some sleazy jailbait teenage fantasy come true, the group was actually made up of sincere and accomplished musicians ...

26. Carlos Santana

Soundtrack | Desperado

Carlos Santana is a guitarist, composer, singer and band-leader who helped to shape the concept of "world music" by his experiments with blending many styles of music from a multitude of ethnic sources.

He was born Carlos Augusto Alves Santana on July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico....

27. Bob Seger

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop II

Bob Seger was born on May 6, 1945 in Dearborn, Michigan, USA as Robert Clark Seger. He has been married to Juanita Dorricott since July 10, 1993. They have two children. He was previously married to Annette Sinclair and Renee Andrietti.

28. Bruce Springsteen

Soundtrack | The Wrestler

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian descent. He has an...

29. Steely Dan

Soundtrack | R.I.P.D.

Walter Becker, Co-Founder and Co-Songwriter, guitarist of Steely Dan died on September 3, 2017.

30. Steppenwolf

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock band, formed in late 1967 in Los Angeles. Steppenwolf has sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums and 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles, of which six were top 40 hits, including three top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet ...

31. Rod Stewart

Soundtrack | Innerspace

Rod Stewart was born on January 10, 1945 in Highgate, London, England as Roderick David Stewart. He has been married to Penny Lancaster since June 16, 2007. They have two children. He was previously married to Rachel Hunter and Alana Stewart.

32. The Who

Soundtrack | The Kids Are Alright

Roger Daltrey formed the Detours in 1962, with several member changes and role swaps abound, John Entwistle joined. Sometime later, on John's recommendation, Pete Townshend was added to the line up. In the meantime, The Detours had become a four-piece band; the drummer was changed with Keith Moon ...

33. Yes

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. The band has undergone numerous personnel changes throughout its history; twenty musicians have been full-time members. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are...

34. Neil Young

Composer | Dead Man

Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has ...

35. ZZ Top

Soundtrack | Back to the Future Part III

The first songs that they played live in a movie were, in order: "The Battle Cry of Freedom", an instrumental version of "Doubleback" and "Clementine", all of which they played as the band at the town festival to dedicate the courthouse clock in Back to the Future Part III (1990). "Doubleback" was ...



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