Quiz: Can You Name These 1970s Bands?
Can You Name These 1970s Bands?
By: Robin Tyler
Image: Parlophone Music Sweden

About This Quiz

After the summer of love in 1969, the 1970s saw a shift in music. Sure, there were still bands with hippie sentiments at heart, but new forms of music were starting to take shape.

The 1970s not only introduced us to disco but other important musical genres. Just think about it… The '70s gave us punk, and on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the birth of a harder form of rock music. In fact, some will say that heavy metal was born in the decade. And what about other musical directions such as ska and reggae? These definitely started to enjoy commercial success during the decade. 

Looking at bands, many from the 1960s continued their success into the 1970s. Some even became more popular! Other bands formed during the decade, quickly pushing themselves to the forefront of popular music. Some, like The Sex Pistols, were extremely controversial… I mean, imagine saying the F-word live on TV in the 1970s!

That said, so much great music and so many incredible bands made the 1970s one of the greatest musical decades. So let's cut to the chase, then: if we give you an image, do you think you would be able to identify a '70s band? Let's see how you go! Rock on!

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Name the reggae band pictured here. In the 1970s, they started to make it big right around the world.
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They're perhaps the most famous punk band in the world, but can you name them?
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Any ideas as to the name of the progressive rock band from Canada pictured here?
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What is the name of this soul and funk band that proved to be very popular in the 1970s?
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Billy Gibbons is the driving force behind the band pictured here. Who are they?
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Purveyors of "art rock," can you name the British band in this image?
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This rock band, formed in 1972, has one of the greatest rock guitarists in their lineup. Who are they?
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Please can you tell us the English band shown in this image?
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Formed in 1975, what is the name of this U.S. rock band?
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They wanted to break free, and they did! Which British band is shown in this image?
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Fronted by Steven Tyler, this band included Joe Perry on guitar. What American rock band are we talking about?
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Despite three vocalists in as many years, this band was very popular live in concert. Who are they?
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In this image, we have one of the first American punk bands. Can you identify them?
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When you start them up, they never stop! Which rival to the Beatles are we referring to?
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Do you have any ideas as to the name of the 1970s band in this image?
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Are you able to name this British band which left their mark on the music world despite disbanding in 1970?
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What is the name of the band in this image that were "jokers, smokers and midnight tokers"?
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Roger Waters and David Gilmour were members of this British band. Who are they?
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Purveyors of glam rock in the 1970s, can you name the band in this image?
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Ah, an easy one! Can you name this successful family band from the USA, please?
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Fronted by Lemmy Kilmister, this band was known for their driven rock sound. Who are they?
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What is the name of this band, famous for their hit "Nights in White Satin"?
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David Bowie helped make this band famous in the 1970s. Do you know who they are?
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They told Roxanne not to put on the red light. Which band listed below are we talking about?
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Can you name an all-girl band from the 1970s that featured Joan Jett?
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Named after an aircraft, this Irish band was formed in Dublin in 1976. Who are they?
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Comprising Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, this band quickly gained a cult following in the 1970s. Who are they?
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Can you name this British band fronted by Jeff Lynn?
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This band, formed the early 1970s, was part of the early punk movement in the United States. Do you know who they are?
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Can you name the band Paul McCartney formed once the Beatles were over?
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Can you name this British band formed in 1970 and fronted by Bryan Ferry?
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What is the name of this band in the picture, please?
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What is the name of the band formed by Maurice White featured in the image?
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Pictured here are the "Sultans of Swing". What do we know them as, really?
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This American band initially found success in Japan before the United States. Any idea as to who they are?
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Disco was made for these brothers. Who are they?
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Can you name the band pictured here, considered the fathers of heavy metal?
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Can you identify this hard-rock band, please?
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Name this British punk band?
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"Cosmo's Factory" was the record that brought this band to the fore in the early 1970s. Do you know who they are?
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