The 1970s was a great yet devastating decade. There was the Vietnam War, President Nixon resigned, the Super Outbreak happened and The Beatles broke up. But Stephen Hawking developed his theories about black holes, floppy disks were invented, the feminist movement got its second wind and many social taboos were disregarded. There was also the rise of rock music and legendary artists who remain relevant and beloved to this day. Some of the greatest bands of all time were popular during the '70s and it has inspired us to create this quiz about the major bands of that decade.
They're a mix of rockers and artists, but they were the best of the decade. Do you think you remember enough about music in the '70s to name all these bands from a single picture? Some of them will look very familiar, while some of them won't- but don't worry if you get stuck; we do have hints you can use if you get stumped.
So, let's stop talking about it and get to it! Are you ready to rock out with our music quiz? Let's find out!
Dressed in comic book style character attire, this group consisted of Paul Stanley as 'The Starchild,' Gene Simmons as 'The Demon', Ace Frehley as 'Space Ace' and Peter Criss as 'The Catman.'
The Beatles were an English rock band that incorporated elements of Indian music, psychedelia, rock and roll and pop ballads into an innovative sound. They are one of the most successful bands in music history and the members include Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.
Members of Led Zeppelin include Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. The band formed in 1968. Its musical style included folk music, blues, and psychedelia.They are considered one of the biggest bands of the decade and are one of the best-selling artists in the history of music %0D with record sales estimated at 200 to 300 million worldwide.
This British rock band was led by Freddie Mercury and included Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May. Their early work included hard rock and heavy metal, but they also added arena rock and pop rock to their musical influence. Their hits include "Somebody to Love," "We Will Rock You," and "Don't Stop Me Now."
The Rolling Stones are a rock band whose fame skyrocketed in the '60s and '70s. The band included legendary musicians Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and some of their biggest hits include "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Paint It Black".
This American family musical act, formed in 1964, included Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael. The Jackson 5 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
AC/DC is an Australian rock band with a musical style of blues rock, heavy metal, and hard rock. Their lead singer, Bon Scott, died from a night of heavy alcohol consumption within months of recording the album, "Highway to Hell."
This hard rock band Van Halen formed in 1972 in Pasadena, California. They are known for their most famous single, ‘Jump,' which became an international hit, turning the band into a major success. The band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony from 1974 until 1985,
Pink Floyd is an English rock band with a musical style of art, psychedelic and progressive rock. The band formed in 1965 and is one of the most commercially successful groups in music history. "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall" became two of the best-selling albums of all time.
Formed in 1968, this rock band consisted of Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward. They are known as the pioneers of heavy metal music.
This American band's musical influence included roots, rock, swamp rock and blues rock. CCR enjoyed four years of success until the group bitterly disbanded in 1972.
Aerosmith is one of the most iconic bands of the '70s. With a lead singer like Steven Tyler, their music is still going strong today including their mega hit "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" featured in the film "Armageddon."
This American rock band is famously known for spreading Southern rock in the 1970s. Some popular Lynard Skynard songs include 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Free Bird.'
Earth, Wind & Fire was successful in merging R&B, soul, funk, pop, rock, disco, Latin and African influences, so much so that they had 20 Grammy nominations and six wins.
Formed in San Francisco in 1973, this rock band's musical style includes hard rock, arena, jazz, soft and progressive rock. Their 1981 track "Don't Stop Believin'" became the top-selling track in iTunes history among songs not released in the 21st century in 2009.
This British-American rock band formed in 1967 and sold more than 100 million records internationally. In 1993, the band performed at the Inauguration of Bill Clinton with the five central members back together for the first time in six years.
The Steve Band Miller was an American rock band led by Steve Miller. The group formed in 1966 in San Francisco and sold more than 13 million copies of its records from 1974 to 1978.
This English rock band was part of the British Invasion of the United States until its 1965 touring ban. The Kinks enjoyed international fame with their third single, "You Really Got Me." In 1990, the original four members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2005 into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
The Cars formed in Boston in 1976 and emerged from the 70's New Wave scene. They were at the helm of guitar-centered rock with the synthesizer-based pop that was taking over the 1980's. Some of their biggest hits include "Just What I Needed," "Since You're Gone," and "You Might Think"
Formed in 1969 in Texas, they had a reputation for humorous lyrics laced with double entendres and innuendo. Since then, they have managed to sell more than 25 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band formed in Jacksonville, Florida by brothers Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson. Their 1971 live release, "At Fillmore East," with extended versions of their songs "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "You Don't Love Me," and "Whipping Post," and is considered among the best live albums ever made.
Sex Pistols initiated the punk rock movement in the U.K. Today, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in pop music though they lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album. In January 1978, after a chaotic tour in the US vocalist Johnny Rotten left the band and announced its break-up.
The Eagles formed very early on in the 1970s. They are among one of the most successful rock bands in history with six Grammys, six #1 albums and five American Music Awards. Their 1976 album "Hotel California" is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
The Who is considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. In addition to their discography, their other major contributions include large PA systems and use of the synthesizer.
British punk rock band, The Clash, formed in 1976 and used influences from reggae, ska, funk, dub, and rockabilly to create their sound. They achieved success in the UK with the release of their self-titled debut album 1977.
Formed in 1958, this successful trio of brothers that included Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. wrote and produced numerous hits for themselves and other artists. They gained success in the late '60s as a pop group, then in the '70s during the disco era. They've sold more than 220 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with hits including "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever."
Punk rock American band, formed in 1974, the Ramones were influential for the emergence of hardcore punk, pop punk and alternative rock in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Each member adopted pseudonyms ending with the "Ramone", although none of them are related and for 22 years they toured together almost nonstop.
Deep Purple was an English rock band formed in 1968. They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Books of World Records for being the "globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre.
ABBA was a Swedish pop group that became one of the greatest commercially successful music acts, topping the charts from 1974 to 1982 with songs like "Dancing Queen". The name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. Some estimates place their worldwide sales at 500 million making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Formed in 1967 in Long Island, New York, this hard rock band's greatest works include ‘(Don't Fear) the Reaper,' ‘Burnin' for You' and ‘Godzilla.' They've sold 24 million records worldwide.
Styx was a rock band formed in 1972. The group was famous for crafting a balance between hard rock guitar and acoustic guitar. Their hits include ‘Renegade', ‘Don't Let It End' and ‘Mr. Roboto.'
Founded in Palo Alto, California in 1965, Grateful Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. Fusing elements of bluegrass, folk, country, space rock, reggae and psychedelia, this rock band is famous for pioneering the jam band world.
Irish rock band U2 formed in 1976 with a musical style that combined post-punk, alternative rock, and rock. Members of U2 include Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, The Edge, and Bono. Their album "The Joshua Tree" made them international superstars and was their greatest success. It produced their only number-one singles in the US, "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
This band's music is branded as a mixture of Beatles-like pop, futuristic iconography and classical tones. Electric Light Orchestra was formed in 1970 by Roy Woods, Bev Bevan and Jeff Lynne. In the span of their 14-year career they sold over 50 million records worldwide,
Founded by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, this American rock band pioneered the early new wave and punk scene in the mid-1970s. Their hits include "Heart of Glass" and "Call Me". Though they disbanded for a time, they regrouped and remain active and have sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
Selling more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their career, this American rock band's musical style was a combination of rock, soft rock, pop and blue-eyed soul. Though they've remained active into the 2000s, their greatest success came in the 70s with hits like "Long Train Runnin'" and "Echoes of Love."
Cheap Trick came to be in Rockford, Illinois in 1973. The band first found success in Japan, then broke through onto the U.S. market at the turn of the decade. Their record "I Want You to Want Me" reached the Top 10 in the US in 1979 and remains one of their most well known songs.
Judas Priest is an English heavy metal band that is considered as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Judas Priest has sold more than 50 million records to date.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer was an English progressive rock group formed in 1970 that gained worldwide success. They sold 48 million records with a musical sound that included symphonic, art and progressive rock. They've got nine gold record albums in the US.
Founded in 1972 by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, this American rock band blended elements of R&B, pop, jazz, and rock and enjoyed a commercially successful career. They've sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
This progressive English rock band was formed in 1968 by John Anderson, Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford. The band is known for their U.S #1 single, ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart.'
English rock band Genesis formed in 1967 in the UK and in 2010, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group has sold 21.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the U.S. and roughly 150 million worldwide.
This English band's musical style includes progressive rock, hard, folk, blues and electronic rock. Their first successful album was "Stand Up" in 1969 which reached #1 in the U.K, two years after they formed.
This English rock band - originally named Daddy - formed in 1969 and its original sound used the Wurlitzer electric piano prominently, as well as the saxophone. The band received commercial success with their 1979 album, "Breakfast in America" which sold more than 20 million copies.
This Canadian progressive rock band infused hard rock and heavy metal into its sound. The band, formed in 1968, was declared finished in January 2018 by guitarist Alex Lifeson. They've sold more than 40 million albums and each member has been recognized for being some of the best players of their respective instruments.
This English progressive rock band was influential in the early '70's progressive rock movement. King Crimson was formed in 1968 and their most successful release was "In the Court of the Crimson King."
The Stooges was an American rock band led by Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton and Dave Alexander. The band was formed in 1967 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. They're known more for their confrontational performances than their record sales.
Two brothers by the name of Ron and Russel Mael formed the rock band named Sparks in 1968. The band has remained on the forefront of artful pop music by diverging into varying styles and looks of the genre.
This English band formed in 1967 and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1991. They reached #1 in the U.K. with the single "Down Down."