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100 Greatest Rock Love Songs and Rock Ballads of the 60s and 70s

Updated on September 27, 2016

The 60s and 70s were decades of pure unadulterated music. Rock music opened new pathways for new sounds that evolved into genres. Ballads found new meaning in these hippy-happy decades. Here’s a detailed perspective of the best rock love songs and rock ballads of the 60s and 70s.

A lot happened musically during the 60s and 70s. Rock music in particular gained a lot of commercial success through the 60s and 70s. The decades were notable for experimentation, innovation, and improvisation. The folk movement in the 60s awakened souls and led to the rise of free-form musical styles that were earlier conceptually explored in jazz realms. Suddenly, rock music came into its own in the 60.


Rock love songs and Rock ballads in the 60s and 70s

Ideas and concepts musicians had were developed into a constructive sound that came forth through jam sessions. A reason why the 60s and 70s gave birth to diverse rock genres is because of collaborations of bands and artists from various rock genres. Ballads in various subgenres of rock became hugely popular in the 60s. Folk love songs led to the movement of rock love songs and rock ballads in various rock genres. Blues rock bands achieved mainstream success adding ballads to their repertoire.


Rock Music in the 60s and 70s

The rock movement helped branch many genres that laid a strong foundation for balladry the 60s. Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Blues-rock, progressive rock, art rock, glam rock, heavy metal and punk rock have their roots in the hippy-happy 60s and 70s. Towards the late 60s the blues-rock and psychedelic rock helped establish improvisational elements that shaped the progressive platform. Progressive rock bands and art rock bands mesmerized audiences with their complex music structure and lyrical themes.


Slow Tempo Songs in the 60s and 70s

Country rock bands and southern rock bands too found a firm footing in the late 60s. As the 70s approached, the sound evolved. Many Southern rock bands achieved commercial success with rock love songs and acoustic rock ballads. While ballads had existed in the realms of jazz and blues since the 50s, it was the 60s that gave rock love songs and acoustic ballads a unique identity in various rock genres. The mellow plucking style of acoustic guitar became a notable element in many rock love songs of the 60s and 70s. Many bands came up with slow tempos songs that had a hard-hitting structure and these slow tempo rock songs led to the birth of power ballads which was taken to another level by AOR Bands, hair metal bands, and glam metal bands of the 80s.

The space below showcases an epic list of rock love songs, rock ballads, acoustic ballads, and power ballads of the 60s and 70s.

100 Greatest Rock Love Songs and Rock ballads of the 60s and 70s

  1. Knocking On Heaven’s Doors- Bob Dylan (1973)
  2. In My Life- The Beatles (1965)
  3. (Wish I Could) Hideaway (1970)
  4. Desperado- Eagles (1973)
  5. Let It Be- The Beatles (1970)
  6. Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
  7. Angie- The Rolling Stones (1973)
  8. Lay Lady Lay- Bob Dylan (1969)
  9. Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd (1975)
  10. Only Women Bleed- Alice Cooper (1975)
  11. Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton (1977)
  12. Crying- Roy Orbison (1962)
  13. Babe- Styx (1979)
  14. Temple of The King- Rainbow (1975)
  15. Dream On- Aerosmith (1974)
  16. God Only Knows- The Beach Boys (1966)
  17. With A Little Help From My Friends- Joe Cocker (1969)
  18. Love Hurts- Nazareth (1974)
  19. More Than A Feeling- Boston (1976)
  20. Shine On You Crazy Diamond- Pink Floyd (1975)
  21. Behind Blue Eyes- The Who (1971)
  22. Thank You- Led Zeppelin (1969)
  23. You and Me- Alice Cooper (1977)
  24. Black Water- The Doobie Brothers (1974)
  25. Piano Man- Billy Joel (1973)
  26. Beth- Kiss (1976)
  27. All Or Nothing- Small Faces (1966)
  28. American Pie- Don McLean (1971)
  29. All My Love- Led Zeppelin (1979)
  30. I Need You- America (1972)
  31. Dust In The Wind- Kansas (1977)
  32. Lady- Styx (1975)
  33. Yesterday- The Beatles (1965)
  34. I’m A Believer- The Monkees (1966)
  35. Melissa- The Allman Brothers Band (1972)
  36. Soldier of Fortune- Deep Purple (1974)
  37. Us and Them- Pink Floyd (1973)
  38. Feel Like Making Love- Bad Company (1975)
  39. If- Bread (1974)
  40. Sweet Thing- Van Morrison (1968)
  41. If You Leave Me Now- Chicago (1976)
  42. A Horse With No Name- America (1971)
  43. The Weavers Answer- Family (1972)
  44. Wild Horses- The Rolling Stones (1971)
  45. Cold As Ice- Foreigner (1977)
  46. Everyday Hurts- Sad Café (1979)
  47. You Really Got Me Going- The Kinks (1964)
  48. Something- The Beatles (1969)
  49. Carry on Wayward Son- Kansas (1977)
  50. Nights In White Satin- The Moody Blues (1967)
  51. A Salty Dog- Procol Harum (1969)
  52. Music- John Miles (1976)
  53. You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth- Meat Loaf (1977)
  54. She’s Not There- The Zombies (1965)
  55. Hold The Line- Toto (1978)
  56. Somebody To Love- Queen (1976)
  57. In A Broken Dream- Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart (1972)
  58. Everyday- Slade (1974)
  59. Mockingbird- Barclay James Harvest (1971)
  60. Isn’t It Time- The Babys (1977)
  61. A Song For Europe- Roxy Music (1973)
  62. Pale Blue Eyes- The Velvet Underground (1969)
  63. Steve Miller Band – Wintertime (1977)
  64. Time Has Told Me- Nick Drake (1969)
  65. When A Blind Man Cries- Deep Purple (1971)
  66. Lights- Journey (1978)
  67. Softly Whispering I Love You- The Congregation (1972)
  68. New Kid In Town- Eagles (1976)
  69. How Long- Ace (1974)
  70. What A Fool Believes- The Doobie Brothers (1978)
  71. I’d Love To Change The World- Ten Years After (1971)
  72. Overnight Sensation- Raspberries (1974)
  73. The Rain Song- Led Zeppelin (1973)
  74. Still In Love With You- Thin Lizzy (1974)
  75. Hello- New York Groove (1975)
  76. Firefall- Strange Way (1978)
  77. Changes- Black Sabbath (1971)
  78. Fool If You Think It’s Over- Chris Rea (1978)
  79. Take Me To The River- Talking Heads (1978)
  80. Wildflower- Skylark (1972)
  81. Teenage Dream- Marc Bolan and T Rex (1974)
  82. Come Sail Away- Styx (1977)
  83. Hold Your Head Up- Argent (1972)
  84. Baker Street- Gerry Rafferty (1978)
  85. Crazy Love- Poco (1979)
  86. The Things We Do For Love- 10cc (1977)
  87. It’s A Heartache- Bonnie Tyler (1978)
  88. Because The Night- Patti Smith Group (1978)
  89. Life on Mars- David Bowie (1971)
  90. Year of the Cat- Al Stewart (1976)
  91. Mistreated- Deep Purple (1974)
  92. She’s Gone- Hall and Oates (1976)
  93. Tequila Sunrise- Eagles (1973)
  94. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore- The Walker Brothers (1966)
  95. The Letter- The Box Tops (1967)
  96. The Air That I Breathe- The Hollies (1974)
  97. Can’t Get You Out of My Head- Electric Light Orchestra (1977)
  98. If You Can’t Give Me Love- Suzi Quatro (1978)
  99. It’s A Long Way There- Little River Band (1976)
  100. Kiss You All Over- Exile (1978)


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