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Classic Rock & Roll Bands of the 1960s and 1970s

Updated on January 24, 2017
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

I would like everyone to think of the decades of the 1960s and 1970s as the Classic Rock Age. During the late 1960s a phenomenon referred to as the British Invasion hit the youth of the world like a rock! Now classic rock bands coming from the UK brought a literal renaissance to the world of music and heavily changed and influenced the direction of rock and roll forever. Bands from the UK were, in turn, heavily influenced by blues and jazz bands from the U.S.

Have you noticed how so many things from the 1960s and 1970s seems to be coming back into style with today's youth? I grew up during the '60s and '70s and now I often see teenagers wearing very similar styles of clothing and even using a lot of the same slang from when I was a teenager so many years ago.

Better than that the young people of today seem to have found that the music from the 1960s and 1970s is really cool too. It makes me feel good when I hear stuff like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin coming from a young person's vehicle. Music is a matter of taste, but I find that most of the music of recent decades leave a lot to be desired. Sure, there has been some good music recorded in recent years and I like a lot of it, but nothing comes close to the classic rock bands.

A lot of teenagers express their opinions and tastes in music by wearing T-shirts, embroidered patches, and by putting bumper stickers on their vehicles. You will often see them wearing shirts with great rock bands on them like AC/DC, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and a lot of other rock groups and performers of the classic rock age. Of course this isn't limited to teenagers, a lot of us older folk still dig the good stuff!

Some time ago I worked with a lot of high school age people. I was surprised to hear so many of them talk about rock bands like Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, KISS and Frank Zappa. Not too long ago music had to be new to be cool among the younger generation, but today's youth has gotten smarter and they are looking for music that is real.

You can see it on the new television shows, music videos, sitcoms and at the local mall and school - The Classic Rock Age is back.

Classic Rock Music and the Test of Time

What we now refer to as classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s was very influential back in the day. Many of the songs have been able to stand the test of time, even with new genres of music taking over.

There are musicians from these periods of time that have become larger than life. Even though their music is decades old they are still recognized for their contributions to the world of music.

Which Band is the Best?

Here are some bands from the classic rock era. Which one in this list is your favorite?

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Classic Rock and the British Invasion

Without a doubt one of the biggest bands of the 1960s was the invasion of the Beatles. They brought a craze to the world of rock and roll that hadn't quite been embraced yet. With all of the television productions at that time too they were all over the news and on dance shows. It seemed as if everyone had what was referred to as Beatle Mania going strong.

The Beatles came from Britain, and their style of music had a significant impact on the future of rock music in the United States. Such bands as the Rolling Stones were able to capitalize on the success of the Beatles and make a name for themselves as well. Rock stars became a legend in their own right during the 1960s with flocks of fans following their every move.

Keith Emerson brought plenty of great music to the world in the 1970s. He also added something that left the crowds awestruck - the use of pyrotechnics in his live shows. He also helped to pave the way for what became known as progressive rock in the 1970s. These were bands that heavily relied upon the keyboard sounds in their music.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the use of electronics were heavily introduced to the world of rock music. Bands including Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and Deep Purple use them successfully to develop a very unique sound that has immediately a hit. They incorporated synthesizers, foot pedals for drum sets, and even echoes in the background of their lyrics.

Some of the classic rock bands in the 1970s are still out there today. Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and Kiss are just a few of them. They brought to the stage their elaborate costumes, big hard, platform shoes for men, and of course make up. It was definitely a new style for the world of rock music. In fact, it was to lay the foundation for what would be referred to as the Hair Bands of the 1980s.

If you still love the classic rock music from the 1960s and 1970s there are quite a few radio stations that play it. Some of them will be local channels while others are on satellite radio. There are also CD compilations of the top artists from these two decades. Take a stroll down memory lane while listening to many of those timeless tunes any time you feel like it.


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      Thomas Stegall 

      17 months ago

      Led Zeppelin were formed in 1968 on a doomed Yardbirds tour, actually a sixties and seventies band

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      7 years ago

      greatest music ever created was in this era! Before I was born, but definitely the greatest! I believe Chuck berry may have created rock & Roll. And, I'm sure Black Sabbath was the very first Metal band! Followed maybe by Montrose. Love this stuff!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I could not vote for my favorite as I like all of those bands :) Enjoyed your hub!

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      8 years ago from Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada

      I love classic rock from the 70s..

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      11 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Your definitely on track with the 60's and 70's. Classic rock bands probably began with the Beatles in 1963. However, the Beatles got much of their beat and sound from the rock & roll and blues sounds of the 50's like BB King, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and yes (unfortunately) Elvis.

    • gigDoggy profile image


      11 years ago

      Those years are just mind boggling music-wise

      In all genres. It was probably one of the most important fusion eras the industry has known.


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      11 years ago from Canada

      Long live classic rock. There isn't much rock music that is really good these days. It's hard to beat. It's all been done.

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      Kelley Marks 

      11 years ago from California

      I'm glad you think the classic period for rock was the 1960s to 1970s. Personally I think it was more like 1965 until the disco onslaught of the mid 1970s. Keep up the good work. Please check out my hubs. I write about rock too.


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      11 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      Love classic rock

    • monitor profile image


      11 years ago from The world.

      Classic Rock Bands will never die. They just keep getting better. Tell us more man.



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