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Top 150 Rock Songs of the 70s

Updated on April 12, 2013
Best Rock Songs of 1970
Best Rock Songs of 1970

The decade of 1970 can be called as the golden time of Rocks. From 1960s to the 1970s saw the rise of the Rocks and Rock bands. There were many famous Rock bands in the 70’s and numerous memorable songs. It is a very tough job to select top 150 rocks songs of the 70’s among such a vast number of quality songs.

The decade of the 70’s is also noted for the rise of the Punk rock sub-genre. It was the time of the experimentations. The scene was flooded by the various types of rock sub-genres like blues rock, country rock, folk rock, rock-jazz fusion etc. In this list of the best rock songs of the 70’s there are many types of rock songs.

Top 5 Rock Songs of the 1970’s

1) Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin was a famous English band. The song “Stairway to Heaven” was released in 1971. The song is not only considered as the best rock song of the 70’s, but also regarded among the all time best. The length of the song is 8:02 minutes and is divided in several sections of various speed and mood. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were the composers of this song.

Stairway to Heaven - Official Video

2) Hotel California by The Eagles

Hotel California is famous for its guitar solo. Hotel California is released in 1977. This song by The Eagles is an allegorical one having deep meanings and subject to different interpretations. It can basically be implied as a song which shows the hidden darkness of the American dream. The song can also be interpreted as a protest against the excesses and luxurious hollow life of the western societies.

3) Imagine by John Lennon

John Lennon is famous for being a member of the legendary British band The Beatles. The most famous song of his single career is “Imagine”. Imagine is a song with universal appeal to humanity. Imagine is considered as one of the best songs of all times by various critics. The song calls human to leave the barriers of religion, nation and wealth. The song implies that these three most cherished human desires are wrong for humanity. It tells us to be freed from these false concepts.

4) What’s Going on by Martin Gaye

“What’s Going on” is one of the top rock songs of the 70’s by American singer Martin Gaye. The song is inspired by the Vietnam War and the protest against the war inside America. The song has the mood of general dissatisfaction. This song is considered one of the triumphs of rock music.

5) Superstition by Steve Wonder

Superstition is a song by Steve Wonder, released in 1972. In Rolling Stone’s list of 500 all-time best songs this song is in number 74.

List of Top 150 Rock Songs of the 70s

Top 150 Rock Songs of 1970s : 1-50
Top 150 Rock Songs of 1970s : 1-50
Top Rock Songs of the 1970s: 51-100
Top Rock Songs of the 1970s: 51-100

Top 10 Rock Songs of the 70's

1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

2. Hotel California - The Eagles

3. Imagine - John Lennon

4. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

5. Superstition - Stevie Wonder

6. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

7. Layla - Derek and the Dominos

8. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

9. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

10. Let's Stay Together - Al Green

Top Rock Songs of 1970s : 101-150
Top Rock Songs of 1970s : 101-150

Top Rock Stars of the 70's

In the decade of the 70's, the English pop music was full of highly talented rock-stars. Some of the greats of this time were Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Chicago, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens etc.


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    • pinappu profile image

      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Well suggest one from Montrose.

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      Tony Caro 5 years ago

      Montrose was a great band.

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      Stevo 5 years ago

      How in the world can a list like this be comprised without a Montrose

      tune on it!!?? Wrong

    • pinappu profile image

      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      TCaro - than you for adding this valuable piece of info.

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      Tony Caro 5 years ago

      What is interesting about a list like this is you can see the huge diversity of music through the decade. The way musical trends started in the 1970s looked nothing like how the scene transformed at the end of the Me Decade.