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70s Pop

Though several different styles of music permeated the airwaves during the 70s, much of the country was listening to so-called Pop Music – a term simply taken from the word “popular”, meaning that which appeals to the masses.

And in the 70s, Pop Music certainly did have widespread appeal.

Offered by a number of solo artists as well as some very memorable groups, 70s Pop left an indelible mark on the music scene.

Often described as a sort of watered-down version of rock and roll, pop music tends to be oriented towards a young market and often involves “love” songs and other subjects that have romantic appeal.

In the 70s, there were certainly plenty of these! The rhythms of pop music are also written to encourage dancing and the genre generally borrows from a number of other diverse genres.

In the 1970s, there were many artists that led the way on the pop scene. Some remain popular today though others faded from the limelight towards the end of the decade or shortly thereafter.

Male 70s Pop Artists

Many a men crooned plenty of ballads and other pop styles during the 70s. Some of these individuals remained on the charts for much of the decade and well into the 1980s.

Their songs appealed to a wide variety of ages. Many of them told stories of love lost or unrequited while others celebrated the joy of romantic love.

A number of artists were crossovers from the country genre and many had a rather folksy quality. Some of the best known male artists of the decade include:

  • Barry Manilow
  • Elton John
  • Michael Jackson
  • Neil Diamond
  • Paul McCartney
  • Rod Stewart
  • John Denver
  • Tony Orlando
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • John Lennon
  • Billy Joel
  • Jimmy Buffett

Female 70s Pop Artists

Many of the decade’s female singers still epitomize 70s pop. They were sometimes soulful, sometimes a little folksy, and usually enjoyed widespread popularity, including across “the pond” in Europe.

Like the male 70s pop artists, some came to pop from other musical genres. Many made their mark when disco came on the scene. A list of some of the most prolific and well-known female pop singers of the decade includes:

  • Carole King
  • Carly Simon
  • Diana Ross
  • Helen Reddy
  • Donna Summer
  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Dolly Parton
  • Janis Ian
  • Roberta Flack
  • Cher
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Olivia Newton-John

70s Pop Music Groups

Plenty of groups fall into the category of 70s pop music artists. They produced songs that were easy to sing along with and were great for dancing.

Some were known for their ballads while others were better recognized for their up-tempo classics.

Some of them also might be considered part of the soft rock movement as the two were often closely related. These 70s pop groups included:

  • The Carpenters
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Chicago
  • Jackson 5
  • Abba
  • The Osmonds
  • Bay City Rollers
  • Bee Gees
  • The Captain and Tenille