70s rock was amazing, true rock fans will tell you that the 70s was a great time for rock music and an era that truly ushered in some of the greatest trends in the rock world.
And though some 70s rock may not have been what mainstream America was listening to at the time.
The true rockers had their radios tuned to FM rock stations and couldn’t get enough of these great new rock bands.
70s Rock Genre
Truly, the 70s wasn’t about just one kind of rock ‘n roll. As a matter of fact, 70s rock music at the beginning of the decade was much different than at its end.
Folk Rock Music or Roots Rock – The early 70s brought Folk Rock to the masses. These groups consisted of musicians on acoustic instruments and though the music had a country feel, it did indeed gather plenty of fans from outside that genre.
Some of the best examples of Folk Rock groups include Credence Clearwater Revival and – later – the Eagles. There were also a number of notable Folk Rock solo artists including Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young.
Similarly, the sub-genre of Southern Rock was born during this era, starting with the Allman Brothers Band and continuing with groups like the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Soft Rock Music – For the most part, Soft Rock derived from Folk Rock. Acoustic instruments were often used and the tunes generally had a folksy quality.
It was a favored genre and many still consider it their favorite 70s music. Examples of 70s Soft Rock artists are Carole King, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, America, and James Taylor.
Progressive Rock – The term Progressive Rock usually refers to artists that experimented with different instrumentation, song styles, and forms.
Some of the groups that fall into this category used entire orchestras for their background music while synthesizers were popular as well.
A large number of 70s rock artists fall into this category, including Boston, Foreigner, Styx, Journey, Kansas, Supertramp, and The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
70s Jazz – This was a term not often used by the mainstream, but rock ‘n roll historians will point out that the genre certainly included big names in 70s rock, most notably Chicago, a group that included huge, jazzy horn sections in many of their songs.
70s Glam Rock – Usually considered an extension of 60s psychedelic rock, Glam Rock is a term that tends to refer more to the visual presentation of the artist than to his/her music.
There was an extensive use of theatrics in their performances and their dress was often wild and crazy as well. Probably one of the best examples of Glam Rock was David Bowie’s - Ziggy Stardust persona. The style had a lot of influence on what would follow.
Hard Rock Music – Though a lot of hard rock was derived from blues music, it was – as suggested by the name – much louder and more intense. Early hard rockers include The Who and The Kinks, joined later by Aerosmith, Queen, AC/DC, and a host of others.
1970s Heavy Metal – The first truly Heavy Meal bands probably were those who came from England including Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple.
Later, fans rushed to get concert tickets to hear Judas Priest, Kiss, Ted Nugent, and a host of others.
However, 70s heavy metal didn’t quite achieve the notoriety that the genre eventually developed during the next decade.
Punk Rock Music – The last significant rock genre of the 1970s, Punk tended to be anti-establishment so mainstream America generally looked down their noses at Punk rockers.
Nonetheless, it had plenty of devoted followers. Notable punk artists of the late 70s included The Ramones, Patti Smith, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols.