Musically yours: Bands of the 60s and 70s revisited

Updated: Sep 09, 2015, 08:43 AM IST

The period of the 1960s and 1970s was a decade rich in music with many genres, including jazz, funk, pop and rock. During the 70s, other styles became popular in America, like disco and reggae.

Songs in the “groovy 70's” era, as it was often called, became engraved in the history of music. Rock 'n' roll and Psychedelia was the biggest craze among the audience and holds an esteemed position in people's hearts across the globe even today.

When we acknowledge the 70's music, forgetting to give citation to the masterminds behind that music would be no less than a crime.

One can never forget the genius of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, ABBA, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, etc., who gave us legendary tunes like Hey Jude, Comfortably Numb, Paint it Black, Mamma Mia, Bohemian Rhapsody, Sweet Home Alabama, Stairway to Heaven, Back in Black – the list is endless.

These songs are pure gold and will remain for generations to come.

So here, we list six bands that ruled the roost in the grand old era of the 60's and 70's.

The Beatles: 

No band has influenced pop culture the way the Beatles have. They were one of the best things to happen in the twentieth century, let alone the Sixties. The Beatles were a legendary rock group formed in Liverpool, England, in 1960, and went on to transform popular music as a creative, highly commercial art form over the next decade. Taking out one hit after another, The Beatles comprised of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. With their foundation in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often integrating classical elements in innovative ways. A few of the Beatles top songs include Hey Jude, Here Comes the Sun, A Day in the Life, Let it Be and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Rolling Stones: 

Formed in 1962, the Rolling Stones began calling themselves the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" in the sixties, and few argued with them — even then. More than 40 years later, the band's music continues to sound vital. With literally scores of genre-setting hits under the group's belt, the band consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watt. The Rolling Stones belted out famous songs like, Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Angie, Start Me Up and many more.

Pink Floyd: 

Formed in London in 1965 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright, Pink Floyd was an English rock band that achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinctive in their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation and extended compositions, they became known as one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of popular music. Pink Floyd prefigured the progressive rock of the seventies and ambient music of the eighties with songs like Comfortably Numb, Wish You Were Here, Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Echoes, Hey You, Time, etc.

Led Zeppelin: 

An English rock band, Led Zeppelin was formed in London in 1968. Firmly rooted in blues and psychedelia reflecting in their early albums, which acknowledged them as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, the group consisted of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. It was nothing else but the band's unfathomable finesse that made it the most influential and successful heavy-metal pioneer. The band's top songs include the legendary Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, When the Levee Breaks, Dazed and Confused, Ramble On and the list goes on.


ABBA was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 and comprised Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA - an acronym of the first letters of the band members' first names - is at times conventionalized as the registered trademark ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. The band became one of the most commercially successful groups in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982. They won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at the Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first victory in the contest, and were the most blooming group ever to take part in the competition. Many high-schoolers of that period connected with their songs like Thank You For the Music, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Chiquitita, Voulez Vous, The Winner Takes it All, Super Trooper, etc.


The embodiment of pomp-rock in the seventies and eighties, Queen rocked radio and sports stadiums alike with booming, highly produced anthems like "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You." Formed in London in 1970, they originally consisted of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Queen's earlier works were reflective of progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually started incorporating more conventional and radio-friendly works by experimenting with further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock. Queen's endless list of hits include songs like I Want to Break Free, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Show Must Go On, Another One Bites the Dust, Under Pressure and Don't Stop Me Now.

To this, one can only say, thank you for the music!

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