Left to Right: '70's rock - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Saturday Night Fever, Bruce Springsteen, and The Sex Pistols.
The lists above are based on worldwide sales. The worldwide sales information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.

1970's Rock Music Stars: Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Saturday Night Fever, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Rotten
Hard Rock / Arena Rock / Heavy Metal: Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Blue Oyster Cult, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Rush, Boston, Journey, Peter Frampton, Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull, Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Styx, Queen, Van Halen



Heartland Rock: Bruce Springsteen, Credence Clearwater Revial, Bob Seger, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Eddie Money



Progressive Rock: Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Can, Gentle Giant, Soft Machine, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Kansas, Utopia, Rush, Supertramp, Focus, Van Der Graaf Generator, Hawkwind



Glam / Glitter Rock: David Bowie, T.Rex, The Sweet, Roxy Music, Slade, Gary Glitter, Mott the Hoople, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Iggy and the Stooges, Mud, Roy Wood, Silverhead, Wizzard, Sparks



Southern Rock: The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels Band, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Black Oak Arkansas, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie



Country Rock: Gram Parsons, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, Pure Prairie League, Neil Young, The Doobie Brothers



Outlaw Country: Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Coulter, The Flatlanders, Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Sammi Smith


Punk Rock: The Ramones,  The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, The Dictators, Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell, The Buzzcocks, 999, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Adverts, The Slits, The Saints, The Stranglers, Generation X, The Vibrators, Xray Spex, The Germs, X


New Wave: Blondie, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, The Jam, Boomtown Rats, The Cure, Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Gang of Four, XTC, Split Enz, The Undertones, Devo


Power Pop: Cheap Trick, The Records, 20/20, Shoes, The Plimsouls, The Motors, The Romantics, Off Broadway, The Knack, The Beat, Nick Lowe, The Motors, Squeeze, The Vapors




Blues Rock: Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Free, George Thorogood, Steve Miller Band, Bad Company, Taste, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Status Quo, Dr. Feelgood, Foghat





Reggae: Bob Marley and the Wailers,  Toots and the Maytals, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Max Romeo, Culture,




Rap / Hip-Hop: Emerges at the end of the seventies on the East Coast with Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five and The Sugarhill Gang scoring a minor hit with "Rapper's Delight".



Electronic Music: Also called Krautrock because of it's German origins, Electronic Music is an offshoot of progressive rock with synthesizers replacing all instruments. Proponents include Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno and others.
Rock Music in the Seventies:

The Beatles break up in 1970, but all four members continue to impact the decade with successful solo careers. The early seventies are marked by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison who all die at the age of 27. Pyschedelic music declines, but morphs into hard rock,
1970's Top 100 Best Selling Albums Worldwide:

  1Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1970
  2Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - 1977
  3Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever - 1978
  4Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon - 1973
  5Led Zeppelin - Four Symbols (Led Zeppelin 4) - 1971
  6Pink Floyd - The Wall - 1979
  7Eagles - Hotel California - 1976
  8The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers - 1971
  9Grease: The Original Soundtrack - 1978
10Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - 1975
11Neil Young - Harvest - 1972
12John Lennon - Imagine - 1971
13The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street - 1972
14Supertramp - Breakfast In America - 1979
15Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life - 1976
16Carole King - Tapestry - 1971
17The Beatles - Let It Be - 1970
18Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - 1973
19Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 1973
20Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu - 1970
21Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 3 - 1970
22Michael Jackson - Off The Wall - 1979
23Wings - Band On The Run - 1974
24Queen - A Night At The Opera - 1975
25George Harrison - All Things Must Pass - 1970
26Deep Purple - Machine Head - 1972
27Santana - Abraxas - 1970
28Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti - 1975
29Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell - 1977
30The Who - Who's Next - 1971
31Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run - 1975
32Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks - 1975
33Bob Dylan - Desire - 1976
34The Beatles  - The Beatles 1967-1970 - 1973
35Abba - Arrival - 1976
36Billy Joel - 52nd Street - 1978
37Janis Joplin - Pearl - 1971
38Andrew Lloyd Webber - Jesus Christ Superstar - 1971
39The Beatles - The Beatles 1962-1966 - 1973
40Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory - 1970
41Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown - 1979
42Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story - 1971
43Elton John
   Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy - 1975
44The Rolling Stones - Some Girls - 1978
45Black Sabbath - Paranoid - 1970
46Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat - 1971
47Eagles - The Long Run - 1979
48The Sex Pistols
   Never Mind The Bullocks, Here's The Sex Pistols - 1977
49Simon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits - 1972
50Rod Stewart - Blondes Have More Fun - 1979
51Elton John - Greatest Hits - 1974
52David Bowie - The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The                 Spiders From Mars - 1972
53The Clash - London Calling - 1979
54Deep Purple - Made In Japan - 1973
55Neil Young - After The Goldrush - 1970
56Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive - 1976
57Blondie - Parallel Lines - 1978
58The Rolling Stones - Goat's Head Soup - 1973
59Pink Floyd - Animals - 1977
60Deep Purple - Burn - 1974
61Dire Straits - Dire Straits - 1978
62Abba - Greatest Hits - 1976
63Don McLean - American Pie - 1972
64John Lennon - The Plastic Ono Band - 1971
65Original Soundtrack - Woodstock - 1970
66Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick - 1972
67Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - 1974
68Creedence Clearwater Revival - Pendulum - 1971
69Billy Joel - The Stranger - 1977
70Paul McCartney - Ram - 1971
71Rod Stewart - Atlantic Crossing - 1975
72Elton John
   Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player - 1973
73Boney M - Night Flight To Venus - 1978
74Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery - 1979
75Deep Purple - Deep Purple In Rock - 1970
76Marvin Gaye - What's Going On? - 1971
77Cat Stevens - Catch Bull At Four - 1972
78Rod Stewart - A Night On The Town - 1976
79Boston - Boston - 1976
80Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door - 1979
81Bruce Springsteen
   Darkness On The Edge Of Town - 1978
82Eagles - Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - 1976
83Joni Mitchell - Blue - 1971
84Elvis Costello - This Year's Model - 1978
85Jethro Tull - Aqualung - 1971
86Steely Dan - Aja - 1977
87Paul Simon - Paul Simon - 1972
88Paul McCartney - McCartney - 1970
89Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac - 1975
90George Harrison - The Concert For Bangladesh - 1972
91Elton John - Caribou - 1974
92Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise - 1976
93Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record - 1976
94David Bowie - Diamond Dogs - 1974
95Creedence Clearwater Revival
   Willy & The Poor Boys - 1970
96Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson
   A Star Is Born - 1977
97Elton John - Honky Chateau - 1972
98Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard - 1974
99Wings - Venus & Mars - 1975
100      Rod Stewart - Foot Loose & Fancy Free - 1977

1970's Top 100 Best Selling Singles Worldwide:

  1Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive - 1978
  2The Beatles - Let it Be - 1970
  3John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
   You're the One That I Want - 1978
  4George Harrison - My Sweet Lord - 1971
  5The Village People - YMCA - 1978
  6Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting - 1974
  7John Lennon - Imagine - 1971
  8Abba - Dancing Queen - 1976
  9Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun - 1974
10The Rolling Stones - Angie - 1973
11Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime - 1970
12Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - 1976
13Boney M - Rivers of Babylon - 1978
14Abba - Waterloo - 1974
15George McCrae - Rock Your Baby - 1974
16Shocking Blue - Venus - 1970
17Bee Gees - Night Fever - 1978
18Blondie - Heart of Glass - 1979
19Eagles - Hotel California - 1977
20Chicago - If You Leave Me Now - 1976
21Don McLean - American Pie - 1972
22Tony Orlando & Dawn - Tie a Yellow Ribbon - 1973
23Elton John & Kiki Dee
   Don't Go Breaking My Heart - 1976
24Abba - Fernando - 1976
25Billy Swan - I Can Help - 1975
26Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive - 1979
27Chic - Le Freak - 1979
28Simon & Garfunkel
   Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1970
29Elton John - Crocodile Rock - 1973
30Bee Gees - Tragedy - 1979
31Bee Gees - Too Much Heaven - 1978
32Abba - SOS - 1975
33Rod Stewart - Maggie May - 1971
34Patrick Hernandez - Born to Be Alive - 1979
35Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - 1974
36Hot Butter - Popcorn - 1972
37The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love - 1974
38Donna Summer - Hot Stuff - 1979
39Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street - 1978
40Bonnie Tyler - It's a Heartache - 1978
41M - Pop Muzik - 1979
42Roberta Flack
   Killing Me Softly With His Song - 1973
43The Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz - 1973
44Lynn Anderson - I Beg Your Pardon - 1971
45Carly Simon - You're So Vain - 1973
46Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky - 1970
47Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love - 1970
48Bee Gees - How Deep is Your Love? - 1977
49Harry Nilsson - Without You - 1972
50Donna Summer - I Feel Love - 1977
51Wings - Mull of Kintyre - 1977
5210CC - I'm Not in Love - 1975
53Boney M - Daddy Cool - 1976
54Lobo - I'd Love You to Want Me - 1973
55Rod Stewart - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - 1979
56Steve Miller Band - The Joker - 1974
57Michael Jackson
   Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - 1979
58Boney M - Ma Baker - 1977
59Anita Ward - Ring My Bell - 1979
60The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin - 1972
61The Sweet - Fox On the Run - 1975
62Exile - Kiss You All Over  - 1978
63The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar - 1971
64Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights - 1978
65John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
   Summer Nights - 1978
66George Baker Selection - Una Paloma Blanca - 1975
67The Kinks - Lola - 1970
68Tom Jones  - She's a Lady - 1971
69The Commodores - Three Times a Lady - 1978
70The Rolling Stones - Miss You - 1978
71Gilbert O'Sullivan - Get Down - 1973
72Shirley & Company - Shame, Shame, Shame - 1975
73Abba - Money, Money, Money - 1976
74Neil Young - Heart of Gold - 1972
75Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood  - 1979
76Abba  - Take a Chance On Me  - 1978
77Frankie Valli - Grease - 1978
78Creedence Clearwater Revival
   Up Around the Bend - 1970
79The Manhattans - Kiss & Say Goodbye - 1976
80Patti LaBelle - Lady Marmalade - 1975
81Isaac Hayes - Theme From 'Shaft' - 1971
82Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star - 1979
83The Knack - My Sharona - 1979
84Pussycat - Mississippi - 1976
85Daniel Boone - Beautiful Sunday - 1972
86Rod Stewart  - Sailing - 1975
87Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 1973
88Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore - 1979
89Brotherhood of Man
   Save All Your Kisses For Me - 1976
90Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow - 1976
91The Four Seasons
   December 1963 (Oh What a Night) - 1976
92Ringo Starr - Photograph - 1973
93Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You - 1979
94The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe - 1974
95Silver Convention - Fly Robin Fly - 1975
96Three Dog Night - Joy to the World - 1971
97Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie - 1977
98Barry White
  You're the First, the Last, My Everything - 1975
99Tony Orlando & Dawn - Knock Three Times - 1971
100     Stevie Wonder - Superstition - 1973
Singer Songwriters: James Taylor, Carole King, Don McClean, Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, John Denver, Carly Simon, Steve Forbert
Soft Rock: Elton John, The Carpenters, Bread, Billy Joel, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, America, Olivia Newton-John, Roberta Flack
Seventies Soft Rock, The Carpenters, Album - Close To You
Pop: Abba, Jackson Five, The Osmonds, David Cassidy, Barry Manilow, Bay City Rollers, Helen Reddy, Leo Sayer, Cher, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Barbara Streisand, Dianna Ross, Neil Diamond



R&B / Urban: Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Marvin Gaye, Issaac Hayes





Disco: Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, KC and the Sunshine Band, Van McCoy, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Average White Band, Brothers Johnson, The Sylvers, The Village People




Funk: James Brown, The Meters, Parliament-Funkadelic, Tower of Power, Rufus, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Ohio Players, Kool & The Gang, War
Seventies Pop, Abba, Album - Arrival
Seventies Singer Songwriter,  James Taylor, Album - Sweet Baby James
Seventies R&B, Stevie Wonder, Album - Songs in the Key of Life
Rock band Led Zeppelin playing live.
progressive rock and heavy metal. Touring bands move from playing clubs and theaters, to playing sports arenas. Big time bands, many of them formed in the '60's, such as the Rolling Stones, Pink
Floyd, The Who, Grand Funk and Led Zeppelin travel in private jets and play to thousands in arenas and outdoor stadiums.

A clear distinction emerges between Top 40 radio and FM album oriented rock radio stations. Car stereos become common, first with FM stereo radio, then 8-Track tapes, followed by cassette tapes.

This diversity of music distribution channels, along with an expanding market allows for a wide variety of new rock styles to emerge. The early seventies are dominated by singer songwriters and soft rock. Glam or Glitter Rock shines briefly in the first half of the seventies. Live albums are popular, with huge hits for Rare Earth, Peter Frampton, and Kiss. Reggae moves out of Jamaica to become a world wide genre. Disco dominates the radio and dance floors in the late seventies. Punk rock, a throwback to sixties garage rock, emerges in the late seventies as a reaction to arena rock, progressive rock and disco. Punk becomes New Wave as bands move beyond guitars and drums, and begin incorporating synthesizers.

Elvis Presley dies in 1977 at age 42. Huge crowds begin flocking to his Memphis home, Graceland.


Seventies Genres / Key Artists:
Seventies Disco - Saturday Night Fever - Album
Seventies Funk - Tower of Power - Album
Seventies Hard Rock, Led Zeppelin, Album - Houses of the Holy
70's Album - Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
Seventies Progressive Rock, Pink Floyd, Album - Dark Side of the Moon
Seventies Glam Glitter Rock, David Bowie, Album - Jean Genie
70's Southern Rock, Allman Brothers, Album - Eat a Peach
Seventies Country Rock, Neil Young, Album - Harvest
70's Punk Rock, Sex Pistols, Album - Never Mind the Bullocks Heres The...
Seventies New Wave, Blondie
Seventies Power Pop, Cheap Trick
Seventies Blues Rock, Steve Miller Band, Album - The Joker
70's Reggae, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Album - Catch A Fire
Seventies Rap, Album - Grandmaster Flash
Seventies Electronic Music, Kraftwerk, Album - Trans Europe Express
Top 50 Music Artists of the 1970's
Based on Worldwide Sales of Singles and Albums
  1: Elton John
  2: The Rolling Stones
  3: Pink Floyd
  4: Abba
  5: Led Zeppelin
  6: Bee Gees
  7: Wings
  8: David Bowie
  9: Bob Dylan
10: Rod Stewart
11: Elvis Presley
12: The Beatles
13: Deep Purple
14: Santana
15: Eagles
16: Neil Diamond
17: Neil Young
18: John Lennon
19: Cat Stevens
20: Queen
21: Chicago
22: The Who
23: Donna Summer
24: Jethro Tull
25: Stevie Wonder
26: James Last
27: Fleetwood Mac
28: The Carpenters
29: Creedence
     Clearwater Revival
30: Boney M
31: Simon & Garfunkel
32: Electric Light
     Orchestra
33: George Harrison 34: John Denver
35: Bob Marley
36: Earth, Wind & Fire
37: Yes
38: Black Sabbath
39: Slade
40: Billy Joel
41: Alice Cooper
42: Carole King
43: Supertramp
44: Genesis
45: Barry White
46: Emerson, Lake
     & Palmer
47: The Sweet
48: Joni Mitchell
49: Eric Clapton
50: Paul Simon
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