Famous music groups from the 1970s

By | April 5, 2021

The 1970s produced several of the most famous bands in music history. Popular music from the 1970s ran the gamut from soft country rock to punk rock and there seem to have been one or two defining groups for each genre of music. Many of these bands continued to put out music even into the 21st century and their catalogs continue to sell very well.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac was one of the most popular bands of the 1970s. Fleetwood Mac was formed by Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and John McVie and in their earliest incarnation they were a blues group in the 1960s. The band experienced some success with a more rock edge in the early 1970s, but it was with the addition of members Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham in the 1970s that they exploded in the public consciousness as a regular pop band. The band’s most successful albums of the decade were Fleetwood Mac, Rumors and Tusk. Some of their biggest hits from the 1970s were ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Sara’.

The Eagles

The Eagles still hold the record for the best-selling album in the United States of all time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the best-selling album in US history is the Eagles’ Greatest Hits. Don Henley and Glenn Frey were the lead band’s songwriters. The band’s full band changes over the course of the year with Bernie Leadon released and Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit joined after the band had already become a success. Hotel California was the band’s biggest studio album success and they had a number of hit singles during the decade including ‘Lyin’ Eyes’ and ‘Life in the Fast Lane’. ‘


ABBA showed that a band from a foreign country besides England could enjoy spectacular success in the United States. Although this famous 1970s was hailed from Sweden they sang in English in pop songs that were perfect for dancing to in clubs around the country. The songs were also very big radio hits. The members of ABBA were Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn, Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Agnetha F u0026 # xE4; ltskog. Björn and Benny had felt success before ABBA in the 1960s, but it would win the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest that sent them and their fiancé to the stratosphere of worldwide success. The song that won the competition was ‘Waterloo’ and became only the first in a long line of global hits that also included ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ and ‘Dancing Queen’.