Can You Name These Bands From The ’70s?

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After the Summer of Love in 1967, it didn’t seem that the music world could get any better. But by the time 1970 came around, it was clear that the events in the ’60s simply paved the way for some incredible music to be made in the ’70s. Test your knowledge and memory of the music from this decade and see if you’re as big of a fan as you think you are.

This group helped shape the heavy metal genre.

Retry Correct Incorrect Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968. The group is credited with being the pioneers of heavy metal music. Although Ozzy Osborne was an original member of the group, he was dismissed from the band in 1978 for his problems with alcohol and drugs.
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This group helped shape the heavy metal genre.

  • The Who
  • ZZ Top
  • Black Sabbath
  • Eagles
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What group is known for its wiry-haired flute-playing frontman?

Retry Correct Incorrect Jethro Tull is a British rock band that got their start in 1967. Although they were initially known for playing blues rock, they eventually altered their sound and began to incorporate aspects of progressive rock. In 1988 they beat Metallica for the first-ever Grammy for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.
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Peter Still/Redferns

What group is known for its wiry-haired flute-playing frontman?

  • Jethro Tull
  • The Allman Brothers
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • King Crimson
3%

Who are these two bearded musicians?

Retry Correct Incorrect ZZ Top was formed in Houston, Texas in 1969. The band released their first album called ZZ Top’s First Album. Although they first played blues-inspired rock, they later transitioned to include new wave, punk, rock, and other genres into their music.
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Who are these two bearded musicians?

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Lynard Skynard
  • The Allman Brothers
  • ZZ Top
5%

This duo make up which group?

Retry Correct Incorrect Steely Dan is an American rock band formed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972. Their music combined aspects of jazz, pop, rock, and more. The band was well received by the public and critics throughout the 1970s until their dissolution in 1981.
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This duo make up which group?

  • The Moody Blues
  • Genesis
  • Steely Dan
  • Thin Lizzy
8%

Who are these three musicians?

Retry Correct Incorrect Crosby, Stills, and Nash is a vocal rock group that was made up of David Crosby, Steven Stills, and Graham Nash. They were later joined by Neil Young and added him to the trio.

Who are these three musicians?

  • The Stooges
  • The Cars
  • Yes
  • Crosby, Stills, and Nash
10%

What is the name of this British heavy metal band?

Retry Correct Incorrect Judas Priest is an English heavy metal band that was formed in 1969. Throughout their career, the band has sold over 50 million albums and has even been regarded as one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time.
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What is the name of this British heavy metal band?

  • Foreigner
  • Judas Priest
  • KISS
  • Blue Oyster Cult
13%

This band is best known for their song “Staying Alive.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Forming in 1958, the Bee Gees achieved success throughout their music career that spanned numerous decades. They were most prominent during the disco-era in the 1970s. They wrote all of their own music and helped write and produce for other artists.

This band is best known for their song “Staying Alive.”

  • Cheap Trick
  • The Cars
  • The Bee Gees
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire
15%

These are the members of what rock group?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Stooges, also known as Iggy and The Stooges, were formed in 1967 by frontman Iggy Pop. They played a raw and stripped down version of rock and roll and have been credited as being one of the first bands to play punk rock.

These are the members of what rock group?

  • Rush
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • The Stooges
  • Pink Floyd
18%

These are members from which psychedelic rock band?

Retry Correct Incorrect Pink Floyd was established in London in 1965. They achieved international success throughout the 1970s with their psychedelic style. Today, they are considered to be one of the most successful and influential bands of all time.
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Chris Walter/WireImage

These are members from which psychedelic rock band?

  • Thin Lizzy
  • Pink Floyd
  • Deep Purple
  • Queen
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Retry Correct Incorrect The family band started in 1964 but entered the professional music scene in 1967. That year, they signed a record deal with Steeltown Records which they then left in 1969 for a deal with Motown Records.
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  • ABBA
  • Jurassic 5
  • The Jackson 5
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire
23%

These five men and one woman make up what band?

Retry Correct Incorrect Blondie was started by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein in the mid-1970s. They are considered to be one of the first American new wave punk bands and although they were majorly successful in Australia and the United Kingdom, they were considered to be underground in the United States.
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Virginia Turbett/Redferns

These five men and one woman make up what band?

  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Blondie
  • The Cars
  • Renaissance
25%

This band is named after their lead guitarist.

Retry Correct Incorrect Although Santana was formed in 1966, they came into popularity after their performance of “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock in 1969. This led to them becoming commercially successful from the 1970s and on.

This band is named after their lead guitarist.

  • Frank Zappa
  • Santana
  • Sly & The Family Stone
  • Elton John
28%

This musician is an icon of middle-class America.

Retry Correct Incorrect Bruce Springsteen, or “The Boss” is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his Jersey Shore roots, long performances, and lyrics about the struggles of the average person living in America.
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This musician is an icon of middle-class America.

  • Brian Eno
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Billy Joel
  • David Bowie
30%

What is the name of this English rock band?

Retry Correct Incorrect Formed in London in 1976, it didn’t take long for The Clash to become one of the biggest post-punk bands of their time. At one point, they were referred to as “The Only Band That Matters” which started as a promotional slogan and was adopted by the public.
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George Rose/Getty Images

What is the name of this English rock band?

  • The Cure
  • Eagles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Clash
33%

This band is best known for their song “Light My Fire.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Formed in Los Angeles in 1965, The Doors got its name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception. To this day, they are considered to be one of the most controversial and influential bands of all time led by Jim Morrison’s unpredictable onstage antics.
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This band is best known for their song “Light My Fire.”

  • Carpenters
  • The Byrds
  • The Doors
  • Talking Heads
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These are members of what band?

Retry Correct Incorrect Deep Purple originally began as a progressive rock band in 1968, however, their music changed over the years and they were considered one of the bands that helped pioneer heavy metal music.
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Fin Costello/Redferns

These are members of what band?

  • ABBA
  • AC/DC
  • Grateful Dead
  • Deep Purple
38%

These two make up which group?

Retry Correct Incorrect Comprised of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, the two musicians became part of the 1960s and ’70s counterculture along with other artists such as Bob Dylan. In 1970, their song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” reached No.1 internationally.
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Ebet Roberts/Redferns

These two make up which group?

  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • The Allman Brothers
  • Carpenters
  • Talking Heads
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This band was considered to be one of the most Avante Garde of its time.

Retry Correct Incorrect Talking Heads was formed in 1975 in New York City and remained active until 1991. They were key contributors to the new wave movement and were known for combining different genres of music in order to create something new.
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This band was considered to be one of the most Avante Garde of its time.

  • The Cure
  • Talking Heads
  • R.E.M.
  • Pixies
43%

Who is this piano-playing icon?

Retry Correct Incorrect Elton John is an English singer, songwriter, and composer. Throughout his five-decades-long career, he has sold over 30 million records and has had more than fifty Top 40 hits.

Who is this piano-playing icon?

  • Rod Stewart
  • Elton John
  • Billy Joel
  • Bryan Adams
45%

This band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Retry Correct Incorrect Formed in 1967, Fleetwood Mac is an American-English rock band. Throughout the years, the band has made numerous changes both in style and members, yet managed to consistently thrive throughout their career. In 1977, the band released Rumors with Stevie Nicks, which became the band’s most successful album.
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This band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

  • Supertramp
  • ABBA
  • Eagles
  • Fleetwood Mac
48%

This singer was once a member of The Supremes.

Retry Correct Incorrect In the 1960s, Diana Ross rose to fame after being the lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes. In 1970, she came out with her debut solo album and continued to lead a successful solo career throughout the following decades.

This singer was once a member of The Supremes.

  • Diana Ross
  • Gladys Knight
  • Donna Summer
  • Whitney Houston
50%

This band was playing synth pop long before other people even knew what it was.

Retry Correct Incorrect Kraftwerk is a German band formed in 1970 in Dusseldorf. They are considered to be the true pioneers of electronic music and were one of the first groups to popularize that kind of music. According to the Observer “No other bands since the Beatles have had such a profound effect on popular culture.”
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This band was playing synth pop long before other people even knew what it was.

  • Brian Eno
  • Kraftwerk
  • Aphex Twin
  • Depeche Mode
53%

These are the members of which American rock band?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Eagles were formed in Los Angeles in 1971. Throughout the 1970s, the band had five number one singles and six number one albums, making them one of the most successful bands of the 1970s.
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Michael Putland/Getty Images

These are the members of which American rock band?

  • The Rolling Stones
  • Commodores
  • The Ramones
  • The Eagles
55%

He has an alter ego known as “Ziggy Stardust.”

Retry Correct Incorrect David Bowie is an English singer-songwriter and performer. He has been described as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, best-known for his performances and stagecraft. He has sold over 140 million albums worldwide throughout his life.
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Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

He has an alter ego known as “Ziggy Stardust.”

  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Bob Dylan
  • David Bowie
  • John Lennon
58%

What is the name of this funk band?

Retry Correct Incorrect Sly and the Family Stone was a highly influential band during the development and rise of popularity in the funk, soul, and psychedelic musical movement. The band started in 1966 and disbanded in 1983.
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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

What is the name of this funk band?

  • Graham Central Station
  • The Isley Brothers
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Jefferson Airplane
60%

This band wrote the song “Space Cowboy.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Steve Miller Band is best known for a series of hit singles throughout the mid-’70s. They released their debut album Children of the Future in 1968 and their Greatest Hits 1974-78 sold more than 13 million copies.
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RB/Redferns

This band wrote the song “Space Cowboy.”

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Steve Miller Band
63%

What is the name of this vocal group?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Temptations are an American vocal group that released a series of hit songs and albums under Motown Records during the 1960s and ’70s. They are remembered for their choreography and harmonies. Over the years, they sold tens of millions of records worldwide, establishing themselves as one of the most successful groups ever.

What is the name of this vocal group?

  • The Miracles
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The Temptations
  • Four Tops
65%

This band is best-known for their album Back in Black.

Retry Correct Incorrect ACDC was formed in Sydney Australia in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. They released their first album High Voltage in 1975 and had to find a new frontman after their lead singer Bon Scott died following a heavy night of drinking on February 19, 1980.
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This band is best-known for their album Back in Black.

  • ACDC
  • Iron Maiden
  • Aerosmith
  • Guns N’ Roses
68%

This band is described as playing “swamp rock.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Despite being from San Francisco, Creedence Clearwater Revival played with a southern white style. They sang about swamps, the Mississippi River, catfish and other kinds of southern iconography.
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Chris Walter/WireImage

This band is described as playing “swamp rock.”

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • The Animals
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Rolling Stones
70%

Who is this musician?

Retry Correct Incorrect Throughout her musical career, Joni Mitchell won nine Grammy Awards, with Rolling Stone calling her “one of the greatest songwriters ever.” She has also been regarded as one of the most influential female musicians of the 20th century.
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Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

Who is this musician?

  • Joni Mitchell
  • Carole King
  • Judy Collins
  • Stevie Nicks
73%

He wrote the song “Running On Empty.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Jackson Browne came into popularity in the 1970s. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was ranked as the 37th greatest songwriter of all time in the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.”
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He wrote the song “Running On Empty.”

  • Neil Young
  • Don Henley
  • Jackson Browne
  • David Lindley
75%

This band sings the song “Barracuda.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Influenced by hard rock and heavy metal, Heart originally found success in Canada and then later in the United States, and eventually worldwide. Although the band almost failed in the early 1980s, they made a comeback in 1985.
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Michael Putland/Getty Images

This band sings the song “Barracuda.”

  • Led Zeppelin
  • Heart
  • Foreigner
  • Cheap Trick
78%

He sings the song “Brown Eyed Girl.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Also known as “Van the Man,” Van Morrison began performing as a teenager in 1950s. By the 1970s, he was a well-respected musician, especially after the release of his album Moondance in 1970.

He sings the song “Brown Eyed Girl.”

  • Tom Jones
  • Neil Young
  • Van Morrison
  • Bob Dylan
80%

Lou Reed was the leader of this rock band.

Retry Correct Incorrect In the beginning, The Velvet Underground didn’t see much success. However, it was later that they accumulated a cult following and were even managed by artist Andy Warhol for some time. Today, they are credited as being major contributors of underground and experimental rock.
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Lou Reed was the leader of this rock band.

  • Sonic Youth
  • The Ramones
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Joy Division
83%

Who is this female singer?

Retry Correct Incorrect Patti Smith was a key musician during the punk rock movement in New York City. She released her debut album Horses in 1975. She went on to earn the title of “punk poet laureate” and has had a successful music career.
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Catherine McGann/Getty Images

Who is this female singer?

  • PJ Harvey
  • Janis Joplin
  • Debbie Harry
  • Patti Smith
85%

These two musicians are in which band?

Retry Correct Incorrect Formed in New York City in 1976, the band got its name with two of its members being English and the other two American. They are considered to be one of the best-selling bands worldwide selling more than 80 million records.

These two musicians are in which band?

  • Whitesnake
  • Boston
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Foreigner
88%

What is the name of this singer?

Retry Correct Incorrect Known for his deep and baritone voice, Barry White won three Grammys during his music career. In 1970, he sang with The Love Unlimited Orchestra where he came out with his two biggest hits “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.”
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David Redfern/Redferns

What is the name of this singer?

  • Marvin Gaye
  • Quincy Jones
  • Barry White
  • Isaac Hayes
90%

He was in the Silver Bullet Band.

Retry Correct Incorrect In the 1960s, Bob Seger performed as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and the Bob Seger System. In the 1970s, he established the Silver Bullet Band and became successful with the album Live Bullet released in 1976.
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He was in the Silver Bullet Band.

  • Glen Frey
  • John Fogerty
  • John Mellencamp
  • Bob Seger
93%

What is the name of this musician?

Retry Correct Incorrect Rod Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. In the United Kingdom, he has had six consecutive number one albums and 16 top ten singles in the United States.
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Jorgen Angel/Redferns

What is the name of this musician?

  • Eric Clapton
  • Joe Cocker
  • Bryan Adams
  • Rod Stewart
95%

He’s famous for his song “Let’s Stay Together.”

Retry Correct Incorrect Al Green was known for his hit singles throughout the early 1970s. He is known as “one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
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Mike Prior/Redferns

He’s famous for his song “Let’s Stay Together.”

  • Curtis Mayfield
  • Otis Redding
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Al Green
98%

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