The hits of the ‘70s have been slowly making their way back into pop culture over the last few years, from biopics of Queen and Elton John capturing the hearts of millions through the big screen, to Fleetwood Mac longboarding their way back into the Billboard 200’s top ten for the first time in 42 years. A lot of the music we enjoy today samples some of the greatest hits from the ’70s and a lot of our favourite Tik-Tok videos also incorporate the hits of the disco era, and one thing is for certain- the ’70s were groovy and we love it!
There are so many amazing artists spanning many genres, where to begin? Well, we here at The Fangirl Life have made it easy for you by picking out 10 artists from the ‘70s that you NEED to listen to RIGHT NOW!
When you first listen to Supertramp, you’ll probably say “Hey, I know this song!” Well, you do. Supertramp has been sampled by artists such as Gym class heroes, Childish Gambino, and German techno legend Scooter. Supertramp boasts a mix of pop and progressive rock that resulted in what they called “Sophisto-Rock” but we can only describe their individual sound as uniquely Supertramp.
Give A Little Bit, Dreamer, Breakfast In America, The Logical Song
What happens when you cross Pop Punk with Reggae? You get the energetic and highly expressive music of The Police. The diverse range of moods captured by The Police in their music is perfect for dancing and jumping around your bedroom singing into your hairbrush, yet also for staring out of the window on a bus while having a total main character moment.
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Roxanne, Message In A Bottle
The best thing about the B-52’s is that it is impossible to be in a bad mood while listening to them. Their whacky new-wave music was born in the mid-’70s and stomped its way through the ’80s, inspiring bands such as Nirvana, The Offspring and let’s be real, “Groove Is In The Heart” by 90’s one-hit-wonder group Deee-Lite has the B-52’s written all over it. Now grab your surfboard, your giant pastel sunglasses and don’t forget your jukebox money!
Rock Lobster, Love Shack, Private Idaho
Nothing says 70’s like disco, and nobody does disco like KC & The Sunshine Band. Dominating the disco scene, KC and crew made upbeat escapist songs about love and dancing, that make you want to break out your bell-bottoms (luckily back in style btw) jump into a pair of roller skates and just let the music take you away.
That’s The Way (I Like It), Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty), Get Down Tonight
Suzi is just total girl power vibes. As a child, she saw The Beatles on the tv and knew that she wanted to do what they were doing. She formed a band, zipped herself into her leather jumpsuit, grabbed her bass guitar, and became one of the most badass women in rock ’n roll history, what a woman!
Can The Can, The Devil In Me, Devil Gate Drive, The Wild One
The Reverend Al Green has been described as ‘one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music in the world’ and referred to as ‘the last of the great soul singers.’ Green’s soulful tones have spanned many generations and even appear on Disclosure’s 2016 track “Feel Like I Do” For many, Al Green represents timeless romance, his sensual music is a must for any hopeless romantics out there.
Let’s Stay Together, Take Me To The River, I’m Still In Love With You
The six-man band of Styx are a 70’s rebel staple. A band that was unafraid to explore new genres periodically through their career, Styx incorporates the likes of ballads, techno, and pop into their rock music tracks. Styx delivers a quirky eccentricity in every song that you just don’t find every day and that’s what makes their music so fun and unique, they are the perfect example of the experimental nature of music in the ‘70s.
Renegade, Too Much Time On My Hands, Mr. Roboto
Donna Summer was the Queen of the disco. She took the melodic funky soul sounds of early disco and filled it with synths for a more sharp electronic sound. The dulcet tones of Summer’s voice accompanied by this new musical form results in something almost ethereal.
Hot Stuff, I Feel Love, She Works Hard For The Money
Another female-led rock band, Blondie takes inspiration from both punk and electronica for their distinctive new-wave sound. The bands’ vocalist Debbie Harry formed the band and inspired its name, taking what was once a derogatory insult often thrown at her and using it to garner worldwide fame and success. Blondie’s eclectic music styles make them hard NOT to enjoy.
Atomic, Call Me, Heart Of Glass, Maria
Okay so everyone has heard of ABBA, but they definitely need a spot on this list. Swedish pop group ABBA became the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop. There’s a reason their music was adapted into a musical and later a film, ABBA’s success continues even today. So here it is, your sign to go throw on some ABBA and lip-sync to your heart’s content!
Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Mamma Mia
There are so many amazing artists from the ‘70s to listen to, way too many for this list especially, but this is your starting point.
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