Our Top Artists from the 1970s
With themed Through the Decades breaks here at Seacroft Holiday Village, we love the 1970s and the music that comes with it! In the seventies, the development of new music continued, with its origins in blues rock. Folk rock and psychedelic rock were built on, and a few influential subgenres began to emerge, including electric folk and glam rock. Here, we list our top artists from the 1970s!
Swedish 1974 Eurovision Song Contest winners ABBA achieved much success in the seventies with hits such as “Waterloo”, “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” and many more. The best-selling band outside of the English-speaking world as well as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, ABBA were extremely successful in the seventies and earn their spot on our list of top artists from the 1970s.
Led by the late Freddie Mercury, Queen had many UK Top 10 singles in the seventies, including their first UK number 1 single in 1975 “Bohemian Rhapsody” which sat at the top of the chart for 9 weeks. The band had other successes, including “Killer Queen” at no. 2 in 1974, “Somebody to Love” at no. 2 in 1976, and “We are the Champions” at no. 2 in 1977. It was in 1976 that Queen played one of their most famous concerts in Hyde Park in London. A free concert organised by Richard Branson, a massive 150,000 attended, making Queen one of our top artists from the 1970s.
Gaining fame and international recognition as 1/4 of the Beatles, Paul McCartney went on to achieve solo success after the group’s disbandment in 1970. Releasing ‘McCartney’ in 1970, which reached number 1 in the US, McCartney then went on to form ‘Wings’ with wife Linda and a rolling line up of musicians. Their existence is located solely in the 1970s, which includes a UK number 1 single, 12 UK Top 10s, and 17 singles in the UK Top 40, marking them as one of the top artists of the 1970s.
An English glam rock band from the West Midlands, Slade’s popularity grew in the early 1970s which saw them gain 17 consecutive UK top 20 hits and 6 UK number ones. The first artists to have three singles enter the charts at number one and the band behind “Merry Xmas Everybody”, Slade became something of a household name, making them one of the top artists of the 1970s.
An English rock band formed in the late sixties, T.Rex changed direction from acoustic to electric in the seventies, releasing the single “Ride a White Swan” and earning them a spot in the glam rock scene. For the next 3 years, T.Rex enjoyed success in the UK with a run of 11 singles in the UK top 10 with hits such as “Hot Love”, “Get It On, and “Telegram Sam”. After 1973, the band experienced less success but remained dedicated to their music, releasing an album per year until the death of Marc Bolan in 1977.
British rocker Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time with a massive 100 million plus records sold worldwide. Having had 6 consecutive UK number 1 albums, 31 UK top 10 singles, and 6 UK number 1s, Rod Stewart certainly earns a spot on our top artists of the 1970s list. Kicking off his solo career at the start of the 70s, Stewart enjoyed 5 of his 6 UK number ones in the 1970s. Known for hits such as “You Wear It Well” and Maggie May in 1972, Stewart still performs to this day.
Brotherhood of Man
Having performed here at Seacroft Holiday Village in the past, Brotherhood of Man are a British pop group who were most popular in the seventies, winning the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest with their hit “Save Your Kisses for Me”. The group had many hits around the world, from “Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby” to “Figaro”, achieving the most success in the UK with 3 number ones and 4 top-20 albums. The band still perform today and are recognised as one of the top artists from the 1970s.
American songstress and actress Diana Ross first rose to fame with the group The Supremes, one of Motown’s most successful acts in the 1960s. Leaving the group in 1970, Ross released her debut album with well-known songs including her cover of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, and her UK number 1 single “I’m Still Waiting” in 1971.
Elton John, a popular musician throughout the decades, began to gain popularity in the seventies. It was in 1970 that one of his most well-known songs, “Your Song”, was released, as well as other hits throughout the decade such as “Candle in the Wind”, “Are You Ready for Love”, and “Rocket Man”. Being an iconic artist, known for his contributions to Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ soundtrack and the obscure film “Friends” as well as an array of chart hits, Elton John earns his spot on our list of top artists from the 1970s.
Park of the Motown movement in the seventies, the Commodores rose to fame as the opening act for The Jackson 5. Their original co-vocalist was Lionel Richie, who went on to enjoy international fame as a solo artist. Perhaps best known in the UK for their 1978 number 1 single “Three Times a Lady”, the Commodores achieved 8 UK Top 40 singles in the 1970s, marking their place as one of the top artists from the 1970s.
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Last reviewed 27 July 2017.