Popular Music In The 1970s

By | March 30, 2018

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NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1977: Peter Frampton in concert circa 1977 in New York City. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images)

The 1970’s was a decade of music unlike any time in the past. There were dozens of genres to choose from and many of them rose to popularity at different points during the decade.

Funk, Soul, R&B, Pop, Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Punk Rock, Easy Listening and Disco, all carved out their own unique place in the music world during the 1970’s. Toward the end of the decade, hip-hop was born.

Some of the most awesome rock n roll of all time was recorded in the 70’s.

1970 marked the end of an era. The Beatles dissolved, suffering internal conflicts. Each went their separate ways appearing on solo albums. Arguably the world’s most famous group of all time had split up. The pop and rock music world, which The Beatles had forever changed, would never be the same.

1971 was a year full of musical nostalgia.

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Rock n roll was changing in the 70’s.

Past groups were making a comeback. Everyone was taking advantage of the diverse genres options. The Mamas and the Papas were revived, making a new album. Sonny and Cher came back, as did Perry Como. The Beach Boys turned their music to an older audience, those who had listened to them in their earlier days.

George Harrison created his masterpiece, “All Things Must Pass.”

1972 saw the national arrival of “soul music.” At one point, the five top-selling records in the U.S. and 11 of the top 20 albums were by African American artists.

Leading the way was Isaac Hayes, with his hit, “Shaft.” Other legendary R&B artists at the top of the charts were Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield. Sammy Davis Jr.’s contribution was, “Candy Man,” from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Neil Young, Three Dog Night and America all released easy listening singles.

The most popular song of the year, 1972, was Don McLean’s American Pie. The cryptic 8-minute long song captured the hearts and minds of the entire country for the first two months of the year. To this day, the song’s meaning is still the topic of conversation.

Rock and pop ruled “Supreme” in 1973. Soul was huge too, featuring legends like Barry White, Stevie Wonder, to name 2.