What I Am Listening To: 1970’s Rock

I find myself working against time and creeping back throughout the chronology of music–rock ‘n’ roll music, that is. I have found myself fully immersed beneath the rock ‘n’ roll umbrella, loving the entire array. There is a special place in my heart for hard rock, metal, and punk rock, as well as, folk rock and oldies. I have to say though, that I wholeheartedly am in love with 1970’s music (and some 1960’s, of course). Say what you will about “dad rock,” but I can no longer contain my adoration for this musically perfect and aesthetically flawless decade.

Led Zeppelin

First and foremost, I need to address the beauty in the lyrical mysticism of the unrhythmic patterns and heartfelt wailing complimented by the crunching grunge of Led Zeppelin. How cool is it that J.R.R. Tolkien inspired the pastoral scenery in their ballads?!

My favorites of all-time songs are “D’yer Mak’er,” “Hey, Hey, What Can I Do,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” “How Many More Times,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “Kashmir,” and of course, “Stairway to Heaven.”

The Rolling Stones

I cannot wait another second without typing about The Rolling Stones, the most famous band in history. The more I listen to this band, the more I love them, especially their slightly more ‘obscure’ songs. The marriage between hard rock and southern blues, guitar and harmonica solos, and Mick Jagger’s swaggering singing is incredible. “Sympathy for the Devil”–I know, not quite the 1970’s–is on the same level of perfection as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Their best album of all time is Exile on Main Street, which sounds vaguely like 18 versions of the same song, but in a good way. The album is the perfect balance between rock, blues, and country, suiting Jagger’s voice extremely well.

My favorite Rolling Stones songs (this is going to be a long one): all of Exile on Main Street, (especially “Sweet Virginia,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Ventilator Blues”), “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Hand of Fate,” “Hide Your Love,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “Wild Horses.”

Queen

I think we can all agree that our favorite songs to belt out are from Queen. The musical and lyrical composition of their ballads and multi-sectioned masterpieces are legendary. Freddie Mercury is magical. “Bohemian Rhapsody” could be thematically analyzed forever, but the basic idea of breaking up the song into the stages of grief accompanied by slow-paced, melancholy melodies or faster, dirtier notes is a piece of literature.

Aside from “Bohemian Rhapsody,” some of my favorites from them are “Somebody to Love,” “It’s Late,” “Doing All Right,” and “Save Me.”

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is a breathtaking band with art-folk overtones and poetic lyrics. One listen and you will be spinning through a daze of time and space, contemplating life, as you listen to Stevie Nick’s unique, gravely voice with melodic echoes. The music is so textured and authentic that there are not enough songs to feed my appetite.

My favorites: “Sara,” “Gypsy,” “Dreams,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Rhiannon,” and “Gold Dust Woman.”

Black Sabbath

Some may say Black Sabbath is “some evil sounding band,” but I say they are a band of extraordinary edge with blunt unapologetic, apocalyptic lyrics. As Rob Halford of Judas Priest said, “Black Sabbath is in the same league as The Beatles and Mozart.” This band is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history, influencing other great bands to come, such as Guns ‘n’ Roses and Rage Against the Machine. I agree most with Slash when he says, that the heaviness of the music “opens your mind up to a another dimension.”

My favorites: “Heaven and Hell,” “Voodoo,” “Planet Caravan,” “Jack the Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots,” and “Danger Zone.”

Grateful Dead

Listen to me: Play the entire American Beauty and Shakedown Street album from beginning to end right now! You will be in heaven.

Pink Floyd

The psychedelic and politically sound band! How cool is it that Animals is a musical Animal Farm?!

Favorites: “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” “Another Brick in the Wall Parts 1-3,” “Hey You,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Breathe (In the Air),” and “Time.”

John Lennon

Favorites: “Working Class Hero,” “Mind Games,” “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On),” “#9 Dream,” “I’m Losing You,” “Nobody Told Me,” and, of course, “Happy Xmas (War is Over).”

Carole King

Favorites: “It’s Too Late,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “So Far Away,” and “Where You Lead I Will Follow.”

The Eagles

Favorites: “Tequila Sunrise,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Witchy Woman,” “Heartache Tonight,” “New Kid in Town,” and “Hotel California.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Favorites: “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Free Bird,” “Poison Whisky,” “That Smell,” and “Gimme Three Steps.”

Bob Dylan

Okay, he technically released these songs in the 60’s, but I am including them anyway, because it’s Bob Dylan! My favorites: “Tangled Up In Blue,” “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” “Shelter From the Storm,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Wanted Man (with Johnny Cash),” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Melancholy Mood.”

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

A king! Here are my favorites: “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” “Turn the Page,” “Against the Wind,” “Katmandu,” “Mainstream,” “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “Still the Same,” and “Night Moves.”

Other Groovy, Folk, or Rockin’ 1970’s songs

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” by The Animals

“Soul Sacrifice” and “Black Magic Woman” by Santana

“Ohio,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Old Man,” “Harvest Moon,” “Heart of Gold,” and “Down by the River” by Neil Young

“Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James & the Shondells

“Too Late to Turn Back Now” by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

“L.A. Woman,” “Roadhouse Blues,” and “Love Her Madly” by The Doors

“Carefree Highway” and “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot

“It Never Rains in Southern California” by Albert Hammond

“Love Stinks” by The J. Geils Band

“Love Hurts” by Nazareth

“Gimme Some Water” and “Shakin'” by Eddie Money

“Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone

“Hooked on a Feeling” Bjorn Skifs

“Spirit in the Sky” Norman Greenbaum

“Pina Colada (Escape)” by Rupert Holmes

“Listen to the Music,” “Jesus Is Just Alright With Me,” and “South City Midnight Lady” by The Doobie Brothers

“Swayin’ to the Music” by Johnny Rivers

“Peace Train,” “Father and Son,” “Wild World” by Cat Stevens

“Fortunate Son,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Bad Moon Rising,” and “Down on the Corner” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” by Scott McKenzie

“The Weight” by The Band

“I Got a Name” and “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” by Jim Croce

“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” by Steely Dan

“Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Roberta Flack

“I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher

“Lowdown” by Boz Scaggs

“Wildfire” by Michael Murphy

“Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross

“You’re Only Lonely” by JD Souther

“Volunteers” by Jefferson Airplane

Congratulations if you made it to the bottom of this post! I hope you have tons of new songs to listen to or old ones to reminisce on.

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