Ah, the ’70s — it gave us the first flight of the 747 jumbo jet, the introduction of the Walkman, the movie Jaws, and the beloved Garfield comics. Of course, it also gave us plenty of good music — disco and dance, funk and soul, and all types of rock, from progressive to new wave to punk.
While most bands on this list started off small (and hardly able to pay rent), very few could imagine the fame and fortune they would eventually receive. In this quiz, put your knowledge of 70s music to the test and see if you can guess each band correctly!
Q: This band formed in Boston in 1970 and went on to produce many hit albums throughout the decade including, “Toys in the Attic” (1975) and “Draw the Line” (1977). Can you identify them?
Believe it or not, this band hailing from Boston is one of the best-selling rock bands of all time. With over 70 million albums sold, each band member has hit millionaire status many times over, with a net worth of over $100 million… each! They were also the first band to appear on “The Simpsons.”
Q: Formed in Los Angeles in 1971, this band’s discography includes albums such as “Desperado” (1973) and “Hotel California” (1976). Do you know them?
This band holds the record for the top-selling album of the 20th century: “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975).” In true 70s fashion, the name for the band came to them while they were high on peyote deep in the Mojave Desert. And even though they’re well past retirement age, they’re still going strong to this day!
Q: These band members met in a New York City high school before forming their band in 1974 and putting out such albums as “Rocket to Russia” (1977) and “Road to Ruin” (1978). Do you remember what they called themselves?
A: The Ramones
This well-loved punk band got their name from none other than Paul McCartney, when he used the pseudonym “Paul Ramone.” They toured nearly nonstop for 22 years, playing over 2,200 concerts during their time as a band. Talk about hustlers! And, like Aerosmith, they too appeared on “The Simpsons” during the fifth season.
Q: After forming in Stony Brook, New York, in the 1960s this band released their first album in 1972 and followed it up with the likes of “Tyranny and Mutation” (1973) and “Agents of Fortune” (1976). Does this ring any bells?
A: Blue Oyster Cult
And if you think their band name is a little weird, you should hear some of their other ones, including “Soft White Underbelly, Stalk-Forrest Group, The Disciples, Travesty, and Oaxaca.” They often collaborated with a science fiction writer to create songs and their logo is based on the astrological symbol of the Greek god Kronos.
Q: This band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until 1973 that they released their debut album, which went platinum just like their second and third albums, “Second Helping” (1974) and “Nuthin’ Fancy” (1975). Who are they?
A: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Although their original name was “The My Backyard Band,” they eventually settled on Lynyrd Skynyrd, named for Leonard Skinner, a high school gym teacher of some of the band members. In 1973, they removed the vowels from the name as a tribute to The Byrds.
Q: This band formed in 1972 and they became staples of the 1970s music scene with albums such as “Can’t Buy a Thrill” (1972) and “Countdown to Ecstasy” (1973). Can you name them?
A: Steely Dan
This band, known for their fusion of jazz, rock, and funk knows a thing or two about the millionaire life — they’ve sold over 40,000,000 records worldwide! So how’d Donald Fagen and Walter Becker get the weird name? The duo named the band after an adult toy from the William Burroughs novel “Naked Lunch.”
Q: Former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch came together in San Francisco to form this band in 1973 and together they put out albums like “Look into the Future” (1976) and “Infinity” (1978). Who might they be?
And they’re no stranger to having different band members over the years, working with four different lead vocalists since the beginning of their band. The most recent lead is Arnel Pineda, who used to play Journey covers with his band in the Philippines before being discovered by the band. Even Randy Jackson — of American Idol judging fame — played bass for Journey in 1986!
Q: These punk and new wave pioneers formed in 1974 and spent the next several years producing memorable albums like “Plastic Letters” (1977) and “Eat to the Beat” (1979). Identify them if you can.
Before forming the band, lead singer Debbie Harry used to sing in her church choir and also worked as a Playboy Bunny for a short stint. During Blondie’s rise to fame, they recorded the universally loved song “Call Me.” But this song wasn’t meant to be sung by Debbie Harry — in fact, it was meant for Stevie Nicks! It ended up becoming a huge hit for Blondie.
Q: This rock band came out of Pasadena, California in 1974 and produced two albums in the latter part of the decade that spawned hit singles like “Runnin’ with the Devil” (1978) and “Dance the Night Away” (1979). They are none other than ________.
A: Van Halen
Just like you don’t have to be a financial wizard to retire early, it seems you don’t have to be able to read music to be a professional musician. The lead guitarist of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, didn’t know how to read sheet music. This didn’t stop him from founding one of the most successful bands in history!
Q: This rock band formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1976 and are remembered for a discography that includes the likes of “You’re Gonna Get It!” (1978) and “Damn the Torpedoes” (1979). Any guesses as to who they are?
A: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Band founder Tom Petty was inspired at 11 years old after meeting the one and only Elvis Presley. After the meeting Petty took up guitar, and at 17 years old, he dropped out of high school to join a band. In 1987, after rising to fame, Tom Petty’s house burnt to the ground in suspected arson (talk about being prepared as a homeowner!). But even that never stopped him from inspiring people around the world with his music.
How’d You Do?
1-3: Maybe the 1970s just isn’t your decade. That’s OK!
4-7:Not too shabby, but you won’t be winning any Grammys.
8-10:You’re a rock and roll legend! Hall of Fame, here we come!
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