165 artists, 3843 songs
Hard rock dominated the popular music scene in the 1970s, but beneath the distorted guitars and pounding drums lays a timeless sense of pop melody. Even as David Bowie progressed from controversial androgynous glam rocker to white soul singer to European art-experimentalist, he continually delivered memorable songs. Bands like Badfinger, Big Star and Cheap Trick churned out energetic, guitar-driven power pop laden with catchy hooks, while groups like Queen and Styx created sophisticated rock that borrowed heavily from classical, progressive rock and pop ballads. Even Latin-inspired artists like Santana and blues-boogie groups like ZZ Top couldn't resist the allure of a strong melody, and their work from the '70s remains captivating today.