The Seventies Or 1970s
The Seventies or if you prefer numerics, the 1970s, the eighth decade of the twentieth century was one of the most tultoumous, disregarding the two World Wars before this. It was an era of awakening for many and with increasing political awareness and political and economic liberty of women, gave birth to a totally brand new culture unheard of before this.
This period of change starting from the late 1960s and through the 70s brought about the hippie culture by the masses disillusioned by the raging Vietnam War and the production of nuclear weapons. It was a period where World Peace was their mouthpiece and the two finger salute became a symbol for Peace Not War. It was also a period where songs of peace were sung and prayers for a better world was chanted.
Music And Songs Of The 70s
In the early 70s, saw the emergence of popular artists like Bruce Springsteen, The Carpenters, Elton John, Carly Simon, Carole King, John Denver, The Eagles and many more. Their genre of songs were classified as soft rock/pop rock music grew in popularity during that decade. Rhythm and Blues also made gains in the Seventies with artist like Stevie Wonder and Jackson Five becoming household names.
By the middle of the 70s another form of dance music called disco music began dominating the scene. Bands and solo artist like Bee Gees, ABBA, Village People, Boney M, Donna Summer and many others became hugely popular from this period onwards. Not to be outdone, rock bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and others with their own form of rock music emerged to claim a piece of cake.
Emergence Of Hard Rock And Heavy Metal
As though to release the tension caused by the 70s, a form of loud and really heady music called Hard Rock and Heavy Metal made an emergence to join the already over populated music scene.
They came from all over the world. From Britain emerged Led Zeppelin, Free, The Who, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Judas Priest. From Australia there were AC/DC and America produced Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss and various others.
The Rise Of Punk Rock In The Seventies
Also around the mid-70s, another form of rock music referred to as Punk Rock began to take root. Punk Bands with their now famous punk look plays fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs with stripped-down instrumentation. Their lyrics are often political and anti-establishment.
Punk Rock bands like The Sex Pistols and The Clash from London and Ramones from New York City were considered and recognized as the vanguard of this new musical movement.
Hip Hop Music In The Late 70s
Something which we are more familiar with today, Hip Hop Music actually saw it’s beginning in the late 70s.
In the end of the 1970s popular songs like “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang gave Hip Hop a wider audience. Hip Hop was also influenced by the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott Heron. Country music remained very popular in the U.S. Between 1977 and 1979, it became more mainstream, as Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Allman Brothers Band all scored hits which reached both country and pop charts.
Golden Era Of Music And Songs
For those who grew up in the Nineteen Seventies, we know it as the Golden Era Of Music and Songs. It was a decade that super stars were born and made. The Seventies produces many legendary artists whose song and albums remains very popular till today.