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If disco or funk is your inner mantra, 1970s was your decade. But ahoy there punksters and hip-hop fans, don’t feel left out! This was your time, too. The world saw several music trends throughout these years.
In this decade, an underground urban movement called hip-hop was born in New York City – a massively significant event in the history of music.
Imagine being at a small house party in a house in New York. Miniscule rap battles, slick beats, and a whole lotta fun. Now, THAT is where a whole genre was born – at this party!
The 70s also saw the rise of disco and dance. And of course, the evolution of rock – into punk, glam, hard/soft rock and metal. This decade saw way too much!
This article is an attempt to take you back to the 70s. We’ve curated a list of our favourite artists from all over the world and a ‘Top 20 songs’ retro mixtape to wrap it all up!!
OUR TOP 10 ARTIST PICKS
1. Led Zeppelin
After an entire decade of rhythm and blues type rock n’ roll from the 60s, the generation had got to be weary.
Led Zeppelin brought a whirling dervish of musical energy. The fresh vigour caught on to the masses like a fever, throwing them under the spotlight!
They created a whole new genre of music and transformed the definition of rock. It’s said that their music often inspired women to learn to play a rock n roll instrument, write songs and perform!
And of course, they made legendary hard rock.
2. DJ Kool Herc
All hail the Father of Hip-Hop. The entire genre was invented all because of his house party in NYC in 1973!
Also known as Clive Campbell, he developed the style that was the blueprint for hip hop music. His own music, however, outdated in the 1980s, but his works are eternal nonetheless.
3. David Bowie
The 70s was a time when David Bowie dominated the world of music, and across multiple genres. Space Oddity was written just 10 days before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon!
“I’m an alligator, I’m a mama-papa coming for you! I’m a space invader, I’ll be a rock’n’rollin bitch for you”
Apart from being a multi-instrumentalist and a singer, he created his own internet server, Bowienet, in 1996! An attempt to keep up with the changing times of technology, he always wanted to innovate.
Much respect, sir! We have a lot to learn from his go-getter, determined and confident retro ways. Lots of him in our mixtape!
4. Lynyrd Skynyrd
The many-membered band is known for their gritty, working class attitude. They paired the whole blues-rock vibe with a rebellious attitude.
Unfortunately, a career hiatus followed an insanely tragic incident – three of the band members passed away in a plane crash. A decade or so later, they resumed their music-making with three replacements.
Many say that they’re the “greatest rock band ever”. Find a few of their songs on our mixtape!
5. Eric Clapton
Eric came to be known as “god”, after impressing the whole English music scene with his blues guitar playing.
When it comes to effects, he uses the least. He believes the real magic lies in what happens between your fingers and the guitar fretboard.
He was also a founding band member of power-trio Cream before kick starting his solo career.
We love humming to his guitar solos!
6. Ghetto Brothers
Known as one of the pioneers of hip-hop and founders of the Bronx street-party scene, the Ghetto Brothers really looked up to the successes of The Beatles!
The moment they heard of The Beatles, they quickly un-learnt everything they knew, dedicating themselves to interpreting Lennon and McCartney.
They were even known as the ‘Junior Beatles’ for some time! Such dedication, much wow.
7. John Lennon
The iconic John Lennon believed that popular music could and should do more than merely entertain. Following his conviction, he changed the face of rock n’ roll forever!
People sometimes refer to him as ‘the meanest Beatle’, but he directed his anger in the right way, and today, we have ourselves a horde of good retro and rock n’ roll, thanks to him!
8. Marvin Gaye
Lovingly referred to as the ‘Prince of Soul’, Marvin Gaye started out as a session Drummer for the Motown legends such as Little Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and Martha.
He has had a massive impact on American retro culture as a music legend. In an era where the artistic direction of creators was majorly controlled by the record labels of the times, he had a lot of control over his own music.
He was, is and will always be the source of a lot of good soul music, and you’ll find a lot of him in our mixtape!
9. Michael Jackson
Is an introduction even necessary? Not only was he a great dancer, but also a musical genius – he embodied his music!
The King of Pop broke racial boundaries and revolutionized the retro music industry. Did you know that he carried his llamas to his recording studios? What a cool hoogah to have!
He also kept a pet chimpanzee called Bubbles, and an elephant named Gypsy. In fact, he ran an entire petting zoo in his area of residence. It’s not just his legendary music, but also his love for animals that we admire so dearly!
10. The Watts Prophets
With an interesting mixture of jazz and poetry, retro poets are often seen as forerunners of contemporary hip hop.
One of their albums, ‘Rappin’ Black in a White World’, released in 1971, speaks powerfully of the issues faced by the African Americans from the early 1970s, the lyrics are relevant even today.
There are very few such spoken word artists that really speak to the heart. Empathy to the fullest. Let us know if you like their buzz, because we surely do! Oh, retro times are fun.
OUR TOP 20 SONG PICKS
- Space Oddity – David Bowie
- Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
- Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
- Black in a White World – The Watts Prophets
- Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
- Woman – John Lennon
- Starman – David Bowie
- No Disrespect – DJ Kool Herc
- Girl from the Mountain – Ghetto Brothers
- Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
- Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
- Cocaine – Eric Clapton
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
- Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Better Future – DJ Kool Herc
- Lazarus – David Bowie
- Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
- Layla – Derek & The Dominos