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who is the most forgotten 60s/70s/80s rock band?

what rock band from that era has been most often forgotten as a great band or more specifically, perhaps underrated for their work...the first name that's popping into my head is lynyrd skynyrd, their fame is tied to sweet home alabama despite it not being their best song and certainly not their only good song, it's overplayed because you can use it in any reference to the american guys can probably come up with more names that i'm forgetting, so i'll leave the question to you


america's a good one, i can't think of too many people who know of them...blondie and doobie brothers also good suggestions

Update 2:

i'm aware that skynyrd is well known for free bird, but i am saying that sweet home alabama is their most well known song overall, because of its reception of significant airtime in the last maybe 10 years or so

Update 3:

i think queen and david bowie are well known enough to keep them out of this category, but mention of the traveling wilburys brings to mind tom petty and the heartbreakers as another name...also 3 dog night and seals and crofts good answers

Update 4:

any votes for the police possibly making this list?

Update 5:

foreigner i think is well known enough to leave off the list, they had multiple popular songs

24 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Peter Frampton? Queen? David Bowie?

    I thought the Traveling Wilbury's (supergroup w/Orbison, Dylan, George Harrison and Tom Petty) but they finally re-released the CDs.

    Parliament/Funkadelic, not what they are now, what they were in the 70's.

    If you want to go really deep, check out Spirit - "I got a Line on you" was their hit, if you can call it that. 60's era type psychadelia.

  • Quatro
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    60's I would say, Donovan, Rare Earth, Vanilla Fudge, Young Bloods, The 3 Dog nights, the Grass Roots. Los Bravos, and Bad Finger

    70's The Raspberries,Ten Years After, Seals and Croft, the Marmalade,

    80's ELO, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Poco,and Meat loaf

  • Little River Band


    Lynch Mob



    Dr. Hook

    Foreigner - "Unusual Heat" album. Seriously, every song is great.

    Mr. Big

    Molly Hatchet

    10 Years After

    Three Dog Night

    38 Special

    Tora Tora

    Damn Yankees



    Night Ranger


    Bay City Rollers

    Mott the Hoople

    Bauchman Turner Overdrive

    There are tons of talented bands out of the spot light. I think that is part of why we like them so much. Over played radio songs have a way of getting to ya after a while. It's nice to hear songs that aren't continuesly talked about every 2 seconds.

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, Skynyrd would be best known for Free Bird. Sweet Home Alabama probably just popped into your head because of the recent movie by the same name.

    Now, back to your question....

    Radar Love......Golden Earring

    Whiter Shade of Pale.....Procol Harem

    Lucky man..... Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

    Here's a few to bring back memories. I think I'll let someone else continue.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ten Years After immediately come to mind -just a great kick -azz rock n' roll band with a great guitar player named Alvin Lee

    If you want to listen to something great find a copy of Cricklewood Green , fire one up , slap on a pair of head phones and listen to 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain

    In a slight more mellow vein

    Little Feat was a great and forgotten band

    listen to Waiting For Columbus

    Sadly Poco and The James Gang got over shadowed by what I think is an inferior band spin-off band called the Eagles

    honorable mention:

    Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen-

    Just good-time rockin and rollicking music

    and also


    Source(s): me
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The MC5, Thin Lizzy, and Cheap Trick.

    I'm serious, people actually don't know these bands.

    I agree with Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet home Alabama" was not their best song. some people consider it a one hit wonder.

    Never label them that.

    they were a great band.

    as are the rest I named

  • 1 decade ago

    Dr. Hook

    Red Ryder

    Van Morrison

    Eric Burden & the Animals

    Bill Withers - Lean on Me

    The Little River Band

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Peter Frampton



    Rory Gallagher



    Dr Hook

    The Band


    Deep Purple

  • 1 decade ago

    Doobie Brothers and Bad Company two great bands with some good music.

  • Lefty
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Dire Straits

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