Think You Know 70s Music?

By: Anthony Washington
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“Do a little dance, Make a little love, Get down tonight!” Ah the 1970s. A decade of revolution carrying over from the 60s social liberation. The 70s brought us times of economic and political change that bled into music and popular culture – of course! With the monumental disbanding of The Beatles, the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison; newcomers like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath stepped in to shake up the world of rock. The 70s saw rapid commercialization of rock music, diverse liberation and the emergence of punk rock and disco! Legendary artists like Donna Summer and the Bee Gees filled dance clubs with hip folks getting down to roller-skating boogie. In North America, Oceania, and Europea, the 1970s witnessed the rise of disco, which managed to become of the largest genres of the entire decade. Disco was especially popular in the mid-to-late part of the decade. A variant called Euro disco arose in Europe and became incredibly popular at the end of the 1970s. Besides disco, other styles of music like soul, smooth jazz, and jazz fusion remained popular in the 1970s. This popular music became rock and roll during the early part of the decade. Rock music has an essential role in the musical scene of the West. Punk rock thrived until the end of the decade. The music of the 1970s served as the perfect transition from the rebelliousness which defined the 1960s and the gaiety that is a well-known characteristic of the music of the 1980s. After the counterculture which defined the 1960s, the 1970s caused a movement for dance music as well as relaxing music. By the beginning of the 1970s, many people were sick of the violence and fear invoked by the Cold War in the 1960s. These people found a refuge in dance clubs and various other places intended for having a good time. The Disco movement emerged from this new trend. Of course, this doesn't mean that the artists and bands that raised awareness about the evils of society went away. These bands and artists usually released punk music to spread their message during the late 1970s. After Woodstock in 1969, the rebellious idea had essentially lost its momentum. However, there were still people who disagreed with "The Man," the establishment, and how the United States was being run. However, the vast majority of people where looking for an outlook to release their frustrations and other negative emotions, which is why disco music became so popular. When it comes to inspiring innovations in genres and musical styles, the 1970s was not a particularly unique decade. However, the 1970s served as the musical bridge between the 1960s hippie lifestyle and the 1980s yuppie lifestyle. The 70s was a trip! How well do you know 70s music?