Let’s admit it, musical tastes change, but its influence can last forever. Over the years, we had several music artists that helped shape the history of music. They are known or their talent and craftsmanship when it comes to expressing their emotions through songs. In different decades, we have witnessed how music evolved from being a corporate product to a more personal statement. The ‘70s has its fair share of male pop artists that left the ladies scream and swoon. These artists also gave us songs that we can’t get enough of. This is why, in this article, we are going to list down the top male artists of the ’70s.
During the ‘70s, Stevie Wonder was a professional recording artist that was signed to Motown since 1961, which is why during that time, Stevie was already a veteran of the industry. During the 1970s, Stevie Wonder released eight studio albums in which five of his songs were able to reach the number 1 spot. His number one singles during the 1970s were I Wish, Sir Duke, Superstition, You Haven’t Done Nothin, and You Are the Sunshine of My Life,
1970 and 1979, Stevie Wonder managed to take home a total of 12 Grammy Awards, which is more than half of the 22 he has received during his entire career.
During the course of his career, Sir Elton John has sold over 300 million records. This is why he is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. in the 1970s, Elton John managed to release a total of 12 studio albums, wherein six of which managed to climb all the way to the number 1 spot in the Billboard 200 Album chart. And between 1970 and 1979, six of Sir Elton John’s single grabbed the top spot of the US Top 40 charts. It was also during this decade where Elton John got nominated for a total of 9 Grammy Awards. Unfortunately, he never won during this period. in 1998, he became Sir Elton John after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1970 and 1979, Marvin Gaye managed to release a total of six studio albums such as the famous Let’s Get It On, which peaked at the number 2 spot on the US Billboard 200 album charts. It was also during this decade where he released two singles, which made it to the top spot of the US Top 40. This was also the decade where Marvin Gaye got nominated in the Grammy’s for six times, but unfortunately, he didn’t win.
David Robert Jones, or popularly known as David Bowie, was a hugely influential English singer/songwriter, especially during the ‘70s. From 1970 – 1979, Bowie managed to release eleven studio albums. However, none of those albums made it into the US Billboard 200. Although the records never made it to number 1 in the US, his album “Station to Station,” which he released in 1976, did make it to number 3. Throughout his career, David Bowie has won six Grammy Awards.
Bob Dylan is a singer-songwriter who also turned into an artist and author. He is considered to be one of the best-selling artists of all time because, throughout his career, he managed to sell about 100 million records all over the world. Between 1970 and 1979, Bob Dylan released a total of eight studio albums, and all of them managed to enter into the top 20 of the Billboard 200. During the 70s, Bob Dylan released 21 singles, and eight of them grabbed a spot into the top 50 of the Billboard 100. Bob Dylan won 10 Grammy awards throughout his career, and eight of was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. He is not only excellent at making music, but Bob Dylan is also a fantastic author, as well. In fact, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.
Rod Stewart is a British singer that has managed to sell over 100 million records all across the globe. It was during the ‘70s where Rod Steward managed to establish his solo career. And it was also during this decade where he released eight studio albums where six of them managed to enter the top ten of the Billboard 200 charts.
Billy Joel is a singer and songwriter who sold over 150 million records all over the world. Between 1970 and 1979, Billy Joel released six studio albums, and two of them managed to reach the top spot of the Billboard 200 charts. He was nominated 23 times at the Grammys, and he has managed to win 5 of them.
Al Green is a singer-songwriter who managed to release 11 studio albums between 1970 and 1979, and seven of them reached into the top 40 of the Billboard 200 charts. Even if none of his records grabbed the top spot of the charts, Al Green still received considerable success on the Billboard R&B album charts in the United States.
Bruce Springsteen started his career in 1972 as he played along with the E Street Band. After a year, he released his first studio album, which he called Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. The album made it into the top 60ss of the Billboard 200 charts. His Born To Run album, which was released in 1975, grabbed the third spot of the Billboard 200 charts during that time. Throughout his career, Bruce Springsteen managed to win a total of 20 Grammy Awards and 4 American Music Awards.
Another artist who rose to spectacular fame in the 1970s is Barry Manilow, whose career has spanned over 50 years. He started his career in the music industry in a variety of jobs — as an arranger, jingle writer and singer, accompanyist and musical director during much of the 1960s. In 1973, the singer-songwriter and pianist released his self-titled debut album. But he found greater success with his second album, Barry Manilow II (1974), thanks to the single “Mandy” that rose to number one on the Billboard pop and adult contemporary charts. From there, he went on to enjoy a string of Top 10 Billboard pop and adult contemporary hits in 1970s. They include “Could It Be Magic,” “I Write the Songs,” “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again,” “Looks Like We Made It,” “Can’t Smile without You,” “Copacabana (at the Copa),” and “Ready to Take a Chance Again.” Manilow has released 13 platinum and six multi-platinum albums and has sold more than 85 million records worldwide.