If the 60's were a decade of the culture influencing the music, then the 70's was a decade of the music influencing the culture. While the style and tone of the 60's as more political and drug influenced, the 70's style was more varied and reflected the carefree nature of the times. Various genres including hard rock, soft rock, disco, and punk took the scene by storm and never let go. While not every genre was popular, there was more variety to choose from and more hits to be had amongst artists.

Hard rock began in the late 60's with groups such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. Though true hard rock, heavy metal, as it is now called was born in the factories of Birmingham, England. Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler & Bill Ward developed the blueprint for what would be heavy metal when their debut self-titled record was released in February 1970. This record along with Paranoid from the same year influenced the next generation of hard rock artists including The Scorpions, Judas Priest, KISS, and Alice Cooper. Rock also became softer in the 1970's as well with help from Fleetwood Mac, The Carpenters, ABBA, Barry Manilow, and Eagles. While this type of music was typically made fun of by younger audiences, it was played heavily on radio stations ensuring the artists longevity over the decades.

Society in the 1970's was carefree and almost dull. This was something that did not sit well for some. By the late 70's, a louder, faster, and politically charged genre of rock music emerged. This was punk rock. In the United Kingdom, The Sex Pistols and The Clash paved the way for American artists like The Ramones. Other bands that had something to say culturally included The Talking Heads, The Pretenders, & The Cars, though their music wasn't nearly as fast.

As for disco, the genre inspired 70's culture through the night club scene. While the genre had its fans and bands, namely a resurgent Bee Gees, it also had its detractors. Many who grew up in the lats 70's detested disco, even to the point of burning the records.

The 70's was a time when art influenced the culture. It was a time of producing hits that still exist today due to their play on ordinary and online radio. The 70's were a musically diverse decade with sub-genres that continue to influence those recording today!