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Rock Music In The 70s 
On The Acoustic

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Welcome to this rock bands in the 70s page where you'll find some great 70s rock tunes you can easily play on the acoustic guitar. Download the free chord sheets and check out my demo videos.

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Artists on this page:
Ace - Air Supply - Badfinger
Big Star - Bravebelt
Blue Swede - BTO
Christie - Def Leppard
Echo And The Bunnymen
Emerson Lake & Palmer - Golden Earring
Pink Floyd - Stealers Wheel
Steppenwolf
The Cure - The Police
The Pretenders - Thin Lizzy
T-Rex - U2

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Rock Music In The 70s
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1. All Out Of Love - Air Supply

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All Out Of Love was one of three singles from Air Supply's Lost In Love album from 1980.

This one reached #2 in both Canada and the US and peaked at #9 in Australia, #10 in Ireland and #11 in the UK.

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2. Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd

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Another Brick In The Wall was Pink Floyd's first #1 hit and was so in several European countries as well as in the US.

The track is from their 1979 album The Wall.

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3. Baby Blue - Badfinger

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Baby Blue was a single from Badfinger's 1971 album Straight Up.

It reached #7 in Canada, #9 in the US and #73 in the UK.

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4. Back On The Chain Gang - The Pretenders

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Back On The Chain Gang was one of the first of eight singles from the bands 1982 album Learning To Crawl.

This track peaked at #4 in the US, #5 in Canada and #17 in the UK. The eight singles were released over a two year period from 1982-1984.

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5. Benediction - Stealers Wheel

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Benediction can be found on the Stealers Wheel album Right Or Wrong from 1975.

The song was never released as a single.

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6. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

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Born To Be Wild was released in 1968 from the bands first album simple entitled Steppenwolf.

It was their only single to chart in the UK, peaking at #30. In the US the song reached #2 and hit #1 in Canada. It also appeared in the 1969 film Easy Rider with Peter Fonda.

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7. Dancing In The Moonlight - Thin Lizzy

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Dancing In The Moonlight is a single from 1977 and can be found on the Thin Lizzy album Bad Reputation.

This song peaked at #14 in the UK and #4 in Ireland. This song title is sometime confused with a King Harvest song with the same name.

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8. Day After Day - Badfinger

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Day After Day was also from the 1971 Straight Up album hit #2 in Canada and #3 in the US.

In the UK the song peaked at #10.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up  and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A, C, D/Em, D/Gb

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9. Dunrobin's Gone - Brave Belt

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Dunrobin's Gone is found on the Brave Belt II album but I don't believe the song was a single back in 1972

The band pre-dated BTO and was post The Guess Who.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, A, Bm, Gbm, Em, A7
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10. Electrical Storm - U2

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Electrical Storm was one of two new songs for this Greatest Hits album from U2 when it was released in 2002.

The song was a #1 in Canada, #2 in Ireland and a #5 in the US. It was also a top 10 in a few other countries.


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11. Fearless - Pink Floyd

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Fearless was a B-side single to the A-side song called One Of These Days. Both songs are from the 1971 album Meddle.

Neither song charted unfortunately.


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12. Hey You - BTO

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Hey You was one of two singles from BTO's 1975 album Four Wheel Drive.

The song was #1 in Canada, #2 in South Africa and #21 in the US.

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13. How Long - Ace

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How Long is from 1974 and the debut single by the band Ace from their "Five-A-Side" album.

The song peaked at #3 in Canada and the US and #20 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down up down up down down and repeat
  • Picking: Yes blended into the rhythm
  • Chords: G, Fdim, Am, Em, Dm, Gsus
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14. Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede

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Hooked On A Feeling was from the Swedish band Blue Swede and this song was also the name of the 1974 album. BJ Thomas first recorded the song in 1969.

The Blue Swede version hit #1 in the US in 1974.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: A, Amaj7, A7, D, Dm, Esus, E, Db, Gbm, Asus2maj7
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15. Hysteria - Def Leppard

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Hysteria is a single from the 1987 album of the same name.

This song was a #9 hit in the US, #13 in Canada and #26 in the UK.

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16. In Between Days - The Cure

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In Between Days was released as a single from the album The Head On The Door which came out in 1985.

The song peaked at #39 in the US and was a top 20 in a few other countries for The Cure.

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17. Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy

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Jailbreak hit the airwaves back in 1976 and hails from the Thin Lizzy album of the same name.

The song did not chart in Canada or the US but did reach #31 in the UK.

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18. Just Like Heaven - The Cure

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Just Like Heaven was one of four singles from The Cure album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me when it was released in 1987.

The song reached the top 40 in the US as well as several other countries.

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19. Lost In Love - Air Supply

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Lost In Love was the first #3 hit  in New Zealand for Air Supply when it came out in 1979 from their Life Support album.

It was re-released again in 1980 from their album Lost In Love and scored a #1 in both Canada and the US with that re-release.


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20. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf

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Magic Carpet Ride was the only single released from their 2nd album in 1968 called Steppenwolf II.

This one reached #1 in Canada and #3 in the US. The band continued putting out records and singles until 1981, so I class them here as a 70's band.

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21. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All - Air Supply

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Making Love Out Of Nothing At All was released as the only single from their Greatest Hits album from 1983.

The song was a #2 in the US and a #3 in Canada. 

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22. No Matter What - Badfinger

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No Matter What was the only single from the bands 1970 album No Dice.

The song was a top 10 hit across the UK, Australia, Canada and the US.

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23. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

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Pour Some Sugar On Me is from the 1987 Def Leppard album Hysteria.

This song made it all the way to #2 on the US Rock charts, #8 in Ireland and #18 in the UK.

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24. Radar Love - Golden Earring

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Radar Love was a huge song for Golden Earring in 1973 when it was released as a single from their Moontan album.

The song was #1 in The Netherlands, #6 in Belgium, #7 in the UK and #13 in the US. It was their first song to make into the US Rock charts. 

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25. San Bernadino - Christie

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San Bernadino was a single from the debut album from Christie called Christie in 1970.

The song was a top 10 in several countries and hit #1 in Switzerland.

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26. Star - Stealers Wheel

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Star was released as a single from the Stealers Wheel album Ferguslie Park from 1973.

The song reached #12 in Canada, #25 in the UK and #29 in the US.

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27. Stuck In The Middle - Stealers Wheel

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Stuck In The Middle With You was from the bands first album in 1972 entitled Stealers Wheel.

The song hit #2 in Canada, #6 in the US and #8 in the UK and was their highest charting song.

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28. Takin Care Of Business - BTO

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Takin Care Of Business was a #3 hit in Canada and a #12 in the US when it was released as a single in 1974.

The track can be found on the Bachman Turner Overdrive II album.

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29. Talk Of The Town - The Pretenders

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Talk Of The Town was a single from The Pretenders 1980 album The Pretenders II.

The song peaked at #8 in the UK but failed to chart in Canada or the US.

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30. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy

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The Boys Are Back In Town is a single from Thin Lizzy's 1976 album Jailbreak.

The single was a #1 in Ireland and hit #8 in Canada and #12 in the US.


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31. The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen

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The Killing Moon was a single release from the 1984 album Ocean Rain from Echo And The Bunnymen.

The song peaked at #7 in Ireland and #9 in the UK, which was their highest charting single in Ireland.


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32. The Love Cats - The Cure

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The Lovecats was released as a single by The Cure in 1983.

It reached #6 in Australia and #7 in the UK as well as #15 in Ireland.

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33. The Wizard - Uriah Heep

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The Wizard was the one of two tracks released as singles by Uriah Heep from their 1972 album Demons And Wizards.

The song did not chart in the US but did in Canada reaching #86.


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34. Thirteen - Big Star

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Thirteen is a track from Big Star's debut album from 1972.

This song was released as a single but was mislabeled and called Don't Lie To Me. There is no mention if the song became a hit but Rolling Stone has it as #396 on their list of the greatest 500 songs of all time.

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35. Twilight Zone - Golden Earring

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Twilight Zone was another #1 in The Netherlands in 1982 and was only one of two singles released from their Cut album.

The song reached #5 in Belgium and #10 in the US, which was their highest charting single in the US market.

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36. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

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Wish You Were Here was a 1975 album from Pink Floyd and this song was the title track from the album but was never released as a single.

Have A Cigar and Welcome To The Machine were the singles. They did released a live version of this song from the 1995 album Pulse, as a single, but it failed to chart.

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37. Yellow River - Christie

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Yellow River was a huge song for the band Christie when it was released as a single in 1970 from their album Christie.

The song went on to be a #1 in several places in Europe including the UK, and reached #23 in the US.

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