Originally Posted by Aficionado
Grand Funk Railroad
Derek & The D
GFR? To me, your list looks like one of those "which does not belong" quiz questions.
As others have pointed out, Queen really embodies a certain type of '70's rock. Plus, bombast, etc. aside, they were extremely talented musicians whose performances were always tight. Petty and the Stones are pretty iconic, and if anything the Stones' continuing commercial success leads the genius of their best work to be underrated
, imho. Derek & the Dominoes were far from groundbreaking, but the Clapton/Duane Allman collaboration is pretty amazing - and a few of their songs also perfectly embody a particular point in rock history.
I'll admit that "I'm Your Captain" and "American Band" have a certain goofy catchiness, but GFR was basically the Milli Vanilli of their day - purely a commercial construct with little musical talent to speak of.
+1 on The Clash, The Who, ACDC, Led Zep. Depending on what one means by "great", I think it's hard not to include Pink Floyd in the discussion. The Dead Kennedys and Sex Pistols if we're talking influence as opposed to true musical "greatness". The Band. CCR.