We’re halfway through counting down K-EARTH’s top 101 artists in our 40th Anniversary Hall of Fame! See which artists rank at 60-51 and click here to see the past Hall of Fame inductees!
60. The Guess Who — These Canadian rockers were already huge in their home country, but they later scored big internationally with their first U.S. No.1 single “American Woman” in 1970.
Hall of Fame Hit: “American Woman”
59. The Dave Clark Five — At the height of the British Invasion bands, The Dave Clark Five was the first group that could rival the Beatles. They were the second British band to appear for two weeks on The Ed Sullivan Show and scored numerous top 10 hits in the U.S., including their No.3 hit, “Because.”
Hall of Fame Hit: “Because”
58. The Eagles — L.A.’s own pride and joy, The Eagles have earned five No.1 hits, six No.1 albums and six Grammy Awards throughout their career. Their signature hit “Hotel California” is one of the most interpretive songs in history that conjures many different meanings from fans and critics, but The Eagles say it’s an “interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles.”
Hall of Fame Hit: “Hotel California”
57. Sonny and Cher — America fell in love with the husband/wife duo. Viewers welcomed Sonny and Cher (and a young Chaz) into their homes for their variety hours and sang along to their many pop hits. Though they released dozens of feel good pop hits, they only scored one No.1 hit on the Hot 100 with “I Got You Babe.”
Hall of Fame Hit: “I Got You Babe”
56. Little Richard — Self proclaimed “architect of rock and roll,” Little Richard’s bigger than life personality and energy during performances made him one of the breakouts in the beginning of rock and roll. Though his influence on the development of rock in the ’50s was profound, Little Richard never scored a No.1 hit on the Hot 100, but his music continues to live on today.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Tutti-Frutti”
55. Simon & Garfunkel — The popular folk duo’s music was instrumental during the ’60s activist movements, and their soothing harmonies and melodies help shape the sound of the ’60s. Their popularity surged when they their music appeared in The Graduate, helping them earn their second No.1 hit with “Mrs. Robinson.”
Hall of Fame Hit: “Mrs. Robinson”
54. Rod Stewart — With a career spanning over 50 years, Rod Stewart has become one of the top selling artists of all time with over 100 million records sold. He’s scored four No.1 singles on the Hot 100 and six consecutive No.1 albums.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”
53. The Isley Brothers — Brothers Ron and Ernie Isley made us jump up and “shout” over and over and became one of the first acts to have charted a single or album in five different decades.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Shout”
52. The Turtles — They broke out with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” in 1965, but earned their biggest and most widely known hit with their only single to reach No.1, “Happy Together.”
Hall of Fame Hit: “Happy Together”
51. Frankie Valli — The lead singer of the hugely popular group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Frankie has charted an astounding 29 top 40 singles with the the Four Seasons as well as nine singles as a solo artist. His music and rags to riches story is so beloved that it was turned into a hit musical and is currently in development for a movie.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”