We’re continuing counting down the artists who’ve changed the game in music during the golden years of Motown, rock and roll and more! It’s getting down to the wire now with today’s list featuring the artists coming in on the list from 40-31. Click here to see the rest of the K-EARTH 101 Hall of Famers so far!
40. Grand Funk Railroad: This popular ’70s rock band, named after a railroad line that ran through their hometown, skyrocketed to fame with their first No.1 single “We’re An American Band” off the album of the same name. They also followed along their train-themed name with their second chart topping single “Loco-Motion,” that still has us dancing today.
Hall of Fame Hit: “We’re An American Band”
39. Fleetwood Mac: Despite the group’s ups and downs and lineup changes over their 40-decade career, they produced some of the biggest rock and roll hits of the ’70s. The group’s acclaimed album Rumours produce four top ten chart singles alone, including their only No. 1 hit, “Dreams.”
Hall of Fame Hit: “Dreams”
38. The Mamas and The Papas: Having sold over 40 million albums over their career, The Mamas and The Papas created a beautiful blend of harmonies for a unique sound all their own. Though they only had one No.1 U.S. chart single with the monster hit “Monday, Monday,” their music has had a lasting impression on generations after.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Monday, Monday”
37. Billy Joel: The Piano Man himself is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time with over 150 million albums sold worldwide. He’s won six Grammy Awards and has become a permanent piece of history after induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006).
Hall of Fame Hit: “Piano Man”
36. The Drifters: The popular ’50s doo-wop group has seen plenty of lineup changes in its day, but has always managed to produce hit singles – 13 of which charted in the top 30 on the Hot 100 charts.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Under The Boardwalk”
35. Bob Dylan: The unparallelled folk act of the ’60s, Bob Dylan pioneered the folk movement with anti-war and civil rights anthems that spoke for the generation. Over his incredible 40+ decade career, he’s released 35 studio albums, won 11 Grammy Awards, and even an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys.
Hall of Fame Hit: “These Times Are A-Changing”
34. Sly & the Family Stone: Even though the head of ‘family stone’ has had run-ins with the law in the past, this funk group’s influence on the psychedelic soul movement is incomparable. They’ve had five top ten hits and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”
33. The Carpenters: Siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter broke up the ’70s rock and roll sound with their refreshing soft vocals and instrumentals. With over 100 million records sold, they are one of the top-selling music groups in history that was tragically cut short after the death of Karen in 1983.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Close To You”
32. Three Dog Night: With three No.1 singles and one of the most interesting names in rock and roll, Three Dog Night has endured the test of time with their hits. The group still records and performs to this day, and isn’t showing any signs of stopping soon.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”
31. Sam and Dave: The ultimate “Soul Men,” this vocal duo dominated the R&B charts from the ’60s-’80s and have influenced countless artists after them. The “dynamic duo” is widely considered one of the greatest live acts in music, which was even later revitalized by the musical sketch act The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
Hall of Fame Hit: “Soul Man”