The '70s were known as one of the most glorious times for rock and roll. With each passing year, another act would come roaring to life sporting some of the best riffs known to man. Even though rock was having its day in the sun, the pretentiousness of prog and hard rock's grandiosity left many fans itching to get back to the heart of rock and roll.
Emerging from the underground, bands started coming to the forefront in the late '70s with fast tunes, loud guitars, simple arrangements, and a full-on attitude that culminated in the arrival of punk rock. Many rock fans were a bit perplexed when punk first came out, but this bold reinvention of the rock ethos was just what the genre needed. At a time when kids were getting sick of listening to lengthy album cuts from their favourite bands, it was easier to get into these tunes, which often offered a musical bludgeoning in a few short minutes.
Sure, you may have felt winded and exhausted by the end, but that relentless energy always made you want to come back for more. Here is just a small helping of the bands that brought rock back to basics in the best way possible.