The 70s is an era that some would rather forget. With a downturn for many Western economies, and the ongoing oil crisis kickstarting the decade, many see it as a rather bleak period in history. But for popular culture there was a real boom in music, cinema and even gaming, as new technologies became both more affordable and more mainstream. If asked to name an iconic artist from the 70s, you may immediately gravitate towards David Bowie’s futuristic reconfiguration of pop culture’s rulebook, Led Zeppelin’s excess-all-areas assault on the mainstream, or Pink Floyd’s transcendence of the laws of time and space… But any Spotify playlist can confirm that the decade delivered some incredible male artists, so take a moment to think about their female counterparts. Who springs to mind? We’ve left no stone unturned in unearthing ten shining gems for our list of the best 70s female singers.
Best 70s Female Singers: 10 Voices That Continue To Inspire
10: Olivia Newton-John
Though many associate Olivia Newton-John with the 1978 blockbuster musical Grease, the British-Australian star had already positioned herself as a popular singer. Prior to her big-screen breakthrough, Newton-John had released eight studio albums and represented the UK at 1974’s Eurovision Song Contest. Her entry, Long Live Love, only came fourth, but the single reached No.9 and No.11 in the Irish and UK charts, respectively.
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