Jimi Hendrix dies, Simon & Garfunkel release Bridge Over Troubled Water, James Taylor releases Sweet Baby James, setting the tone for the singer-songwriter boom of the early 70s, Black Sabbath released its debut album, laying down the template for modern heavy metal, The Beatles split, but all four members set about releasing solo albums, the Jackson 5 are the biggest band on Motown, gaining five No. 1 hits.
Marc Bolan reinvents himself as a Glam Rocker, George Harrison organises the Concert for Bangladesh, Carole King finally finds fame with her legendary Tapestry album after writing dozens of hits for others, Marvin Gaye releases the classic soul album What's Going On, David Bowie plays the first Glastonbury Festival.
David Bowie unveils his flamboyant Ziggy Stardust persona, The Stones record their much acclaimed LP Exile On Main Street, Neil Young finally breaks into the big time as a solo artist when he released his mellow LP Harvest and Cat Stevens's Teaser And The Firecat album is a global success.
Pink Floyd release Dark Side Of The Moon - which becomes one of the most enduring albums of all time, Mike Oldfield launches Virgin Records with Tubular Bells, Island Records releases Catch A Fire, Bob Marley's debut for the label - Reggae crosses over into the mainstream, Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody becomes a seasonal classic, McCartney releases what many regard as his finest solo album, Band On The Run.
ABBA win the Eurovision Song Concert and begin their extraordinary run of success with Waterloo, Eric Clapton's I Shot The Sheriff fuses rock and reggae, Glam Rock is at its peak, Nick Drake dies in obscurity.
Queen release Bohemian Rhapsody, accompanied by a pioneering music video, Disco takes off with Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Sex Pistols play their first gig, Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run catapulted him to superstardom, Kraftwerk's pioneering Autobahn receives unexpected airplay.
Punk launches with a vengeance - The Pistols Anarchy In The UK tour features The Clash, The Damned and the Heartbreakers, Peter Frampton's double-set Frampton comes Alive! Becomes the most-successful live album in rock history, selling 25 million copies, Abba enjoy three No.1s in the UK , culminating in Dancing Queen.
Fleetwood Mac release their acclaimed album Rumours - chronicling their imploding relationship - to sales of 25 million, Car Wash is the first movie to feature a disco soundtrack,The Pistols release God Save The Queen, which sells 150,000 copies in five days despite being banned by leading stores and the BBC, Wings' Mull of Kintyre heads to the top of the charts - for an astonishing nine weeks, and becoming the biggest-selling UK single to date.
Saturday Night Fever - the soundtrack takes disco out of the clubs and into the mainstream,Musical prodigy Kate bush releases her first single, Wuthering Heights, Grease - Travolta and Newton John dominate the charts with this best-selling soundtrack,The Man Machine - Kraftwerk release an album which inspires an entire generation of synthesiser pop bands, Keith Moon dies from an overdose.
The Police get their first #1, Blondie release the classic album Parallel Lines, Sid Vicious finally manages to kill himself in February, The Special AKA are at the forefront of the Ska revival explosion and Quadrophenia revives the Mod image in the movies, Rap arrives with the release of Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang.