Hello. BP is dark today, but last week an Eagles-related argument (weigh in down in the comments section on how they suck! —GS) begat a draft of bands from the 1970s. Now, we’re fulfilling the time-honored tradition of turning inane disagreements into content! Welcome to the official Baseball Prospectus 1970s band draft.


First, the rules, which were devised by Bryan Grosnick, who organized the tournament and tolerated the group’s many attempts to bend the spirit or letter of the law. Special thanks to Bryan.

  • We are drafting musical groups that were active during the period 1970-1979.
  • You are drafting their entire discography, including before-after 1970-1979.
  • If you select a band that was not primarily active or extremely active during the 1970s, you will be ostracized and generally mocked by your fellow drafters. (This is “The Beatles” rule.)
  • Snake draft, random order.
  • No solo acts, unless they with an advertised backing band (a la Selena Gomez and The Scene)

Now, the draft, which was conducted over roughly 72 hours via Google Sheets and a Slack thread that became sluggishly long by the end. Robert Au had the first pick:

Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
Robert A Queen The Miracles ABBA The Kinks Three Dog Night Elis & Tom
Kendall G Led Zeppelin Creedence Clearwater Revival Lynyrd Skynyrd The Band The Bee Gees The O’Jays
Adam L Rolling Stones Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young KISS Rush Styx Steve Miller Band
Patrick D Earth, Wind & Fire The Cars Santana (ft. Santana) Kraftwerk Yellow Magic Orchestra Africa 70
Bret S Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Big Star Pink Floyd Elvis Costello & the Attractions The Stooges The Police
Bryan G The Clash Aerosmith Journey Cheap Trick Darryl Hall and John Oates Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Tim J Bob Marley & the Wailers The Jackson 5 The Beach Boys Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Roxy Music The Doobie Brothers
Jen R E Fleetwood Mac Fanny The Runaways The Dishrags Sister Sledge The Carpenters
Rob M The Who Chicago Jethro Tull Heart Steely Dan Boston
Ginny S Talking Heads Joy Division The Supremes Patti Smith Group X-Ray Spex Babe Ruth
Craig G Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers The Eagles The Temptations Gladys Knight and the Pips ELO The Isley Brothers
Daniel R E The Ramones War Sly and the Family Stone Black Sabbath Yes T. Rex
Jeffrey P Blondie Television AC/DC Toots and the Maytals The Specials Masaru Imada Trio
Martin A Derek and the Dominos Allman Brothers Band The Jeff Beck Group Van Halen Grand Funk Railroad Deep Purple
Harry P Grateful Dead Parliament-Funkadelic Traffic Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters Dire Straits

Everyone also graciously provided their thoughts on their draft and the process as a whole, which we’ve produced below. We also made everyone say whose draft(s) they liked, other than their own:


Robert Au:

Round 1 (1) Queen
Round 2 (30) The Miracles
Round 3 (31) ABBA
Round 4 (60) The Kinks
Round 5 (61) Three Dog Night
Round 6 (90) Elis & Tom

This was a fun exercise, and a surprisingly deep pool; I’d be happy with all of these drafts. I aimed for breadth, and personal connection over critical acclaim, though I ended up with no shortage of both. Calling Elis & Tom a band is a stretch, I’m aware, but Bryan said yes, and I’m delighted to pick them.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Craig’s


Kendall Guillemette:

Round 1 (2) Led Zeppelin
Round 2 (29) Credence Clearwater Revival
Round 3 (32) Lynyrd Skynyrd
Round 4 (59) The Band
Round 5 (62) The Bee Gees
Round 6 (89) The O’Jays

It was a deep draft. High quality deep into the later rounds. I was quite pleased with my draft. I definitely was drafting the best band available each round and I feel like I ended up with a few bands that could really top a rotation. In the later rounds I moved more to specialists who were the best at what they did.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Adam L


Adam Lawler:

Round 1 (3) Rolling Stones
Round 2 (28) Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Round 3 (33) KISS
Round 4 (58) Rush
Round 5 (63) Styx
Round 6 (88) Steve Miller Band

The whole thing was regrettable. From its origin in my introduction to my climactic selection of Steve Miller Band: regrettable. The best part of the process was learning Ginny’s oldest stuffy animal was a Scooby Doo doll.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Tim (shocking given his bad taste in music)

Anything else? None of these bands are as good as Taylor Swift. Selecting David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars was thumbing your nose at the process. An absolute abomination.


Patrick Dubuque:

Round 1 (4) Earth, Wind & Fire
Round 2 (27) The Cars
Round 3 (34) Santana (ft. Santana)
Round 4 (57) Kraftwerk
Round 5 (65) Yellow Magic Orchestra
Round 6 (87) Africa 70

I don’t really like music, and I don’t really like the 1970s, and I don’t really like 1970s music. I think my selections accurately reflect my lack of taste.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Ginny Searle

Anything else? No. That is all.


Bret Sayre:

Round 1 (5) Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Round 2 (26) Big Star
Round 3 (35) Pink Floyd
Round 4 (56) Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Round 5 (65) The Stooges
Round 6 (86) The Police

This was a very fun exercise, and I tried to focus a little more on quality rather than quantity – so a handful of my picks only had five or fewer records to their name. 10/10, would participate again.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Jeffrey’s


Bryan Grosnick:

Round 1 (6) The Clash
Round 2 (25) Aerosmith
Round 3 (36) Journey
Round 4 (55) Cheap Trick
Round 5 (66) Darryl Hall and John Oates
Round 6 (85) Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

You can call this the “songs about Janie” memorial draft, but I think I got a good combination of quality and quantity from the associated discographies. And I’d rather have two years of David Bowie than two decades of some other bands!

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Bret’s

Anything else? The Eagles: still bad.


Tim Jackson:

Round 1 (7) Bob Marley & the Wailers
Round 2 (24) The Jackson 5
Round 3 (37) The Beach Boys
Round 4 (54) Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Round 5 (67) Roxy Music
Round 6 (84) The Doobie Brothers

I didn’t expect my board to be so driven by smoothness and/or grooveness but I probably should have. “What A Fool Believes” is about the Doobie Brothers lasting til round six.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Jeffrey’s. A lineup with varied skills that makes it hard to plan against

Anything else? My largest contributions to this exercise included saying the Eagles stink and that Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is wildly overrated. I regret nothing.


Jen Ramos Eisen:

Round 1 (8) Fleetwood Mac
Round 2 (23) Fanny
Round 3 (38) The Runaways
Round 4 (53) The Dishrags
Round 5 (68) Sister Sledge
Round 6 (83) The Carpenters

that was fun and I’d do it again with different eras

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Bret’s or Daniel’s


Rob Mains:

Round 1 (9) The Who
Round 2 (22) Chicago
Round 3 (39) Jethro Tull
Round 4 (52) Heart
Round 5 (69) Steely Dan
Round 6 (82) Boston

I am satisfied with the knowledge that I selected bands I liked as a teenager. I am not satisfied with the knowledge that my tastes haven’t matured much since then. People who weren’t even born in the 70s exhibited more sophistication.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Martin

Anything else? My bands are not cool. I was not cool in the 1970s. I am still not cool.


Ginny Searle:

Round 1 (10) Talking Heads
Round 2 (21) Joy Division
Round 3 (40) The Supremes
Round 4 (51) Patti Smith Group
Round 5 (70) X-Ray Spex
Round 6 (81) Babe Ruth

I’d typically think my music taste is mostly located in the 1980s and onward, and that many of the earlier exceptions are solo artists, so one reason I loved this draft was reminding me how many 70s groups I love. It feels like cheating taking Patti Smith Group since Horses was released solely under her name, but the backing group was there for that album too, so…

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Rob or Jen’s


Craig Goldstein:

Round 1 (11) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Round 2 (20) The Eagles
Round 3 (41) The Temptations
Round 4 (50) Gladys Knight and the Pips
Round 5 (71) ELO
Round 6 (80) The Isley Brothers

I loved partaking, it was a ton of fun. I was thrilled with what I got considering I was going 11th overall, and had a bunch of names on my board even at the draft’s conclusion. Great decade for music.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? I think it’ll be easy to ID the type(s) of music I love but Kendall, Robert, Bryan, and Mains were all in my wheelhouse. I’d probably take Kendall’s if I had to choose one.

Anything else? The Eagles rule. That is an Official Baseball Prospectus Music Opinion.


Daniel R Epstein:

Round 1 (12) The Ramones
Round 2 (19) War
Round 3 (42) Sly and the Family Stone
Round 4 (49) Black Sabbath
Round 5 (72) Yes
Round 6 (79) T. Rex

The Ramones should never have lasted until the 12th pick. The long version of War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness” is possibly the best song of the decade… or maybe any decade.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Bret’s

Anything else? The Eagles suck.


Jeffrey Paternostro:

Round 1 (13) Blondie
Round 2 (18) Television
Round 3 (43) AC/DC
Round 4 (48) Toots and the Maytals
Round 5 (73) The Specials
Round 6 (78) Masaru Imada Trio

Pretty pleased to get Toots and the Maytals that far after Marley and The Wailers. Probably reached for Television but Marquee Moon might be the single best 70s album.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Ginny Searle


Martin Alonso:

Round 1 (14) Derek and the Dominos
Round 2 (17) Allman Brothers Band
Round 3 (44) The Jeff Beck Group
Round 4 (47) Van Halen
Round 5 (74) Grand Funk Railroad
Round 6 (77) Deep Purple

Tried to nab my favorite all-time album in the first round (which could’ve probably been a 5th round pick). Then went on listing all my favorite bands that had played through the 70s, but am still kicking myself for forgetting Rush!

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Adam’s 4th round pick of Rush.

Anything else? Still kicking myself for forgetting Rush…


Harry Pavlidis:

Round 1 (15) Grateful Dead
Round 2 (16) Parliament-Funkadelic
Round 3 (45) Traffic
Round 4 (46) Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band
Round 5 (75) Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters
Round 6 (76) Dire Straits

This was a fun exercise, remembering some bands–we could have gone a few more rounds. Was super fun to see the eclectic combinations of bands people selected.

Whose draft would you take other than your own? Patrick


Last but not least, we’ve got some honorable mentions:

Name Honorable Mentions
Robert A The Staple Singers; Novos Baianos; The Commodores; Manhattan Transfer; Rufus feat. Chaka Khan; The Pointer Sisters; Tower of Power; ZZ Top; America; The Statler Brothers; The Moody Blues; The Persuasions; Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Probably ineligible: Nancy Faust (+Harry Caray?), Cast of Chicago, The Blues Brothers, The Wrecking Crew, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Kendall G
Adam L Kool and the Gang, Thin Lizzy
Patrick D Devo, Sondheim and Hal Prince
Bret S The Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, Wire
Bryan G
Tim J Thin Lizzy, The Damned, Muddy Waters, Hues Corporation, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Super Tramp
Jen R E
Rob M Seals & Crofts, Blue Oyster Cult, ZZ Top, Guess Who, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Supertramp, Bad Company, Foreigner, Boney M
Ginny S Kate Bush, Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell (all ineligible)
Craig G The Commodores, Supertramp, The Moody Blues, BTO, Squeeze, Velvet Underground
Daniel R E The Jam, New York Dolls, Modern Lovers, B-52s, Average White Band, Gap Band, The Dead Boys, Southside Johnny/Asbury Jukes, Ohio Players, KC/Sunshine Band, The Meters, Tower of Power
Jeffrey P
Martin A Weather Report, Mothers of Invention, Supertramp, King Crimson, The Velvet Underground, Journey, America, The Moody Blues, Camel, Foghat, The Guess Who
Harry P Headhunters, Commodores,Faces, Weather Report, Mothers of Invention, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker Band, Crazy Horse, Supertramp, America

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A nod to Ginny for the savvy late round pick of Babe Ruth. Naturally enough, it was right after Boston.
Shaun P.
This was a really fun read and I am glad ELP made the honorable mentions. But no love for the Red Rocker? Or was he swept up by the Van Halen pick even though he wasn't in the band in the 70s?
Fun to read, and probably even more fun to have taken part in. Glad to see a couple of oft-overlooked groups get drafted (Kinks, among others), and some I've never heard of (which is good, I know I don't know everything). The Honorable mentions righted some wrongs, but there's still some serious omissions: Wings, Boomtown Rats, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Rainbow, and especially Kansas. Too many people think Kansas consists exclusively of "Dust In the Wind" and "Carry On, Wayward Son", but nothing could be further from the truth.
Wings is incredibly overrated Llarry.
I won't contest that, but they were big and they were everywhere, and I had expected at least one Honorable Mention vote.
Ginny Searle
if it helps, i think my gf is disappointed in me for not putting them on my honorable mentions, too. (I was also made a remedial Eagles playlist)
Tim Jackson
Bands you don't need to have remedial playlists made for: good ones
Craig Goldstein
PEOPLE WHO HATE THE EAGLES: They're played too much and that's why I hate them.

ALSO PEOPLE WHO HATE THE EAGLES, APPARENTLY: You haven't heard them before because they're bad.
Jim ONeill
Just curious. What is the age range of the panel? And how many bands were seen live? Nonetheless, this is great stuff and its hard for a 78 yr old music lover that you missed anyone. BTW....Eagles suck? That's a joke, right?
Craig Goldstein
The Eagles are good, Jim. Thank you.

I believe the panel ranges from mid-late 20s through early 60s.
Fap Anson
Wow Roxy Music in Round 5 and NO Can?
James O'Hara
Super fun. Many great choices. If it is strictly focused on the 70s, Syknyrd in Round 3 is like saying Hank Aaron is a third round HOFer. Plus, there was almost no one bigger than Seger in the 70s. Every El Camino that drove by was playing him. Lastly, Thin Lizzy being relgated to honorable mention is insane. All three were dominating the airwaves in the late mid- to late-70s. Great stuff, though, and super fun.
Ginny Searle
"Every El Camino that drove by was playing him" is a great line lmao
Dan, I appreciate the HM love for both Average White Band and KC and the Sunshine Band (who I've seen live).
Daniel R. Epstein
It was the least I could do. Clearly some of my colleagues have a lot to learn about music. I will continue to educate them as best I can!!
I don't think I see Little Feat mentioned ANYWHERE?! Please cancel my subscription. :)