music The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s  

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List of the best pop artists of the 60s, ranked. The 1960s may very well be the best decade for music in the rock era. Music from the decade 1960-69 can bring back good memories for many who grew up in this era and holds a certain allure for those who were born later. It's tough to decide which artists were truly the best of the 60s - perhaps the easiest way to judge these 1960s bands is by their staying power. Yes, many on this list were popular bands in the 60s, but which ones continue to touch future generations with their songs? The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles are at the top of this list with good reason. For many, they epitomize 1960s music - the atmosphere and attitude of the time - and when younger listeners want to tap into that era, they usually flip one of those bands on and listen to the best singers of the 60s. 

This does not mean that everyone loves these bands. The question of the top 60s artists is subjective - that's why we are putting it up for a vote. Upvote your favorites and add any 60s musicians you love that somehow didn't make it on the list. 

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The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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The Association is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Association Psychedelic folk, Sunshine pop, Folk rock

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Chubby Checker Rock music, Rock and roll

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James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock