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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. 

The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  3. 3
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  4. 4
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  5. 5
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    added by CWinn
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by ChangesDownClub
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    added by DennisNJ
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by ChangesDownClub
    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Purple Panther
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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  15. 15
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  18. 18
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by richerb
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Purple Panther
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by BostonBruins
    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    added by neilp
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by richerb
    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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  31. 31
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    added by looksharp
    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    added by looksharp
    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    added by looksharp
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    added by DonSlater
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by looksharp
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    added by MatthewGill
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    added by looksharp
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    added by looksharp
    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    added by JohnKeith
    Pop music

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    added by Crabbs
    Pop music, Merseybeat

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    Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music

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    added by richerb
    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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