The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s Bands/Musicians

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 people's #1 & most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  2. 2
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    - 156
    The Beach Boys


    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  3. 3
    + 321
    - 146
    The Rolling Stones


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  4. 4
    + 291
    - 158
    Elvis Presley


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  5. 5
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    - 124

    added by CWinn
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 6
    + 206
    - 104

    added by ChangesDownClub
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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  7. 7
    + 190
    - 130

    added by DennisNJ
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  8. 8
    + 216
    - 163
    The Four Seasons


    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  9. 9
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    - 94

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

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  10. 10
    + 146
    - 132
    The Supremes

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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  11. 11
    + 182
    - 123
    Roy Orbison


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  12. 12
    + 193
    - 104

    added by looksharp
    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  13. 13
    + 190
    - 92

    added by ChangesDownClub
    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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  14. 14
    + 155
    - 58

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

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  15. 15
    + 143
    - 139
    The Dave Clark Five

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  16. 16
    + 133
    - 117
    The Temptations


    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  17. 17
    + 105
    - 50

    added by looksharp
    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  18. 18
    + 119
    - 52

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

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  19. 19
    + 144
    - 128
    Herman's Hermits


    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 20
    + 106
    - 113
    Aretha Franklin


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  21. 21
    + 144
    - 74

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

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  22. 22
    + 112
    - 94
    Sam Cooke


    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  23. 23
    + 136
    - 121
    Ray Charles


    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  24. 24
    + 142
    - 73

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

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  25. 25
    + 116
    - 106


    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  26. 26
    + 111
    - 133

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 94
    - 100

    added by BostonBruins
    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  28. 28
    + 109
    - 83
    Dusty Springfield

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

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  29. 29
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    - 50

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

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  30. 30
    + 84
    - 59


    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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  31. 31
    + 123
    - 111
    Marvin Gaye

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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  32. 32
    + 83
    - 53

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

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  33. 33
    + 47
    - 10


    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  34. 34
    + 84
    - 43


    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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  35. 35
    + 85
    - 43

    added by looksharp
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  36. 36
    + 77
    - 44

    added by looksharp
    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  37. 37
    + 80
    - 41

    added by looksharp
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  38. 38
    + 63
    - 41

    added by DonSlater
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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  39. 39
    + 71
    - 42

    added by MatthewGill
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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  40. 40
    + 29
    - 15


    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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  41. 41
    + 63
    - 47


    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  42. 42
    + 69
    - 44

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

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  43. 43
    + 72
    - 43

    added by looksharp
    Rock music, Folk rock

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  44. 44
    + 23
    - 6


    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  45. 45
    + 19
    - 8


    Girl group, Pop music

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  46. 46
    + 26
    - 10


    Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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  47. 47
    + 52
    - 46

    added by richerb
    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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  48. 48
    + 62
    - 90
    James Brown

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    - 38

    added by JohnKeith
    Pop music

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  50. 50
    + 17
    - 4


    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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