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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. 

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

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    The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  3. 3
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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    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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  6. 6
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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by DennisNJ
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  8. 8
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    The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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

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    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  11. 11
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    The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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

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  12. 12
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    added by ChangesDownClub
    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    added by looksharp
    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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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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    The Dave Clark Five is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by looksharp
    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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

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    Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by richerb
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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

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    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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

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    added by BostonBruins
    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    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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    Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    added by DonSlater
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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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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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    added by richerb
    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Pop music

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    Girl group, Pop music

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    James Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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

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