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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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    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


    The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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


    Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

  5. 5
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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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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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  9. 9
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    Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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

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    The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

  12. 12
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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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  14. 14
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    The Dave Clark Five is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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


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

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    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Pop music, 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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    Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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


    Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

  21. 21
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    Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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

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

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

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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    often listed & 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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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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

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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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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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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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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, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Chubby Checker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Chubby Checker Rock music, Rock and roll

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    James Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Petula Clark Pop music

  45. 45
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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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    Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

  46. 46
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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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    The Shangri-Las is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s


    The Shangri-Las Girl group, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Psychedelic pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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