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 Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Who Popular music, Pop music Rock music

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music Rock music

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

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat Rock music

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop Psychedelic soul

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music Raga rock

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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 13 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 Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music Rock music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 16 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 Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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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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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, 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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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul Pop music

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock Rock music

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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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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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound Rock music

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music British blues

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul Rock music

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk Rock music

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music Rockabilly

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Disco

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The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music Rockabilly

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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 Association is listed (or ranked) 38 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) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk Psychedelic pop

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues Rock and roll

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues Rock music

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Chubby Checker Rock music, Rock and roll

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Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music Rock music

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James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop Pop music

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The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock Experimental rock

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock Pop music

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Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Petula Clark Pop music