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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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487 301
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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499 257
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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427 283
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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446 196
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
CWinn added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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327 190
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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304 235
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
DennisNJ added The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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276 133
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

9
356 187
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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244 232
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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310 281
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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215 181
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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270 169
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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256 204
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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224 108
Cream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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194 113
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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172 157
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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275 176
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

19
252 104
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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183 138
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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198 176
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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204 194
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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196 156
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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164 130
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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190 86
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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155 137
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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155 78
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

28
159 64
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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198 136
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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78 24
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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182 80
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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160 175
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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87 27
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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173 115
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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147 74
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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143 78
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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131 70
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

38
146 85
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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76 32
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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109 46
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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146 70
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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114 69
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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113 71
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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61 31
The Association is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Association Psychedelic folk, Sunshine pop, Folk rock

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81 21
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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124 68
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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81 112
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Chubby Checker Rock music, Rock and roll

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105 115
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James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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127 74
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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98 69
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music