The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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initially rising to prominence in the 1960s, acid rock became a harder, LSD-infused brand of psychedelic rock. What separates acid rock from regular old psych rock is it's loopy, trippy instrumentals. Many acid rock bands have long, brooding solos and had few, if any lyrics. Some of the biggest bands of the 1960s are defined as acid rock bands, and though a few may not fit the tight definition of acid rock to the use of words and lyrics, they're still considered acid rock because of their solos and their being influenced by the San Francisco sound that dominated rock music at the time. The best acid rock bands remains popular today and their legacy still is strong.

So, that said, who are the best acid rock bands? Any list of acid rock bands has to include the likes of well known rock bands like including Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Butterfly and The Doors. These are known as some of the greatest rock bands in history and with good reason. Their sounds defined a generation of music and still are highly influential for acid rock bands everywhere.

Ultimately, if you like acid rock, you'll know how to vote on this list. If you notice that an acid rock band is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best acid rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest acid rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular acid rock bands that you might've heard of. (67 items)
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by andre-felicio-borela-junior
    Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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    British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Traffic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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    added by JanuaryFirst
    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

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    Utopia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    added by PatD23
    New Wave, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Mountain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Hana
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by Mo_WeTalk
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Captain Beyond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    added by JeffersonSantos
    Rock music, Space rock, Heavy metal

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    added by JanuaryFirst
    Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock German Krautrock band formed in 1968

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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    Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Donovan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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    Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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    The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    new! & added by Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak

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    The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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    My Little Black Egg

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    The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    It's A-Happening

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    added by toggicilia
    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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