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. (58 items)


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    The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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    Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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    American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

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    Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Fillmore East 1968, Scorching Beauty

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    Last Time Around, Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo ...

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    The Psychadelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, Bull of the Woods, The ...

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    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

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    Definitive Collection, Fairytale, 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live ...

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    Cheap Thrills, Big Brother & The Holding Company, How Hard It Is

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    Incense and Peppermints, Wake Up... It's Tomorrow, The World in a Sea ...

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    Vincebus Eruptum, Blue Cheer, Dining with the Sharks

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    Quicksilver, Solid Silver, Just for Love

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    Underground, California, Mass in F Minor

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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    Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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    Quark, Strangeness and Charm, Yule Ritual

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    The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road ...

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    Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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    Together, C.J. Fish, Electric Music for Mind and Body

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    Moby Grape, Great Grape, Truly Fine Citizen

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    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

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    Demons and Wizards, Look at Yourself, The Magician's Birthday

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    The Time Has Come, A New Time - A New Day, Unbonded

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    Freak Out!, One Size Fits All, Over-Nite Sensation

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    Forever Changes, Da Capo, Love

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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    Tago Mago, CAN, The Lost Tapes German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

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    Climbing!, Mystic Fire, Nantucket Sleighride

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    Oar

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    Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit

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    Pushin' Too Hard: The Best of The Seeds, The Seeds, The Seeds / A Web of ...

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    Ultimate Collection, Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

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    Yeti, Phallus Dei, Carnival in Babylon

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    Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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    ... Are Happening! (Best of The Leaves), Hey Joe, Hey Joe

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    Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus

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    Captain Beyond, Sufficiently Breathless, Dawn Explosion

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    Unleashed, Growers of Mushroom

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    Born to Be Burned, Conspicuous Only in its Absence, Collector's Item

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    Bloodrock, Bloodrock 2, Bloodrock 3

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    In the Army Now, Hello!, Ain't Complaining

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    Kingdom Come, Kingdom Come / Sir Lord Baltimore, Sir Lord Baltimore

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    Wah Wah, Shake Well, Guru Guru German Krautrock band formed in 1968

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    In the Land of Grey and Pink, A Night's Tale: Live in the USA, If I Could ...

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    Ajn Schvajn Draj, Träd, Gräs och Stenar Psychedelic Progg from Sweden

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    Adventures in Utopia, Utopia, Adventures In Utopia / Deface The Music / ...

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