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. (60 items)


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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    added by NilBanerjee
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    added by andre-felicio-borela-junior
    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    added by andre-felicio-borela-junior
    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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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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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music, Garage rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    added by toggicilia
    Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Rock music, Space rock, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion

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

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