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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. (70 items)
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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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

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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

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Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Can Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music - German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Status Quo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Status Quo Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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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
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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Mountain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Magic Mushrooms It's A-Happening

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The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Nightcrawlers My Little Black Egg

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The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock