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Implementing elements of the sounds of psychedelic folk and psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop has become one of the most interesting genres in music. Psychedelic pop bands are some of the most ambitious, creating sounds that only existed outside of the realm of any particular given genre. But that's what makes psych pop so cool. Though the genre theoretically peaked in the late 1960s and early 1970s, some of the most important and best rock bands of all time use psychedelic pop in their music. In fact, if not for psychedelic musicians, some of the most important pop songs in history may not have been written.

So, who are the best psychedelic pop bands? It's easy to start this list with some of the greatest psychedelic pop bands, like The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The role that psychedelic music had in shaping their later year popularity can't be understated. They helped turn psychedelica into one of the most important in all of music. Other popular psychedelic pop bands include the Flaming Lips, XTC, Grandaddy and The Zombies. All of these psychedelic pop bands have in common that they're some of the most influential psych pop musicians of all time.

That said, it's up to you, fan of psychedelic pop to determine should be at the top of this psychedelic pop bands list. This list answers the questions "who are the best psych pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest psychedelic pop musician ever?" If notice that one of the top psych pop bands isn't on this list, feel free to add them since this psychedelic pop musicians list should include all of the top psychedelic pop musicians. 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 psychedelic pop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote. (146 items)
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Flaming Lips Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

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Neu! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Neu! Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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Dream Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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The Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Gong is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Sparks Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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Fripp & Eno is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists

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Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Van der Graaf Generator Progressive rock

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The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

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Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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XTC is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
XTC Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop

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Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band Psychedelic pop, Experimental rock, Trad jazz

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Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

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July is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
July Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock

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Primus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Ars Nova is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Ars Nova Rock music, Progressive rock, Crossover