bands/musicians The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists  

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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
Mark Lanzarotta added The Velvet Underground

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

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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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MGMT is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
MGMT Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Doors

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Neu! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Neu! Krautrock, Electronic music, Protopunk

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Flaming Lips Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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Kraftwerk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Kraftwerk Krautrock, Synthpop, Electronic music

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Rolling Stones

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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Electric Prunes

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Dream Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Dream Syndicate

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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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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Funkadelic Psychedelic soul, Acid rock, P-Funk

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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Sparks Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave

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XTC is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
XTC Indie pop, New Wave, Psychedelic pop

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Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

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The Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Grateful Dead

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July is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
July Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock

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Gong is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Gong Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Country Joe and the Fish

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Van der Graaf Generator is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Van der Graaf Generator Progressive rock

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Fripp & Eno is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Fripp & Eno

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The Psychedelic Furs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Psychedelic Furs New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Ministry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Ministry Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Troggs

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Summoning is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Pop Bands/Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added Summoning Black metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal