bands/musicians The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands  

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At it's apex in the late 1960s, psychedelic rock has long remained one of rock's most popular genres. Popularized by the Summer of Love, the best psychedelic rock bands were able to fuse elements of other sounds - in particular those of the non-Western variety - to replicate the trippy, groovy feeling that was popular during that era. Psychedelic rock became a more underground rock movement since the late 1960s, but that doesn't mean it's not any less relevant. The neo-psych bands drew a lot of inspiration from earlier psychedelic rock bands and the kaleidoscopic nature of their sound, though it's not associated with the counter culture, remains one of the most excited brands of rock music.

So, who are the best psych rock bands? When you think of psychedelic rock bands, you have to include the likes of The Doors, Grateful Dead, Flaming Lips, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Zombies, Iron Butterfly and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Some of these psychedelic rock bands are considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time, and with good reason. Their songs transcend psych rock and continue to strike a chord with music listeners across the globe and through multiple generations. 

That said, take a look at this list psychedelic rock bands and it should provide a context of who is considered the best in psych music. If you are a fan of psych or need a point of reference of what are new psychedelic rock artists, this is the place to look.

This list answers the questions "who are the best psychedelic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest psychedelic 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 psychedelic rock bands that you might've heard of. (190 items)
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
passionsears added David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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102 34
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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96 38
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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181 96
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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137 70
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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142 74
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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101 46
Cream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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66 23
Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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57 18
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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104 52
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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89 40
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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108 53
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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87 39
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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

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60 22
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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46 12
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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62 25
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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44 12
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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45 13
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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31 5
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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34 6
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
ElijahKaganer added Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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43 13
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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46 14
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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36 8
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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40 10
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
manny-kent added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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41 12
Vanilla Fudge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Vanilla Fudge Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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49 18
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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58 25
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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39 11
The Move is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Move British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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35 7
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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37 10
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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27 4
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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41 14
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

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41 13
Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

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34 9
The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Incredible String Band Psychedelic folk, World music

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39 13
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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37 12
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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33 8
The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
manny-kent added The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock - Psychedelic Rock

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26 5
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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28 7
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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28 7
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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33 11
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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The Holy Modal Rounders is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Brendan Hamilton added The Holy Modal Rounders Psychedelic folk, Freak folk

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24 6
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
jonathan-guerra added Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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20 3
The Amboy Dukes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Amboy Dukes Rock music, Heavy metal, Acid rock