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. (186 items)

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock Experimental rock

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul Rock music

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk Rock music

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

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

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock Rock music

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk Space rock

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock Folk rock

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music Raga rock

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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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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Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word Garage rock

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Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock Progressive rock

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Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock Rock music

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

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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock Pop music

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music Folk rock

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Vanilla Fudge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Vanilla Fudge Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music British blues

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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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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk

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The Move is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Move British Invasion, Pop music Rock music

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music Acoustic music

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The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music Garage rock

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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock Folk rock

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Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock Outsider music

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk Jazz fusion

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The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock Rock music

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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CAN is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
CAN Krautrock, Rock music Electronic music

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The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Incredible String Band Psychedelic folk, World music

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The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Rock music, Shock rock Pop rock - Psychedelic Rock

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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock Protopunk

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The West Coast Pop Art Experim... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock Psychedelic rock

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

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The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music Garage rock

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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock Psychedelic rock

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Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music Folk rock

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Os Mutantes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Os Mutantes Outsider music, Experimental music Acid rock