bands/musicians The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands  

Originally by
4.5k votes 434 voters 67k views 190 items Follow Embed
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)
list ordered by

1
+ - 64 8
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

The Best Rock Vocalists The Best Dustin Hoffman Movies

2
+ - 89 23
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

3
+ - 85 27
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

4
+ - 169 81
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
+ - 123 62
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

6
+ - 126 67
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
+ - 76 36
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

8
+ - 94 49
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

9
+ - 87 44
Cream is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

10
+ - 88 47
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

11
+ - 72 35
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

12
+ - 44 15
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

13
+ - 47 18
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
+ - 51 21
Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

15
+ - 50 21
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

The Best Frontmen in Rock The 36 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
+ - 48 20
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

17
+ - 34 9
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

18
+ - 47 21
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

19
+ - 40 15
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

20
+ - 47 23
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
+ - 34 12
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

22
+ - 30 10
Vanilla Fudge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Vanilla Fudge Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
+ - 31 11
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

24
+ - 32 12
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

25
+ - 28 8
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

26
+ - 34 14
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

27
+ - 30 11
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

28
+ - 30 11
CAN is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
CAN Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

29
+ - 27 9
The Move is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Move British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time Non-Americans Describe The Weirdest Things About America

30
+ - 30 12
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

31
+ - 36 17
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

32
+ - 24 7
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

33
+ - 16 2
Blind Faith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blind Faith Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

34
+ - 23 6
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

35
+ - 23 7
The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Incredible String Band Psychedelic folk, World music

36
+ - 25 9
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

37
+ - 19 4
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

38
+ - 22 6
The Amazing World of Arthur Br... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock - Psychedelic Rock

39
+ - 29 12
Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Roky Erickson Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

40
+ - 17 4
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

41
+ - 27 12
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

42
+ - 44 26
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

43
+ - 25 11
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

The Greatest American Rock Bands The Best Dutch Beers

44
+ - 18 5
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

45
+ - 22 9
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

46
+ - 34 20
Procol Harum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Procol Harum Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

47
+ - 14 2
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

48
+ - 14 4
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

49
+ - 16 6
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

50
+ - 25 17
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk