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Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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. (170 items)

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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    Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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    Ultimate Collection, Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

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    American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

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    Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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    The Psychadelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, Bull of the Woods, The ...

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    Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Fillmore East 1968, Scorching Beauty

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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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    Forever Changes, Da Capo, Love

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    If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Deliver, The Mamas & the Papas ...

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    Electric Warrior, The Slider, 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection ...

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    Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies, Begin Here

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    Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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    Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord ...

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    Vanilla Fudge, Golden Age Dreams, Out Through the In Door

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    The Madcap Laughs, The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?, Opel ...

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    Quark, Strangeness and Charm, Yule Ritual

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    Pushin' Too Hard: The Best of The Seeds, The Seeds, The Seeds / A Web of ...

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    Procol Harum, Grand Hotel, Shine on Brightly

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    No Way Out, The Best of the Chocolate Watchband, The Inner Mystique

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    Incense and Peppermints, Wake Up... It's Tomorrow, The World in a Sea ...

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    The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, The Incredible String Band, ...

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    Move, Looking On, Message From the Country

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    S.F. Sorrow, Parachute, The Pretty Things

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    Electric Comic Book, Psychedelic Lollipop, Kaleidescopic Compendium: The ...

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    The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road ...

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    Trout Mask Replica, Clear Spot, Safe as Milk

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    Moby Grape, Great Grape, Truly Fine Citizen

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    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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    Cheap Thrills, Big Brother & The Holding Company, How Hard It Is

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    Tago Mago, CAN, The Lost Tapes

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    Would You Believe?, Bus Stop, He Ain't Heavy

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    The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals, House of the Rising Sun, ...

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    True Love Cast Out All Evil, Don't Slander Me / Starry Eyes, You're Gonna ...

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    Quicksilver, Solid Silver, Just for Love

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    Strangelands, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Vampire suite Psychedelic Rock

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    Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

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    Yeti, Phallus Dei, Carnival in Babylon

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    Volume One, Volume 3: A Child's Guide to Good & Evil, Volume 3: A ...

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    Tecnicolor, A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado, Os Mutantes ...

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    In Absentia, Fear of a Blank Planet, Deadwing

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    Born to Be Burned, Conspicuous Only in its Absence, Collector's Item

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    The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War With the ...

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    Fourth, The Soft Machine, Land of Cockayne

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    The Garden, Silver Apples / Contact, Contact

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    Songs for the Deaf, Rated R, Lullabies to Paralyze

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