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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. (185 items)


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

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

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    The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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

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

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    Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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    Forever Changes, Da Capo, Love

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    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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

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

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    Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies, Begin Here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

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

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    S.F. Sorrow, Parachute, The Pretty Things

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

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    Procol Harum, Grand Hotel, Shine on Brightly

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

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    Trout Mask Replica, Clear Spot, Safe as Milk

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

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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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    Quicksilver, Solid Silver, Just for Love

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    Moby Grape, Great Grape, Truly Fine Citizen

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    Freak Out!, One Size Fits All, Over-Nite Sensation

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

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

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    Tago Mago, CAN, The Lost Tapes

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    Quark, Strangeness and Charm, Yule Ritual

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

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

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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

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    Jerry Garcia / David Grisman, Shady Grove, Cats Under the Stars

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    Fourth, The Soft Machine, Land of Cockayne

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    Yeti, Phallus Dei, Carnival in Babylon

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    Frijid Pink, Defrosted, Earth Omen

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