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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. (133 items)

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    London, United Kingdom

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    Sheffield, United Kingdom

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Canberra, Australia

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    Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom

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    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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    Palm Desert, California, United States of America

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    London, United Kingdom

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    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    California, United States of America

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    England

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    Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

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    Manchester, United Kingdom

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    Oss, Netherlands

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    California, United States of America

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    London, United Kingdom

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Birmingham, United Kingdom

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    St Albans, United Kingdom

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    Vancouver, Canada

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Cambridge, United Kingdom

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

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    Long Beach, California, United States of America

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    London, United Kingdom

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    Birmingham, United Kingdom

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    London, United Kingdom

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    San Diego, California, United States of America

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    Sydney, Australia

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    Hoylake, United Kingdom

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    Lisbon, Portugal

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    Scotland

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    California, United States of America

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    Long Island, New York, United States of America

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    Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Canterbury, United Kingdom

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America

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    London, United Kingdom

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    Brecon, United Kingdom

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    Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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