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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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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    Psychedelic folk, World music

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    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock Psychedelic Rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Outsider music, Experimental music, Acid rock

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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