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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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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    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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    Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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    The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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    Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Roky Erickson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Rock music, Garage rock, Outsider music

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    CAN is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Psychedelic folk, World music

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    The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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    Rock music, Shock rock, Pop rock Psychedelic Rock

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    Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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    The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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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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    The Amboy Dukes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Acid rock

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