60s The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s  

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List of the best pop artists of the 60s, ranked. The 1960s may very well be the best decade for music in the rock era. Music from the decade 1960-69 can bring back good memories for many who grew up in this era and holds a certain allure for those who were born later. It's tough to decide which artists were truly the best of the 60s - perhaps the easiest way to judge these 1960s bands is by their staying power. Yes, many on this list were popular bands in the 60s, but which ones continue to touch future generations with their songs? The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles are at the top of this list with good reason. For many, they epitomize 1960s music - the atmosphere and attitude of the time - and when younger listeners want to tap into that era, they usually flip one of those bands on and listen to the best singers of the 60s. 

This does not mean that everyone loves these bands. The question of the top 60s artists is subjective - that's why we are putting it up for a vote. Upvote your favorites and add any 60s musicians you love that somehow didn't make it on the list. 
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1,213 396
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The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
727 366
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
709 422
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
661 373
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
617 286
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
CWinn added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

6
474 280
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

7
453 319
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
DennisNJ added The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

8
426 219
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

9
486 263
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

10
321 295
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

11
383 335
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

12
348 221
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

13
322 163
Cream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

14
381 154
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

15
281 228
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

16
334 242
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
354 236
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

18
284 164
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

19
228 201
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
252 181
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
281 105
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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252 221
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

23
258 240
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

24
196 54
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

25
236 195
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

26
260 119
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

27
197 166
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

28
214 90
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

The Best Pop Songs About Saying Goodbye

29
209 91
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

30
210 101
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

31
203 172
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

32
229 98
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

33
214 89
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

34
190 205
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

35
240 165
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

36
176 98
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

37
115 53
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

38
161 73
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

39
155 86
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

40
197 106
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

41
120 34
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

42
202 144
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

The Best Pop Songs About Death

43
105 60
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

44
149 91
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

45
119 44
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

46
126 99
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

47
122 48
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
78 28
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
166 99
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

50
150 92
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock