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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950 321
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The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
589 300
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
587 353
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
519 327
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
513 230
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
386 235
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
376 265
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
339 173
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
411 224
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
303 186
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

11
272 265
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
337 308
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

13
309 120
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
263 133
Cream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

15
236 210
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

16
310 202
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
283 225
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

18
189 179
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

19
229 143
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

20
226 198
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

21
228 215
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

22
201 161
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

23
224 88
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

24
212 173
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

25
223 96
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

26
178 151
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

27
183 78
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

28
176 81
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

The Best Pop Songs About Saying Goodbye

29
179 89
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

30
132 39
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

31
176 154
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
172 187
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

33
218 150
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

34
152 80
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

35
94 37
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
179 86
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

37
171 78
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

38
131 58
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
133 76
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
91 46
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

41
184 131
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

42
163 97
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

The Best Pop Songs About Death

43
88 26
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

44
55 17
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Mark Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

45
128 83
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

46
111 84
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
96 30
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

48
98 36
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

49
84 42
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

50
142 86
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock