Pop 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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1,591 494
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
953 554
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
962 475
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
866 496
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
769 371
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
CWinn added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

6
614 351
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

7
621 391
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
DennisNJ added Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

8
602 340
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

9
591 298
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

10
489 413
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
419 367
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
378 288
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
522 212
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
429 295
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
430 275
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

16
323 256
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

17
429 221
Cream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

18
454 308
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

19
378 212
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

20
343 230
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
408 150
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

22
322 287
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
313 289
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
324 96
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

25
299 118
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

26
295 244
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

27
351 151
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

28
250 212
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
299 133
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

30
332 137
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

31
301 123
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

32
247 258
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

33
292 128
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

34
272 210
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

35
302 207
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

36
254 112
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

37
238 127
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

38
262 134
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

39
216 124
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

40
170 81
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

41
250 175
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neilp added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

42
182 71
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

43
247 125
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Rock music, Folk rock

44
200 125
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

45
135 55
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
156 64
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Ken Von Geldern added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

47
181 79
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
145 96
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

49
132 166
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Rock music, Rock and roll

50
164 139
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music