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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1,104 356
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The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
668 334
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
658 390
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
596 359
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
572 260
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
435 259
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
415 295
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
389 199
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
456 249
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
330 202
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
302 281
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
295 146
Cream is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

13
365 326
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

14
347 138
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 26 Greatest Pictures of Animals Riding Other Animals

15
263 218
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

16
338 220
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
313 237
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

18
263 156
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
215 193
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
244 211
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

21
259 98
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 Best Pop Songs About Cheating

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229 175
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

23
249 230
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

24
228 186
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

25
243 109
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
188 161
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

27
199 85
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
169 46
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

The Best Pop Songs About Saying Goodbye

29
196 86
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
196 98
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
195 164
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
207 92
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
194 83
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
182 198
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
229 160
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

36
166 91
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
105 48
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
149 68
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
146 82
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
185 104
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
100 53
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

42
196 137
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

Hip Hop Stars You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

43
105 30
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
69 24
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
140 89
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
113 42
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

47
119 94
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

48
108 40
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

49
88 26
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Mark Lanzarotta added David Bowie

50
155 94
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