60S Music 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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1,683 514
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
1,002 590
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
1,019 498
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
917 527
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
795 389
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
654 409
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
DennisNJ added Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
637 369
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

8
621 313
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

9
628 360
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

10
510 435
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
436 383
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
554 223
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

13
398 310
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

14
446 309
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
450 287
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
453 233
Cream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

17
334 270
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
466 327
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
395 224
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
356 242
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
430 159
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
329 305
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
325 302
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
353 107
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
318 123
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
306 252
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

27
369 160
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

28
263 221
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
311 139
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
352 145
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
319 128
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
252 269
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
304 135
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
287 219
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
250 132
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

36
313 217
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

37
271 126
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

38
280 141
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

39
226 132
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
198 78
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

41
258 186
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neilp added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

42
181 93
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

43
263 134
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
212 132
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

45
170 70
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Ken Von Geldern added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

46
141 63
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
154 103
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

48
193 89
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

49
175 150
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

50
137 177
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Rock music, Rock and roll