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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1,583 491
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
948 553
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
956 474
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
862 494
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
766 367
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
617 388
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
611 350
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
600 337
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
589 296
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
486 411
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
418 364
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
376 286
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
519 210
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
428 293
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
428 274
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
321 255
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

17
426 220
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
452 308
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
377 211
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
342 229
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
405 150
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
321 286
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
311 289
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
322 95
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
298 118
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
350 151
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

27
294 244
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

28
249 212
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
298 133
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
331 137
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
299 123
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
246 257
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
254 112
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

36
302 207
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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 70
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 63
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
164 138
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
123 52
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Ken Von Geldern added Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock