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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1,656 509
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
990 577
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
1,003 491
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
909 516
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
789 382
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
647 401
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
630 362
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
611 308
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
622 354
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
507 429
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
435 377
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
396 304
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
548 221
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
449 283
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

15
442 307
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

16
448 229
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
334 265
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
463 321
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
392 221
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
354 240
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
425 157
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
328 300
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
323 297
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
347 104
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
314 122
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
305 250
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

27
367 158
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

28
263 219
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
310 136
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
348 142
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
316 126
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
252 265
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
303 132
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
283 217
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
249 130
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
311 214
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

37
268 123
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
276 138
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

39
225 129
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
195 76
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
178 89
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

42
256 183
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neilp added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

43
261 130
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
210 129
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

45
167 68
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
138 60
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
191 84
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
152 101
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
173 147
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
136 174
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Rock music, Rock and roll