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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1,497 470
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
899 523
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
902 454
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
814 464
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
741 352
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
584 335
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
588 372
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
573 325
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
560 283
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
468 390
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
395 351
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
358 270
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
492 198
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
418 262
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
407 283
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

16
408 206
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
303 242
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
429 292
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
360 202
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
321 216
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
378 141
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
309 274
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
305 271
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
293 84
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
285 232
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

26
282 112
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

27
334 144
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

28
238 204
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
282 125
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
306 130
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
285 114
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
281 121
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

33
232 248
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

34
261 204
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
292 199
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

36
229 121
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

37
234 106
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
208 115
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

39
249 130
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

40
168 73
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
171 64
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

42
242 170
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neilp added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

43
194 118
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

44
233 121
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Rock music, Folk rock

45
142 56
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
125 51
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
174 74
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
141 89
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
158 129
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
125 158
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Rock music, Rock and roll