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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1,598 496
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
959 556
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
967 476
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
870 497
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
772 371
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
614 352
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
621 394
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
605 340
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
592 299
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
490 415
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
420 368
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
379 292
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
524 212
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
429 296
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
433 276
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
323 257
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

17
431 223
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
454 310
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
379 213
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
344 232
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
409 151
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
324 287
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
315 289
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
324 98
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
300 118
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
352 152
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

27
295 245
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

28
251 213
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
301 133
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
332 138
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
302 123
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
247 259
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
292 129
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
272 211
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
241 127
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
302 209
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

37
254 114
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
263 135
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

39
217 124
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
250 176
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neilp added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

41
184 71
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
170 83
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
248 126
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
200 126
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 56
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
156 65
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
182 80
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
146 97
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
133 166
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Rock music, Rock and roll

50
165 140
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music