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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1,538 479
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
925 537
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
927 463
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
839 473
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
750 359
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
603 379
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
599 344
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
586 332
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
570 290
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
478 399
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
407 358
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
366 278
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
505 202
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
423 267
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
417 288
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

16
417 213
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
311 249
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
443 301
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
371 207
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
332 221
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
392 144
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
313 280
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
309 279
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
307 87
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
288 236
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

26
289 115
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
339 147
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

28
244 206
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
291 127
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
318 134
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
294 117
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
286 123
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
236 250
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
267 205
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
299 201
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

36
234 122
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
243 108
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
256 130
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

39
211 119
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
169 76
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
175 65
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
245 171
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neilp added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

43
237 122
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
196 121
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

45
147 58
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
128 53
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
178 75
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
142 92
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
159 132
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
129 162
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Rock music, Rock and roll