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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1,542 479
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
927 540
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
929 465
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
840 476
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
751 361
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
604 380
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
600 344
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
588 333
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
572 290
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
478 401
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
408 359
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
368 279
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
507 203
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
418 288
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
423 268
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
417 214
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
311 250
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
444 302
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
371 208
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
333 221
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
394 144
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
313 281
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
309 280
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
310 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
288 237
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

26
289 116
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
339 148
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

28
244 207
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Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

29
292 128
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
320 134
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
295 117
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
286 124
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
236 251
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
268 206
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
299 202
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Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

36
234 123
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
243 109
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
257 131
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

39
211 120
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 77
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
176 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
245 172
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neilp added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

43
239 122
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
197 121
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

45
149 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
129 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 76
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 93
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
159 133
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