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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The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
CWinn added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
DennisNJ added The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

The Best Pop Songs About Cheating

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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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

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Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

The Best Pop Songs About Saying Goodbye

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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Ken Von Geldern added Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Ken Von Geldern added Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music