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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2
587 299
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
582 352
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
516 326
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
511 229
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

6
385 231
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

7
372 265
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

8
336 171
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

9
410 223
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

10
303 185
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

11
272 263
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
336 307
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

13
263 132
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

14
306 120
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

15
235 209
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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16
307 202
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
283 223
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

18
189 177
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

19
228 143
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

20
225 198
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

21
228 214
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

22
200 160
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

23
223 88
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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211 172
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

25
223 95
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

26
177 150
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

27
183 77
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

28
175 80
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

29
178 89
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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176 153
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

31
131 39
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

32
172 185
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

33
217 149
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

34
93 35
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

35
151 79
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

36
170 77
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

37
178 86
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

38
130 58
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

39
132 76
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

40
91 45
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

41
183 130
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

42
163 96
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

43
86 26
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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111 82
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

45
96 29
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

46
54 17
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Mark Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
127 83
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

48
98 35
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

49
142 85
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

50
84 42
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop