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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527 323
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
536 272
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
456 299
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
465 212
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
351 208
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
328 249
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
378 206
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

9
290 149
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

10
254 242
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

11
319 292
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

12
222 192
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
280 179
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

14
232 120
Cream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

15
264 214
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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269 109
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

17
179 165
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
210 123
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

19
285 186
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

20
189 147
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
170 138
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

22
212 203
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
203 190
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
203 159
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

25
199 91
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
164 143
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

27
169 68
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
163 85
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

29
208 140
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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193 84
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

31
85 28
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

32
166 176
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
100 32
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

34
154 76
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

35
155 79
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

36
178 118
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

37
138 73
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

38
153 89
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

39
119 47
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

40
82 36
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
152 73
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

42
117 73
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

43
117 72
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 43 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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85 114
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Chubby Checker Rock music, Rock and roll

45
127 74
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

46
62 36
The Association is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Association Psychedelic folk, Sunshine pop, Folk rock

47
82 26
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

48
75 18
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

49
132 78
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
107 120
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James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music