60S Music 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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1,746 526
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
1,044 607
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
1,064 506
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
944 554
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
814 407
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
673 418
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
664 376
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
652 371
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
637 325
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
527 444
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
453 390
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
414 319
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
573 232
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
465 317
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
467 295
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
473 241
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
349 276
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
485 334
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
411 230
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
375 251
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
446 165
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
342 313
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
337 309
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

24
338 125
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

25
317 257
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music