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

2
752 384
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
737 433
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
689 386
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
641 300
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
490 288
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
470 327
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
445 231
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
501 271
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
330 303
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

11
393 342
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

12
293 232
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
361 227
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
336 169
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

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396 160
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

16
341 248
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
366 244
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

18
293 171
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
237 209
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
263 183
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
295 107
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 Best Pop Songs About Alcohol

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263 227
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

23
266 245
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

24
207 56
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

25
241 199
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

26
268 122
The Hollies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Hollies Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

27
202 170
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

28
221 95
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

The Best Pop Songs About Kissing

29
219 94
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

30
217 104
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

31
209 175
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

32
238 103
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

33
221 90
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

34
196 210
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

35
246 168
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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170 74
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

37
180 101
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
160 88
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

39
206 107
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

40
117 56
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

41
128 37
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

42
204 148
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

The Saddest Songs Ever Sung About Pain

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107 63
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

44
153 93
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

45
83 29
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
128 101
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

47
123 48
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
175 103
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

49
159 94
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

50
125 53
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop