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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1,880 556
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and ...more

2
1,120 654
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas
The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, they gained popularity for their close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of surfing, girls, and ...more

3
1,148 538
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. ...more

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1,027 587
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

5
860 439
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
CWinn added Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia
The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They ...more

6
722 447
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
DennisNJ added The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its ...more

7
713 401
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more

8
707 392
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kink Kronikles
The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies with Pete Quaife in 1963. The band, which rose to fame during the mid-1960s and ...more

9
689 343
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys
Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, rhythm ...more

10
553 475
The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The 4 Seasons' Christmas Album, Working My Way Back To You, Greatest Hits
The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock ...more

11
486 418
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of The Supremes, Diana Ross & the Supremes: 20 Golden Greats, Love Child
The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more

12
454 336
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Temptations Christmas Card, The Very Best of Christmas, The Temptations Sing Smokey
The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the ...more

13
623 252
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the ...more

14
499 339
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl
Roy Kelton Orbison, also known by his nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark ...more

15
493 315
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday
The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the ...more

16
512 254
Cream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a ...more

17
386 297
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more

18
524 359
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees, Headquarters, Daydream Believer / Goin' Down
The Monkees are an American pop/rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1966 and 1970, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Formed ...more

19
413 262
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more

20
436 250
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Deliver, The Mamas & the Papas
The Mamas & the Papas was an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. They released five studio albums and seventeen singles, ...more

21
484 175
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and ...more

22
371 135
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals, House of the Rising Sun, The Best of The Animals
The Animals were a British band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during the early part of the decade. The band moved to London upon finding fame in 1964. The Animals were known for ...more

23
363 333
The Dave Clark Five is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Best of the Dave Clark Five, The History of the Dave Clark Five, Glad All Over Again
The Dave Clark Five were an English pop rock group. Their single "Glad All Over" knocked the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" off the top of the UK singles charts in ...more

24
360 329
Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Both Sides of Herman's Hermits, There's a Kind of Hush All Over the World, Best of the 60's: Herman's Hermits
Herman's Hermits are an English beat band, formed in Manchester in 1962. Originally called Herman & The Hermits, they were discovered by Harvey Lisberg, who signed them up to management. ...more

25
408 123
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John ...more