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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1,761 529
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
1,054 610
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Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

3
1,071 510
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
955 561
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Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
818 411
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
671 377
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

7
678 421
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
DennisNJ added Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

8
659 373
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
643 327
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
532 446
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Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

11
457 394
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Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
420 320
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Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
578 234
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
467 320
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Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
470 296
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
478 242
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
354 280
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Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
490 337
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
413 231
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
377 251
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Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

21
452 165
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
347 315
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Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

23
343 125
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

24
341 311
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British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

25
319 257
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Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music