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The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

Updated January 2, 2020 131.3k votes 8.6k voters 357.5k views219 items

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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. 

  • The Beatles1

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Bob Dylan2

    Bob Dylan

    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

    Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Creedence Clearwater Revival3

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Green River, Cosmo's Factory

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop, Rock music, Garage rock

    Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Chuck Berry4

    Chuck Berry

    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Blues

    Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Righteous Brothers5

    The Righteous Brothers

    Unchained Melody: Best of Righteous Brothers, Anthology 1962-1974

    Genres (Music)Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  • The 5th Dimension6

    The 5th Dimension

    Up, Up and Away

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Sunshine pop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  • Sly & the Family Stone7

    Sly & the Family Stone

    There's a Riot Goin' On, Stand!

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Soul music

    Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1966 to 1983, it... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Etta James8

    Etta James

    At Last!, Tell Mama

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Jazz, Soul music

    Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Everly Brothers9

    The Everly Brothers

    Christmas With The Everly Brothers, The Everly Brothers Sing Great Country Hits

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll, Country

    The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Ricky Nelson10

    Ricky Nelson

    Rick Sings Nelson, Rudy the Fifth

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Folk music, Rock and roll

    Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bee Gees11

    Bee Gees

    Saturday Night Fever, Main Course

    Genres (Music)Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Pop music, Rock music

    The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Shirelles12

    The Shirelles

    Tonight's the Night, Soulfully Yours

    Genres (Music)Girl group, Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    The Shirelles were an American girl group notable for their rhythm and blues, doo-wop and soul... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Diana Ross13

    Diana Ross

    Christmas in Vienna, Diana

    Genres (Music)Disco, Pop music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Lesley Gore14

    Lesley Gore

    Lesley Gore Sings Of Mixed-Up Hearts, I'll Cry If I Want To

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music

    Lesley Sue Goldstein (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015), known professionally as Lesley Gore,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • B.B. King15

    B.B. King

    Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music, Memphis blues, Electric blues

    Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Judy Collins16

    Judy Collins

    So Early in the Spring, the First 15 Years

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll

    Judith Marjorie Collins (born May 1, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter known for her... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Carole King17

    Carole King

    Tapestry, Wrap Around Joy

    Genres (Music)Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

    Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein, February 9, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter who has... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Gordon Lightfoot18

    Gordon Lightfoot

    Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock, Country

    Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Canned Heat19
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  • Paul Anka20

    Paul Anka

    Rock Swings, Three Great Guys

    Genres (Music)Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock, Jazz

    Paul Albert Anka, (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Frank Sinatra21

    Frank Sinatra

    Christmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours

    Genres (Music)Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band, Jazz, Vocal music

    Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Muddy Waters22

    Muddy Waters

    Anthology, Super Blues

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  • Frankie Avalon23

    Frankie Avalon

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  • The Marvelettes24

    The Marvelettes

    Sophisticated Soul, Please Mr. Postman

    Genres (Music)Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  • Nancy Sinatra25

    Nancy Sinatra

    Fairy Tales and Fantasies: The Best of Nancy and Lee, Shot You Down

    Genres (Music)Country pop, Pop music, Rock music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

    Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and actress. She is the elder... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button