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
660 328
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
652 384
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
586 356
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
565 256
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
428 256
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
412 290
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
382 194
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
454 245
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
300 278
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

11
327 200
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
ChangesDownClub added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

12
294 142
Cream is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

13
342 135
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
361 324
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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259 217
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

16
335 218
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
309 236
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

18
259 154
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
212 192
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
240 209
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

21
256 96
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 Kissing

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226 173
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

23
247 228
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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224 185
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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168 42
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

26
239 106
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
185 159
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

28
195 84
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 Cheating

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190 86
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
194 161
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

31
194 96
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

32
206 90
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
180 196
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

34
191 83
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

35
228 159
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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163 90
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

37
103 45
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

38
148 67
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

39
143 82
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

40
99 51
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

41
183 103
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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196 135
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

The Best New Country Artists

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104 29
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

44
68 23
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Mark Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

45
138 89
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

46
112 40
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

47
107 39
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
118 93
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

49
155 92
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

50
87 25
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Mark Lanzarotta added David Bowie