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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

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569 289
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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
554 345
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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
488 319
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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
492 223
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
373 219
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
354 260
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
317 159
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
399 221
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
267 254
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The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

11
293 184
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
328 301
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The Four Seasons Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

13
245 128
Cream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

14
229 200
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The Temptations Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

15
287 117
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

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300 193
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

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274 220
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Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

18
185 170
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

19
220 133
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

20
222 209
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The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

21
212 195
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Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

22
194 155
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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

23
205 167
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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

24
214 86
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

25
175 145
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Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

26
214 93
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
177 73
Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Eric Burdon & the Animals Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

28
172 147
The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
BostonBruins added The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

29
163 77
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

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169 181
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

31
169 87
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
118 35
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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213 144
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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

34
89 32
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Four Tops Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

35
145 75
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

36
169 83
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
MatthewGill added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

37
162 75
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

38
124 54
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
87 40
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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180 122
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neilp added Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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123 74
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
looksharp added Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

42
83 20
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Crabbs added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

43
157 92
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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124 76
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
108 78
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
richerb added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

46
49 15
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Mark Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
90 28
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
91 33
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

49
129 77
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
82 40
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop