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initially rising to prominence in the 1960s, acid rock became a harder, LSD-infused brand of psychedelic rock. What separates acid rock from regular old psych rock is it's loopy, trippy instrumentals. Many acid rock bands have long, brooding solos and had few, if any lyrics. Some of the biggest bands of the 1960s are defined as acid rock bands, and though a few may not fit the tight definition of acid rock to the use of words and lyrics, they're still considered acid rock because of their solos and their being influenced by the San Francisco sound that dominated rock music at the time. The best acid rock bands remains popular today and their legacy still is strong.

So, that said, who are the best acid rock bands? Any list of acid rock bands has to include the likes of well known rock bands like including Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Butterfly and The Doors. These are known as some of the greatest rock bands in history and with good reason. Their sounds defined a generation of music and still are highly influential for acid rock bands everywhere.

Ultimately, if you like acid rock, you'll know how to vote on this list. If you notice that an acid rock band is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best acid rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest acid rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular acid rock bands that you might've heard of. (75 items)
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

2
655 280
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
586 259
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
NilBanerjee added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
304 81
The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
239 99
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

6
390 195
Cream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

7
439 235
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

8
198 72
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

9
400 239
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

10
176 72
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
237 133
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
290 223
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
callisburg added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

13
289 165
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
129 45
Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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173 64
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

16
140 43
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

17
203 102
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

18
119 44
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

19
155 83
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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147 57
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

21
195 109
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

The Best Oscar-Winning Movies Based on True Stories

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138 54
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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91 33
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

24
109 47
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

25
92 22
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

26
87 29
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added Ultimate Spinach

27
176 100
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

28
117 54
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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92 28
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

30
156 75
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

31
136 62
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

32
152 74
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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74 22
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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85 43
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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88 35
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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68 22
The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Magic Mushrooms It's A-Happening

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113 73
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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63 19
The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Nightcrawlers My Little Black Egg

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187 122
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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84 37
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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90 56
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

42
91 43
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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106 71
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JanuaryFirst added Can Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music - German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

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63 25
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock

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65 31
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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68 37
Status Quo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Status Quo Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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149 130
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mo_WeTalk added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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153 115
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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94 101
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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50 34
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Aaron Howell added The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music