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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. (64 items)
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730 299
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

2
685 211
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

3
665 285
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
NilBanerjee added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
346 100
The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
447 208
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
501 241
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

7
447 254
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

8
267 145
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
333 251
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
callisburg added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

10
316 180
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
236 112
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

12
205 74
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

13
186 91
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
151 55
Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

15
180 62
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

16
141 54
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

17
227 117
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

18
168 55
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

19
121 29
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

20
118 44
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

21
201 109
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

22
129 54
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

23
109 37
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added

24
139 63
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

25
117 35
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

26
183 84
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
178 81
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

28
162 71
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

29
104 50
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

30
110 41
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

31
94 29
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

32
87 28
The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
It's A-Happening

33
82 25
The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
My Little Black Egg

34
209 132
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

35
108 48
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

36
80 30
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock

37
127 92
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

38
84 37
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

39
117 89
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JanuaryFirst added Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music - German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

40
169 153
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mo_WeTalk added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

41
163 133
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

42
49 43
The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
C_Moorehead added Rock music, Jazz fusion

43
155 166
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Bemmy added Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

44
101 121
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

45
100 106
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
68 78
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

47
33 21
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Harry Cover added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

48
85 98
Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

49
71 89
Captain Beyond is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
JeffersonSantos added Rock music, Space rock, Heavy metal

50
4 0
The Peanut Butter Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Psychedelic rock