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The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time  

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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. (74 items)
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Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added
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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
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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
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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion
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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mo_WeTalk added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
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The Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music
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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music
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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Harry Cover added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal
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The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
It's A-Happening
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The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock
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The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
My Little Black Egg
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JanuaryFirst added Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music
German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany
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Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock
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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock
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The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Bemmy added Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
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Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk
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Mountain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Caravan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
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The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
C_Moorehead added Rock music, Jazz fusion
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Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Captain Beyond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
JeffersonSantos added Rock music, Space rock, Heavy metal