Bands/Musicians 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. (73 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
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
2
838 329
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
3
764 316
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
545 259
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music
5
390 127
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
6
492 225
Cream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
7
496 274
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
403 270
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
callisburg added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
9
247 93
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
10
296 162
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
11
345 192
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
12
166 70
Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
13
255 126
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
14
206 72
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music
15
248 126
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion
16
203 104
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
17
134 46
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock
18
185 68
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
154 71
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music
20
217 119
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
21
131 56
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music
22
119 46
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added
23
148 71
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
24
198 92
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music
25
225 136
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band