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

2
615 200
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

3
594 262
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
311 83
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
400 196
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
246 101
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

7
447 236
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
206 73
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
407 239
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
179 74
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
241 134
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
295 226
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
293 166
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
132 46
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

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

15
178 65
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
144 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
207 102
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
122 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
158 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

20
151 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
198 109
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 First Date Ideas

22
91 28
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added Ultimate Spinach

23
141 54
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

24
112 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
95 22
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

26
93 34
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

27
179 100
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
119 55
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 Best Rock Vocalists

29
95 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
160 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
139 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
155 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

33
77 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

34
88 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

35
91 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 '90s One-Hit Wonders

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71 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

37
66 19
The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Nightcrawlers My Little Black Egg

38
93 56
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

39
190 121
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

40
94 43
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

41
87 38
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

42
113 76
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

43
106 74
Ranker Video
JanuaryFirst added Can Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music - German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

44
65 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

45
67 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

46
69 38
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

47
151 133
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

48
153 116
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

49
53 35
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Aaron Howell added The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

50
94 102
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock