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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. (63 items)
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663 207
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
709 293
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
649 275
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
334 93
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
430 205
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
483 241
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
437 248
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
325 237
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
259 139
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
309 173
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
194 72
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
222 110
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

13
159 50
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

14
176 88
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

15
134 51
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

16
170 59
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
140 53
Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

18
216 115
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

19
112 26
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

20
108 40
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
102 34
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added

22
192 106
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

23
120 53
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

24
129 62
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
173 82
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

26
106 34
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

27
165 80
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
151 70
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
96 48
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
85 27
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

31
205 125
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

32
99 40
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

33
78 27
The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
It's A-Happening

34
73 24
The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
My Little Black Egg

35
123 84
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

36
99 48
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

37
115 82
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JanuaryFirst added Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music - German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

38
71 30
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock

39
74 37
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

40
167 143
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
163 124
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

42
100 112
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

43
98 98
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

44
152 158
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

45
30 13
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Harry Cover added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

46
85 91
Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

47
66 71
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

48
42 42
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

49
71 82
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
55 72
Utopia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
PatD23 added New Wave, Classic rock, Rock music