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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. (65 items)
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749 305
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

2
701 217
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
687 291
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
351 106
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
455 210
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
509 243
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
458 255
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
345 257
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
272 147
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
323 181
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
193 91
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
239 113
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
211 76
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
156 56
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
145 54
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
183 63
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
231 118
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
172 56
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
123 46
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

20
205 110
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
112 39
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added

22
122 34
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

23
142 64
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
129 57
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

25
121 36
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