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The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time 

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Updated February 17, 2020 25.1k votes 2.9k voters 120.5k views 62 items

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. (62 items)
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The Jimi Hendrix Experie... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Cream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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King Gizzard & the L... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Big Brother and the Hold... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Strawberry Alarm Clock ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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The Mothers of Invention... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Quicksilver Messenger Se... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Country Joe and the Fish... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time