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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. (70 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

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474 180
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
474 211
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
222 54
The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
308 167
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
326 195
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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351 213
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
228 174
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
callisburg added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

9
134 79
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

10
111 51
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

11
177 118
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
103 50
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

13
101 54
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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94 43
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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146 86
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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147 96
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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76 32
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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88 42
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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227 151
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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65 32
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

21
110 68
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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85 42
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

23
131 80
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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58 28
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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45 15
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

26
155 95
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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70 36
Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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40 11
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Stooges

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125 86
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mo_WeTalk added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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45 22
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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73 43
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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47 23
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

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39 16
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added Ultimate Spinach

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34 12
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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104 64
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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101 63
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

37
67 36
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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85 55
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

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36 19
Status Quo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Status Quo Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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128 110
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Bemmy added Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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82 74
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Uriah Heep Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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35 20
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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29 16
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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47 33
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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120 93
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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25 13
The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Magic Mushrooms It's A-Happening

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22 10
The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Nightcrawlers My Little Black Egg

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

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27 16
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock

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78 69
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal