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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. (80 items)
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

2
615 267
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
547 253
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
282 71
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
210 88
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

6
369 186
Cream is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

7
178 59
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

8
418 225
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

9
130 36
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

10
157 62
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
156 57
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
225 125
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
371 235
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

14
277 160
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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106 38
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

16
141 53
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
198 94
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
121 40
Love is listed (or ranked) 18 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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131 49
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

20
189 102
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

21
263 217
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
callisburg added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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88 28
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

23
152 76
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
83 18
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Stooges

25
85 22
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
107 42
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

27
83 24
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added Ultimate Spinach

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72 17
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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114 50
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

30
86 30
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

31
168 97
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Big Brother and the Holding Company Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

32
151 69
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

33
65 17
The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Magic Mushrooms It's A-Happening

34
146 69
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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60 15
The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Nightcrawlers My Little Black Egg

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129 59
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 36 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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77 32
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 37 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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84 39
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 38 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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61 22
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock

40
85 55
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

41
89 39
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

42
62 28
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

The Best Frontmen in Rock

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108 71
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Traffic Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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66 33
Status Quo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Status Quo Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

45
181 119
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

46
101 69
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JanuaryFirst added Can Krautrock, Rock music, Electronic music - German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany

47
148 113
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

48
142 127
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 48 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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141 145
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 49 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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79 80
Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Amon Düül Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock