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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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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
699 291
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
639 271
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
330 89
The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
427 201
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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475 239
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

7
428 244
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

8
320 233
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

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255 137
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
306 171
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Iron Butterfly Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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220 108
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

12
157 48
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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174 86
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 13 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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190 71
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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132 50
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Tangerine Dream Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

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139 52
Love is listed (or ranked) 16 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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167 59
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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211 113
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Mothers of Invention Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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108 26
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

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191 104
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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105 39
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

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100 34
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added Ultimate Spinach

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

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127 61
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 24 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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171 80
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music

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149 67
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 26 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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104 34
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

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164 79
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock

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85 27
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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94 48
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 30 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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203 125
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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98 40
Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music

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77 27
The Magic Mushrooms is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Magic Mushrooms It's A-Happening

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

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99 48
The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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118 84
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 36 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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113 82
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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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71 30
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock

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73 37
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock

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163 142
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 40 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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162 124
Hawkwind is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hawkwind Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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100 111
Uriah Heep is listed (or ranked) 42 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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151 157
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 43 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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96 97
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Hana added Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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29 12
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Harry Cover added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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84 91
Amon Düül is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
toggicilia added Amon Düül Krautrock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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42 42
The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
C_Moorehead added The Ides of March Rock music, Jazz fusion

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64 71
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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71 82
Captain Beyond is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
JeffersonSantos added Captain Beyond Rock music, Space rock, Heavy metal

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